Berlin-based startup Charles raises €1 million to help brands sell via WhatsApp

Charles, a self-proclaimed ‘conversational commerce’ tool, is launching from Berlin today with €1 million in funding. The software enables merchants and consumer brands to sell products via WhatsApp and other chat apps. Investors include business angels such as Tarek Müller (CEO AboutYou) and Alexander Graf (CEO Spryker Systems, Kassenzone). Essentially, the German startup helps companies […]

Berlin-based insurtech startup simplesurance scores €15 million convertible loan from Allianz X

Berlin-based cross-selling insurance platform simplesurance has raised a €15 million convertible loan from Allianz X, the ‘€1 billion digital investment unit of the Allianz Group’ and a previous investor in the insurtech startup. Backed by the likes of Rakuten, simplesurance had raised roughly $60 million in financing before this transaction, according to Crunchbase. The company […]


Portuguese startup Bizay bags €32 million to grow e-commerce platform for SMBs

Bizay, a Lisbon-based customised products marketplace for SMBs, has raised €32 million in Series C financing. The round was co-led by Indico and the European Investment Bank with support from Iberis Capital and existing investors including LeadX Capital Partners, Omnes Capital and Pathena. The Portugeuese company aims to become the ‘Amazon’ for fulfilling the needs […]


Paris-based Ankorstore gets €25 million for platform that connects independent brands and shops

French startup Ankorstore, a curated marketplace connecting up-and-coming brands with neighbourhood retailers, has raised €25 million in Series A funding led by Index Ventures. GFC, Alven and Aglaé participated as well.  Founded last year by former Etsy executives and serial entrepreneurs, Ankorstore is shortening the distance between independent brands and local shops, cutting out the […]


London-based RevLifter raises £3.3 million for e-commerce deals platform

RevLifter, a London-based business that helps companies execute e-commerce deals, has raised £3.3 million from Gresham House Ventures and Maven Capital Partners. The Series A funding will support recent growth, as the company is on track to grow its revenue by just under 200 percent year-on-year in 2020. Predominantly focussed on the US, RevLifter will […]