Europe

Researchers show Facebook’s ad tools can target a single user

A new research paper written by a team of academics and computer scientists from Spain and Austria has demonstrated that it’s possible to use Facebook’s targeting tools to deliver an ad ex

Wisdom is a social audio app for opening access to mentorship

U.K. social audio startup Wisdom has launched a new mentorship marketplace that’s described as a mix between Clubhouse and the celebrity-focused courses platform MasterClass. The app lets users

Agreena, a regenerative farming carbon market, raises $4.7M seed from Giant Ventures

Farming accounts for 24% of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions, and this is largely due to the intensive, “industrial” farming methods employed in the last few decades, together with the

Berlin’s Mayd bags $15M seed to deliver meds fast

Berlin-based Mayd has spied an opportunity to build out a medicine delivery platform in Europe which partners with the small-scale pharmacies that tend to be the norm on the continent, capitalizing on

European point of sale provider SumUp acquires customer loyalty startup Fivestars for $317M

SumUp, a European-based competitor to Square, PayPal/iZettle and others that provide mobile-powered card readers and other sales technology to merchants and small businesses, has made an acquisition i

Ireland’s draft GDPR decision against Facebook branded a joke

Facebook’s lead data protection regulator in the European Union is inching toward making its first decision on a complaint against Facebook itself. And it looks like it’s a doozy. Privacy

UK startup blasts gov’t plan to downgrade data protection

The U.K. government’s post-Brexit appetite to “reform” domestic privacy rules by reducing the level of protections wrapping people’s data is already having wider ramifications

Lunar Ventures launches technically oriented, €40M fund, aimed at deep tech startups

Lunar Ventures, a new, technically oriented VC fund aimed at early-stage deep tech startups, is announcing the closing of its €40 million first fund. Lunar was founded in Berlin in 2019 by Dr Elad V

Company-builder VC Antler says it can back startups to Series C, but what are its terms?

Emerging out of Singapore as primarily a “company builder” in 2017, Antler made its name as a runner of a global startup generator program and investing from a very early, pre-seed stage. It tende

Jow raises $20 million for its meal and grocery planning service

French startup Jow has raised a $20 million funding round led by Eurazeo. Jow wants to make it easier to cook at home by taking care of menu ideas and helping you manage your online orders of grocerie

VanMoof teases new high-speed electric bike

E-bike manufacturer VanMoof recently raised a $128 million funding round. And the company is already using some of that cash to develop a brand new product — the VanMoof V. This is a new product in

SheeldMarket raises $10 million for its institutional crypto investment platform

Paris-based cryptocurrency broker SheeldMarket has raised a $10 million Series A funding round led by Atomico. As a EU-registered broker, the company wants to help institutional investors buy and sell

Dott launches bike-sharing service in Paris

Nearly a year after Dott originally announced plans to launch a bike-sharing service, the new offering is going live in Paris. Dott is better known for its scooter-sharing service across dozens of Eur

AI chipmaker Hailo raises $136M as it doubles down new opportunities for AI modules in edge devices

Amid a global semiconductor shortage, an upstart in the world of AI chips is announcing a big round of funding to meet a boom in demand for its technology. Hailo, which makes edge-device chips customi

2150 VC hits $312M for fund to build and run cities greener, and emit vastly less CO2

Back in February new European VC 2150 launched the first $240 million close of its fund to back technologies reducing carbon emissions via the medium of cities, which pump out CO2 at a prodigious rat

Personio, an HR platform for SMEs, raises $270M on a $6.3B valuation, expands into workflow automation

HR technology has been thrown into the spotlight in the last 20 months: COVID-19 has changed the way we work, and so how we manage people in the world of work has had to change, too. Today, a Munich-b

Swile raises $200 million for its employee benefits card and app

French startup Swile has raised a $200 million Series D funding round led by SoftBank Group International. With this funding round, the startup has now reached unicorn status, meaning that Swile has a

Atlantic Labs spins-out FoodLabs, a €100M food tech fund addressing climate and health

In the latest sign that the tech industry is pivoting toward climate and sustainability, Atlantic Food Labs — an offshoot of the Berlin fund Atlantic Labs headed by long-time tech investor Chris

Ex-minister predicts ‘huge battleground’ over UK’s plan to set internet content rules

The former U.K. minster of state for what is now the digital and culture department, DCMS, has warned of the looming battle in parliament over the exact shape of incoming online safety legislation. In

Mobile gaming startup Homa Games raises $50 million

Just days after Voodoo acquired Beach Bum, another French mobile gaming company has news to share. Homa Games is raising a $50 million Series A round led by Northzone. The company partners with indie
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