Bootstrapped no more: Agorapulse announces £14.7 million in funding

After eight years of bootstrapped and global growth, Paris-based Agorapulse has raised £14.7 million in funding to strengthen its market leadership in social media management for small and medium businesses. The round was led by Hi Inov Dentressangle, with support from Cipio Partners and Entrepreneur Venture; all three investors specialize in growth-stage SaaS investments. Agorapulse […]

France’s LesBigBoss raises €18 million to bolster its B2B event business

Digilinx, the French holding company of LesBigBoss, which is in turn the company behind a series of events and dinners bringing together digital decision-makers, has raised €18 million to gun for leadership in the European B2B event space. The round was led by Paris-based Montefiore Investment, which becomes the majority shareholder of Digilinx. Source: FrenchWeb

Tech.eu Podcast #133: New developments in France’s digital tax, Acast and EIB loans, VCs’ coverage of Europe, interview with Public’s Daniel Korski, and more

This week, Natalie Novick and Andrii Degeler discuss the recent developments in the standoff between the US and France related to the digital tax, Acast borrowing €25 million from the European Investment Bank, the ways in which VCs cover Europe, and much more. In the interview department, listen to a conversation with Daniel Korski, co-founder and CEO of Public.io.

Belgian babysitting app Bsit raises €3 million to go international

Brussels-based startup Bsit raises €3 million in the financing round led by Connect Ventures. Other investors include Kima Ventures and the founders of AngelList, among others. The startup will use this capital to scale its subscription-based childcare and babysitting platform internationally, starting from France. Dimitri De Boose, CEO and co-founder of Bsit admits that for […]

Tech.eu podcast #10: Three new funds, Europe's relationship with failure, an update on BlaBlacar, and a look at Kima Ventures

Tech.eu Podcast #126: Facial recognition rules in Europe, France and Britain bite back on big tech, the future of EU-US data flows, interviews with Lubomila Jordanova and Tim Schumacher, and more

This week, Natalie Novick and Andrii Degeler talked about the new, tighter rules regarding facial recognition in Europe, the standoff between France and the UK and the big tech companies, the future of data flows between Europe and the US, and much more. We’ve also prepared interviews with Lubomila Jordanova of PlanA and Tim Schumacher, co-fonder of Eyeo, Sedo, and SaaS.group.

French fraud detection startup Bleckwen secures $10 million

Paris-based payment fraud detection startup Bleckwen has raised $10 million in a funding round led by Ring Capital, with participation from existing investors, including TempoCap, Bpifrance, and Ineo. Bleckwen, which is a spin-off from the French cybersecurity firm Ercom, specialises in real-time analytics and fraud prevention in payments within the wider anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism […]

French video indexing startup Newsbridge raises €1.5 million

Paris-based video indexing and analysis startup Newsbridge has landed a €1.5 million funding round led by Elaia. Newsbridge’s product is targeting journalists, audiovisual production companies, and digital rights holders. The company claims that it can reduce the production costs by 30 to 80 percent by providing a more efficient way of finding and selecting the […]