Today in European Tech: Aircall and Hailo raise rounds at unicorn valuations, EU plans to launch bloc-wide cyber task force, and more

Robin Wauters

Robin Wauters

Co-founder and editor-in-chief of Tech.eu, with previous stints at The Next Web and TechCrunch under his belt. Deeply in love with his family, technology, traveling and Belgian beer.
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Here’s what happened today in European Tech.

Deals

French cloud-based phone system and call centre platform Aircall has raised $120 million and now sits at a valuation of over $1 billion.

Israeli proprietary chip developer for deep learning on edge devices Hailo is completing a $100 million financing round at a company valuation of $1 billion.

– Kaiko, a Paris, France-based cryptocurrency market data provider, raised $24 million in Series A funding.

– Built over two rounds, employee training platform Masterplan has raised $13 million in convertible loans.

– 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

– A ruling by Europe’s top court has shed some light on the conditions under which content-sharing platforms are exempted from responsibility for copyright infringements, with potentially far-reaching implications for the EU’s Copyright Directive and the Digital Services Act.

– The European Commission laid out its vision for a Joint Cyber Unit to tackle evolving cyberthreats and to increase European resilience.

– The Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) will launch at least 30 large-scale cross-sector health innovation projects by 2030, contributing to a creation of an EU-wide ecosystem for translating research into improvements in healthcare.

– Tech.eu Podcast: Patient capital in European healthtech, with Fiona Pathiraja, Crista Galli Ventures.

Britain’s streaming services and broadcasters should be on a level playing field, as traditional broadcasters now compete with “one hand tied behind their backs”, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.

– Leta Capital makes a play of investing in Russian-speaking entrepreneurs based just about anywhere. It’s now launching its third and largest fund to date and says it will invest over $100 million in UK, European, and US-based growth-stage tech companies over the next three years.

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