January 17, 2020

Sustainable packaging startups raise record sums

Startup investors really want plastic bottles to be passé, judging from the sums they’re pouring into companies in the sustainable packaging and materials space. Collectively, top-funded companies have raised more than $850 million, with most of the money flowing in over the past couple of years.

Top takeaways from seed investors

A Crunchbase interview series with top seed investors unearthed a lot of good advice for very-early-stage startups and their founders. We condense some of the key takeaways for launching, investing, fundraising and thriving in startup-land.

Homebound raises $35M to rebuild after fires

Homebound, a startup that works with homeowners to rebuild after major fires, has raised $35 million in a Series B round led by Fifth Wall Ventures. Co-founders Nikki Pechet and Jack Abraham launched the company in late 2017 in the wake of the Tubbs Fire in Northern California.

Citi launches $150M impact fund

Citi announced the launch of a $150 million Citi Impact Fund, which will make equity investments in “double bottom line” U.S. companies that it deems have a positive impact on society. The fund will have an emphasis on women and minority entrepreneurs, and will focus on workforce development, financial access, infrastructure and sustainability.

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