UK-based Secret Escapes acquires EML, Irish hospitality marketplace that runs Pigsback.com

British online travel booking company Secret Escapes Group has acquired Empathy Marketing Limited (EML), Ireland-based marketplace for hospitality and e-commerce offers, for an undisclosed amount. EML is the owner of the brands Pigsback.com, TheDiningRoom.ie, LuxuryBreaks.ie, Pamper.ie, JustGolf.ie, and TreatTicket.ie. The news comes a few months after Secret Escapes acquired and relaunched TravelBird, an Amsterdam-based online […]

British-founded marketing AI startup DataSine raises £4 million

London-based marketing personalisation startup DataSine has landed £4 million in a funding round led by Pentech and Propel Venture Partners, with participation from C.Entrepreneurs/Cathay Innovation, Twin Ventures, and Sistema_VC. DataSine’s product is Pomegranate, a SaaS marketing platform that helps brands to personalise their content for different audiences. Its algorithms work with the behavioural data previously […]

London-based Zoovu secures $14 million for its digital sales assistant

Zoovu, a digital assistant startup founded in Austria and headquartered in London and New York, has landed a $14 million funding round led by Target Global and Beringea. Rytis Vitkauskas, venture partner at Target Global, will join the Zoovu’s board of directors as part of the deal. The startup offers AI-powered digital assistant trained across […]

London-based flexible staff platform Catapult raises £4.3 million

British on-demand staff platform Catapult has landed a £4.3 million funding round led by Novator Partners, with participation from Elkstone Capital. This capital injection brings the total amount raised by the startup to £10 million. Launched in 2016, Catapult is a flexible staffing platform focussed on the hospitality and retail industries. The startup claims to […]

French medical transportation startup Ambler lands €1.5 million

French-founded medical transportation startup Ambler has secured €1.5 million in funding from Partech, Idinvest Partners, Kima Ventures, and angel investors. Ambler is a medical transportation booking platform that connects suppliers — private ambulances, medical transportation operators, and approved taxis — to individuals, hospitals, and clinics that require their services. Ambler claims to improve the fleet utilisation […]