Norwegian Group Katapult Ocean Invests in ecoSPEARS Environmental Startup With NASA Clean Water Technology

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ecoSPEARS understands that toxins are polluting land and waterways. When these contaminants remain in the environment, they can cause congenital disorders and diseases to animals and people.ecoSPEARS develops climate-friendly technology solutions to remove the toxins from the environment, so everyone has access to clean water, clean food, and clean air. 

In the selection process, Katapult Ocean screened and interviewed a pipeline with more than 1,500 startups. Since 2018, Katapult Ocean has made 32 investments in exciting ocean impact companies from all over the world (17 countries and four continents). “Few options exist when it comes to eliminating persistent and emerging contaminants in soil, sediment, and oil – a problem which has grown with industry globally. ecoSPEARS is well-positioned to become the benchmark cleantech company for green remediation,” said Jonas Skattum Svegaarden, CEO of Katapult Ocean. 

ecoSPEARS imagines a world where every

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E-Commerce Economics Are Broken, Says Tech Startup Tradeswell. It Has A Plan To Help Fix Them.

Paul Palmieri was looking at various direct-to-consumer startups as possible investments for his venture capital fund when he decided the e-commerce economics didn’t add up.

“I definitely saw a lot of opportunity to invest in direct to consumer brands, but every time we would get close, we would look at it and say, gosh, the numbers are somewhat broken,” he said.

While the sales potential is great, the fees brands pay to what Palmieri calls the ecosystem of e-commerce enablers—for advertising, for keywords, for warehousing, for fulfillment—are destroying margins.

So instead of investing in a DTC brand, Palmieri decided to invest in starting a company that would help brands large and small master the new math of e-commerce.

The company, Tradeswell, emerged from stealth mode last week after beta

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Pachama: Carbon-credit startup puts a price on trees, market opportunity

  • Backed by Amazon and a fund led by Bill Gates, Pachama runs a marketplace for forest carbon credits. 
  • Carbon credits are generated when a forest is conserved or restored. 
  • As more companies pledge to reduce or eliminate their emissions, the market for carbon credits is expected to surge.
  • Researchers challenge the idea that carbon credits effectively curb deforestation and reduce global emissions.
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In August, a forest fire, set by lightning and emboldened by climate change, whipped across the Santa Cruz Mountains in California, ultimately burning more than 85,000 acres.

Diego Saez Gil’s home was among those destroyed.

It was in that home that Saez Gil dreamed up the idea for his startup Pachama. Founded in 2018, the company hopes to fight climate change — which makes wildfires more common and severe — by protecting forests.

“It is

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Agbioscience startup using multisensor drone technology sees growth

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Despite changes forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, a Purdue University-affiliated agbioscience startup focused on research-grade sensing data for agriculture is growing as it takes multisensor drone data collection technology to market.

GRYFN, which offers precise geomatics solutions for coaligned and repeatable multisensor drone data collection, is adding members to its team, growing its space, and looking to empower the future of agriculture research.

The startup partnered with Purdue and received a $2.25 million sub-award grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), a division of the U.S. Department of Energy. Eight Purdue professors founded GRYFN with backgrounds in aeronautic technology, biology, plant sciences, agricultural and biological engineering, civil engineering,

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RIC20 Startup Innovation Labs Showcase 20 Tech Innovators

With a focus on emerging technologies and innovative
startups, the 2020 Retail Innovation Conference is featuring three Startup
Innovation Lab sessions that will introduce attendees to a total of 20 tech
innovators.

Startup Innovation Lab #1: 10-11 am ET, Oct. 13

Moderated by Orlando Ribas Fernandes of XnFinity-XNFY Lab, the first group of startups presenting include:

Omnichannel Fulfillment: onfleet – a last-mile delivery platform;  

Touchless Retail: SuperSmart – a validation and loss-prevention system for Scan & Go; 

Digital Commerce: Pointr – A deep location company combining indoor location intelligence with machine learning; 

Business Agility: Uncrowd – SaaS platform generates live-tracking Friction/Reward Indexes; 

Experiential Initiatives: Gravity AI  —  a MLaaS (Machine Learning as a Service) platform; and 

E-Commerce Optimization: Taste — making artificial intelligence fun and consumer-friendly, and offering a personalized shopping experience.  

