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YearName of CompanyCountryAmount raised
Series A (first round) or B (second round)
Investors
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EPIC is the industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organisations working in the field of photonics. We foster a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. EPIC publishes market and technology reports, organizes technical workshops and B2B roundtables, engages in advocacy and lobbying, European funded projects, education and training activities, standards and roadmaps, pavilions at exhibitions.
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2020MICLEDI MicrodisplaysBelgium€4.5 millionNot disclosed
imec.xpand, PMV and FIDIMEC.
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2020SMART PhotonicsNetherlands€35 millionSeries C
Dutch consortium led by Innovation Industries.
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2020EndofotonicsSingaporeS$12 millionSeries B
Tony Tan Choon Keat (Chairman of Singapore Medical Group (SMG) and Founding Managing Director of Parkway Holdings) and Dr Beng Teck Liang (Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of SMG).
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2020BELKIN LaserIsrael$12.25 millionSeries B
CR-CP Life Science Fund, Rimonci Capital, Santen Ventures, BioLight Life Sciences and C-Mer Eye Care Holdings.
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2020OtonomoIsrael$46 millionSeries C
SK Holdings, Avis Budget Group, Alliance Ventures, Essemer Venture Partners and StageOne Ventures.
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2020BlickfeldGermany$5.7 millionSeries A
Wachstumsfonds Bayern, Fluxunit, High-Tech Gründerfonds, TEV (Tengelmann Ventures) and Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners.
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2020Rockley
United Kingdom
Not disclosedNot disclosed
Ahren Innovation Capital
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2020Poro Technologies
United Kingdom
£1.5 millionNot disclosed
Cambridge Enterprise, IQ Capital Partners, Martlet Capital and angel investors from Cambridge Angels and Cambridge Capital Group.
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2020RigettiUSA$71 millionSeries D
Bessemer Venture Partners and Morpheus Ventures.
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2020BasemarkFinland€7 millionNot disclosed
ETF Partners (Environmental Technologies Fund)
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2020NanoxIsrael$20 millionNot disclosedSK Telecom
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2020nextnanoGermany$1.0 millionNot disclosedNot disclosed.
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2020Luminous ComputingUSA$18 millionSeries AHelios Capital
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2020Graphcore
United Kingdom
$150 millionSeries D
Baillie Gifford, Mayfair Equity Partners and M&G Investments, Merian Chrysalis, Ahren Innovation Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners and Sofina.
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2020Atom PowerUSA$17.75 millionSeries B
Valor Equity Partners, Rockwell Automation Inc, ABB Technology Ventures, and Atreides Management.
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2020Rockley PhotonicsUSANot disclosedSeries E
Ahren Innovation Capital
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2020Helm.aiUSA$13 millionNot disclosed
A.Capital Ventures, Amplo, Binnacle Partners, Sound Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and SV Angel and other angel investors.
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2020Quantum MachinesIsrael$17.5 millionSeries A
Avigdor Willenz, Harel, TLV Partners and Battery Ventures.
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2020SeeqcUSA$5 MillionNot disclosed
M Ventures, Merck KGaA, BlueYard Capital, Cambium, NewLab and the Partnership Fund for New York City.
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2020SambaNovaUSA$250 millionSeries C
BlackRock, GV, Intel Capital, Walden International, WRVI Capital and Redline Capital.
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2020OneViewIsrael$3.5 millionNot disclosed
TPY Capital, RDC and MediaTek.
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2020NovaSightIsrael$8 millionSeries A
Rimonci Capital and other undisclosed investors.
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2020SLD LaserUSA$50 millionNot DisclosedTDK Ventures
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2020Cambridge Quantum Computing
United Kingdom
Not disclosedNot disclosedHoneywell
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2020Everbright PhotonicsChina$21.2 millionSeries C
Huatai Securities, SDIC Venture Capital and Nanjing Daofeng Investment.
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2020BitsensingSouth Korea$5.8 millionSeries A
LB Investment, Mando Corporation, SB Partners, and Future Play and SJ Investment Partners.
