The Reverse Pitch: True

True is a venture investor with a difference– the firm uniquely specialises in supporting companies in the retail and consumer sector. This focus allows the firm to support its portfolio companies far beyond seed funding, through their industry sector expertise and an extensive network of corporate partners. True was founded by Matt Truman and Paul Cocker […]


French retail CRM Critizr announces €15 million in round led by 83North

Critizr has raised €15 million in a funding round led by 83North, with support from Point Nine, Caphorn, and Runa, to grow its customer relationship management (CRM) platform across Europe. As the retail sector adjusts to more experiential-based shopping and changing criteria for brand loyalty, Critizr has introduced a feedback management system that allows retailers […]

London-based pricing optimisation startup BlackCurve raises £1.5 million

British startup BlackCurve, which helps retailers optimise the prices of the items they sell, has raised £1.5 million in a funding round led by Nauta Capital. Carles Ferrer, Nauta Capital’s general partner, will join BlackCurve’s board. The platform developed by BlackCurve analyses data from different sources, from sales history and website page performance to competitor […]

British retail security startup ThirdEye raises £2 million

London-based AI-powered theft detection startup ThirdEye has secured £2 million in a funding round led by Octopus Ventures and True, with participation from an existing investor, Episode 1 Ventures. The startup will use the capital injection to hire more people and prepare to expand across Europe. ThirdEye’s platform applies machine learning algorithms to footage from […]

Italian automotive retail startup brumbrum raises €20 million

Milan-based automotive e-commerce startup brumbrum has raised €20 million in a funding round led by Accel, with participation from Bonsai Ventures, eVentures, and United Ventures. The startup plans to use the money to expand across Italy and prepare for entering other European markets. Founded in 2017, brumbrum markets itself as a player that brings “transparency, […]

German online fashion startup Lesara raises €30 million

Germany-based fast fashion e-commerce startup Lesara has raised €30 million in funding from 3L Capital, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported. Existing investors Mangrove Capital Partners and Vorwerk Ventures also participated in the round, which brings the total amount raised by the company to more than €90 million. Lesara’s main differentiator in the fashion retail market has […]