Today’s funding announcements include two startups geared toward parents:
Plum District brings in $8.5M for family-focused offers: The provider of daily deals for mothers has raised a first round of funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to expand the site to Portland, Dallas and Raleigh-Durham this year. A sales force of moms source the deals for the San Francisco-based startup, which has grown to more than 20 cities since launching in May.
Korrio grabs $3.3M to make sports leagues more efficient: The Seattle-based startup, founded by a dad involved in youth sports, has raised a first round of funding from Ignition Partners and private investors to develop software for sports leagues. The web site, which launched publicly this month, helps coaches manage registration, payment, rosters and scheduling so that they can concentrate on the competition.
StayClassy raises $1.25M to help charities collect: The San Diego-based startup has raised a first round of funding to help non-profits collect donations online. Since its launch in 2010, the company has helped more than 1,400 organizations accept donations and manage events using its free fundraising software. Looking forward, StayClassy plans to raise a larger funding round in about six months and expects to drive $20M in donations in 2011.
Liquid Robotics gets $18M for swimming vehicles: The company has raised $18M of an expected $23M in its fourth round of funding to develop the Wave Glider, an unmanned maritime vehicle, according to a filing with the SEC. Based in Sunnyvale, Calif. with a marine base in Hawaii, Liquid Robotics initially developed the Wave Glider to monitor humpback whales. Today, the self-sustaining vehicle, which propels itself using waves and sends data back to shore through satellites, has applications for the government, military and environment.