Startup Innovation Lab #2, 10-11 am ET, Oct. 14

Ken Fenyo of Coresight Research will moderate tomorrow morning’s

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SoftBank invests $215 million in education start-up Kahoot

Masayoshi Son, chairman and chief executive officer of SoftBank Group Corp., reacts during a dialog session with Jack Ma, former chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., not pictured, at Tokyo Forum 2019 in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

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LONDON — SoftBank has invested $215 million in Norwegian education start-up Kahoot, taking a 9.7% stake in the company, as demand for online learning platforms skyrockets during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Oslo-based firm said Tuesday it had agreed to sell 43 million new shares at a price of 46 Norwegian krone — or about $5 — per share to SoftBank. It plans to use funds raised from the deal to fuel growth through new partnerships, joint ventures and acquisitions, CEO Eilert Hanoa told CNBC.

“It’s all about the general switch in mindset from digital tools being a nice-to-have additional set of features in

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Technology startup offers personalized and print boutique-quality greeting cards

Technology startup offers personalized and print boutique-quality greeting cards

Card Isle was founded in 2013 by three Virginia Tech engineering students passionate about making greeting cards more personal, accessible and fun!

www.cardisle.com
Card Isle was founded in 2013 by three Virginia Tech engineering students passionate about making greeting cards more personal, accessible and fun! www.cardisle.com
Card Isle was founded in 2013 by three Virginia Tech engineering students passionate about making greeting cards more personal, accessible and fun! www.cardisle.com
Card Isle
www.cardisle.com
Card Isle www.cardisle.com
Card Isle www.cardisle.com

Richmond, VA, Oct. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that the Virginia Founders Fund (VFF) has invested in Card Isle, a Blacksburg, Va.-based technology company that is rethinking how greeting cards can be distributed in a changing retail landscape. Card Isle offers turnkey solutions to design, order, and print personalized greeting cards, and will use this capital from VFF to continue their rapid growth in the eCommerce gifting sector and develop new markets.

 

Greeting cards have a unique ability to connect people

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Future City: Inside Opendoor’s IPO prospectus, an apartment startup that wants you to “swipe right”


Opendoor’s open book

Since announcing plans to go public with a SPAC, Opendoor’s been offering potential investors a peek under the hood. Last week’s 650-page prospectus gave an unvarnished account of its financials, including nearly $1 billion in losses since 2013.

The filing also shined a light on the volatility of this year’s business: The company lost $118 million on nearly $2 billion of revenue during the first half of 2020. By comparison, it lost $158 million on $2.7 billion in revenue during the same period last year.

Opendoor’s deal with Chamath Palihapitiya’s blank-check company, Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings II, values the iBuyer at $4.8 billion and will give Opendoor $1 billion in new cash. Proceeds include $600 million through a PIPE, or private investment in public equity.

Here’s what else you need to know about the offering:

SoftBank’s stake. The firm invested $400 million in 2018 and will hold

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Indonesia’s AC Ventures Targets New $80 Million Startup Fund

(Bloomberg) — AC Ventures, an Indonesia-focused venture capital firm, said it completed the first close of a planned $80 million technology investment fund.



a crane next to a body of water with a city in the background: A crane stands at a construction site in this aerial photograph taken in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Indonesia is scheduled to release fourth-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) figures on Feb. 6.


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A crane stands at a construction site in this aerial photograph taken in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Indonesia is scheduled to release fourth-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) figures on Feb. 6.

The Jakarta-based company raised $56 million at the first close, according to its partners. The fund will invest in about 30 early-stage startups in areas including e-commerce and financial technology in the next three years.

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AC Ventures was established in 2019 after two homegrown Indonesian VC firms — Agaeti Ventures and Convergence Ventures — merged to create scale. Its three founding partners are Pandu Sjahrir and Michael Soerijadji, previously general partners of Agaeti Ventures, and Adrian Li, the former founder of Convergence Ventures. Together, they have backed more than

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Thailand’s logistics startup Flash Express raises $200 million

Flash Express, a two-year-old logistics startup that works with e-commerce firms in Thailand, said on Monday it has raised $200 million in a new financing round as it looks to double down on a rapidly growing market spurred by demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The funding, a Series D, was led by PTT Oil and Retail Business Public Company Limited, the marquee oil and retail businesses of Thai conglomerate PTT. Durbell and Krungsri Finnovate, two other top conglomerates in the Southeast Asian country, also participated in the round, which brings Flash Express’ to-date raise to about $400 million.

Flash Express, which operates door-to-door pickup and delivery service, claims to be the second largest private player to operate in this space. The startup, which also counts Alibaba as an investor, entered the market with delivery fees as low as 60 cents per parcel, a move that allowed it to quickly

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