Marlin takes over French e-commerce software company Lengow

Marlin Equity Partners has made an undisclosed ‘growth investment’ in software scale-up Lengow, which has built an e-commerce automation SaaS platform, giving the investment giant majority control in the French company. Lengow basically helps online retailers optimise their e-commerce strategy, allowing them to centralise, automate and optimise sales performance across a variety of channels. The […]


Berlin startup Upvest raises another €5 million from Earlybird and German fintech founders

Upvest, a Berlin-based startup offering a plug-and-play pan-European securities API, has secured an additional €5 million funding, closing its Series A round. The latest financing wave was led by Earlybird and follows an initial €7 million investment from Notion Capital, HV Capital and Partech. The round also attracted a handful of German fintech angel investors, […]

The Reverse Pitch: Dawn

“We love tech.” Emphasized in yellow text, this is the first line that greets you upon arrival at Dawn‘s website, and it is an outlook that permeates the firm’s entire business philosophy. Dawn was founded by Norman Fiore and Haakon Overli in 2007. In the years since the firm has sought to identify and support […]

SevenVentures makes big bet on plus-size retailer Navabi in ‘media for equity’ deal

SevenVentures, the investment arm of the media conglomerate ProSiebenSat.1 Group, has received equity in online retailer for plus-size fashion Navabi, in exchange for media exposure that the former says will represent a “double-digit million” amount. All previous investors at Navabi, including Index Ventures and Verdane, remain on board. Navabi is using the round to achieve […]

Munich-based 42CAP closes a €50 million seed fund for B2B startups

42CAP, a Munich-based VC firm, has closed its second €50 million seed fund. The investors in the fund include the European Investment Fund (EIF), the German Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW Capital), Isomer Capital, as well as other private investors and business angels. Closing of the new fund will allow the firm to “lead seed investments […]