Your weekly digest of all things EU tech for Friday, 22nd September 2017

Hello everyone,

This week we tracked 93 tech funding deals worth more than €705 million, as well as 15 M&A transactions and 1 ICO across Europe, Israel, and Turkey. As usual, we’ve lined all the deals up for you at the bottom of this newsletter.

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What happened this week in European tech?

How the European Commission is supporting the future of European media

The i3 organisation is helping to fund and develop the projects tackling the next phase of media.

Swedish podcast platform Acast raises $19.5 million to go global

Podcast platform Acast, based in Stockholm, has raised $19.5 million in a Series B round from Swedbank Robur’s Ny Teknik and Microcap funds to continue its internationalisation. Other investors in the round include Norron Asset Management’s funds Target and Select, bringing Acast’s total funding to date to $32 million. Acast is a platform for on-demand […]

Copenhagen’s startup ecosystem finds that it’s time to scale and mature visited TechBBQ in the Danish capital to check in on the local ecosystem.

Jet charter marketplace Victor raises $20 million led by BP

Victor, an on-demand marketplace for private jet charter has raised $20 million. BP Ventures, the investment arm of energy giant BP, has invested $10 million with the remaining funds in the round coming from existing shareholders. The company will now move beyond its B2C model. The round of funding will be invested into growing the […]

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M&A deals, IPO filings and rumours

  • NETHERLANDS: Amazon wants to acquire Shop-Apotheke
  • SWEDEN: E-commerce company Lyko is eyeing the stock exchange
  • GERMANY: The Meet Group acquires dating app giant LOVOO for $70 million in cash
  • SPAIN: Belgian marketing platform Sortlist acquires The Briefers, opens Madrid office
  • UK: Raisin acquires Manchester’s PBF Solutions to enter UK market
  • DENMARK: Plenti was acquired by TDC Group for €9.9 million
  • SPAIN: MathType and WIRIS join forces
  • RUSSIA: Revain raises approximately $8.85 million in Initial Coin Offering
  • ISRAEL: Symantec to acquire mobile cybersecurity startup Skycure
  • UK: Raisin acquires Manchester’s PBF Solutions to enter UK market
  • GERMANY: Valeo takes over Carzapp
  • ISRAEL: Glispa takes over JustAd
  • GERMANY: Main Capital Partners takes over Evania Video
  • GERMANY: The ADEX accepts Batch Media
  • GERMANY: Motorsport Network acquires Sport Media Group
  • NETHERLANDS: Core banking provider Ohpen acquires Fynn Advice
  • IRELAND: essDOCS acquires TradeCert
  • BELGIUM: Immoweb takes over ContructR

