Tech roundup: Techstars' summer class, Splacer's new AI partner, and more

by Brian Nordli
October 11, 2018
Aunt Flow Employee
Photography Via Aunt Flow 

4 New York city startups graduate from Techstars NYC summer program

Diversity defined the latest class of startups in the Techstars NYC summer program. The accelerator bootcamp, which helps startups get off the ground, included four female CEOs, companies from as far away as Israel and Australia and spanned an array of industries. Participating companies included Aunt Flow, which aims to stock organizations with organic cotton tampons and pads, Burlap & Barrel, which sources artisanal spices directly from farmers around the world, and Clever Girl Finance, which provides financial education and tools for women of color. [Techstars]


Splacer event space
Photography via Splacer

Splacer partners with Syte to enter the AI-realm

Splacer will be joining forces with the visual AI company Syte to expand its event-space rental platform. Splacer’s platform connects event organizers with space owners to find unique event spaces to rent. The partnership will enable Splacer to incorporate space image recognition to its platform, creating a customizable search experience for event organizers. [Press Release]


Loadsmart Team
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Loadsmart raises $21.6M to grow its team

Digital freight broker Loadsmart raised $21.6 million in a Series A funding round. Loadsmart combines AI and data to automate truckload booking and help carries maintain a full truckload. Connor Capital SB and Chromo Invest contributed to the investment The startup plans to use the new capital to scale the company’s operations team and invest in its product and engineering. [Venture Beat]


Kettle Bell Kitchen
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Kettlebell Kitchen raises $26.7M in Series B funding

Kettlebell Kitchen raked in $26.7 million after closing a Series B equity round. The startup delivers healthy prepared meals and custom meal plans for people interested in fitness and nutrition. North Castle, a private equity firm focused on businesses in the fitness and health food industry, led the round. Founded in 2017, Kettlebell Kitchen distributes across the U.S. and recently opened another facility in Los Angeles. [Press Release]


Goldbelly team
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Goldbelly completes $20M funding round to meet growing appetite

Foodies rejoice. Goldbelly, a food tech company that delivers dishes from iconic regional and local restaurants to consumers around the nation, announced a $20 million Series B funding round. Enlightened Hospitality Investments led the round. The investment will enable Goldbelly to meet increased demand and expand its technology and operations teams. [Press Release]


Real Estate Marketplace
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Landis accrues $2M in funding

Real estate marketplace Landis raised $2 million in funding to build its team, improve its technology and expand its base of real estate owners. The startup provides a platform that helps homeowners sell their property to trusted real estate investors. Signia Venture Partners led the round along with Red Swan Ventures, Graph Ventures and Kima Ventures, along with several founders. [FinSMEs]

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