This Week in 'Raises': Leo DiCaprio Helps Launch a New Sustainable VC Fund

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is a reporter at dot.LA. Prior to that, she was an editorial fellow at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

This Week in 'Raises': Leo DiCaprio Helps Launch a New Sustainable VC Fund
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This week in “Raises,” Hadrian Automation lands Silicon Valley backing for a new automated factory in Torrance, while a new sustainable venture capital fund launches with the help of Leo DiCaprio.

Venture Capital

Collectors, a Santa Ana-based collectibles marketplace, raised $100 million in funding led by investors Nat Turner, D1 Capital Partners, Cohen Private Ventures and TCG Capital Management.

Hadrian Automation, a Hawthorne-based automated manufacturing startup, raised $90 million in funding co-led by Andreessen Horowitz and Lux Capital.

Yami, an L.A.-based online store selling Asian goods, raised a $50 million Series B round co-led by Altos Ventures and Balsam Bay Partners.

Newport Beach-based biometric data company VivoSense raised a $25 million Series A round co-led by Perceptive Xontogeny Venture Fund and the Debiopharm Innovation Fund.

San Diego-based finance platform Mosaic raised a $25 million Series B round led by Founders Fund.

Impulse Space Propulsion, an El Segundo-based space transportation services company, raised a $20 million seed round led by Founders Fund.

SimWin, an L.A.-based NFT fantasy sports startup, raised $6.2 million in funding, per an SEC filing.

Crypto Raiders, an L.A.-based NFT marketplace, raised $6 million in funding co-led by DeFiance Capital and Delphi Digital.

L.A.-based digital fashion tech company BODS raised a $5.6 million seed round led by Peter Boyce II at Stellation Capital.

Leaf Agriculture, an L.A.-based agriculture data company, raised $5 million in seed funding led by S2G Ventures.

Irvine-based remote work platform Wing Assistant raised a $2.1 million seed round from Surface Ventures, Brookstone Venture Capital and UC Berkeley SkyDeck.

Funds

Wave Financial, an L.A.-based digital asset investent management firm, launched its $100 million Wave ADA Yield Fund to invest in decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms using the Cardano blockchain.

Regeneration.VC, an L.A.-based venture capital firm, raised a $45 million fund to invest in “circular and regenerative” consumer materials, technologies and brands. The fund’s investors include actor Leonardo DiCaprio and musician Martin Gore, as well as San Francisco venture firm Tribe Capital.

Raises is dot.LA’s weekly feature highlighting venture capital funding news across Southern California’s tech and startup ecosystem. Please send fundraising news to Decerry Donato (decerrydonato@dot.la).

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