Funding rounds

  • AUSTRIA: Game company THQ Nordic takes in €61 million for acquisitions
  • AUSTRIA: IT security startup TTTech raises £50 million
  • ISRAEL: Nanotech battery startup StoreDot raises $60 million
  • CROATIA: Electric carmaker Rimac Automobili raises €50 million
  • FRANCE: Younited Credit raises $47.8 million for its crowdlending platform
  • UK: 10x Future Technologies, founded by ex-Barclays CEO, raises £34 million Series A
  • SWEDEN: iZettle receives €30 million debt financing from EIB
  • IRELAND: Digital Marketing Institute secures €26 million from Spectrum Equity
  • UK: Cambridge Medical Robotics closes $26 million Series A funding
  • UK: Digital Shadows raises $26 million in Series C funding
  • IRELAND: Swrve has raised more than €20 million to expand further overseas
  • ISRAEL: Aqua Security raises $25 million in Series B funding
  • UK: GoCardless raises further $22.5 million from Accel and more
  • SWEDEN: Software platform Starcounter gets €20 million from the EU
  • UK: Jet charter marketplace Victor raises $20 million led by BP
  • FINLAND: Adtech firm raises $20 million from Highland Europe
  • SWEDEN: Podcast platform Acast raises $19.5 million to go global
  • FRANCE: BioSerenity raises €15 million to facilitate the monitoring of patients
  • SWEDEN: secures $10 million to help more marketers to automate their online marketing data
  • FRANCE: Luxury vacation home rental platform Le Collectionist raises $10 million
  • UK: Bitcoin exchange Luno raises $9 million to further global expansion
  • UK: Synthace raises £7.3 million in Series A funding
  • ISRAEL: AR startup Augmedics raises $8.3 million
  • ISRAEL: Foodtech startup DouxMatok raises $8.1 million
  • NETHERLANDS: Fairphone raises €6.5 million for its ethical fair-trade smartphones
  • GERMANY: Health app 8fit closed a round of $7 million
  • ISRAEL: Analytics startup Panoply raises $6 million
  • NETHERLANDS: Pointy raises $6 million to bridge the gap between physical stores and online
  • RUSSIA: 3D-printer manufacturer Apis Cor raised $6 million
  • FRANCE: Bergamot raises €5 million Series A for its flower delivery service
  • FRANCE: Marketing tech startup Early Birds raises €5 million
  • UK: DogBuddy, the European dog sitting marketplace, scores €5 million Series A
  • FRANCE: Unow raises €3 million to become the leading French professional MOOC
  • NETHERLANDS: ‘Femtech’ startup, LifeSense Group, raises €3 million
  • FRANCE: Soundcharts raised €2.65 million
  • SWEDEN: Digital menu company Future Order has raised €2.3 million
  • RUSSIA: Workplace rental platform Klyuch raises €2 million
  • POLAND: DreamJay scoops up more than $2 million for its app to help you sleep
  • GERMANY: SaaS startup Coredinate raises €1.9 million to boost product development
  • NETHERLANDS: PastBook raises $2 million to bring instant photobooks global
  • FRANCE: i-move raises €1.8 million euros to expand nationally
  • DENMARK: Nordsense raised €1.7 million
  • FRANCE: Cybersecurity company Alsid raises €1.5 million to expand its teams
  • SPAIN: Invoicing software startup Billin raises €1.5 million
  • FRANCE: Realiz3D raised €1.5 million
  • RUSSIA: Admitad Invest has invested €1.4 million in Epicstars
  • FRANCE: raises €1.2 million to sell its customised curtains
  • SPAIN: Catalog manager Sales Layer captures €1.2 million
  • FRANCE: Singulart raises €1.1 million to democratize artworks
  • UK: Online mortgage broker Dwell raises $1.2 million, rebrands to Burrow
  • SWEDEN: DigiExam has taken in €1 million
  • FRANCE: Smart electronic cigarette maker Enovap raised €1 million
  • FRANCE: Mobile office device Leet Design raised €1 million
  • FRANCE: Mynotary raised €1 million
  • FRANCE: The Shotgun app raised €1 million
  • SWEDEN: Music streaming startup Melobee has raised €900,000
  • UK: Online venue booking platform VenueScanner lands £800,000
  • SWEDEN: Getcompliant has raised €820,000
  • RUSSIA: Mail.Ru Group invests €800,000 mobile game developer Panzerdog
  • FRANCE: Polyrise raised €700,000
  • SPAIN: IoT platform for Roomonitor closes a seed round of €650,000
  • SWEDEN: SweGaN has raised €600,000
  • ITALY: Smart vehicle startup 2Hire raises €600,000 in seed funding
  • ITALY: Big Profiles raises €600,000 in seed funding
  • SPAIN: Finutive closes a round of €60,000
  • SPAIN: Knowdle Media Group raised €550,000 for its app Buaala
  • UK: Cribs raises £450,000 in seed funding at £2 million valuation
  • FRANCE: Construction company Gaussin raises €500,000
  • SPAIN: Online bike shop Santafixie Group closes its first round of €500,000
  • FRANCE: Tourism startup Skydeals raised €500,000
  • SWEDEN: IGDB (IMDB for games) has raised €460,000
  • FINLAND: Semiconductor startup Comptek Solutions raises €450,000
  • SWEDEN: Fashion startup Elly Pistol has raised €300,000
  • FRANCE: Real estate company Cocoonr raised €300,000
  • FRANCE: Travel startup Kidygo has raised €300,000
  • FRANCE: Kumulus Vap raised €245,000
  • SPAIN: TribeScale makes a round of investment of €150,000
  • ROMANIA: Digital marketing startup receives €80,000
  • RUSSIA: Let’s Taxi gets €60,000
  • GERMANY: Biotech news site raises further seed funding
  • GERMANY: Legal Hero raises funding to help workers gain severance pay
  • AUSTRIA: Sports platform myClubs raises millions
  • RUSSIA: SimpleFinance attracted investment from the Japanese SBI fintech fund
  • GERMANY: Ecommerce site MöbelFirst raises funds
  • FRANCE: Cocktail startup Kuantom raised funds
  • UK: Smart sex toy maker Lovely sell shares
  • SWEDEN: The Great Wild raises investment
  • FRANCE: Proptech shareDnC receives millions in financing
  • GERMANY: Medtech site Clara Vital brings in millions
  • GERMANY: ConversionBoosting collects funds
  • GERMANY: collects funds
  • DENMARK: Lenasct has raised an undisclosed amount
  • BELGIUM: Gimv buys quarter of Limburg IT company Cegeka

