Want To Know How Your Chicken Filet Was Raised? This Technology May Tell You

“I do have a question about the chicken—can you just tell us a little more about it?” Carrie Brownstein’s character asks of her waitress to learn about her dinner meat in IFC’s hit comedy Portlandia. She and her husband, played by Fred Armisen, continue questioning the waitress about the chicken until she provides the couple with a folder filled with information about the rooster. The diners learn the chicken was named Colin and that he grew up nearby on four acres of land, eating a diet of sheep’s milk, soy and hazelnuts. 

Though this may seem slapstick, consumers’ desire to know where their food’s origins, and to support sustainable and ethical farming, is real. In a 2016 Label Insight survey, 94% of 1,500 consumers said that their purchase decisions are impacted by the manufacturers’ transparency in how the food is made. Further, 71% of these consumers said they consider

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Doorvest raised $128,000 from friends and family with a text message

  • Many entrepreneurs raise seed money for their startups through friends and family funding.
  • Friends and family generally offer better terms and demand less oversight than most institutional investors, which is the appeal of this kind of seed round.
  • The cofounders of Doorvest, Andrew Luong and Justin Kasad, avoided the discomfort by texting their loved ones an invitation to invest.
  • They received over $128,000 through 23 different friends and family investors. After opening up Doorvest to institutional investment, the startup raised $1 million in total pre-seed funding, according to a spreadsheet shared with Business Insider.
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Founder Andrew Luong knew that he and his business partner, Justin Kasad, were onto something with their startup idea, Doorvest. The company helps users own high-yield, single-family rental homes by streamlining the process of researching, acquiring, renovating, and then renting a property.

When the two decided to raise

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Emerging biotechnology company Biocytogen raised 142 million dollars (USD) in support of Project Integrum

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BEIJING and BOSTON, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In August, Beijing Biocytogen Biotechnology Co., Ltd. (“Biocytogen”) announced acquisition of Eucure Biopharma, which established Biocytogen as a clinical stage company. Now, Biocytogen is pleased to announce completion of series D1 Funding, successfully raising 142 million dollars (USD) meant to further secure the implementation of Project Integrum.

Project Integrum is a humanitarian effort to discover, develop, and bring to market novel therapeutic antibody candidates against all notoriously difficult druggable targets. Taking full advantage of Biocytogen’s integrated technology platforms for antibody discovery, Project Integrum will launch pre-clinical efforts into over 1,000 human diseases currently affecting countless lives.

Meticulous screening of antibody candidates both in vivo and in vitro improves clinical translatability dramatically. At the core of Biocytogen lie the humanized antibody RenMab Mouse

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Pitch deck: How AR platform Camera IQ raised $5 million

  • Augmented reality platform Camera IQ raised $5 million in Series A funding led by early-stage Silicon Valley investor Shasta Ventures.
  • Camera IQ said augmented reality share rates on Instagram and Facebook increased 43% and 23% respectively during the second quarter.
  • CEO Allison Ferenci says: “[COVID] definitely accelerated both brand adoption, as quite literally we’re living life through the lens of the camera, … and customer adoption.”
  • We got an exclusive look at the pitch deck Camera IQ used to bring new investors on board.
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Augmented reality (AR) platform Camera IQ has announced a $5 million Series A led by early-stage Silicon Valley investor Shasta Ventures. The round brings total funding raised to-date to more than $14 million.

Camera IQ’s platform allows businesses to create and manage AR campaigns on social media and streaming platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Zoom. It works with

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Wellness app Urban just raised $7.6m in seed funding

  • Fitness and beauty marketplace Urban just raised close to $8 million in seed funding from BNF Capital and crowdfunders on Seedrs. 
  • Urban pairs users with fitness and beauty professionals though its app, with the wider wellness economy valued at as much as $4 trillion.
  • Speaking to Business Insider, cofounder Jack Tang revealed how the firm had coped with the “huge hole” left in its revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Beauty and fitness startup Urban has raised close to £6 million ($7.6 million) in a seed funding round backed by family office BNF Capital. 

Founded in 2014, Urban markets itself as the “wellness app for busy people”, providing customers with a platform to book hairdressers, fitness experts, and other wellness professionals to their own homes.

The concept is similar to another UK beauty marketplace, Treatwell, which allows users to book salon appointments in

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