One Way Ventures Investment Update
Q4 - 2021
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One Way Ventures Q4-2021 Update
Hi Friends, 👋
2021 was a very eventful year for us as we were hard at work investing in founders from 18 different countries. We added three full-time employees and welcomed another Entrepreneur in Residence.
As we wrap up our last quarter and set our goals for 2022, we want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who has supported us this past year. Our community has grown so much and we’re looking forward to strengthening the connections we’ve already made.
Wishing everyone health, wellness, and a happy new year.
-The One Way Team
🔎 New Investments
🏠 Billdr, a market network for the home renovation industry, is a one-stop shop for large ticket home renovation projects for homeowners and general contractors. Billdr was founded by Cameroon/French immigrant CEO Bertrand Nembot (ex-Head of Marketplace, Sub-Saharan Africa at Uber) and French immigrant COO Yahya Diallo.
One Way led the $3.2M Seed round.
👾 Mana Interactive is a fintech company building rewards and payment apps for gamers. Mana was founded by serial entrepreneur and Chinese immigrant, Joe Zhou (formerly CEO of FirstBlood).
One Way participated in Mana’s $7M Seed round along with multiple other high-power individuals and institutional investors.
👉 Get the Mana app here 👈
🗞 Portfolio News
🦄 Chipper Cash, an African cross-border payments unicorn, gets a $2B valuation with a $150M extension round [TechCrunch].
🚜 GreenEye, the pioneer of AI-enabled precision spraying technology for agricultural applications, raises $22M Series B [Cision].
🌍 NuvoCargo, a logistics startup created to help simplify the challenges of cross-border trade, raises a $20.5 million venture round at a $180 million valuation led by Tiger Global [TechCrunch].
💰 UNest, a fintech startup that provides financial planning tools for parents saving on behalf of their children, raises $26M Series B [TechCrunch].
🚙 Helm, a scalable artificial intelligence software for autonomous driving, raises $26M Series B [VentureBeat].
💡 Founder Spotlight
We’re proud to see two of our founders highlighted in the Forbes 30 Under 30 List.
☕️ Maricel Saenz, a Costa Rican native, is the sole founder and CEO of Compound Foods. Compound Foods is a food-tech startup focused on creating coffee without coffee beans through precision fermentation. Though the company is still pre-revenue, Maricel has managed to raise $5.3M in funding.
And our second founder to be named…
🥊 Patrick Chandler, of FightCamp, is a co-founder along with Khalil Zahar. They started working on the at-home boxing company when he was in college studying mechanical engineering. FightCamp lets users take on-demand classes with professional trainers. They announced a $90M Series B in June.
🌎 Immigration News + Tips
Our best compilation of immigrant founder news, tips, and resources.
H1-B to GreenCard in 4 Steps.
Traveling to the U.S.? Check out the latest here.
How to Move From Canada to Florida.
7 Practical Tips for Immigrant Founders in America.
💼 Featured Jobs
Interested in working for a venture-backed startup? Explore all of our portfolio job openings on our website.
💼 Emerge: VP of Engineering, Director of Finance.
💼 DressX: UX/UI Designer
💼 Machinery Partner: Business Development Representative
💼 SpaceRyde: Technical Recruiter
🤝 Our Mission
One Way Ventures is on a mission to fund exceptional immigrant founders building high-impact global companies.
Know of any exceptional immigrant founders? Pitch us here.
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