Europe

Otta, a jobs platform with a database approach, raises $20M Series A from Tiger

You’d think that platforms offering jobs listings couldn’t be innovated on much these days, but London-based Otta wants to prove that theory wrong. It has a platform for matching jobs at tech comp

Starship Technologies picks up €50M from the EU’s investment arm to expand its fleet of autonomous delivery robots

Starship Technologies, one of the bigger names in the world of autonomous delivery robots — those little caboose-like, boxy delivery vehicles that self-drive around cities — has been on a

Zoi, a preventive care startup co-founded by a former Macron advisor, raises $23 million seed round

Meet Zoi, a new French startup that wants to combine routine medical checkups with preventive care through a mobile app. The startup has been co-founded by Ismaël Emelien, former special advisor to E

Deliverect raises $150M at a $1.4B+ valuation to streamline online and offline food orders

As we have started to see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, food delivery has shaped up to continue to be a major business. In England, for example, some 76% of people order at least one ta

Google’s Privacy Sandbox targeted by fresh EU antitrust complaint

German publishers are the latest to band together to try to derail or at least delay Google’s “Privacy Sandbox” plan to end support for tracking cookies in Chrome via a complaint to

Pandemic prompts launch of new $75M US telemedicine fund from Swiftarc Ventures

New York-based venture fund Swiftarc Ventures is launching a new fund dubbed Swiftarc Telehealth to take advantage of the boom in Telehealth-focused startups which have emerged, partly in the wake of

Apple fined $5.6M after Dutch dating app antitrust order

The Netherlands’ competition authority has fined Apple €5 million (~$5.6 million) for failing to comply with conditions in an order requiring it to allow local dating apps to make user of thir

Gorillas to acquire Frichti in latest instant grocery consolidation

German startup Gorillas has announced that it plans to acquire Frichti, a French startup that delivers both ready-to-eat meals and groceries. The acquisition hasn’t closed just yet but both companie

UK’s Online Safety Bill falls short on protecting speech and tackling harms, warns committee

Another U.K. parliamentary committee has weighed in on the government’s controversial plan to regulate internet content with a broadbrush focus on “safety”. The Digital, Culture, Med

AccuWeather acquires air pollution startup Plume Labs

Weather forecast company AccuWeather is acquiring French startup Plume Labs — terms of the deal are undisclosed. Originally founded in 2014, Plume Labs has gradually expanded its product offering t

Israel’s Entrée Capital raises $300M for Israel-focused fund, Adi Gozes becomes partner

The Israeli VC scene seems to be on a bit of a New Year roll. Hot on the heels of the news that Viola Ventures, an Israeli VC, has closed its sixth fund of $250 million comes news from  Entrée Cap

Europe’s top privacy regulator calls for ban on political microtargeting

The European Union’s chief privacy and data protection regulator has urged EU policymakers to strengthen proposed ‘transparency’ rules for political ads — calling instead for m

Dublin’s Exergyn pulls in $35M Series A for solution which replaces GHG-causing refrigerants

Dublin-based Exergyn replaces refrigerants with solid materials, thus reducing the output of greenhouse gases. The technology could be applicable in data centers. The industrial-grade cleantech compan

Berlin’s Cherry Ventures launches fourth fund at $340M, for early-stage tech and web3

Berlin-based Cherry Ventures has launched its fourth fund, a €300 million ($340 million) early-stage tech fund. The Cherry IV fund will also feature a dedicated crypto and web3 strategy, building of

European parliament backs big limits on tracking ads

The European Parliament has definitively backed major limits on behavioral advertising during a plenary vote on amendments to the pan-EU Digital Services Act (DSA). The move looks set to crank up pres

Clench your jaw to skip a track: That’s the magic of Wisear

By adding some electrodes and some electronics to your earbuds, Wisear can make your music experience a lot more hands-free than before. Bite down on your own teeth twice to pause a track, or three ti

Customer referral platform Mention Me raises $25M Series B led by Octopus Ventures

Mention Me, a platform to generate customer referrals, has raised a $25 million Series B round, led by London’s Octopus Ventures. Eight Roads Ventures, the lead investor from the prior round, a $7 m

Austria’s PlanRadar, which digitizes construction and real estate docs, raises $70M Series B

Back in March Vienna-based PlanRadar snapped up a €30 million Series A to digitize construction and real estate projects. The Austrian startup — a platform for documentation and communication

Insurtech startup Luko acquires Coya and gains insurance license

French startup Luko is acquiring German startup Coya in order to grow its European presence and get an insurance license from German regulators. While Luko isn’t disclosing terms of the deal, the co

How Mayht, a small startup, is taking on the world of speaker goliaths

There are many ways of spinning up a startup, but it takes a particularly brave set of founders to take on a deeply entrenched industry with a small number of incumbents who have the market all sown u
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