Today in European Tech: Dream Games grabs $155 million in funding to become a unicorn, IDnow buys ARIADNEXT, and more

Today in European Tech: Dream Games grabs $155 million in funding to become a unicorn, IDnow buys ARIADNEXT, and more


Here's what happened today in European Tech.


- Dream Games, a fledgling mobile games outfit based in Istanbul, has scored a $155 million Series B round led by Index Ventures and Makers Fund that gives the company a post-money valuation of $1 billion.

- Real-time data synchonisation platform Ably has raised $70 million in a Series B round led by Insight Partners and Dawn Capital, with existing investors Triple Point, Digital Horizon, Forward Partners, and MMC, also participating.

- IDnow, a German-based identity verification startup is acquiring ARIADNEXT, a French equivalent, specializing in remote identity verification and digital identity creation. A price was not released by either party but TechCrunch understands from sources that the deal was approximately $59 million / €50 million.

- Nordic mobile wallets MobilePay, Pivo and Vipps are joining forces to create a single payments app with a combined user base of 11 million consumers across Finland, Denmark and Norway.

- Israeli enterprise API security company Noname Security today announced the completion of a $60 million Series B financing round led by Insight Partners.

- Rome-based translation service Translated has taken on $30 million in funding. $25 million of the funding arrives from one of Europe’s largest private equity funds, Ardian. Translated pioneered the use of AI to assist professional translators, and today leverages a combination of its proprietary adaptive neural machine translation software and a network of over 200,000 linguists to service clients including the European Commission, Airbnb, Google, and Uber.

- Mixed reality (MR) startup Multinarity has emerged out of stealth with the biggest seed round in the history of Israeli tech, raising $28 million. The company's seed round was raised over two parts and was led by Israeli VC Aleph and U.S. fund Corner Ventures.

- London-based insurtech hyperexponential – which has a mathematical modelling software for the commercial insurance sector – has closed an $18 million funding round led by growth capital fund Highland Europe.

- London cell-free biomanufacturing startup FabricNano has secured $12.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Atomico, with participation from existing investors Backed, Hoxton Ventures, and Entrepreneur First, as well as a long list of angel investors.

- 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.

Worth Reading/Knowing

- Britain's proposed new Internet law entails a government power grab with worrying implications for freedom of speech, according to civil liberties groups, academics and the tech industry.

- Podcast: How to treat rare diseases with existing drugs — with Meri Williams, CTO of Healx

- London-born VC firm Nauta Capital that invests in lean B2B software companies has launched a new initiative to invest £100,000 to £250,000 in a dozen of pre-seed deeptech startups. Dubbed Nauta Labs, the programme is now open for applications for B2B startups from across Europe.

- British business avoided a £1.6 billion cliff edge when London clinched a data agreement with the EU this week. But it was Brussels that bent over backwards to get the deal done.

- Revolut co-founder and chief executive Nikolay Storonsky said the digital bank has yet to see any benefits from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, speaking five years on from the referendum.

- Lollipop AI, a new British online grocery marketplace, launched its public beta today, and it’s been created by a serial UK entrepreneur who was there at the start of successful UK startups Osper, Monzo and Curve.

- The UK’s more expansive, post-Brexit role in digital regulation continues to be felt today via a policy change by Google which has announced that it will, in the near future, only run ads for financial products and services when the advertiser in question has been verified by the financial watchdog, the FCA.

- The top 10 most active games investors in Europe.

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