Hello! Here is what happened today in European tech:
- Growing investor base: Berlin-based urban farming startup Infarm has raised $170 million from investors that it will plough into expanding its network under cultivation in Europe, North America and Asia by 10 times over the next five years.
- SO META: Finnish game studio Metacore, known as Everywear Games up until today, has announced a couple more things in addition to its rebranding: €25 million in financing and the launch of discovery puzzle game Merge Mansion. The financing consists of a €15 million equity investment and a €10 million credit line from Supercell to fuel the game’s global release.
- Swedish Joint Academy, a clinical evidence-based digital treatment for chronic joint pain, which connects patients with licensed physical therapists, has raised a $23 million Series B funding round led by Kinnevik.
- We also tracked a large number of European tech funding rounds and M&A transactions, all of which we are putting in a handy list for you on Friday afternoon in our weekly roundup newsletter (note: the full list is for paying customers only).
- From the WSJ: In recent years, cheap labor and political stability had made Belarus an unlikely magnet for startups from Silicon Valley and Europe, providing a rare bright spot in an economy still dominated by Soviet-era heavy industry and collective farms. But a violent crackdown on protesters demanding an end to President Alexander Lukashenko’s 26 years in power is now threatening the future of Minsk’s vibrant tech sector.
- Finance opening: The European Commission wants financial firms and other companies to share more customer data to create a “broader open finance space” with new services for citizens, according to a draft of the Digital Finance Strategy seen by EURACTIV.
- Business banking provider Pleo has integrated Apple Pay into its offering for its UK and European customers.
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