Here's what happened today in European Tech.
- Stockholm’s BNPL juggernaut Klarna has confirmed a new equity funding round of $639 million led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2. With this raise Klarna now clocks in at a post-money valuation of $45.6 billion, a figure that is only eclipsed by Stripe in the fintech world.
- After two decades of being one of Europe’s leading Series A venture firms, Balderton Capital has raised a mammoth $680 million to launch an early growth fund.
- Ledger, the Paris-based producer of crypto hardware wallets, has closed a $380 million Series C fundraise valuing the startup at more than $1.5 billion.
- UK based core banking provider 10x Future Technologies is set to sell a slice of its business in a deal valuing the company at more than £500 million.
- European growth investor HPE Growth has collected €160 million to support an increasingly popular deal structure that gives the firm more time to support PPRO, a cross-border payments infrastructure technology company the firm initially backed in 2014.
- Israeli big data web and mobile app analytics company Glassbox has announced the successful completion of its IPO on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE). The company raised $100 million at a valuation of nearly $500 million.
- London-based Permira aims to raise some $2.5 billion for its second growth fund focused on investments in smaller, growing technology companies.
- French e-signature startup Yousign has raised a $36.6 million Series A funding round. Lead Edge Capital is leading the round and eFounders is investing once again in the company.
- Nexxiot, a Swiss company active in global supply chain digitisation, has raised $25 million in a round led by US investment firm QVIDTVM.
- Parisian mobile games publisher Voodoo has acquired Tel Aviv-based cross-channel marketing automation platform Bidshake.
- We also tracked a large number of (other) 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). Also check out our European tech news section for ongoing coverage.
- A European Union privacy regulator has proposed a fine of more than $425 million against Amazon, part of a process that could yield the biggest-yet penalty under the bloc’s privacy law.
- The European Parliament is set to call for more funding for female entrepreneurs in the EU as MEPs gear up for a vote on a new report on gender equality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
- Britain's competition watchdog is planning a formal competition investigation into e-commerce company Amazon over its use of data.
- Significant cyberattacks against critical targets in Europe have doubled in the past year, according to new EU figures.
- Stockholm-based, globally-minded VC firm Creandum has announced the promotion of now-former Principal Peter Specht to Partner. Specht will remain in Berlin, thus strengthening the firms’ presence in one of Europe’s leading startup ecosystems.
- Food delivery service Deliveroo is partnering with Neighbourhood Watch in the UK to offer training to its couriers to keep an eye out for crimes.
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— Tech.eu (@tech_eu) June 10, 2021
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— Emilie Bellet (@emilieldn) June 10, 2021
Just me or are new unicorns being announced in France on a weekly basis? Anyways, go @Ledger
— Roxanne Varza (@roxannevarza) June 10, 2021
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— Tech.eu (@tech_eu) June 10, 2021
Together with @dealroomco we’ve created a top 100 of Dutch Startups and Scaleups with the biggest funding rounds of 2021 so far!
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— Techleap.nl (@Techleapnl) June 10, 2021
Excited to hear that #TheNextWeb #TNW is confirmed as a hybrid event at the super cool @TaetsArtEvents space on September 30th-October 1st
looking forward to seeing all of my lovely European Tech conference friends back in person...
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— Ξthan Pierse (@EthanPierse) June 10, 2021
— Invest Europe (@InvestEuropeEU) June 10, 2021
Here is the second cohort of the Female Founders Fellowship
A program designed to accelerate success for exemplary female founders
This new cohort is supported by @GoldmanSachs' Launch with GS initiative
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— STATION F (@joinstationf) June 10, 2021
Relocating to the US requires relinquishing day-to-day ownership of the product roadmap and adapting to running a global business.
Hear from @pete_codat co-founder of @CodatData on this episode of Destination USA.https://t.co/HWbW5kssDh pic.twitter.com/cOXPjVapwo
— Index Ventures (@IndexVentures) June 10, 2021
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— SCALE.CITIES (@ScaleCities) June 10, 2021
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— Donatella Callegaris (@CallegarisD) June 10, 2021
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— Martin Villig (@waldec) June 10, 2021
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