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Prolific wants to challenge Amazon’s Mechanical Turk in the online research space –

Prolific, a U.K.-based startup that wants to make it easier to conduct online research, has raised $1.2 million in seed funding. The round is co-led by Silicon Valley-based Pioneer Fund, and Altair Capital, with support from various angel investors based in the Bay Area. Prolific is also a graduate of Y Combinator and presented at […] → Read More

Otta picks up £850,000 seed to match you to relevant jobs –

Otta, one of the latest startups aiming to fix what it sees as a broken job search and recruitment market, has picked up £850,000 in seed funding. Backing the young London company is LocalGlobe, along with a number of U.K. angel investors and founders. The latter includes Paul Forster (co-founder of Indeed), Shakil Khan (an […] → Read More

Fronted, from former Bud, Monzo and Apple employees, wants to make life easier for renters –

Fronted, a new London-based startup aiming to make life easier for renters, is breaking cover today. The company, founded by Jamie Campbell, Simon Vans-Colina, and Anthony Mann — former employees at Bud, Monzo and Apple, respectively — will launch early next year with a fintech product to help renters finance their rental deposits. The plan […] → Read More

Salv, the anti-money laundering startup founded by ex-TransferWise employees, picks up $2M seed –

Salv, an anti-money laundering (AML) startup founded by former TransferWise and Skype employees, has raised $2 million in seed funding. The round is led by Fly Ventures, alongside Passion Capital and Seedcamp. Angel investors also participating include N26 founder Maximilian Tayenthal (who seems to be doing quite a bit of angel investing), Twilio CTO Ott […] → Read More

Xometry acquires European on-demand manufacturing marketplace Shift –

Xometry, the U.S.-based marketplace for on-demand manufacturing that raised $55 million in Series D funding this summer, has acquired Munich-based Shift as a path to European expansion. Exact terms of the deal remain undisclosed, although the exit sees at least some of Shift’s investors, such as Cherry Ventures, picking up shares in Xometry . I […] → Read More

Cuvva raises £15M Series A to launch flexible monthly car insurance –

Cuvva, the app-based insurance provider that began life offering pay-as-you-go driving cover but has since expanded to also sell travel insurance, has raised £15 million in Series A funding. Backing comes from RTP Global, Breega, and Digital Horizon, joining existing investors LocalGlobe, Techstars Ventures, Tekton and Seedcamp. A number of angels also joined the round, […] → Read More

Penta, the German business banking challenger, partners with SumUp to target offline businesses –

Penta, the Berlin-based business banking challenger that also now operates in Italy, has partnered with BBVA-backed card reader company SumUp in a bid to attract more offline businesses. Up until recently, Penta had been targeting digital businesses, such as startups and e-commerce SMEs, but has since re-positioned itself for wider business banking appeal. By partnering […] → Read More

Atomico Partner Tom Wehmeier reviews ‘The State of European Tech’ 2019 report –

The data shows that competition for talent and access to the best founders has increased ferociously, while progress with gender diversity has stalled. → Read More

Uncapped raises £10M to offer ‘revenue-based’ finance to growing businesses –

Uncapped, a London headquartered and Warsaw-based startup that wants to provide “revenue-based” finance to growing European businesses, is officially launching today and disclosing that it has raised £10 million in funding. The capital is a mixture of equity funding and debt (money it can use for lending), and sees the fintech company backed by Rocket […] → Read More

Zebra Fuel, the startup that brought fuel directly to your vehicle, is ‘no longer’ delivering in London –

Zebra Fuel, the London-based startup that delivered fuel directly to your vehicle — backed by Robin and Saul Klein’s LocalGlobe, Brent Hoberman’s Firstminute Capital and Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman — has told customers it is “no longer” delivering fuel in London. However, it is unclear at this stage if the company has ceased operations entirely. […] → Read More

Pricefx scores additional €23M for its cloud-based pricing software –

Pricefx, the Munich-founded startup that offers cloud-based pricing software, has raised €23 million in additional funding as part of its earlier Series B round. The new investment is led by Digital+ Partners, the European B2B technology growth investor, and management consulting firm Bain & Company. Talis Capital, Pricefx’s Series A investor, also followed on, while […] → Read More

Leavy.co, the app for millennials who want to rent out their room while travelling, discloses $14M funding –

Leavy.co, the Paris-born startup that offers a travel app for millennials to help them travel more without getting into further debt, has quietly raised $14 million in funding. The investment — which is pegged as a seed round and actually closed in January! — is led by Dutch investor Prime Ventures, with participation from angel […] → Read More

Detectify raises additional €21M for its ethical hacker network –

Detectify, the Sweden born cybersecurity startup that offers a website vulnerability scanner powered by the crowd, has raised €21 million in further funding. Leading the round is London-based VC firm Balderton Capital, with participation from existing investors Paua Ventures, Inventure and Insight Partners. Detectify says the new funding will be used to continue to hire […] → Read More

Wonderbly launches Wonderbly Studios to let other brands use its personalisation API for printed books –

Wonderbly, the personalised book publisher backed by Google Ventures and best known for the breakout hit “Lost My Name,” is unveiling Wonderbly Studios in a bid to make it easier for other brands to offer personalised and bespoke printed books on-demand. Initially, Wonderfully Studios will work with select partners to provide access to its personalisation […] → Read More

Circ, the Berlin-based e-scooter company, makes layoffs following ‘operational learnings’ –

Circ, the Berlin-based e-scooter rentals — or so-called micro-mobility — company founded by Lukasz Gadowski of Delivery Hero fame, has made a number of layoff, TechCrunch has learned. This has seen a reduction in headcount in its HQ and other regional operations. The exact number isn’t clear, although once source placed it at around 50 […] → Read More

Dream Games raises $7.5M seed to develop ‘high-quality’ puzzle games –

Dream Games, a Turkish mobile gaming company founded by former Peak Games employees who worked together on hit puzzle games Toy Blast and Toon Blast, has raised $7.5 million in seed funding. Leading the round is Makers Fund, with co-investment from London’s Balderton Capital. The funding will be used to increase headcount within the Dream […] → Read More

Robinhood launches… UK waiting list –

It is approaching a year since TechCrunch broke news that Robinhood was stealthily recruiting for a London office ahead of plans to expand to the U.K. And in August the U.S.-based company, which pioneered “commission-free” stock-trading states-side, announced it had received regulatory approval to operate this side of the pond, signalling that a U.K. launch […] → Read More

Perlego raises $9M Series A for its textbook subscription service –

Perlego, the textbook subscription service, has raised $9 million in Series A funding. Backing the round is Charlie Songhurst, Dedicated VC, and Thomas Leysen (Chairman of Mediahuis and Umicore). Perlego’s existing investors including ADV, Simon Franks and Alex Chesterman also reinvested on a pro-rata basis. London-based Perlego says the additional funding will be used to […] → Read More

MMC Ventures outs new £100M ‘Scale Up’ fund to double-down on its portfolio at the later-stage –

MMC Ventures, the London-based VC that typically invests at Seed and Series A via the various funds it manages, has launched a new £100 million “Scale Up” fund to provide expansion capital to its later-stage portfolio companies. This is a move we are seeing a number of early-stage European VCs make, such as LocalGlobe with […] → Read More

Northzone raises new $500M fund to back startups in Europe (and the East Coast, US) –

Northzone, the European VC firm that’s probably best-known for being an early backer of Spotify, has raised a new $500 million fund, which it claims was oversubscribed and will reach its final close imminently. Dubbed “Northzone IX,” the new fund pretty much represents business as usual for Northzone and will be used to invest primarily […] → Read More