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2020SiLCUSA$12 millionSeed funding
Dell Technologies Capital, Decent Capital, ITIC Ventures, and several angel investors.
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2020IonQUSA$84.0 millionSeries B
Lockheed Martin, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, and Cambium Capital Partners.
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2020SOS LABSouth Korea$8 MillionSeries A+
Korea Development Bank, A ventures, Emford Equity Partners, Ulmus Investment, KDB Capital, Shinhan Capital and Shinhan Financial Group.
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2020IQMFinland$36.2MSeries A
EIC Accelerator program
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2020HesaiChina$173 MillionSeries C
Robert Bosch GmBH and Lightspeed, ON Semiconductor, Qiming Venture Partners, DT Capital Partners, and Axiom Asia Private Capital.
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2020Universal Quantum
United Kingdom
$4.5 millionNot disclosed
Hoxton Ventures, Village Global, Propagator VC, Luminous VC, and 7percent.
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2020Biren TechnologyChina$155.5 millionSeries A
Qiming Venture Partners, IDG Capital, and Walden International and joined by CCI Holdings, CDB Equipment Manufacturing Industrial Investment Fund, Gree Venture Capital, Glory Ventures, Green Pine Capital Partners, Meridian Capital, and V Fund Management.
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2020AryballeFrance€7 millionNot Disclosed
Samsung Ventures and Seb Alliance as well as INNOVACOM, CEMAG INVEST, Asahi Kasei, and HCVC.
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2020EzraUSA$18 millionSeries A
FirstMark Capital, Jeff Raider and Dave Gilboa (co-founders of Harry's and Warby Parker), Vlad Tenev (co-founder of Robinhood), Fred Destin (co-founder of Stride VC), and Andrei Dunca (co-founder & CTO of LiveRail). Existing investors Accomplice, Seedcamp, Credo Ventures, Fo.
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2020Bouffalo LabChinaNot disclosedSeries B
Sequoia Capital China
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2020HailoIsrael$60 millionSeries B
Key strategic investors including ABB Technology Ventures (ATV) – the strategic VC arm of ABB; NEC and London-based VC firm Latitude Ventures.
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2020BlueX MicroelectronicsChinaNot disclosedSeries A
Northern Light Venture Capital, and Vertex Ventures China.
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2020Kura TechnologiesUSA$2.3 millionNot disclosedNot disclosed
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2020SeegridUSA$25 millionNot DisclosedG2VP
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2020Horizon Quantum ComputingSingapore$3.23 millionNot disclosed
Sequoia Capital, SGInnovate, Abies Ventures, DCVC, Qubit Protocol, Summer Capital and Posa CV.
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2020Peak NanosystemsUSA$25 millionSeries C
Squadron Capital
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2020ArterysUSA$28 MillionSeries C
Benslie Investment Group and Temasek Holdings, with participation by Fosun, Revelation Partners, Emergent Medical Partners, and Varian Medical Systems.
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2020Berxel TechnologyChina$14 millionSeries A
Vision Knight Capital and joined by Hongtai Aplus, Legend Star, and Leaguer Venture Capital.
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2020Moffett AIUSA$10 millionNot disclosed
Keytone Ventures, Cloud Angel Fund, and Creation Venture Partners.
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2020Source PhotonicsUSA$40 millionNot DisclosedNot disclosed.
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2020QuintessenceLabsAustraliaNot DisclosedNot DisclosedIn-Q-Tel
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2020WaymoUSA$3 billionNot disclosed
Silver Lake, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Mubadala Investment Company, Magna, AutoNation, T. Rowe Price, Perry Creek Capital, Fidelity Management and Research Company.
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2020SOS Lab South Korea$14 millionSeries A+
Korea Development Bank (KDB)
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2020CeptonUSA$50 millionSeries C
Koito and other unmentioned existing investors.
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2020FiveUK$41 millionSeries B
Trustbridge Partners, Direct Line Group and Sistema VC and existing investors Lakestar, Amadeus Capital Partners, Kindred Capital and Notion Capital.
