This Week in European Tech: big rounds for Klarna, Hopin, Volocopter and Rohlik, Deliveroo picks London for IPO, and more

This Week in European Tech: big rounds for Klarna, Hopin, Volocopter and Rohlik, Deliveroo picks London for IPO, and more

Happy Friday!

This week, our research team tracked more than 70 tech funding deals worth more than €2.7 billion, and about a bunch of M&A transactions, IPOs, rumours, and related news stories across Europe, including Russia, Israel, and Turkey.

As always, we are putting all of them together for you in a handy list sent in our round-up newsletter (note: the full list is for paying customers only).

Recently, we also started publishing 'Today in European Tech', a daily round-up of deals and news stories that caught our attention. Keeping you updated on all things EU tech is our priority!

Today, instead of a daily round-up we give you an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for the past week (subscribe to our free newsletter to get this round-up in your inbox every Monday morning).

1) Klarna nabbed $1 billion at a $31 billion valuation

Klarna, which recently hit 18 million monthly users and whose operating income rose 40% in 2020, has announced a fresh injection of $1 billion in an equity funding round. This 4x oversubscribed round included a combo of new and existing investors, and closed at a valuation of $31 billion.

2) Hopin raised $400 million at a $5.65 billion valuation

UK-based virtual events platform Hopin has raised a $400 million Series C round from Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst and others at a $5.65 billion valuation.

3) UK food delivery firm Deliveroo will list its shares in London

Deliveroo, the UK-based meal delivery company, has chosen London as the venue for a planned $10 billion stock market listing after the government committed to rule changes that will allow founders to keep more control.

4) Volocopter flying high with €200 million in fresh funding

Germany-based urban air mobility firm Volocopter has secured €200 million in new funding as it gears up for certification – and commercialisation – for VoloCity, its electric air taxi.

5) Prague-based online grocery store Rohlik scored €190 million

Rohlik, the Czech Republic-based online grocery supermarket and delivery service founded in 2014, is now a €300 million-a-year business thanks to Covid-19. The Prague-based company today announced that it has secured €190 million in funding to fuel further growth.

6) Trustpilot is considering London for its upcoming IPO

Online reviews platforms Trustpilot said it is considering launching an IPO in London that would see at least 25% of the company floated on the London Stock Exchange.

7) Apple faces EU charges over Spotify complaint

EU antitrust regulators are finalising a charge sheet against Apple triggered by a complaint by Spotify.

8) France's Vestiaire Collective raised €178 million

Paris-based Vestiaire Collective has secured €178 million in a new funding round backed by Gucci owner Kering and Tiger Global, giving it ‘unicorn' status, to accelerate its growth in the second-hand market and "drive change for a more sustainable fashion industry”.

9) Epic Games has acquired British game developer Tonic Games

'Fortnite' developer Epic Games has agreed to acquire Tonic Games Group, the British game studio behind 'Fall Guys'.

10) A techie look at UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Budget

The UK’s tech sector has hailed Rishi Sunak’s spending plans in the Budget, saying the chancellor was “backing tech in a big way”.


No podcast today due to some audio quality issues, it will be up tomorrow (Saturday)! Check out all our past episodes here.

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- Why the next generation of supercomputers will (need to) be built with open hardware and software

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