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Food startups NotCo and Climax Foods raise financing for plant-based alternatives

ImpactAlpha, September 16 – Chile-based NotCo uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify plant-based proteins as substitutes for animal-based food products. NotCo secured $85 million to expand its alt-meat and dairy product line to the U.S.  The company raised $30 million last year for its line of plant-based mayonnaise and ice cream.  Meanwhile, San

SJF Ventures backs Terabase Energy’s $6 million raise

ImpactAlpha, September 10 – Berkeley, Calif.-based software company Terabase helps monitor and automate utility-scale solar projects. The company is pushing to lower the cost of solar power below $0.01 per kilowatt-hour in the next five years. (A recent Terabase project in Qatar will sell power for $0.01449/kWh). The company has raised a $6 million Series

LeapFrog backs $54 million round for affordable insurer PasarPolis

ImpactAlpha, September 3 – Indonesian insurance tech company PasarPolis partners with large insurance firms to develop health, vehicle and life insurance products for lower-income customers. The five-year-old company expanded into Vietnam and Thailand last year. LeapFrog invested in the company’s $54 million Series B round. The impact investor was joined by ride-hailing company Gojek’s venture

Raptor Maps raises $5 million for drone intelligence for solar companies

ImpactAlpha, September 1 – Boston-based Raptor Maps is helping rooftop solar companies scout and monitor installation sites by collecting and analyzing aerial data from drones, scoping out issues like tree cover and panel damage. “Our mission is to build software that enables the solar industry to scale,” said Raptor’s Nikhil Vadhavkar.  The company’s Series A

Motiv secures $15 million to convert trucks to electric vehicles

ImpactAlpha, August 25 – With states like California passing policies to accelerate electric vehicle adoption, Motiv’s technology offers an intermediary step for commercial vehicle and fleet owners. The San Francisco-based company makes chassis that can convert gas-powered vehicles to electricity. Clients include the U.S. Postal Service.  Motiv raised $15 million in convertible notes from existing investor