Boston Startup Community News & Content

HelloTeam raises $3.5M seed round for employee management platform

HelloTeam, a Boston-based startup offering a platform to manage and engage employees, has brought in $3.5 million in seed funding. The round was led by Boston firm Underscore VC, with participation from Osage Venture Partners, Ventureforgood and others. HelloTeam got its start in 2016, around the same time founder and CEO Tanya Bakalov left her previous

Aug 18, BostInno

Root AI raises $7.2M seed round to deploy its harvesting robot amid COVID-19-fueled demand

By all accounts, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of robotics and automation by months, if not years. The reasons are fairly clear — robotics don’t call in sick, nor are they disease vectors in the same manner as their human counterparts. As food production and agriculture are looking to be among the biggest

Aug 13, TechCrunch

Could a shift to remote work play to Rhode Island’s advantage?

When Mike Melillo first launched his startup, Dockwa, in 2014, he and his co-founders made what was at the time an unorthodox decision to recruit talent from all over the country. Although employees from outside Rhode Island would need to work remotely, recruiting from a wider geography would allow Dockwa to better compete with larger

Aug 11, Rhode Island Inno

VC funding update: Boston startups and tech firms raised $6.9B in July

The Boston biotech scene is at it again, accounting for about $6.2 billion worth of all fundraising in Massachusetts last month. Altogether, Boston startups and tech firms raised about $6.9 billion by our count. It’s not all biotech. The software industry is on fire, too, raising more than $417 million in capital last month. Most

Aug 04, BostInno

ClimaCell raises $23M to bring its HD weather maps to market

ClimaCell, a Boston-based microweather tech startup, whose platform generates high-definition weather maps, has brought in $23 million in Series C funding. The round was led by Pitango Growth and Square Peg Capital. It’s been a turbulent year for ClimaCell. This spring, as the coronavirus pandemic ravaged the startup economy, the startup furloughed 10 employees. Co-founder and CEO

Jul 28, BostInno

Boston’s Q2 shows that the startup rebound isn’t ahead of us, it’s upon us

The coronavirus caused some disagreement amongst Boston’s venture capital community. Looking back at our mid-2020 survey of its VCs, some saw the city’s strength in biotech and healthcare as a competitive advantage, while others saw Boston’s diverse startup ecosystem as key to its survival. And some were worried that activity was about to clamp down.

Jul 27, TechCrunch

Meet Soko Founder Martel Metellus

Martel Metellus is the founder of Soko, a discovery network for the Black community to connect, collaborate, and find new opportunities. Founded in September 2019, Soko began as a freelance marketplace for Black skillworkers. Like many great startups, Soko was created to satisfy the founder’s own pain points. Metellus developed Soko to solve his need of

Jul 26, Boston Speaks Up

Autonomous boat startup Sea Machines reels in $15M led by Huntington Ingalls

Sea Machines, the Boston-based developer of self-driving technology for boats, has raised a $15 million Series B round. The round was led by Huntington Ingalls Industries, America’s largest military shipbuilding company, with participation from Toyota AI Ventures, Brunswick Corp. (through investment partner TechNexus), Geekdom Fund, NextGen Venture Partners, Eniac VC, LaunchCapital and others.

Jul 22, BostInno

Biobot Analytics to analyze signs of COVID-19 through sewage 3 times a week at Massachusetts treatment plant

If you live in Boston or any of more than three dozen other eastern Massachusetts communities, you could be sending vital data to public health officials with each flush of your toilet. Through the end of the year, the sewage arriving at the Deer Island Treatment Plant will be tested three times a week for

Jun 29, MassLive

Lab data automation startup BioBright acquired by U.K.-based Dotmatics

BioBright, an 11-person startup based in Boston that automates data flow from laboratory instruments to a secure cloud, has been acquired by Herts, U.K.-based Dotmatics. No financial terms were disclosed. Founded in 2015 and initially funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), BioBright’s aim is to create “the smart laboratory of the future.”

Jun 25, BostInno