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Paris-based Blisce has become the latest VC firm to launch a fund dedicated to climate tech. It plans to raise as much as €150M (about $162M).

Paris-based VC firm Blisce launches climate tech fund with a target of $160M

It’s not every day that a new VC firm comes out of stealth. This time, Varsity is announcing its first fund. Founded by a former Société Générale executive and two…

Varsity is a new early-stage VC fund based in Paris

For a VC firm, the second fund is a make-or-break moment. With the initial fund, you raise money based on an investment thesis because you don’t have any track record,…

Paris-based VC firm Singular raises $435 million for its second fund

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There’s something going on with AI startups in France

Last night, Motier Ventures held a tech meetup focused on AI startups featuring some of the most hyped tech startups in the French tech ecosystem: Dust, Finegrain, Gladia, Mistral AI and Scenario — all of them are portfolio companies of Motier Ventures. And you could feel a sense of excitement both onstage and in the…

6:51 am PST • November 9, 2023
There’s something going on with AI startups in France

Nearly 90% of Paris voters voted to ban shared e-scooters, but turnout was low, and companies say many young people didn’t vote.

Paris votes overwhelmingly to ban shared e-scooters

This weekend, mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo told Le Parisien that Parisians will get to vote whether they want to ban free-floating electric scooters or not. As I explained last…

Paris to hold vote on shared scooters

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Scooters in Paris are at a crossroads

What is going to happen to the 15,000 colorful electric scooters that currently spill across the streets of Paris? On March 23rd, their fate could drastically change as the French capital weighs up whether or not to renew licenses for the three scooter companies currently operating in the city. And this isn’t just going to…

7:01 am PST • January 13, 2023
Scooters in Paris are at a crossroads

Shared electric scooters came onto the scene five years ago with a promising vision of getting people out of cars and on to greener modes of transportation. Yet despite billions…

Micromobility in limbo: Takeaways from Paris and LA

TechCrunch understands Runa Capital, which launched in 2010, has raised $55 million toward its fourth fund, aiming for a target of $250 million. The company is declinging to comment. However,…

Runa Capital kicks off new fund as it joins the VC ‘Scramble for Europe’ by moving to Luxembourg

COVID-19 has reshaped our lives in many ways and given rise to a plethora of services tailored to these newborn needs. Waysia, an Asian grocery delivery platform, is one such…

Waysia raises €10M to deliver Asian grocery in Europe

The world has gotten a lot more serious about privacy and data protection, but in many cases business models that rely on personalization of one kind or another have struggled…

Ravel emerges from stealth with privacy-first data tools based on scalable homomorphic encryption

Gorgias’ technology brings all of the channels that shoppers use to contact online stores into one feed for each company.

Gorgias’ valuation rises to $710M with $30M Series C for e-commerce customer support

As of 2020, the clothing sector lost about $27 billion in annual sales due to counterfeits, an illicit trade that results in huge losses to both brands and buyers. Clothes, accessories…

MarqVision grabs $20M to nab counterfeiters with an AI-powered IP protection platform

Paris-originated VC Breega wasn’t enormously well known in the VC world (it only closed its first fund in 2015) until, perhaps, it started attracting attention with its second €110 million…

Paris-based Breega closes €250M fund, opens Barcelona office to back Iberian startups

In an effort to kick-start a greater number of Black tech founders in Europe, last year Google for Startups launched a $2 million (£1.5 million) grant fund to help tackle…

Google for Startups deploys $4M of grant funding to 40 Black-led startups across Europe

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, plans to make an equity investment of up to €25 million ($26.43) into the Partech Africa Fund…

IFC set to invest $26M in Partech’s Africa Fund II

Traditional venue photography providers like DEI Global, Magic Memories, Picsolve and Sharingbox are reliant on fixed equipment, permanent staffing costs and on-site printed products. So Amsterdam, Netherlands-based Smiler came up…

Smiler comes up with a different kind of gig economy for event and venue photographers

With a heritage that goes back to the fabled times of the year 2000 (since then it has backed 160 European teams) Paris-based early-stage fund Alven has something of a…

France’s Alven VC launches 6th fund with a hard cap of €350M

Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by volume, has gained regulatory approval to provide digital asset services in France, the first European country where it has acquired such permission, the…

Binance gets regulatory nod in France, paving the way for Europe push

Collectively, as we mature as a digital society, many of us are getting more aware, and more wary, of how our profiles and information exist and are used (and misused)…

Enveil, a provider of encrypted, privacy-focused search and analytics tools, raises $25M

An ambitious Chinese startup wants a slice of the flourishing global work automation market. Laiye, a Beijing-based company that provides a one-stop platform for automating office tasks of varying degrees…

China’s work automation startup Laiye raises $160M, acquires France’s Mindsay

Proton, the Geneva, Switzerland-based startup behind the eponymous E2E encrypted webmail service ProtonMail, has acquired French startup SimpleLogin, which offers a freemium, open-source service for creating email aliases to let…

ProtonMail buys email alias startup SimpleLogin

Contactless stores are gaining traction, more so in Europe, but there are some trickling into the U.S., including Atlanta’s Nourish + Bloom Market that opened in January. In that article,…

AiFi adds new funding into its cart to expand autonomous retail footprint

Quantum computing has been something of a holy grail in the world of technology: In theory, it promises an unprecedented amount of processing power that could be used to solve…

Alice&Bob, a quantum computing startup, raises $30M to launch its first fault-tolerant ‘cat qubit’ computers in 2023

Continuous integration and delivery platform CircleCI today announced that it has acquired Ponicode, a Paris, France-based startup that helps developers automate their unit tests and track their overall test coverage.…

CircleCI acquires Ponicode

Volocopter, the startup out of southern Germany (Bruchsal) that has been developing electric VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft and a business model for operating them in taxi-style fleets in…

Volocopter raises $170M, now valued at $1.87B, to fuel first commercial launches of flying taxi fleet in 2024

Volta Trucks — the Swedish electric vehicle startup that believes it can build better urban delivery vehicles and other trucks that are safer and take up a smaller carbon footprint…

Sweden’s Volta raises $260M at a $490M valuation to get its all-electric trucks into production by the end of this year

Dating app company Bumble, Inc. is making its first acquisition with today’s news that it’s adding the fast-growing French dating app Fruitz to its family of applications. Though Bumble, Inc.…

Bumble makes its first acquisition with deal for French Gen Z dating app, Fruitz

Earlybird, best known as the Berlin-based VC which has backed myriad German and European startups such as SoundCloud and N26, is today expanding its reach in Europe with the creation…

As European VC heats up, Berlin’s Earlybird expands its reach into France with an adjunct fund

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 in…

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