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Highlights of the Week (August 27, 2021)

Highlights of the Week (August 27, 2021)
August 27, 2021

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I hope you had a great week balancing melancholy gray skies, a tropical storm named Henri, and blistering heat. Thanks to Henri, we’ve officially achieved one of the wettest NYC summers on record, another damper to our bygone dreams of “hot vax summer.” Still, we hope you’ve been enjoying the summer we’ll all inevitably be telling our grandkids about before we load them onto their auto-piloted school bus descending to a below-ground schoolyard
 

Let’s look at the week’s top stories from PrivCo:

  • With the recently issued “code red for humanity” in relation to the climate crisis, there's never been a greater need to turn our attention towards solutions (rather than bury them in the sand). For some positive inspiration, we looked at climate tech's innovative leaders. Take a deep breath and learn more here.

  • For our Investor Highlight, we looked at the business incubator and investor, Y Combinator. The Silicon Valley fixture has had a slice of many epic startups and continues to grow its later stage portfolio. See what the incubator is up to here.

  • For anyone who followed the journey of cannabis from criminal to corporate, there’s a new “drug” in town. We looked at the early signs of the magic mushroom's ascent, and the shroom-adjacent businesses launching. Check them out here.

  • Newsletters are part of the subscription trend taking over traditional media outlets, proving people are willing to pay for content from their favorite writers. Big Tech is getting on the bandwagon by creating or acquiring its own platforms. Find out more here.

Quick News:
Since last week, PrivCo has added:
 
561 Companies | 113 Funding Activities | 59 M&A Deals

Funding & Deal Highlights:
 

 

Plentific raises $100MM from Highland Europe

Real Estate Tech • Round C • London, U.K.
 

Cora raises $116MM from Greenoaks Capital

Lender • Round B • Brazil
 

AG&P Pratham raises $200MM of $300MM total from I Squared Capital

Utilities • Growth Capital • New Delhi, India
 

Playa Bowls raises from Tamarix Equity & Pacific General

Restaurant Chain • Growth Capital • Belmar, NJ
 

Cardior raises $76MM from INKEF Capital

Pharmaceuticals • Round B • Hanover, Germany
 

Balance Payments raises $25MM from Ribbit Capital 

B2B Payments • Round A • San Francisco, CA
 

bodo.ai raises $14MM from Dell Technologies

Analytics • Round A • Moss Beach, CA
 

Sora raises $14MM from Two Sigma Investments

HR Automation • Round A • San Francisco, CA
 

Antidote Health raises $12MM from iAngels & others

Digital Health • Seed • New York, NY
 

Knock raises $5MM from Accomplice & Boston Seed Capital 

Real Estate Tech • Seed • New York, NY
 

TestRigor raises $4.1MM from Flashpoint 

Quality Assurance • Seed • San Francisco, CA
 

Notivize raises $2.2MM from Firebrand Ventures

Product Software • Seed • Palo Alto, CA
 

TZP Group acquires SAXX Underwear

Apparel • Acquisition • Vancouver, Canada
 

CBC Group acquires stake in Hugel for $1.5BN

Botox Manufacturing • Acquisition • South Korea
 

Law Business Research acquires Hopkins Bruce Publishers

Publishing • Acquisition • Abilene, TX


Vox Media acquires Punch Drink 

Drink Publisher • Acquisition • Washington, D.C.
 

Red Barn Investments acquires Reprotech 

Health Care • Acquisition • Columbia, MO
 

Wheel Pros acquires Driven Lighting Group

Auto Retail • Acquisition • Denver, CO
 

Headspace merges with Ginger in $3BN deal

Mental Health • Merger • San Francisco, CA
 

Lanxess acquires International Flavors & Fragrances Antimicrobial Business for $1.3BN

Industrial Products • Acquisition • Leverkusen, Germany
 

Substack acquires Entire Team of Cocoon 

Email Publishing • Acquisition • San Francisco, CA
 

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