Fairphone raises €6.5 million for its ethical fair-trade smartphones

Fair-trade smartphone maker Fairphone has raised €6.5 million led by impact investors Pymwymic and The DOEN Foundation. The Amsterdam-based company, which previously raised €9 million through crowdfunding, makes modular smartphones with mostly ethically sourced materials built in fair working conditions. It wants to create a more sustainable value chain for the manufacture of smartphones that […]

Paris marketing tech startup Early Birds raises €5 million

Predictive marketing tech startup Early Birds has raised €5 million led by French investment firm Arts et Biens. Paris-based Early Birds has developed software for ecommerce sellers and merchants that customises the browsing experience for the user with automatic recommendations. More than 70 companies are currently using the software including Lacoste, Carrefour, and Showroomprive. The […]

PastBook raises $2 million to bring instant photobooks global

Instant photobook maker PastBook has raised $2 million through a convertible note and a follow-up investment led by Vortex Capital Partners with participation from several other entrepreneurs. Based in Amsterdam, PastBook is an online photobook creation service that allows users to print their Facebook and Instagram images into a photo book with the best photos […]

Pointy raises $6 million to bridge the gap between physical stores and online

Dublin-based Pointy has raised $6 million in a Series A round led by Frontline Ventures with participation from Vulcan Capital, Draper Associates, and several angel investors. Pointy has developed a piece of hardware called the Pointy Box that connects to a store’s barcode reader to automatically scan every item in store and list them online, […]

Swedish podcast platform Acast raises $19.5 million to go global

Podcast platform Acast, based in Stockholm, has raised $19.5 million in a Series B round from Swedbank Robur’s Ny Teknik and Microcap funds to continue its internationalisation. Other investors in the round include Norron Asset Management’s funds Target and Select, bringing Acast’s total funding to date to $32 million. Acast is a platform for on-demand […]