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2020ARTMSCanada$19 MillionSeries A
Deerfield Management Company, Vancouver based seed investor GHS Fund (Quark Venture LP and GF Securities).
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2020XanaduCanada$4.4 millionNot disclosedSDTC
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2020Eswin ComputingChina$283 millionSeries B
Legend Capital and IDG Capital and joined by Lighthouse Capital Management and River Head Capital
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2020VIDA DiagnosticsUSA$11 MillionSeries C
First Analysis Corporation, Blue Heron Capital, UnityPoint Health Ventures, Next Level Ventures, Chartline Capital Partners, Rural Vitality Fund, Rittenhouse Ventures, Iowa First Capital Fund, and The Angels' Forum
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2020Phantom AIUSA$22 millionSeries A
Celeres Investments and joined by Ford Motor Company and KT (Korea's largest telco). Existing investors Millennium Technology Value Partners and DSC Investment.
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2019GLOphotonicsFranceNot disclosedNot disclosedTrumpf
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2019ArbeIsrael$32 millionSeries B
BAIC Capital, Catalyst CEL, MissionBlue Capital and AI Alliance, Hyundai, SK Telecom and Hanwha Asset Management, Canaan Partners, iAngels, 360 Capital Partners, O.G. Tech Ventures and OurCrowd
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2019TriEyeIsrael$2 millionSeries APorsche
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2019InzivIsrael$2.5 millionSeries A
Maverick Ventures Israel
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2019AevaUSAnot disclosedNot Disclosed
Porsche, VW Group.
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2019TactileIsrael$9 millionNot Disclosed
Porsche, Union Tech Ventures, and previous investors.
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2019Wayve
United Kingdom
$20 millionSeries A
Palo Alto venture capital (VC) firm Eclipse Ventures, with participation from Balderton Capital, Compound Ventures, Fly Ventures, and First Minute Capital.
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2019Scintil PhotonicsFrance€4.4 millionSeries A
Supernova Invest, Innovacom, Bpifrance joined by Credit Agricole Alpes Développement and Foreis.
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2019BrightWay VissionIsrael$25 millionSeries B
Koito Manufacturing and Magenta Venture Partners.
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2019Nu Quantum
United Kingdom
£650,000Pre-seed
Amadeus Capital Partners, IQ Capital, Ahren Capital, Cambridge Enterprise and Martlet Capital, the investment arm of Marshall of Cambridge Group.
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2019Folio PhotonicsUSA$8 millionFurther round
Refinery Ventures, Pavey Investments and Capital One Partners.
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2019CynoaGermany$25 millionSeries C
SRF Partners Group (SRF); DBOLED; and SBI Cross-Border Advantage Fund; MIG Funds; and Wecken & Cie, LG Display and Samsung Venture Investment.
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2019Waycare TechnologyIsrael$7.25 millionSeries A
SJF Ventures, UpWest, Next Gear Ventures, Innogy, Spider Capital, Goldbell, Zymestic Solutions, and Janom.
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2019LuminarUSA$100 millionFurther round
G2VP, Crescent Cove Advisors, Octave Ventures, Moore Strategic Ventures, the Westly Group, 1517 Fund, Peter Thiel’s investment group, GoPro founder Nick Woodman, and Corning Inc., Cornes, and Volvo Cars Tech.
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2019XanaduCanada$32 millionSeries A
OMERS Ventures, Georgian Partners, Radical Ventures, Real Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank and Tim Draper.
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2019EFFECT Photonics
The Netherlands
€5 millionNot disclosedPhotonDelta.
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2019Car IQUSA$5 millionSeries A
Quest Venture Partners, Avanta Ventures, Citi Ventures, Alpana Ventures, Plug and Play, and AVG’s Spike Ventures.
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2019Meridian InnovationSingapore$6 millionFurther round
Creative Technology Ltd, Excelpoint’s investment arm, PlanetSpark and SEEDS Capital.
