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7 December 2022 - A Weekly Publication by New North Ventures
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Elevator Pitch: Artificial intelligence-based hardware and software technology designed to solve critical challenges in the national security sector.
Funding: The company raised $1.48 billion on Dec. 1, 2022 in Series E funding led by Valor Equity Partners at an $8.48 billion valuation.
Elevator Pitch: Grid-scale energy storage systems designed to power the carbon-free electric grid, enabling governments and corporations to generate clean energy while seamlessly integrating with the existing electricity-generating facilities.
Funding: The company received $10 million of grant funding from U.S. Department of Energy in the Part of ARPA-E Program on November 29, 2022.
Elevator Pitch: AI computing solutions to build scalable AI architectures and flexible software integration, designed to increase the computing capabilities of modern AI systems.
Funding: The company raised an undisclosed amount of venture funding from Scout Ventures approximately in December 2022.
The DoD announced a new organization - The Office of Strategic Capital (OSC) that will help build an enduring technological advantage by partnering with private capital providers.
Companies that are developing critical technologies such as advanced materials, next-generation biotechnology, and quantum science will be able to more easily access private capital through the office that will result in faster development of capabilities for the DoD.
The OSC was created to help provide long term funds aimed at bridging the so-called “valley of death”, referring to the sometimes years long financing gap between development and full scale production.
The intent of the OSC is also to encourage startups in these critical technology fields to seek and access funding at home rather than choosing private capital from Russia or China.
The world’s largest maker of advanced computer chips, TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) outlined a $40 billion plan on Tuesday to expand and upgrade a U.S. production hub that it is building in Phoenix, AZ.
There have been growing concerns from the U.S. about the over reliance on Taiwan for chips, given that China claims it as its own territory. The scaling of a U.S. based TSMC facility would have significant implications.
President Biden and Apple CEO Tim Cook attended the unveiling event at the Phoenix facility.
Look for a new episode of Securing the Future Podcasts wherever you listen. In our latest episode we have guest Laura Thomas of ColdQuanta, sit down with General Partner Brett Davis for an engaging conversation on the future of quantum and national security. Listen below on Spotify.