With so much going on in the city’s thriving ecosystem, it is easy to miss some of the happenings in the space. We keep you abreast of a few of things that you may have missed in NYC Tech News this week including the fundings, exits, and events.
Sweeten, the renovation matchmaker, has raised $3.5M Series A round led by Navitas Capital with help from Gotham Gal Ventures and Overnight Capital. This brings CEO Jean Brownhill Lauer’s company to $7.32M in total.
BentoBox, the company that is bringing restaurants to the Internet, has announced a Seed round of $1.2M led by Armory Square Ventures, joined by Ben Leventhal and Camilla Marcus Siegel.
Blackstone LaunchPad, the global campus entrepreneurship program announced it is launching in 5 New York State universities including New York University. The LaunchPad is backed by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and will be providing $4.5 million in grant funding to the universities over 3 years.
Conversocial, the customer service cloud manager, has raised $11M in a Series B round of funding led by Dawn Capital, Draper Esprit and Octopus Ventures. Joshua March and Dan Lester have now raised $23.96M for the company.
Curacity, the marketing holding company focused on travel booking and content, has acquired WantMeGetMe for an undisclosed amount. CEO Michael Keriakos has also raised a $2.2M Seed round of funding led by Greycroft Partners.
Mouth Foods, the online and physical indie food company, has just raised $5.5M in a Series A round led by KarpReilly with help from Jason Calacanis and Vocap Investment Partners. Founder Craig Kanarick has raised 5 rounds of funding so far.
Kinvolved, the app that connects students with families, has raised $405K in a Debt Financing. This is the founders, Miriam Altman and Alex Meis’, first round.
Squad, the social app that connects you with squads, has raised $1.7M in a Seed round by First Round and Lerer Hippeau Ventures. This is Adam Liebman’s first round of funding.
Worthy, the used luxury items marketplace, has raised a Series B round of $8M led by Carmel Ventures, with help from Eddy Shalev and Meir Barel.
Here’s our curated list of a few NYC startup events for this week.
On Monday night, join the HBS Club of NYC as they host an evening of panel discussions around the topic of fintech investment in NYC featuring Brooks Gibbins, Liron Gitig, and Seth Wheeler – Innovation in Financial Technology: The Venture Capitalists at Barclays Accelerator.
On Wednesday evening, our friends at Startup Climbing host Ryan Amburst of ffVC during their monthly climb event – are putting together an panel around diversity in tech – Climb with Ryan Armbrust: Inside the VC’s Office at Brooklyn Boulders.
On October 28th and 29th, join Decoded Fashion as they bring together the decision makers and innovators from today’s biggest and most disruptive Fashion, Retail, and technology companies for a 2 day summit featuring in-depth discussions, inspiring keynotes, interactive roundtables, and much more killer content – Decoded Fashion New York Summit 2015 at IAC.
ON THE HORIZON:
On November 5th and 6th, join Microsoft for the Cloud Roadshow. 2 days of technical training and programming targeted to learn the benefits of building infrastructure in the cloud. Breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and beverages provided for free – Microsoft Cloud Roadshow at Javits Center.
On November 17th, join Empire Angels for an evening of discussion around bootstrapping and avoiding external financing. Tze Chun, founder of Uprise Art, and Will Nathan, co-founder of Homepolish, will engage in a fireside chat on building sustainable businesses with creative financing – Empire Angels Event Series – Bootstrapping 101 at Samsung.