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Echo, the medication management app, has been acquired by LloydsPharmacy-owner McKesson –

Echo, the U.K. startup that offers an app to help you manage your medication and order repeat prescriptions for delivery, has been acquired by healthcare company McKesson, owner of LloydsPharmacy. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed. However, I understand the buyout sees all of Echo’s existing investors exit, with McKesson becoming the majority shareholder and […] → Read More

Berlin’s Cherry Ventures raises new €175M fund to back early-stage startups across Europe –

Cherry Ventures, the Berlin-based investor that backs European companies predominantly at seed-stage, has raised a third fund. The new “Cherry Ventures III” has closed at €175 million and will continue to be focused on seed, although the firm has historically invested at pre-seed and Series A, too. It will remain fairly industry agnostic, backing promising […] → Read More

Sources: J.P. Morgan working on a secretive digital banking project based out of London –

A number of incumbent backs are known to be developing new digital-first products in a bid to keep the new wave of challenger banks at bay and now it appears that the latest to make that move is J.P. Morgan. According to sources, the investment bank has begun recruiting for a secretive skunkworks project within […] → Read More

Cleo, the London-based finech, has quietly taken debt financing from US-based Triplepoint Capital –

Cleo, the London-based “digital assistant” that wants to replace your banking apps, has quietly taken venture debt from U.S.-based Triplepoint Capital, according to a regulatory filing. The amount remains undisclosed, though I understand from sources that the figure is somewhere in the region of mid-“single digit” millions and will bridge the gap before a larger […] → Read More

After Loot runs out of cash, founder and 17 team members join RBS’ digital bank Bó –

Ollie Purdue, the founder of Loot, the current account aimed at millenials that went into administration last month after running out of cash, is joining Bó, the digital bank being developed by RBS-owned Natwest, TechCrunch as learned. He’ll take up the position of Chief Product Officer and will lead product development for the new brand, […] → Read More

Monzo, the UK challenger bank with over 2 million users, expands to the US –

Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank with more than two million customers and a unicorn valuation to go with it, has formally announced its U.S. expansion. The tentative move — which TechCrunch exclusively reported was underway five months ago — will see a U.S. Monzo app and connected Mastercard debit card made available via in-person signups at […] → Read More

Emma, the London-based money management app, launches in the US and Canada –

Emma, the U.K. money management app (now calling itself your “best financial friend”), has launched in the United States and Canada — and is now one of a plethora of London fintechs venturing states-side. Competing banking app Cleo entered the U.S. nine months ago, and challenger bank Monzo is thought to be gearing up to […] → Read More

Curve, the all-your-cards-in-one banking app, introduces 1% instant cashback with Curve Cash –

Curve, the London fintech that now describes itself an “over-the-top banking platform,” is unveiling a re-vamped cashback feature in a bid to draw in more customers for the premium versions of its Curve card. The company lets you consolidate all of your bank cards into a single Curve card and app to make it easier […] → Read More

Bux raises additional $12.5M as it gears up to launch ‘zero-commission’ investing app –

Bux, the Amsterdam-based trading app that wants to make investing fun, has picked up an additional $12.5 million in new funding. Venture capital firms Velocity Capital and Holtzbrinck Ventures led the round, which also includes debt financing from Kreos Capital. It brings total funding to $35 million since being founded over five years ago. The […] → Read More

Funderbeam, the funding and trading platform for private companies, scores $4.5M Series A –

Funderbeam, the funding and trading platform for private companies founded by Kaidi Ruusalepp, who was previously CEO of the Nasdaq Tallinn stock exchange, has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding. The round is led by U.K.-based Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV), and includes new investors such as GK-Plug and Play Indonesia, and Pandan Ventures. Existing […] → Read More

Crane, a new early-stage London VC focused on ‘intelligent’ enterprise startups, raises $90M fund –

Crane Venture Partners, a newish London-based early-stage VC targeting what it calls “intelligent” enterprise startups, is officially outing today. Founded by Scott Sage and Krishna Visvanathan, who were both previously at DFJ Esprit, “Crane I” has had a second closing totalling $90 million, money the firm is investing in enterprise companies that are data-driven. Sage […] → Read More

Infarm closes $100M Series B to scale its ‘urban farming platform’ –

Infarm, the Berlin-based startup that has developed vertical farming tech for grocery stores and restaurants, is disclosing $100 in in Series B investment. The round is led by London VC Atomico, and consists of mix of equity funding and debt financing. Infarm’s existing investors, including Balderton Capital, Astanor Ventures, Cherry Ventures, also participated in the […] → Read More

Lilium, the ambitious German air taxi company, picks London for its new software engineering base –

Lilium, the ambitious Munich-based startup developing an all-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) device, has announced that London is to be its new software engineering base, flying in the face of Brexit, you may well say. This, says the company, will create “hundreds of high-end software engineering roles” in the U.K. capital city over the […] → Read More

Spacemaker scores $25M Series A to let property developers use AI –

Spacemaker, a Norway-based startup that’s created AI software to help property developers and architects make better design decisions, has picked up $25 million in Series A funding. The round is jointly led by Atomico and Northzone, with participation from investors in property and construction tech including Danish property developer NREP, Nordic property developer OBOS, and […] → Read More

Unmortgage, the ‘part own, part rental’ housing startup, loses founder and CEO –

Unmortgage, the London-based startup that wants to let people buy as little as five percent of a home and rent the rest, has lost its founder and CEO, TechCrunch has learned. According to a regulatory filing on Companies House, Unmortgage’s Rayhan Rafiq-Omar was terminated as a Director on 4th of May, and has been replaced […] → Read More

Zyper, the marketing platform that connects brands with their ‘superfans’, raises $6.5M Series A –

Zyper, the London-based marketing platform that connects brands with their ‘superfans’, has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. The new round, which brings Zyper’s total funding to date to $8.5 million, is led by Talis Capital, with participation from Forerunner Ventures and Y Combinator. Founded by Amber Atherton, Zyper has built a platform that […] → Read More

Getsafe, the German insurance app, scores $17M Series A –

Getsafe, the German insurance startup targeting millennials, has raised $17 million (€15m) in a Series A funding. The round is led by Earlybird, with CommerzVentures and other existing investors also participating, while the capital will be used for European expansion. Notably, the company plans to launch in the U.K. by the end of the year. […] → Read More

Tink, the European open banking platform, announces PayPal as a strategic investor –

Tink, the European open banking platform that recently raised €56 million in new funding, is disclosing that PayPal has become a strategic investor. The online payments giant joins a long list of existing backers that includes U.S.-based Insight Venture Partners, Sunstone, SEB, Nordea Ventures and ABN AMRO Digital Impact Fund. Individuals such as Christian Clausen, […] → Read More

Flash, the e-scooter startup from Delivery Hero founder, re-brands as ‘Circ’ and announces 1M rides –

Flash, the micro-mobility startup from Delivery Hero and Team Europe founder Lukasz Gadowski, is re-branding today and disclosing that the e-scooter rental service has clocked up 1 million rides in just 4.5 months since launch. This, the company claims, is a milestone passed quicker than any of its competitors, although Voi recently announced that it […] → Read More

Owlin, the text and news analytics platform for financial institutions, raises $3.5M Series A –

Owlin, a startup we covered all the way back in late 2012, has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding. The fundraise follows the fintech company’s pivot from a real-time news alert service to a more comprehensive “AI-based” text and news analytics platform to help financial institutions assess risk. The new round is led by […] → Read More