UK-founded platform for florists Floom raises £2 million

London-based digital marketplace for florists Floom has raised £2 million in a funding round led by firstminute capital. The startup plans to use the money to continue its expansion in the US, enter a yet unnamed new market, and further develop what it calls “the floristry industry’s first SaaS offering.” Founded in 2016, Floom is […]

Berlin-based language learning startup Babbel acquires LingoVentura to expand into language travel

German-founded language learning app Babbel has announced its expansion into the language travel market with the acquisition of a Berlin-based startup LingoVentura. The latter already operates a language travel platform that handles bookings for 200 language schools in over 100 cities and countries. “The language travel market today looks a lot like travel market in […]

French-founded accounting marketplace Fred de la compta raises €4 million

French SaaS startup Fred de la compta that connects entrepreneurs with accounting firms has raised €4 million from New Alpha, Go Capital, and existing shareholders. The marketplace platform of Fred de la compta, which started as a service that helped entrepreneurs to send documents to their accountants, employs AI to match small businesses with accounting […] Podcast #57: Songkick and Samlino's funding rounds, the CEE region is on the rise again, eFounders and WIRED 100 Podcast #97: More money for e-scooters; university spin-outs taking off; Europe as America’s tech police; interview with EIF’s Oscar Farres; and more

This week, Natalie Novick, Andrii Degeler, and the special guest Martin Bryant talk about the fresh capital poured into e-scooters in Europe, university spin-offs across the continent, Europe possibly becoming America’s “tech police,” entrepreneurial journalism, and much more. The episode features an interview with Oscar Farres from the European Investment Fund.

UK-based startup Hotelmize raises $3.8 million for its platform for hotel distributors

UK-founded “trading platform” for hotel rooms Hotelmize has raised $3.8 million in funding from Investible, an Australian-based early-stage investment group. Hotelmize’s product is a machine learning-powered platform for hotel room resellers, which predicts changes in the prices over time. “Through the use of AI and big data, Hotelmize knows the future price of each reservation, […]