Social media management platform and coaching service Willow raises €1.5 million

Belgium-based social media management and coaching service Williow has raised €1.5 million in a new funding round. The service is targeted at SMBs and solopreneurs who need to maintain a social presence, but would rather be running their business than their channels. The new funding will be used to further develop the platform’s offerings, and […]

Travel startup Motourismo raises €1 million, motorcyclists rejoice

Motorcycle travel-focused startup Motourismo has raised over €1 million in a seed funding round. The platform offers fans of two-wheeled freedom the ability to find, compare, and book motorcycle travel, motorcycle training, and motorcycle shipping services. The funds are expected to rev up international expansion and technical development of the platform. Founded in 2016 by […]

“I will not kill my plants today” e-commerce startup Sproutl raises £6.5 million in seed funding

Building upon the gardening renaissance in full bloom, London’s Sproutl has raised £6.5 million in seed funding. The platform provides a curated marketplace of gardening products and plants, and perhaps more importantly, a resource dedicated to keeping said greenery alive. With the funding, Sproutl aims to further expand the team. Founded by Farfetch executives Anni […]

Eurazeo raises more than €1.6 billion to further support European tech

Eurazeo has announced that it has exceeded initial targets for its growth strategy dedicated to equity investments in European tech, bringing home over €1.6 billion. The firm typically backs startups at any stage in the B2B SaaS, digital health, cybersecurity, infrastructure software, fintech, and marketplaces sectors. With a diversified portfolio of €22.7 billion in assets […]

Draper Esprit makes the leap to Main Market listings, reveals insider stats

As of this morning, VC firm Draper Esprit has moved its listings on London’s AIM and Dublin’s Euronext Growth Market and begun trading on their respective main marketing counterparts. In doing so, the firm becomes the largest tech-only focused VC on London’s Main Market. The move arrives just weeks after the firm announced a raise […]

Mercedes-Benz acquires Oxford-based electric motor startup YASA

Oxford University spinout electric motor company YASA has been acquired by Mercedes-Benz. The announcement arrives in conjunction with the auto manufacturers’ intention to go all-electric by the end of the decade, with YASA’s technology playing a key role. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed, and no staffing or management changes are planned. […]

Visa makes another big bet on fintech, acquires UK’s Currencycloud

Cross-border payments infrastructure provider Currencycloud is being acquired by Visa in a deal that values the company at £700 million. The acquisition arrives just one month after Visa snapped up Swedish fintech Tink in a €1.8 billion deal. Currencycloud and Visa already have a standing partnership, and the acquisition will serve to formalise the relationship […]