92% of VCs say they offer value beyond capital; founders reply, “mmm yeah no”

A new report published by Forward Partners and Landscape VC reveals that almost half (47%) of all founders consider value-add more important than a VC firm’s brand and portfolio. Of the 500+ pre-seed, seed, and series A founders surveyed across Europe, 65% of them gave the guidance and assistance provided by VC’s as “low value-add” […]

Paris-based Breega closes third fund at €110 million

Breega, a Parisian VC firm founded by former entrepreneurs, has closed its third fund totalling €110 million. This latest round brings the total amount of funds under management to €260 million. BCV3 (Breega Capital Venture 3), a successor of the firm’s multi-sector fund, first launched in 2015. Its raison d’être is to support and accelerate […]

London-based AI powered therapy service HelloSelf raises £5.5 million

The pandemic hasn’t been easy. And if your mental health hasn’t taken a hit in one way or another, I’ve got news for you; you’re kidding yourself. To this end, London-based braintech startup HelloSelf has raised £5.5 million in a Series-A funding round powered by OMERS Ventures. The raise is expected to further propel the […]

OpenVC launches to help entrepreneurs cold email VCs – the right way

There are more (aspiring) entrepreneurs looking to raise funding from investors than there are VCs, which makes for interesting dynamics. One thing that has worked well for founders in the past has always been so-called ‘warm introductions’, as busy investors getting referrals from trusted sources tends to cut through the noise. Things change, though, and […]

Calm/Storm Ventures’ new fund ushers digital health centre stage

If you ask Lucanus Polagnoli, digital health has always been front of mind as a VC but it wasn’t a viewpoint that he necessarily shared with others.  Long before the pandemic, digital health investing was still something of a niche, he said. At least, that was the mindset among many of his peers in VC, […]

A single pitfall the early stage VCs should not fall into in 2021

(Editor’s note: this a guest post from Konstantin Siniushin, co-founder and managing partner at the Untitled Ventures, a deeptech-focused European early-stage VC fund.) For nearly a year now, we are living in a new world defined by the coronavirus pandemic. Lockdowns, border closures and remote working turned services like Zoom and Deliveroo into mainstream tech […]