Leonardo DiCaprio backs YC alum SolarMente to democratize solar power in Spain

Barcelona-based clean tech startup SolarMente recently added Leonardo DiCaprio to its cap table, hence becoming the actor's and activist's first investment in the country.

Worldcoin fails to get injunction against Spain’s privacy suspension

Controversial eyeball scanning startup Worldcoin has failed to get an injunction against a temporary suspension ordered Wednesday by Spain’s data protection authority, the AEPD. The authority us

Worldcoin says it’s paused services in Spain, after filing legal challenge to temporary ban

A German subsidiary involved in Sam Altman’s controversial crypto blockchain digital identity business, Worldcoin, was reported Friday to have filed a legal challenge against a suspension order

Showee, a smart shower startup, shines a light on accessibility

Showee's shower is designed for people with disabilities, both physical and intellectual. But Showee has another selling point: Water savings.

Worldcoin hit with temporary ban in Spain over privacy concerns

Spain’s data protection authority has ordered Worldcoin to temporarily stop collecting and processing personal data from the market. It must also stop processing any data it previously collected

Liveliness is a sports community app for finding new workout buddies

Finding people who share your active passion — to go hiking, biking, running, whatever — is a pretty enduring problem. Existing friends and family aren’t always going to be into the same sporty

Sweanty’s wearable patch for athletes tracks salt loss to help them hydrate

Wearables are coming in an increasing array of shapes, form factors and guises these days as health and fitness tracking proliferates. Here at 4YFN at the MWC tradeshow we spotted a new one: A stick-o

Turns out you can use kombucha to make eco-friendly thread

It’s not every day you come across kombucha playing a starring role in potential industrial disruption. But here at 4YFN in MWC we got chatting to Laura Freixas about her PhD research project th

SynFlora is working on bioengineering a skincare revolution

Biotech startup SynFlora brought an enticing pitch for a new type of skin treatment technology to 4YFN at the MWC tradeshow in Barcelona this week. The Spanish startup, a spin-off out of Pompeu Fabra

Lizcore’s sport tracking system is minimalist enough for indoor climbers to actually use

Lizcore, a sport tracking startup out of Barcelona, caught our eye on the 4YFN show floor at MWC this week. It’s done what this climber — frankly — thought impossible: Come up with a

Spain’s Embat, which has raised $16M, plans to compete with Trovata in real-time accounting

For obvious reasons, financial teams can spend a great deal of time on corporate treasury management, accounting and bank reconciliation, so anything that speeds up that process usually garners a lot

MWC: Microsoft pitches ‘AI access principles’ to offset OpenAI competition concerns

On the heels of Microsoft’s investment and partnership with French Large Language Model startup Mistral AI, the company continues to work hard to try to dispel the image that it’s blockin

Meta’s content moderator subcontractor model faces legal squeeze in Spain

A Barcelona-based company that works as a subcontractor for Meta, providing content moderation services for Facebook and Instagram, has been found by a court in Spain to be responsible for psychologic

Meta faces $600M competition damages claim in Spain as media owners pursue privacy breach lawsuit

Meta is facing a major legal challenge and damages claim in Spain that argues the adtech giant’s years of failing to have a valid legal basis for processing people’s data for ads under Eur

EU widens scope of food delivery cartel concerns probe

European Union antitrust regulators have carried out another series of raids on two online food delivery companies headquartered inside the bloc. The Commission hasn’t named the companies involv

Yellow, a new VC firm from Glovo founders and Atomico investor, is betting on Southern Europe

It’s always interesting when a new VC firm with a fresh team of partners emerges. And with Yellow, it’s interesting in multiple ways. Founded by Oscar Pierre and Sacha Michaud, the founders of Glo

Correcto grabs $7M to build out its ‘Grammarly for Spanish’

The generative AI boom has put a spring in the step of Correcto, a Madrid-based language writing tool startup focused on Spanish speakers that’s today announcing $7 million in seed funding. The

Revel, the car subscription startup from Spain, raises $123M to take its business up a gear

The market for car sales has been on rocky ground in the last several years as consumers, facing tougher economic conditions, get presented with an ever-larger range of alternatives, from ride-hailing