• Better Origin, which turns flies into food for chickens, raises $3M from Fly Ventures

    9 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    Better Origin is a startup that converts waste food into essential nutrients using insects fed to chickens inside a standard shipping container. It's now raised a Seed Series $3 million funding round led by Fly Ventures and solar entrepreneur Nick Boyle, while previous investor Metavallon VC is also participating. Its competitors include Protix, Agriprotein, InnovaFeed, Enterra, Entocycle.
    Better Origin's product is an “autonomous insect mini-farm.” Its X1insect mini-farm is dropped on site. A farmer adds food waste - gathered from nearby factories or from the farm - into a hopper to feed...
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  • ErudiFi raises $5 million Series A to give students in Southeast Asia more education financing options

    9 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    Based in Singapore, ErudiFi wants to help more students in Southeast Asia stay in school by giving them affordable financing options. The startup announced today it has raised a $5 million Series A, co-led by Monk's Hill Ventures and Qualgro.
    ErudiFi currently works with more than 50 universities and vocational schools in Indonesia and the Philippines. Co-founder and chief executive officer Naga Tan told TechCrunch that students in those countries have limited financing options, and often rely on friends or family, or informal payday lenders that charge high interest rates.
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