Early-stage edtech focused VC firm Sparkmind closes fund at €55 million

Helsinki’s edtech focused firm Sparkmind has closed its fund at €55 million, with the aim of supporting seed to Series B round founders. Sparkmind’s primary focus is on European startups, but they report that they’re not strictly limited by geography. Just 18 months old now, Sparkmind is looking to invest in 20-25 companies and has […]

French insurtech Hoggo raises €11 million

I sometimes wonder if the legal, insurance, and New York City alternate parking rules are intentionally confusing. This is an oxymoron, as of course they are. But France’s Hoggo is seeking to change that. Residents will now be able to park on … oh no wait, they’re bringing insurers, accountants, and companies all to the […]

With two unicorns in two weeks, Draper Esprit is bullish on France

It’s been a mighty good fortnight for Draper Esprit. With two French portfolio companies achieving unicorn status in less than two weeks — not to mention a £111 million raise via another (non-French) portfolio unicorn — I started to wonder what’s going on over at Garrick Street, and more importantly why? One of the most […]

Employee training platform Masterplan raises $13 million

Built over two rounds, employee training platform Masterplan has raised $13 million in convertible loans. Masterplan’s offer has become increasingly attractive over the past 15 months, with some major German brands jumping on board including Otto Group, VW, and EON. With this fresh influx of capital, the startup intends to further flesh out its software […]

Aircall raises $120 million at unicorn valuation

Cloud-based phone system and call centre platform Aircall has raised $120 million and now sits at a valuation of over $1 billion. With the past 15 months transforming just about every aspect of our working lives, it would appear as though Aircall has come out on top of the voice call race, offering deep integrations […]

Myos reevaluates risk assessment, raises €25 million

E-commercin’ ain’t easy. Especially when you’re just starting off and have very little to offer as a personal guarantee (read: debt funding) when trying to find some backing. To help bridge the divide, Berlin-based fintech Myos has developed a system to employs AI to evaluate risk assessment based not on the founders, but rather, on […]