In January 2016, Tech.eu reported there was a massive uplift of seed and series A rounds across Europe. According to the research, the biggest increases were seen at €500K or lower (pre-seed or seed) and in rounds between €1M and €5M. Tech.eu reports that compared to one year ago, deals tripled in this bracket – from two to 76 in 2016. At JAG Shaw Baker, this is exactly what we’ve been seeing over the past several years — a proliferation of small Seed rounds between €150K and €500K. In addition, the two other trends from our vantage point are a shift in…
From an M&A deal to Condé Nast to an interesting intellectual property matter for one of the oldest cutlery companies in Europe, here’s a short round up of some of our client’s success and news: Partnerships: For the second time in 2016, our client TransferWise has joined forces with a bank. Earlier this year it was Estonia’s largest bank LHV. This time it was a German FinTech start up, Number26 backed by Peter Thiel. Number 26 is considered to be Europe’s first mobile bank. TransferWise and Number26 have teamed up to give Number26 customers in-app access to a cheap international money-transfer service. Number26’s new service…
Cambridge-based Morphogen-IX just raised a £1.5 seed round led by Index Ventures. The company is a spin-out from Cambridge University which is working on a treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) which affects about 6,500 people in the UK alone. PAH is caused by the narrowing of blood vessels that lead from the heart to the lungs. When these arteries narrow, it becomes harder for the heart to pump blood through to the lungs, leading to breathlessness and heart failure. The round also included investment from Cambridge Innovation Capital and Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds. The company says it’s dedicated to developing a therapy that will…
Last year on Seedcamp’s regular podcast series, our co-founder, Tina Baker talked with Carlos Espinal, co-founder of Seedcamp and Tom Wilson, a Seedcamp investment manager, about how to tackle early stage legals. The advice still rings true!
In more good news for our clients, Job Today closed a $10M deal with Accel Partners. Job Today takes a different approach to simplifying the job hunt – the company focuses on making it easier for small business owners to find candidates for jobs in the service industry and blue collar workers through a location based mobile app. The company promises a job applicant will get a response for a job within 24 hours through their platform. According to co-founder and COO, Polina Montano, from her experience in retail and talking to business owners, you really don’t need a full CV…
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