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Last (Two Weeks) in Boston Tech Deals
Nineteen Companies That Raised $430M+
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Boston Tech Financing Announcements:
Water treatment technology company Gradiant just raised a $100M Series C led by Warburg Pincus and Schlumberger New Energy. They develop end-to-end advanced water treatment facilitates for sustainable and cost-effective operations.
Quantum computing company QuEra Computing just came out of stealth with $17M in funding from Day One Ventures, Rakuten, and Frontiers Capital. They recently received a DARPA award to commercialize their breakthrough quantum research in “neutral-atom technology.”
QuEra’s machine is built with individual atoms as a way of encoding and processing information — exploiting the quantum properties of these atoms for performing functions that are impossible for other devices. With 256 atomic qubits — as opposed to near 50 atomic qubits in present-day state-of-the-art commercial quantum systems — VentureBeat
Vending machine startup SOS just raised $3.4M led by For Later, the venture arm of retail incubator For Now. They offer a variety of just-in-time necessities to customers in bathrooms and use the touchscreen to display visually rich advertisements when not in use.
Mabl, a SaaS company building end-to-end software testing automation tools, just raised a $40M Series C led by Vista Equity Partners. Their automated and low-code test development product helps speed up the release pipeline for new software products. Mabl allows you to record an action using its Chrome extension to create an automated UI test that can be easily replayed to test for QA issues.
ZAGENO, which is building an “eCommerce marketplace” for the life science research industry, just raised $60M led by General Catalyst with additional support from Grazia Equity, Capnamic, and HighSage Ventures. They want to be the single stop for supplies and services in the scientific research community.
Battery diagnostics and management company Titan Advanced Energy Solutions just raised a $33M Series B led by HG Ventures. They use ultrasound technology to gauge battery health, currently focusing on the automotive and stationary storage markets.
LabMinds just announced a $6.4M funding round from Waters Corporation and Red Deer Capital. The eleven-year-old company uses AI and robotics to optimize lab productivity, improve safety, and minimize waste to bring medical solutions to market more quickly.
AI-driven A/B testing company OfferFit just announced a $14M Series A led by Canvas Ventures, with participation from Alumni Ventures Group. The company helps businesses use self-learning AI to alter web page configurations for users based on first-party data.
KaiPod Learning 🧑🎓
KaiPod Learning, a YC S21 company that helps create “learning pods” for K-12 students, just raised a $1.5M seed round from GSV Ventures, EO Ventures, and Verissimo Ventures. They offer micro-school environments for online students to congregate and work together.
OneScreen.ai, which specializes in Out-of-Home advertising, just raised $3M in seed funding (following a $1M raise in July). The funding came from Asymmetric Capital Partners and Impellent Ventures. They want to bring a layer of intelligence to the standard outdoor billboard offering so advertisers can make more informed ad decisions.
AI drug discovery company DeepCure just raised a $40M Series A led by Morningstar Ventures, with support from TLV Partners, Sapir Venture Partners, and Benon Group. The company has created a chemistry database that covers over one trillion compounds and one quintillion molecules. They use it to run generative models for new drug candidates.
Following a $135M Series E at a 1B+ valuation in March, cyber security company Aqua Security has raised another strategic round from Capital One Ventures (size not disclosed). They’re one of the largest pure-play cloud-native security companies, and compete closely with Snyk.
Neurotechnology startup Beacon Biosignals just raised $27M in Series A funding led by General Catalyst, with support from Casdin Capital. They’re building an EEG analytics platform that stores and analyzes brain signal data for clinical researchers.
Poop research company BioBot Analytics just filed for a $20.8M equity raise in an amended Form D. The company pulls data from wastewater sewage to generate health insights about populations — most recently COVID-19 prevalence.