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  • Pronto Secures $1.6M To Both Cook For, And Deliver To, Hungry Londoners

    Pronto Secures $1.6M To Both Cook For, And Deliver To, Hungry Londoners

    Fueled by apps and the web, ‘on-demand’ is a big business right now. Uber is on-demand transport and (eventually) logistics. PostMates is on-demand delivery. TaskRabbit is on-demand you name it. Everything is on demand, and there are few places where on-demand is bigger than the simple human needs of food. That’s why JustEat IPO’d, that’s why Rocket Internet… Read More

  • Wuzzuf Secures Egypt’s Largest Funding Round, Led By European VCs

    Wuzzuf Secures Egypt’s Largest Funding Round, Led By European VCs

    BasharSoft, the startup behind leading Egyptian recruiting Wuzzuf, has spent the last 5 years surviving the turmoil of Egypt’s recent history. But it’s come through that to become a rare-commodity: An Egyptian company that has raised significant European VC cash. It’s just closed a Series A of $1.7 million from Sweden-based Vostok New Ventures and UK-based Piton Capital… Read More

  • Chic by Choice Acquires Its Berlin Competitior La Remia

    Chic by Choice Acquires Its Berlin Competitior La Remia

    Chic by Choice (CBC), a European startup which resembles RentTheRunway, has acquired its German competitor La Remia. Terms were undisclosed. Anna Mangold and Claudia von Boeselager, the founders of La Remia, will stay on board as advisors. CBC’s aim is to disrupt inventory management and better monetize brands’ and retailers’ excess inventory. While resembling its US… Read More

  • Lakestar Joins Europe’s Heavy-Hitter VCs With New $385M Fund

    Lakestar Joins Europe’s Heavy-Hitter VCs With New $385M Fund

    As the European startup scene has matured over the last few years so too has the VC scene. But a handicap has always been the issue of follow-on funding. Gradually, however, the most successful firms have managed to raise new funds based on past successes. One such has been Lakestar, the early investors in Spotify, Skype and Facebook. Read More

  • Loyalty Bay Raises $1M For Its API To Incentivize With Gifts

    You know those gift cards you see at the checkout counter in various stores? Well, it’s a kind’ve crazy business. Most people, when given gift cards, forget to spend them or that there’s a use-by date. And yet they remain popular, with so many people buying gift cards and vouchers instead of presents. As a result, most of the players make money from non-redemption. This is… Read More

  • European Entrepreneurs Launch StartupBoat To Address Refugee Crisis

    European Entrepreneurs Launch StartupBoat To Address Refugee Crisis

    While many in Europe are sunning themselves on beaches, a group of young tech entrepreneurs and investors have grouped together to address the crisis of refugees, many from Syria, which have come to European shores in wave after wave this Summer. The initiative was started by Paula Schwarz, an entrepreneur based in Berlin, who’s family owns a house on the the Greek island of Samos… Read More

  • jEugene Detects Errors In Legal Documents, Saving Time And Money

    jEugene Detects Errors In Legal Documents, Saving Time And Money

    Legal documents. If they didn’t already bore you to death imagine having to find the mistakes in them. This is the role of quite a number of poor humans who must screen these things, or suffer hefty losses when something goes wrong. For years, software engineers have enjoyed the assistance of quality assurance software when writing computer code. Lawyers, however, are generally stuck… Read More

  • TetraScience’s Internet-Of-Instruments Could Supercharge Research

    TetraScience’s Internet-Of-Instruments Could Supercharge Research

    There are estimated to be over 13 million scientists globally, almost all of whom have to enter the results of their work manually, often by hand in a notebook. Sure, much of it gets entered into computers. But time is wasted managing data, and productivity suffers. The implications are pretty bad given the year we live in. Over 50% of R&D time is wasted, there’s significant… Read More

  • Ohlala, An Uber For Escorts, Launches In Berlin, Plans Global Rollout

    Ohlala, An Uber For Escorts, Launches In Berlin, Plans Global Rollout

    Until now, “let’s meet” apps like Tinder have skirted the border between dating and simple sexual hookups. Others, like Grindr, have been far more blatant. But no one (at least to my knowledge!) has tried to create what is in effect an Uber for escorts. Till now. Read More

  • Pitch Your Startup At The TechCrunch Lisbon Office Hours This Wednesday

    Pitch Your Startup At The TechCrunch Lisbon Office Hours This Wednesday

    If you’re a startup, you’ve heard of TechCrunch’s Startup Alley and the Battlefield. It’s a big part of our TechCrunch Disrupt conference. Hundreds of startups from all over the world vie for a spot on the main stage or on our showroom floor, to be perused by investors, reporters, and general attendees. Oh, and TechCrunch TV cameras. Every year we want to make each… Read More

