Jonathan Keane

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Verdane Capital closes €295 million fund to back Nordic startups

Swedish investment firm Verdane Capital has closed its new fund at 3 billion SEK (€295 million) to back high-growth Nordic startups. The fund, Verdane Edda, will back startups with up to €50 million per company – usually for a majority stake – that has exhibited potential for significant growth in the software and consumer internet […]

Nebanan raises €16 million for its neighbourhood social network

Nebanan, a locally-focused social network for neighbourhoods, has raised €16 million in Series A funding led by BurdaPrincipal Investments with participation from Lakestar, Deutsche Telemedien, NWZ, and pd ventures. The German startup is building a social network for neighbourhoods that connects people that are living near each other. It launched in July 2016 and is […]

Everledger raises $10.4 million to track diamonds on the blockchain

UK blockchain startup Everledger, which makes tools for verifying the diamond trade, has raised $10.4 million led by the Canadian division of Fidelity Investments and GMP Securities. The Series A round featured participation from Singaporean firm Vickers Ventures Partners, Graphene Venture Capital, and previous investors Rakuten, FPV, Fenbushi, and Bloomberg Beta. Everledger develops blockchain-based solutions […]

eToro raises $100 million for its blockchain efforts and reaching new markets

Israeli social trading platform eToro has raised $100 million to bolster its blockchain development, led by Hong Kong-based China Minsheng Financial. The company is reportedly valued at $800 million. Other participants in the Series E round include new and existing investors: SBI Group, Korea Investment Partners, World Wide Invest, BRM Capital, Spark Capital, CommerzVentures, Social […]

Ornikar raises €10 million for its online driving school

French startup Ornikar, which provides online resources for people learning to drive, has raised €10 million from Idinvest Partners, Partech Ventures, Elaia Partners, and Brighteye Ventures. The startup provides lower cost online-based driving and road safety tutorials. It currently has 200,000 users and operates in 250 cities in France. The new funds will be used […]

Userlane raises €4 million for its software navigational tools

German software training startup Userlane has raised €4 million in a Series A round led by Capnamic Ventures with participation from High Tech Gründerfonds and Follow the Rabbit Ventures. The Munich startup develops navigational training systems for software programs that teach users how to operate a program without formal training. Its customers include Deutsche Telekom, […]

Automated trading platform AlgoTrader raises €1.1 million

Swiss fintech startup AlgoTrader has raised CHF 1.4 million (€1.1 million) for its automated algorithmic trading platform. The post seed round was led by NeueCapital Partners alongside a number of angel investors. AlgoTrader develops an automated system for analysing securities, assets, and cryptocurrencies. The new funds will be invested in expanding internationally. “We are seeing […]