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Monday, November 30, 2015

Funding Box: The Latest Startup Funding News

The Funding Box provides information on venture capital/private equity and startup funding. Here's a list of top startup funding stories.

Docebo, a global provider of cloud-based corporate learning management solutions, has received an additional investment from Klass Capital, which had made a $3 million initial investment early this year. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Klass Capital has also partnered with management to acquire a controlling interest in the business buying the shares of Italian venture capital firm Principia SGR and made an additional growth equity investment to support the company’s growth.

Docebo provides a SaaS-based enterprise learning management system (LMS) to mid-size to large organizations. The company offers a scalable pricing model, a third party integration (via API), and service available 24/7 to further enhance the user experience. Its customers include FreshBooks, Shopify, Zendesk and Optimizely, as well as for Fortune 500 companies Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and Petronas. It has over offices in Sovico and Naples Italy, in Dubai, UAE, and Athens, GA, USA.

Lighter Capital, a Seattle-based online investor providing growth capital to technology companies, has received $100 million in funding. Community Investment Management (CIM) has made the investment, which will enable the firm to make approximately 500 investments in SaaS, tech services and digital media companies, and increase the total investment amounts per company from $1 million to $2 million. In addition to CIM’s investment, Lighter Capital has also secured a $9 million Series B equity financing with investments from Voyager Capital, Summit Capital, and a number of individual investors. Based in Seattle, Washington, Lighter Capital is online revenue-based loan lender focused on providing technology companies access of up to $2 million in growth capital. It leverages a tech platform to gather and analyze data to streamline the funding process.


SmartReno, a Montreal-based platform for home renovation projects, has closed a $1.6 million third round of financing and acquired its main competitor ZoomissionInvestors included angel investors Pierre Fleurent, Martin-Luc Archambault, Mike Cegelski, Daniel Robichaud and Anges Qu├ębec Capital. The funds will be used in the Zoomission acquisition and to boost its presence in the international market. Based in Montreal, Canada, SmartReno operates a platform for people to describe their projects and then receive (within 24 hours and completely free of charge) contractors who are best qualified and available to quote and execute them.  The company also launched a financing product for homeowners (SmartReno Financing Plan) as an alternative to traditional financing, where clients can apply online or directly over the phone and be approved in less than 15 minutes.

Mixcord, a Los Angeles-based platform to discover, create and share content across the social web, has raised $1 million in seed funding. Investors included Mucker Capital, Social Starts, and private investors. Based in Los Angeles, California, Mixcord  is a discovery platform where users can find content, discover the app used to create it, and then make new content with the same app. The company connects a collection of photo and video creation apps into one shared social platform.

iTech Capital, a Latvia and Russia-based venture capital firm which focused on growth investments in digital economy businesses, has raised  $200 million  in funding. iTech Capital is a venture capital firm focused on growth investments in digital economy businesses. The firm target investments in core ICT segments such as AdTech, FinTech, SAAS, Online Travel and Big Data. The firm is advised by Dubai-based Greenstone Equity Partners, a MENA-focused boutique investment and advisory firm specializing in multi-sector, advisory, fund placement, investment, consulting and deal structuring transactions. 

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