  • Festival Of Code Winners May Be The Startups Of The Future

    Festival Of Code Winners May Be The Startups Of The Future

    Startups start with talent, and the talent, as we all know, seems to get younger every year. But it wouldn’t happen if children themselves were not introduced to the word of technology and engineering early, and shown that it can be a fun, creative environment. For the last 6 years, a pioneer of this in the UK has been Young Rewired State, a non-profit founded by Emma Mulqueeny, which… Read More

  • December’s Disrupt London To Feature Delivery Hero And Wallapop

    December’s Disrupt London To Feature Delivery Hero And Wallapop

    We’re continuing to announce speakers for our TechCrunch Disrupt London conference on December 7-8, 2015. The conference will feature an amazing slate of global startups, investors, influential speakers, VIP guests and more.
    Niklas Östberg, Delivery Hero
    Niklas Östberg is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Delivery Hero. Niklas has been involved in the start-up scene since… Read More

  • SMB Lending Platform Iwoca Raises $20M To Expand In Europe

    SMB Lending Platform Iwoca Raises $20M To Expand In Europe

    Iwoca, one of the booming cluster of fintech startups coming out of London, has raised a $20 million series B round from the VC arm of Germany’s CommerzVentures, Acton Capital Partners, the Munich-based private equity and VC firm Redline Capital and other existing investors. The funding will be used to grow the lending platform’s European business. Iwoca offers flexible financing… Read More

  • Crowd Equity Platform Crowdcube Raises $9.3M From Numis, Draper And Balderton

    Crowd Equity Platform Crowdcube Raises $9.3M From Numis, Draper And Balderton

    UK-based crowd equity platform Crowdcube has raised £6 million ($9.3 million) from stockbroker Numis, Tim Draper, his London-based VC firm Draper Esprit and existing backer Balderton Capital. As a result Crowdcube is now valued at £51 million. Read More

  • Equity Crowdfunding Platform Seedrs Raises $15.6M To Launch In US

    Equity Crowdfunding Platform Seedrs Raises $15.6M To Launch In US

    Equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs has raised a $15.6 million (£10 million) Series A round led by Woodford Patient Capital Trust plc (WPCT) and Augmentum Capital, the money from which will be used to launch in the U.S. market. Seedrs had previously raised $7.2 million from Faber Ventures and it’s own crowdfunding campaign. Read More

  • Vector Plans Developer Platform For Its ‘Affordable Luxury’ Smartwatch

    Vector Plans Developer Platform For Its ‘Affordable Luxury’ Smartwatch

    Back in March the Vector — a smartwatch with an e-ink LCD screen — made its debut in a number of reviews in the tech press. Of note was the unusual 30-day battery life and a smartphone control app which worked across iOS, Android and Windows phones. What wasn’t elucidated in detail at the time was that the startup not only planned to release an API to developers, allowing them… Read More

  • Euro SaaS Startups Would Be Idiots Not To Know Notion After New $150M Fund

    Euro SaaS Startups Would Be Idiots Not To Know Notion After New $150M Fund

    The scale of the opportunity in cloud computing and SaaS was underlined today with the news that Notion Capital has closed its third fund with a first round of $120 million, with a final close of $150 million expected. Funds under management will therefore be over $300 million. Partners and brothers Ben and Jos White formed Notion in 2008 after selling MessageLabs to Symantec for $700 million… Read More

  • Rocket’s Oliver Samwer And Citymapper’s Azmat Yusuf Join Disrupt London

    Rocket’s Oliver Samwer And Citymapper’s Azmat Yusuf Join Disrupt London

    We’re delighted today to announce the next round of speakers for our TechCrunch Disrupt London conference on December 7-8, 2015. The conference will feature an outstanding slate of global startups, influential speakers, guests and more. Oliver Samwer, Co-founder – Rocket Internet
    Oliver Samwer is one of the most successful Internet entrepreneurs ever, having built and exited… Read More

  • Stream It Like Beckham: Global Star Backs Periscope/Meerkat Rival MyEye

    Stream It Like Beckham: Global Star Backs Periscope/Meerkat Rival MyEye

    Since live streaming from mobile phones came roaring back in the era of social media, major celebrities have been courted by platforms like Meerkat and Periscope for their crowd pulling power. Now another one of those stars is putting his money where his mouth is. David Beckham, the well known athlete and megabrand, has become a founding investor in a new British startup which plans to take… Read More

  • Mirakl Closes $20M Series B From VCs That Love Online Marketplaces

    Mirakl Closes $20M Series B From VCs That Love Online Marketplaces

    Who says France can’t produce startups? Online marketplace startup Mirakl has just closed a $20m Series B round of funding led by 83North with participation from new fund Felix Capital, and Dave Strohm, Partner at Greylock and a founding investor and advisor to 83North. The cash will be used to take its platform to more B2C and B2B retailers globally. Why? Well, Mirakl claims it… Read More

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