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Digital health company Wellframe scores $1.5 mln seed funds

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Wellframe has closed $1.5 million in seed funding. The investors included athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush; Tim Draper, founder and managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Carl Byers, venture partner at Fidelity Biosciences; and James Nahirny, founder and manager partner at Leerink Capital Partners. Based in Boston, Wellframe is a digital health firm.

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IFC and Westly Group lead $21 mln round for Ioxus

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Ioxus said Monday that it has raised $21 million in funding. IFC and the Westly Group led the round. Based in Oneonta, NY, Ioxus is a maker of ultracapacitor technology for the transportation, alternative energy, medical, industrial and consumer product industries.

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Vulcan Capital invests $40 mln in Scytl

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Vulcan Capital has invested $40 million in Scytl, which provides secure online voting and election modernization. Vulcan, the investment management firm that oversees Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s portfolio. The investment in Scytl was made from Vulcan’s growth equity fund. Abhishek Agrawal, who heads growth equity investments for Vulcan, will join Scytl’s board.

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Avrio Capital invests $3.5 mln in Hortau

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Avrio Capital has invested $3.5 million in Hortau, which provides wireless, web-based irrigation management. The investment was Avrio’s second in San Luis Obispo, California-based Hortau in 14 months. The firm invested $3 million in Hortau in January 2013.

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Hortau, the leader in wireless, web-based irrigation management, has secured $3.5 million in financing from Avrio Capital – its second investment in the precision irrigation company in 14 months.

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BioConsortia raises Series B from Khosla Ventures and Otter Capital

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BioConsortia has raised an additional $15 million in Series B funding. Khosla Ventures and Otter Capital participated equally in the round.

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Bjond closes $3.25mln Series A

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Bjond has closed $3.25 million in Series A financing. Draper Triangle Ventures led the round, joined by co-investors TriStar Technology Ventures and Hopen Life Science Ventures.

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Capital One to launch VC unit to invest in fintech

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Less than two years after spinning off its last venture capital unit, Capital One plans to launch another VC group to invest in early-stage financial technology companies, according to two sources.

The VC unit will be led by Jaidev Shergill, the people said. Shergill is currently head of digital venture investing and startup business development at Capital One, according to his LinkedIn profile. Earlier in his career he founded and ran the VC unit at Citigroup, which became known as Citi Ventures.

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Clari snares $6 mln from Sequoia

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Clari has raised $6 million in funding from Sequoia. Based in Mountain View, Calif., Clari is a mobile-first sales predictive sales tool.

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Greylock Partners and Second Avenue Partners back GemShare

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GemShare has closed $1.2 million in seed financing from Greylock Partners and Second Avenue Partners. Based in San Francisco, GemShare is a service recommendation app.

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Solar energy firm Sungevity reels in $70 mln

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Sungevity said Friday that it has raised $70 million in financing. Jetstream Ventures led the round with participation from E.ON and GE Ventures. Headquartered in Oakland, Calif., Sungevity is a solar energy provider.

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InterWest Partners leads funding round for AdsNative

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AdsNative has received funding in a round led by InterWest Partners. No financial terms were disclosed, although other outlets report the sum to be $2 million. Other investors that participated in the round were ONSET Ventures, Foundry Group Angel and KBS+ Ventures. Based in Berkeley, Calif., AdsNative is a native ads platform that helps publishers monetize their sites.

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Vapotherm bags $24 mln

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Vapotherm has raised $24 million in financing. Gilde Healthcare Partners led the round with participation from investors that included Adage Capital Management, 3×5 Special Opportunity Fund, Morgenthaler Ventures, QuestMark Partners and Cross Creek Capital. Based in Exeter, NH, Vapotherm is a maker of advanced respiratory care devices.

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Neurovance snags $6.3 mln

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Neurovance has raised a $6.3 million extension in its Series A1 round. The investors included Novartis Venture Fund, Venture Investors, H&Q Healthcare Investors and H&Q Life Science Investors, GBS Venture Partners and State of Wisconsin Investment Board. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Neurovance is a clinical stage neuroscience company focused on treating adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

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JumpStart raises $13 mln in venture debt led by Hercules Technology Growth Capital

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JumpStart, an educational game developer, has raised $13 million in debt financing led by Hercules Technology Growth Capital. The investment will help JumpStart expand beyond its brand portfolio into other products in the children and family space.

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Levels Beyond closes Series A round with additional $2.5 mln from TVC Capital

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Software company Levels Beyond has completed its Series A funding round with an additional $2.5 million investment from TVC Capital. The additional investment brings the total funding round to $7 million.

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Levels Beyond, the company behind the Reach Engine content inventory platform, today announced it has completed its Series A funding with an additional $2.5 million investment from TVC Capital.

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Sofinnova Partners leads $11.6 mln Series A round in RefleXion Medical

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Sofinnova Partners has led an $11.6 million Series A funding round in RefleXion Medical, a medical device company developing a biologically-guided radiation therapy system for cancer treatment. Other participants in the funding included Pfizer Venture Investments and Venrock. Antoine Papiernik from Sofinnova Partners, Bill Burkoth from Pfizer Venture and Colin Cahill from Venrock will join the board.

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Vertex Venture Holdings leads $42 mln Series D funding in Holaira

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Vertex Venture Holdings has led a $42 million Series D funding round in Holaira, Inc., a developer of medical devices to treat obstructive lung diseases. Other participants in the funding round include Windham Venture Partners, two strategic investors and all of Holaira’s existing venture investors: Advanced Technology Ventures, Morgenthaler Ventures, Split Rock Partners and Versant Ventures.

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VCs launch into new space: VCJ

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In early February, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station began launching the first two in a “flock” of 28 cylinder-shaped elfin satellites into orbit around the Earth.

The satellites, small cylinder-like devices weighing less than 5 kilograms (11 pounds), join a multitude of a half-dozen spacecraft in a low-earth trajectory that will photograph every square inch of the planet on a regular basis.

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