We recently helped our client Lodgify close their new €1.4 M funding round with Nauta Capital and other existing investors including Chris Hitchen, HOWZAT Partners and Roland Zeller. Lodgify has raised a total of €2 M to date to help rental owners and property managers generate more direct bookings and become less dependent on online travel agencies like Airbnb. Lodgify provides website builder software to enable vacation rental owners to build their own branded websites. In a recent interview with TechCrunch, Dennis Klett, CEO & Co-founder, Lodgify, said the problem is that most vacation rental owners do not have a…
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…
In the midst of the refugee crisis, everyone talks about doing something or contributing in some way. Last week, a group of global leaders met in London to pledge $10 M in aid for the Syrian refugee crisis and at the same time last week, Shelley Taylor, CEO of Trellyz, launched the Refugee Aid app. According to the Huffington Post, the location-based app is a place for refugees to find information on aid, connect with aid organisations and get the support they need. It’s also the place where NGOs and charities can share their resources with refugees and deliver aid…
If you’re a high-growth start-up headed down to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, Feb 22 – 25, 2016, then you won’t want to miss our legal workshop at 4 Years From Now (4YFN). The workshop, Break on through to the other side: A legal cheat sheet for funding and financing, is hosted by our two co-founders, Tina Baker and James Shaw. This 45-minute workshop will look at the state of funding in the EU and what the firm sees as trends in legal deals from our perspective. Our co-founders, Tina and James, will then talk about three basic things start-ups should have buttoned down…
It’s nice when our clients succeed and even nicer when they make “best of” lists – especially when it’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list. This new version of the original 30 Under 30 list, looked at 300 of the young leaders in 10 industry sectors in Europe. So while the trumpets are still sounding, we wanted to give them a shout. In the world of finance, our client Index Ventures’ Ophelia Brown-Finance and Berlin-based Point 9 Capital’s Nicolas Wittenborn proved their savvy and strategy could spot the start-ups with staying power. On the technology front, we saw Alex Klein, Kano; George Burgess,…
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!
Environmental Technologies Fund (ETF) recently led an $18 m funding round for Telensa, a leader in Wireless Smart City solutions. Telensa provides more options for IoT. IoT is a smart investment. According to a study in McKinsey, IoT predicts 30 billion objects will be connected by 2020. The funds from this new investment round will support Telensa’s next stage of profitable growth based on smart city solutions that incorporate low-power wide-area wireless technology. We are proud to be working with ETF, helping them make investments in European companies that are changing the world by delivering big environmental benefits.
At the close of 2015, the Telegraph ran a story on the 15 biggest equity crowdfunding rounds of 2015. And guess what? Our client JustPark topping the list! JustPark lets you find parking spaces around the city, book them, park and get on with your day. Congratulations to all the companies that made this list.
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