AeroFarms, a vertical farming startup, has closed a $20 million financing round led by Wheatsheaf Group with participation from previous backers GSR Ventures, MissionPoint Capital and Middleland Capital. AeroFarms CEO David Rosenberg said: “There is so much interest in what we are doing and how we leverage technology to grow wonderful tasting and nutritious leafy greens. We are particularly excited about increasing our research and development efforts in order to improve quality and lower costs through streamlined operations and decreased capital expenditure. We are on a mission to build responsible farms and nourish communities all over the world, and we are very excited by the shared long-term vision with each of our investors.
Vayyar Imaging, an Israeli-based 3D-imaging sensor company, has raised $22 million in Series B funding. Walden Riverwood led the round, with participation from previous investors such as Battery Ventures Bessemer Venture Partners, Israel Cleantech Ventures and Amiti Ventures. The company has now raised a total of $34 million to date. “Investing in Vayyar Imaging was an obvious choice. 3D imaging sensor technology is the future, and Vayyar is leading the way with its truly revolutionary technology,” said Lip-Bu Tan, Founder, and Chairman, Walden International. “Vayyar’s tremendous growth in the enterprise market validates that there is a very large demand globally for solutions that empower people to improve their health, safety and quality of life using mobile, low-cost, safe 3D imaging sensors.”
Pramata, a customer relationship intelligence startup, has secured a $10 million Series A financing round. Volition Capital led the round, with participation from Argosy Capital and Peninsula Ventures, both previous investors. “Highly negotiated customer contracts define complex B2B relationships,” said Praful Saklani, Pramata co-founder and CEO. “Teams spend too much time trying to extract and understand the historical information buried in them, trying to piece together the puzzle of the current relationship. With Pramata, they can immediately leverage customer intelligence to focus on action to drive retention and growth results. ”
China-based study mobile app Afanti has raised $60 million in Series B funding from Shenzhen Capital Group Co., Ltd., Fenghuang Xiangrui Internet Investment Fund and Lang Ma Feng Venture Capital, according to media reports in China. The company’s service provides real time assistance to school students and currently has 20 million registered students and teachers. The startup was launched in July 2014 and previously raised a $18 million Series A funding round in January.