Podcast #57: Songkick and Samlino's funding rounds, the CEE region is on the rise again, eFounders and WIRED 100 Podcast #96: BlaBlaCar’s partnership with SNCF; what the Brexit draft agreement means for startups; interview with Draper Esprit’s Simon Cook; and much more

This week, Natalie Novick and Andrii Degeler discuss what BlaBlaCar is going to do with the bus operator Ouibus, what the Brexit draft agreement means for the tech ecosystem in the UK, and much more. Also featured in the episode is a great and insightful interview with Simon Cook, the CEO of Draper Esprit.

French carpooling platform BlaBlaCar raises €101 million from SNCF, plans to buy SNCF-owned bus operator Ouibus

BlaBlaCar, a French-founded carpooling platform, has announced its plans to move beyond ridesharing towards becoming a road travel platform. The company has offered to acquire the bus operator Ouibus from SNCF, the French national railway company. At the same time, BlaBlaCar announced a €101 million funding round from SNCF itself with participation from existing investors. […]

French industrial software startup Ermeo raises €2.5 million

French startup Ermeo, which develops software for industrial maintenance, has raised €2.5 million from Hi Inov, SNCF Digital Ventures, Partech Ventures, and Axeleo Capital. The software collects data on and monitors maintenance requirements in industrial equipment. The company’s CEO is a former maintenance engineer at French rail network SNCF, which has now invested in the […]

French parking app Onepark raises €12 million from SNCF-backed fund

Onepark, an app for booking parking spaces, has raised €12 million in funding from Keolis, the investment fund majority owned by French national railway service SNCF. Paris-based Onepark is a site and app for finding and booking available car parking spaces in cities and airports; the data is made available through the startup’s partnerships with […]

Paris-based machine learning startup raises €1.5 million

French machine learning startup has raised €1.5 million in a round led by French national railway service SNCF through its €30 million SNCF Digital Ventures fund. The rail company’s fund is managed by VC firm Hi Inov. Bpifrance, the government-backed investment firm, and Net Venture also participated in the round. develops SaaS-based and […]