The big tech companies

  • Uber stripped of London license
  • Google has offered to auction off shopping ad spaces to rivals, to comply with EU’s antitrust order
  • WhatsApp rejected government request to access encrypted messages
  • Swisscom sets up blockchain unit to develop apps in Switzerland
  • Audi takes lead in automated driving, but others wary to follow
  • Boeing HorizonX visits Skolkovo in search of game-changing tech startups
  • Nokia’s French jobs cut plan suspended until October 2
  • Japan’s Pioneer teams up with Berlin-based digital mapping company HERE
  • Nokia says to get sales boost after patent ruling
  • ABB to deliver 117 electric vehicle charging stations for German motorways
  • Delivery Hero acquires Korean delivery service Foodfly
  • German carmakers’ HERE spent €640 million on R&D in 2016
  • Permira puts German software maker TeamViewer sale on hold

Startup news

  • UK-based Deliveroo’s revenue grew 611% to £129 million in 2016
  • A lawsuit in St. Petersburg raises questions about Telegram’s operations in Russia
  • Swedish Fingerprint Cards hit by falling smartphone sensor prices

Investor news

  • High-Tech Gründerfonds is raising €310 million for its third fund
  • New state-backed venture fund aims to invest $175 million in the Russian Far East
  • Google launches £1 million ‘anti-terror fund’ to back UK tech projects
  • Swiss Redalpine closes third fund

Government(s) and policies

  • The next German government’s greatest challenge: building the framework for a digital revolution
  • How the European Commission is supporting the future of European media
  • EU ready to move alone on digital tax if no global deal
  • Europe renews offensive on Silicon Valley with tax reforms
  • Margrethe Vestager: ‘We are doing this because people are angry’
  • Swiss shut down ‘fake’ E-Coin in latest cryptocurrency crackdown
  • What the Commission found out about copyright infringement but ‘forgot’ to tell us
  • Chipmaker GlobalFoundries asks EU to investigate bigger rival TSMC
  • May, Macron, Gentiloni push for quick removal of extremist online content
  • Europe struggles to find united front to combat illegal content online


Great reads and opinion pieces

  • Cloud Europe 2017: The Factory is Cranking
  • Six minutes to shape the future of European tech
  • GoCardless CEO: ‘I still feel like I’m the same person’
  • A call for innovation-friendly ePrivacy rules

Ecosystems news

  • Copenhagen’s startup ecosystem finds that it’s time to scale and mature
  • The top 100 Swiss startups of 2017


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