This Week in European Tech: SonarSource nabs $412 million, two new unicorns in Germany, EGYM buys Gymlib, and more

Here's a roundup of this week's biggest European Tech funding rounds, exits, 'other news' that you need to be aware of, topped off with an overview of must-read articles on all things #EUtech.
This Week in European Tech: SonarSource nabs $412 million, two new unicorns in Germany, EGYM buys Gymlib, and more

This week, the research team tracked more than 100 tech funding deals worth over €2.1 billion, and over 15 exits, M&A transactions, and rumours, and related news stories across Europe.

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

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From the likes of European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel to world-record breaking pilot Zara Rutherford, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, (Transfer)Wise co-founder and CEO Kristo Käärmann, there will be a ton of people you're gonna want to learn from and meet in person at our first edition of the Summit.

Below, please find an overview of the biggest European tech news items for the past couple of days (subscribe to our free newsletter to get this round-up in your inbox every Monday morning). 

What happened this week in European Tech?


>> Notable and big funding rounds

Providing open-source and commercial code analysers to help developers manage code quality, Geneva-based SonarSource has raised $412 million in a new investment round, at a valuation of $4.7 billion. 

Germany’s football media platform OneFootball has raised $300 million in funding to support its future global growth and expansion into Web3.

Berlin-based mobile tax app Taxfix has raised $220 million in Series D funding to join the unicorn club with a total valuation of over $1 billion.

British challenger bank Starling has completed a £130.5 million fundraise from previous investors to “build a war chest for acquisitions”.

Kinexon, a Munich, Germany-based provider of sensing and software solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), raised $130 million in Series A funding.

UK-based Outfund is offering an alternative financing channel where online-based businesses can get the funds they need, when they need them. The revenue-based finance provider has now closed a £115 million Series A round of equity capital and debt to provide a faster, fairer and more affordable way for SMEs to raise growth capital.

The “used car boom” is spreading across Central and Eastern Europe with the news that Spotawheel, the CEE-focused used-car platform has raised a €100 million in equity and asset-backed debt.

To keep facilitating B2B collaboration, French collaborative growth platform Reveal has raised $50 million in Series A round led by New York-based global private equity and venture capital firm Insight Partners.

London-based wallet for Ethereum-based digital currencies and blockchain applications, Argent has raised $40 million in funding to accelerate its mission to build one app for all things DeFi and Web3.


>> Noteworthy acquisitions, mergers, IPOs and SPAC deals

Vercom, a cloud communication platform (CPaaS – “communications platform as a service”) has acquired marketing automation startup MailerLite — based out of Lithuania — for $90 million.

Munich-based EGYM, a portfolio company of HPE Growth, has acquired the Paris-headquartered Gymlib for a high double-digit million purchase price.

A bit more than a year after private equity firm Marlin Equity Partners acquired a majority stake in Lengow, the company is expanding its product offering with the acquisition of Netrivals.

UK-based on-demand laundry and dry-cleaning service Laundryheap has acquired competitor Laundrapp from Inc Retail

Dublin-based Fenergo, a provider of digital solutions for Know your Customer (KYC) and client lifecycle management (CLM), announced on Monday that it has acquired Amsterdam’s Sentinels, an anti-money laundering (AML) transaction monitoring new market entrant with AI-based technology.

Triller has acquired Fangage, an all-in-one creator engagement platform founded by famous Dutch DJ, producer and creator, Sam Feldt.


>> Interesting moves from investors

Circularity Capital, a circular economy growth investor, has held the oversubscribed final close of its second fund at €215 million.

Making further inroads in the European market, Silicon Valley-headquartered innovation platform and early-stage investor Plug and Play has launched in the UK.

SPVs unlock VC investing for the broader public.


>> In other (important) news

The EU looks to be ahead of the game when it comes to regulating digital content sharing platforms, after EU Council and European Parliament reached a deal on the Digital Services Act (DSA) last weekend. The DSA will force big tech companies to put more effort into policing the content of their social media platforms, but researchers fear there may be unintended consequences for open science.

Elon Musk has been warned by the EU and the British government that he must protect Twitter users from harmful content after he struck a $44 billion deal to buy the social media giant.

The EU Court of Justice (CJEU) has upheld the controversial Article 17 of the Copyright Directive, meaning platforms will be directly liable for – and responsible for removing – copyrighted content uploaded to their sites.

Estonia’s Bolt has said it will spend over €150 million in 2022 to further scale its scooter and e-bike operations as well as develop solutions to enhance user experience and safety.

France-based Assassin's Creed maker Ubisoft has attracted early takeover interest from several private equity firms, according to a new report.

Apple to face fresh antitrust charges in Brussels.

Facebook parent company Meta has begun an appeal process against the UK’s competition regulator for blocking the social media giant’s acquisition of GIF company Giphy.


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