Funding and Acquisitions Roundup: EdTech companies Graduway, BrightBytes and Tutorspree all announce substantial new funding rounds

By Editor February 22, 2013

This week’s early-stage startup funding and acquisitions news:


With $1.1M In The Bank, Graduway Launches To Help Schools Reinvent Alumni Networking (via TechCrunch)

BrightBytes Grabs $750K To Help Schools Measure The Real Impact Of Technology On Student Learning (via TechCrunch)

Tutorspree Raises $1 Million Round Led By Sequoia Capital (via TechCrunch)


PayrollHero nabs $1m to expand its cloud-based payroll platform in Southeast Asia (via TheNextWeb)


Game Analytics Opens To The Game Developing Masses, Raises $2.5M From Sunstone Capital, CrunchFund, And Others (via TechCrunch)


‘X’ marks the spot for Battery Ventures’ new $900M fund (via VentureBeat)

Sequoia Capital Is Raising A New Dedicated Fund For Its Stealthy ‘Scout’ Seed Investing Program (via TechCrunch)


Nexmo raises $3M to link apps to old-school carrier networks (via gigaom)

Indoor Positioning Startup Raises “Six-Figure” Seed Round From Tecnet Equity, SpeedInvest, And Techinvest (via TechCrunch)

Celly Raises $1.4 Million to Bring Emergent Social Networks to Families, Schools & Communities (via company blog)


With A Revenue Model In Sight, Crowdsourced News Service Blottr Raises $612K For Its Content Syndication Platform NewsPoint (via TechCrunch)

The Business of Fashion website raises £1.3m and backing from LVMH (via The Guardian)

UK-based betting exchange Smarkets lands $2.3m from Deutsche Telekom’s T-Venture, Passion Capital (via TheNextWeb)


With $650K In Seed Funding, YC-Backed Upverter Chases The Dream Of A Hardware Startup Revolution (via TechCrunch)


YC-Backed Referly Acquires LaunchGram, Eyes Ramen Profitability (via TechCrunch)

Food subscription service Blue Apron raises $3m to expand US service as it delivers 6k meals/week (via TheNextWeb)

David Tisch, Brad Feld, Gary Vaynerchuk & Others Put $1 Million Into Vengo, The Mini Vending Machines From TaxiTreats Maker (via TechCrunch)

Thai Mobile Shopping App ShopSpot Adds Brands, Gets $628,000 (via TechCrunch)


‘Big data’ startup Sociocast conjures $1M, opens up ‘Prediction API’ to SMBs (via VentureBeat)

Stormpath gives companies an easier way to authenticate users, with $8.2M (via VentureBeat)