This week, BP and Toyota got involved with climate tech for green hydrogen and measuring soil carbon, respectively. Bushel, a platform for grain trade management, raised additional Series C funding. Elsewhere, food robots and restaurant tech saw new funding rounds but also hefty fines for some.
🇺🇸 Serve Robotics raises $30 million, becomes public company through reverse merger with Patricia Acquisition Corp.
The delivery robot company will use the new financing to deploy up to 2,000 robots with Uber Eats. (Food Dive)
🇩🇪 Restaurant marketing app NeoTaste secures €5.9 million ($6.4 million) Series A. The startup will use the funds to expand it additional cities in Germany as well as international markets. (Silicon Canals)
🇺🇸 Self-driving vehicle-maker Robomart lands $2 million seed round from Wasabi Ventures and others. The company will expand its “store hailing” concept with the new capital. (TechCrunch)
🇺🇸 SEC filing reveals $26.25 million Series C extension for Bushel. The grain management platform has raised a total of $114.85 million in funding through 8 rounds. (Upstream Ag Professional)
🇺🇸 BP venture arm leads $12.5 million round for green hydrogen company Advanced Ionics. Funding will support green hydrogen production technology aimed at decarbonizing heavy industry. (ESG Today)
🇺🇸 The Greener Cattle Initiative awards $758,776 for enteric methane research.Penn State’s Distinguished Professor of Dairy Nutrition Dr. Alexander N. Hristov will develop new enteric methane inhibitors and delivery methods. (PennState)
🇬🇧 RootWave launches a tractor-powered, high-frequency e-weeding machine for fruit orchards. The company is currently crowdfunding via Crowdcube ahead of its Series B. (AFN)
🇦🇺 Australia communications regulator fines DoorDash $2 million for sending spam. DoorDash sent more than 1 million texts and messages in breach of the country’s spam laws, according to the regulator. (Startup Daily)
🇺🇸 Precision fermentation startup New Culture “on track” to produce animal-free mozzarella at cost parity with conventional. The company believes it can reach this parity within three years. (AFN)
🇮🇳 Dunzo dark stores go offline amid worker salary delays. The quick-commerce grocery startup is currently facing a liquidity crisis as it shifts business models. (YourStory)
🇺🇸 Vertical farming company Oishii appoints CPG veteran as CCO. Rita Hudetz will lead Oishii’s strategies around scaling and expanding the company’s retail footprint and driving new product launches. (AFN)
🇮🇱 🇺🇸 Imagindairy obtains self-affirmed GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status in the US. The precision fermentation startup also opened a new headquarters in Haifa, Israel. (Green Queen)