Centaur Analytics secures $3 million to cut food waste using sensors

ImpactAlpha, October 10 – California-based Centaur’s funding round was led by seed-stage tech investor Athens, Greece-based Marathon Venture Capital, which specializes in early-stage investments for IoT companies. Centaur uses data science and sensors to track and monitor the conditions in which crops are stored post-harvest. The company’s goal is to improve global food quality and reduce

Meatable raises $3.5 million to make faster, cheaper cultured-meat

ImpactAlpha, October 8 – The Dutch “lab grown meat” startup joins the ranks of Future Meat, SuperMeat and Beyond Meat (notice a trend, anyone?) in raising investment capital to support its alternative protein business. While demand for protein is on the rise globally, the hang up with the lab-grown variety is that it is currently costly to

Hardware is hard: Impact investors overcome obstacles to back a new crop of makers

  • Connectivity, digitization, and data can accelerate social progress and economic prosperity only so far. People’s lives still rely on physical things: infrastructure for shelter and movement, for delivering energy and recycling waste and much more.
  • Yet hardware has long been neglected by impact investors. There are few dedicated hardware venture funds of any kind and even fewer that back products targeted at low-income customers or frontier markets.

Urban-X graduates target city life and infrastructure

ImpactAlpha, October 2 – The Urban-X accelerator graduated its fourth cohort of startups at a demo day in Brooklyn last week. With investors in attendance, seven startups showcased new hardware to make urban life less challenging and more enjoyable. Among this year’s cohort: Avvir, which uses laser scanners to scan construction sites and determine progress