Monthly Stryber Startup Watchlist August
A monthly series highlighting exciting Seed and Series A companies that have announced or raised their latest funding round in the last month and why I believe those ventures are worth to watch in the future.
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First, I start with some highlights from the world of venture capital and corporate venture building / startup activities:
And here are the top early-stage investments from the last month:
Wingocard (US, FinTech)
Wingocard helps teens access the cashless economy with the world’s best banking experience. The Wingocard App is a mobile banking tool designed for teens and their parents. The app allows parents to instantly transfer money to their teens and keep an eye on how they spend it.
Acrew Capital, Force Over Mass Capital, Backed, Paul Forster (co-founder indeed.com)
Financial banking and wellness solutions in B2C exist already plenty, but targeting teens and young adults to educate them early on around financial topics sounds like a promising strategy to enter the crowded market.
★★★☆☆ Unicorn potential
★★★☆☆ Business model
Ready, Set, Food! (US, Digital Health)
Their allergist-developed system gently introduces babies as young as four months old to peanut, egg, and milk, helping reduce their risk of developing these common food allergies by up to 80%.
AF Ventures, Marc Cuban, Danone Manifesto Venture
Current medical research shows that introduction of potential food allergens — like dairy, eggs or nuts — at an early age can help prevent children from later developing food allergies.
★★★☆☆ Unicorn potential
★★★★☆ Business model
Popshop Live (US, Retail/eCommerce)
Popshop Live is an e-commerce platform that uses streaming video to let sellers both connect with their shoppers and sell their wares in a new way. Individual sellers, or established brands and stores, can get on the platform to create and host their own shows. The product also integrates with Shopify to help sellers manage their inventory and POS during the show without any additional hassle.
Popshop Live provides sellers with a playbook for best practices on running their own show. Sellers also get access to gamification features, show templates, real-time performance stats and metrics reports to give them a complete picture of how their show is performing across a wide range of data points.
Abstract Ventures, Halogen Ventures, Long Journey Ventures, and others
Not disclosed, likely standard combination of monthly fee and transaction fee
Clever business model accelerated through covid-19 enabling retailers new ways to make sales.
★★★★☆ Unicorn potential
★★★★★ Business model
Stryber Startup Analytics Platform
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Here is a snapshot of what our platform looks like:
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At Stryber we launch several startups with unicorn potential per year. Check out our careers page for open opportunities in our portfolio companies.
Disclaimer: I took the great weekly blog posts from Brendan Wales (eventures) as inspiration for this monthly format.
CPO & Venture Director