Podcast — Accelerator Special: How 500 Startups, Rockstart, and Techstars adapt to the new reality

In this special episode, we talk to Aaron Blumenthal (USA), Antonio Pisante (Italy), and Rune Theill (The Netherlands) to learn more about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on startup accelerators. Will the accelerator business model survive the pandemic? What advice do the programme managers give their portfolio startups? Find answers to these questions — and much more — in today’s show.


HRtech startup Intrro gets $500,000 for tool that automatically suggests employee referrals

Intrro, a London and Tbilisi-based HRtech startup, has raised $500,000 in financing led by 500 startups, a Silicon Valley VC. The total includes $250,000 in convertible note. Dubai-based Spartech Ventures also participated in the round, along with strategic angel investor Saif Kidwai, founder of Digital Gurus, a recruitment technology consultancy acquired by the Rethink Group […]

Norwegian building information modelling startup Imerso raises $2 million

Oslo-based reality capture and building information modelling startup Imerso has raised $2 million in a seed funding round from Vito ONE and NewMark Capital, with participation from existing investors 500 Startups and TRK Group. The company plans to use the money to expand its business beyond the Nordics. Imerso’s solution is a platform where a […]

Portuguese facility management startup Infraspeak raises €1.6 million

Portugal-based modular facility management platform Infraspeak has landed a €1.6 million funding round from firstminute capital, Innovation Nest, Construtech Ventures, 500 Startups, and Caixa Capital. The startup intends to use the funding for international expansion. Infraspeak’s software platform is aimed at hotels, retail locations, as well as other large buildings in need of facility management […]

UK photobook startup Popsa raises £3 million in fresh funding

Popsa, a photobook app, has raised £3 million from Pembroke Venture Capital Trust, 500 Startups, and BBH cofounder and advertising executive Sir John Hegarty, formerly of Saatchi & Saatchi. Popsa is a consumer app for designing photobooks on your smartphone. The London-based startup develops artificial intelligence features to automate this designing. The new funds will […]

Home blood test kit Thriva raises £1.5 million seed round

London-based health tech startup Thriva has raised a seed round of £1.5 million from a number of funds and investors. Investors in the seed round include Seedcamp, 500 Startups, London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF), Zoopla CEO Alex Chesterman, Transferwise founder Taavet Hinrikus, and LoveFilm founder Simon Franks. Thriva has created a home blood testing kit. Users […]

Turkish financial SaaS company Paraşüt secures $2 million Series B round

Turkey’s Paraşüt, a SaaS bookkeeping startup, has raised $2 million in a series B round from Diffusion Capital Partners, 500 Startups, and previous investors Revo Capital and Ribbit Capital. Istanbul-based Paraşüt, or Parachute, develops a cloud-based invoice and financial management platform. It recently announced a partnership with Akbank Direct to allow for bank transfers through […]