Estonian fintech startup Planet42 raises €2.2 million to support mobility in emerging markets

Estonian startup Planet42, which combines fintech and mobility services in the South African market, has raised €2.2 million in seed funding. The round was led by Change Ventures and joined by private backers such as Martin Villig (Bolt), Ragnar Sass (Pipedrive), Marko Virkebau (MeetFrank), Kristjan Vilosius (Katana MRP) and other Estonian tech entrepreneurs. The company […]


French medical mobility startup Ambler raises €6 million to digitalise healthcare transportation

Ambler, a Paris-based medical transportation platform, has raised a €6 million Series A round from Bpifrance via its Digital Venture division, Idinvest Partners, Partech and Kima Ventures. All three VCs participated in the startup’s €1.5 million seed round last year. The platform helps health institutions manage non-emergency patient transport, such as inter-hospital transfers, by organising […]

BOND acquires Belgian micromobility technology startup e-motionlabs

BOND Mobility, the Swiss-American micromobility operator, has acquired a small Belgian mobility technology company called e-motionlabs, which has been operating a fleet of e-bikes in Belgium, Germany, France and Netherlands under the brand KINGO. Headquartered across Zurich and Palo Alto with 60+ staff, BOND Mobility provides a ‘premium, sustainable and healthy’ e-bike experience and will […]


Swedish startup Handiscover secures €1.6 million to help physically disabled travelers find the right lodging

Swedish travel tech startup Handiscover, which provides an accommodation booking platform for people with special needs, has secured €1.6 million in grant funding from the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator. The company qualified for ‘blended funding’, which means that along with the grant, there will be a negotiation around a Series A with the European […]

Michael Dan Vardi, Valerann: How to make any road “data-enabled” with smart studs and software

Editor’s note: This interview has been recorded and published as part of a content project in collaboration with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). Road infrastructure plays a huge role in the future of smart mobility, even though it may be not as media-genic as self-driving — or, even better, flying — cars and trucks. Valerann, an Israeli-UK […]