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Toronto-based iQ Offices, an operator of premium coworking spaces, has secured $10 million in funding. The backer was BDC Capital's Growth & Transition Capital division. The capital infusion will be used to set up four new locations and expand two other locations.
Combinostics, a Finnish health tech company, has raised 3.9 million euros in Series A funding. Industrifonden and NordicNinja VC led the round.
Palo Alto, California-based Nines, a teleradiology practice, has secured $16.5 million in Series A funding. The investors included Accel and 8VC.
San Francisco-based Searchlight, a human resources software platform, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding, according to a blog post. Accel led the round with participation from other investors that included Founders Fund, Y Combinator and Soma Capital.
Seattle and India-based MontyCloud, a provider of an intelligent multicloud management platform, has secured $2.85 million in seed funding. Madrona Venture Group led the round.
Atlanta-based Popmenu, a provider of guest engagement software for restaurants, has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding. Base10 Partners' Rexhi Dollaku led the round with participation from Felicis Ventures' Niki Pezeshki.
Tokyo-based Heartseed Inc, a biotechnology company developing iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes for the treatment of heart failure, has raised about $26 million in Series B funding. The investors were SBI Investment, JMDC, Gene Techno Science, Nissay Capital, SMBC Capital and Astellas Venture Management LLC.
Woodinville, Washington-based Group14 Technologies, a provider of lithium-ion battery materials, has secured $18 million in financing. The investors were Amperex Technologies Limited, Showa Denko, Cabot Corporation, BASF Venture Capital and OVP Venture Partners.
Boulder, Colorado-based ColdQuanta Inc, a quantum atomics company, has secured $10 million in funding. The backers were Maverick Ventures and Global Frontier Investments.

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