Podcast: Deciphering foodtech jargon with Mark Durno, Rockstart Agrifood

In today’s show, we talk with Mark Durno, managing partner at Rockstart Agrifood, which recently raised a €22+ million fund. Rockstart has spent most of its existence as an accelerator, but for the past couple of years it’s been transforming into an accelerator-VC. We asked Mark what it actually means in practice, what kind of agrifood companies he’s looking for, and much more. 

Today in European Tech: Klarna closes in on $40 billion valuation, About You preps blockbuster IPO, Ada raises $90 million, and more

Hello! Here’s what happened today in European Tech. Deals – Hamburg-based fashion e-tailer About You has announced its intention to list on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange as of Q2 of this year. With the listing, About You will also file an accompanying private placement reserved for institutional investors with which it intends to raise at […]

Tokenized meme platform raises $5 million from several blockchain-focused funds

With a registrant attributed to Sweden,, a platform dedicated to meme markets and trend exploration, has raised $5 million from Outlier Ventures, Digital Finance Group (DFG), Morningstar, Blockhype, and Spark Digital Capital. Angel Investors include Altitude Games’ CEO Gabby Dizon, and Polygon (Matic) Co-founder Sandeep Nailwal. “We believe that memes and meme markets, such […]

Micro-mobility regulation in Europe – where do we stand?

Over recent years, major European cities have been subject to the swift uptake of micro-mobility solutions, with a series of benefits being pitched regarding the rollout of e-scooters, including the freeing up of parking spaces, reducing urban congestion and decreasing air pollution.   However, there has been no shortage of critics, with some claiming that e-scooters […]

Berlin’s Ada Health raises $90 million in Series B round led by Leaps by Bayer, reveals “longer-term strategic partnership”

Berlin-based digital healthcare provider Ada has raised $90 million in a Series B round led by the investment arm of pharmaceutical giant Bayer, Leaps by Bayer. Samsung Catalyst Fund, Vitruvian Partners, Inteligo Bank, F4 and Mutschler Ventures also participated in the round. The funding will be used to expand its product offering as well as […]

Berlin-based procurement proptech Cosuno raises $15 million in Series A round

Berlin’s construction project efficiency platform Cosuno, has raised $15 million in a Series A round led by Spark Capital. The round also saw participation from SIGNA via APIC Investments, PERI and existing investor Cherry Ventures. Angel Investors including Hakan Koç, Christian Bertermann, Johannes Reck, Carsten Thoma, Nicolaus Schefenacker, Julius Köhler and David Nothacker also participated. […]