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2019Built RoboticsUSA$33 millionSeries B
Next47, Siemens, T.J. Rylander, Building Ventures, Founders Fund, NEA, Lemnos and Presidio Ventures.
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2019Tornado Spectral SystemsCanada$10millionSeries A
BeauVest Group and Roadmap Capital.
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2019WaveOptics
United Kingdom
$39 millionFurther Round
Goertek, Australian superannuation fund Hostplus, Octopus Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC), Gobi Partners, and IP Group.
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2019Ghost LocomotionUSA$63.7 millionNot Disclosed
Keith Rabois at Founders Fund, Vinod Khosla at Khosla Ventures and Mike Speiser at Sutter Hill Ventures.
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2019Umbo Computer VisionUSA$8 millionSeries A
Translink Capital and Susquehanna International Group, Shin-Kong Capital and Shin-Kong Security, among other existing investors.
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2019Q-CTRLAustralia$15 millionSeries A
Square Peg Capital, Sierra Ventures as well as Sequoia Capital, Main Sequence Ventures and Horizons Ventures.
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2019NanoPhotonicaUSA$3.5 millionNot disclosed
Samsung Ventures, with participation from DeepWork Capital (formerly the FAN Fund).
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2019AffectivaUSA$53 millionNot Disclosed
Aptiv, Trend Forward Capital, Motley Fool Ventures and CAC.
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2019IQMFinland$13 millionNot disclosed
Matadero QED, Maki.vc, MIG Fonds, OpenOcean, Tesi (Finnish Industry Investment), and Vito Ventures.
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2019MegviiChina$750 millionFurther Round
Bank of China Group Investment (BOCGI), Macquarie Group and ICBC Asset Management (Global), Alibaba Group.
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2019AI Medical ServiceJapan$42.9 millionSeries B
Globis Capital Partners, World Innovation Lab (WIL), IGV’s Sony Innovation Fund, and undisclosed existing and previous investors.
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2019SpeQtralSingapore$1. millionNot disclosed
Space Capital, the venture fund of Space Angels, Shasta Ventures, Golden Gate Ventures and SGInnovate.
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2019Riverlane
United Kingdom
€3.7 millionNot disclosed
Cambridge Innovation Capital and Amadeus Capital Partners, with participation from Cambridge Enterprise.
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2019CeleraUSA$3 millionNot DisclosedNot Disclosed
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2019DigiLensUSA$50 millionFurther Round
Universal Display Corporation’s UDC Ventures, Samsung Ventures, Pokémon Go creator Niantic, Continental AG, Sony Innovation Fund, and Mitsubishi’s Diamond Edge Ventures.
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2019Paragraf
United Kingdom
£12.8 millionSeries A
Parkwalk, IQ Capital Partners, Amadeus Capital Partners and Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge, as well as several angel investors.
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2019Mirada Medical
United Kingdom
₤6 millionNot disclosed
Apposite Capital, AlbionVC, and other private investors.
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2019Lifetrack Medical SystemsSingapore$5.2 millionSeries A
Kickstart Ventures, UOB Venture Management and Philips.
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2019Sight DiagnosticsIsrael$27.8 millionFurther Round
Longliv Ventures, CK Hutchison Group, and existing investors OurCrowd, Go Capital, and New Alliance Capital, along with strategic investors Jack Nicklaus II, Steven Esrick, and an unnamed “major” medical equipment manufacturer.
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2019RecogniUSA$25 millionSeries A
GreatPoint Ventures, Toyota AI Ventures, BMW i Ventures, Faurecia, Fluxunit (VC arm of lighting and photonics company OSRAM), and DNS Capital.
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2019
Cambridge Touch Technologies Ltd
United Kingdom
$10 millionSeries B
Kureha Corporation, Parkwalk, Downing Ventures, CM Ventures and Amadeus Capital Partners, Puhua Capital and Futaba Corporation.
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2019SenSat
United Kingdom
$10 millionSeries A
Tencent and Sistema Venture Capital.
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