Kenya’s Apollo Agriculture raises $6M Series A led by Anthemis • TechCrunch

Apollo Agriculture believes it can attain profits by helping Kenya’s smallholder farmers maximize theirs. That’s the mission of the Nairobi-based startup that raised $6 million in Series A funding led by Anthemis. Founded in 2016, Apollo Agriculture offers a mobile-based product suit for farmers that includes working capital, data analysis for higher crop yields and options

New Media Ventures creates rapid-response fund for political startups in the COVID-19 era • TechCrunch

The decade-old New Media Ventures investment fund, which backs startup businesses and non-profits developing technologies to improve access to government, said it is raising a “Crisis Innovation Fund” aiming to provide matching grants for startups advancing democracy and centering marginalized communities. The fund will offer grants and investments of between $25,000 and $250,000 to entrepreneurs

FDA updates COVID-19 testing guidelines to allow self-swab tests • TechCrunch

The FDA has updated its guidelines for COVID-19 testing procedures to make the process easier and less uncomfortable for patients, as well as to help limit the impact of testing on the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by healthcare workers, including protective masks, face shields, gloves and gowns. The change means that people

The future of gig work could involve unions and co-ops • TechCrunch

The classification of gig workers for companies like Uber, Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash and Postmates has long been a topic of debate. Since California worker-protection bill AB 5 became law, some companies have gone to great lengths to continue classifying workers as independent contractors. Uber and Postmates, for example, unsuccessfully sued to try to prevent the