This week, our research team tracked more than 80 tech funding deals worth over €3 billion, as well as more than 20 M&A transactions, rumours, and related news stories across Europe, including Russia, Israel, and Turkey.
Meanwhile, here's an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week:
2) Grover, the Berlin-based company creating a circular economy for consumer electronics, has increased an existing €55-million debt facility with Varengold Bank to a total of €250 million.
3) Hyundai and Kia Motors have announced a €100 million investment in UK-based electric vehicle company Arrival. The investment marks the start of a strategic partnership between the automakers to jointly accelerate the adoption of commercial electric vehicles globally.
4) Felix Capital, the London-based VC focused on tech that assists creativity, community and lifestyle, has raised $300 million for its third fund. The firm also announced three senior appointments to its management and advisory board.
5) Bolt is building a ride-hailing, scooter and food delivery business across Europe and Africa, and the Estonian scale-up has just picked up €50 million from the European Investment Bank to continue developing its technology and safety features.
6) Google has acquired a small Irish retail tech startup called Pointy that allows people to check what their local shops currently have in stock, for an undisclosed amount.
7) Getir, a Turkish startup offering ultrafast deliveries, has secured almost $40 million in funding from a group of investors led by the Silicon Valley venture capitalist Michael Moritz, in a boost to Turkey’s nascent tech scene.
8) French mobile payment startup Lydia is raising a $45 million Series B round; Tencent is leading the round with existing investors CNP Assurances, XAnge and New Alpha also participating.
9) Nanox, an Israeli medtech innovating medical imaging devices and software, has secured a $26 million funding round from Foxconn.
10) Funnel, a Swedish platform for marketing data analysis, has raised a $47 million Series B round led by Eight Road Ventures and F-Prime Capital, with support from existing investors Balderton Capital, Oxx, Zobito, and Industrifonden, as well as Kreos Capital.
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