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Audible has recently welcomed four new minority-owned businesses into its Newark, NJ-based Business Attraction Program.  The initiative, launched in August 2023, aims to bolster the local economy by supporting startups through financial backing and expert mentorship.  Empowering Diverse Founders The focus on minority-owned companies, especially those led by Black women, comes at an important time.  Nationally, Black-owned businesses receive one percent of venture funding.  Audible’s program seeks to change this disparity by offering each company up to substantial non-dilutive grants of $250,000.  These funds are allocated for office space, relocation, and local

British legal tech company Definely has raised a $7 million (£5.6 million) Series A investment round to advance its GenAI proposition that helps draft, edit, and understand legal documents. Last year, the Microsoft- and Google-backed company released Vault. This tool leverages AI and OCR technology to analyze and extract key information and clauses from an organization’s internal contract repository. Vault then makes this information readily available to users directly within their documents, exactly when and where it’s needed. One Of The 50 Fastest-Growing Tech Companies In The UK Founded by two former

Backpack Healthcare, an online pediatric mental healthcare provider, has announced a $14 million Series A funding round. Backpack Healthcare Backpack Healthcare, formerly Youme Healthcare, is a tech company that offers an app and teletherapy services designed to provide accessible and inclusive mental health support for young individuals. Led by founder and CEO Hafeezah Muhammad, Backpack Healthcare aims to make a positive impact on the lives of children and adolescents struggling with mental health challenges. With studies finding that 1 in 6 children have a mental, emotional or behavioural health disorder, along with more than

Through venture capital, Ohio has gave $86 million to early-stage tech companies in women – minority-owned or underserved areas. The money comes from the federally funded State Small Business Credit Initiative Venture Capital program and will be invested in 11 professionally managed funds. Ohio Funding These funds are aimed at investing in companies focused on things such as health care, manufacturing and food technologies. The funds were eligible to apply for between $5 million and $10 million. “These awards will help spur innovation by fostering a diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem and accelerating the

Ovom Care, a pioneering German startup in the fertility sector, recently closed €4.8 million ($5.1 million) in seed funding to expand its services across Europe, according to Tech Funding News. Led by an all-female founding team, Ovom Care is at the forefront of integrating empathetic reproductive healthcare by using a combination of generative AI and computer vision. This investment round, led by Alpha Intelligence Capital and supported by Ananda Impact Ventures and Merantix, makes the company’s total funding €6.1 million ($6.5 million). The startup is set to open its first clinic in Portugal by late 2024,

Black-owned AI analytics platform AI Squared has announced a $13.8 million Series A funding round led by Ansa Capital with participation from Latimer Ventures, NEA and Ridgeline. AI Squared As investments in AI increase, data science teams in businesses and governments are looking to implement AI models that can utilize more value from their data to improve decision-making. AI Squared, founded in 2019 by Benjamin Harvey, PhD, helps organizations deliver data and AI insights into their business applications. The company estimates that up to 90% of AI models enterprises develop do not make it

Robert F. Smith’s Vista Equity Partners has raised over $20 billion for its latest fund, making it the largest in its history.  This new fund, known as the eighth flagship fund, passes the previous record of $17 billion raised in 2019.  Embracing AI for Strategic Growth Vista Equity Partners, known for its investments in technology companies, will leverage AI to improve efficiency and performance across the firm and its portfolio companies. “You will also hear more about how we have adopted generative artificial intelligence not just as a tool but as

TLcom Capital, a venture capital firm that partners with African entrepreneurs, has successfully closed its second fund, TIDE Africa Fund II, reaching $154 million. TLcom Capital From fintech to healthcare, TLcom has remained focused on seed to Series A investments, supporting transformative businesses like Andela and FairMoney through multiple funding rounds. With a majority-female leadership team, the firm not only champions gender balance but also backs initiatives like FirstCheck Africa to support women-led startups. TLcom’s approach involves partnering with entrepreneurs from the outset, aiming to build ventures that can deliver substantial returns.  TIDE Africa Fund

American Student Assistance® (ASA), a nonprofit dedicated to transforming how students explore careers and prepare for the future, has announced a significant investment of $25 million.  The nonprofit targets funds and companies with diverse founders and early-stage firms focusing on career education, postsecondary pathways, and workforce development.  The move aims to expand access to essential skills and resources, helping middle and high school students navigate their career paths and achieve long-term success. A $25M Investment ASA’s investment strategy began in April 2022, and since then, it has directed over $40

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