Nigeria’s Piggybank raises $1.1 million to help West Africans save

Eight in 10 Nigerians need to save at least 40% of their monthly income to survive and pay for daily expenses. Nigerian financial technology company wants to help. The startup allows users to save small amounts of money daily, weekly or monthly until the user reaches their savings target with no deposit fees, no withdrawal

Beyond Meat takes a hearty helping of growth capital

Investors have a growing appetite for “alternative proteins” as a healthier, more environmentally sustainable food source. The California-based Beyond Meat, known for its plant burgers, raised $55 million from former McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson’s Cleveland Avenue, a food-and-beverage venture firm, with backing from poultry giant Tyson Foods’ venture fund. The funding comes after Beyond Meat’s deal to

Techstars and Nature Conservancy to launch sustainability accelerator

Mark Tercek of The Nature Conservancy says the effort will identify “potential technology breakthroughs that will accelerate protection of nature at scale,” particularly in food production and water use. Last month, Techstars announced the launch its first impact acceleration program, focusing on social startups in financial services, healthcare, education, agriculture and energy. The Sustainability Accelerator plans to