SumUp announces latest successful €10 m funding round

Sumup-2015SumUp, one of Europe’s leading mPOS companies, announced a new €10 million injection by investors including BBVA Ventures and Groupon. American Express and other current investors also participated in the funding round. This takes SumUp’s funding so far to a total of €50 million, and follows the recent investment by Swiss venture capital firm Venture Incubator AG.

SumUp is set to empower the world to accept card payments. With SumUp, merchants can accept credit and debit cards, using their smartphones or tablets, in a simple, secure and cost-effective way. SumUp’s mobile card acceptance solution is built on proprietary end-to-end EMV payment technology, terminal hardware, and mobile Continue reading

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Interview with Benjamin Günther – Co-Founder and CEO of STYLIGHT

Stylight-Benjamin-GuntherSTYLIGHT inspires women to shop fashion they love. Every day, the company’s websites and apps feature a curated selection of the latest fashion trends and new products from the hottest fashion stores online. Blending nice content and great products from +400 shops worldwide together, STYLIGHT provides a constant stream of inspiration. Continue reading

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Mobile Growth Europe: Mobile industry leaders meet in Berlin next week!

Mobile-Growth EuropeMobile industry professionals are meeting in Berlin on September 3-4 at the Mobile Growth Europe conference.

At the event, attendees will have a chance to connect with and learn from mobile business professionals specializing in user acquisition, monetization, retention and mobile engagement.

As you might now, the volume Continue reading

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10 of Europe’s best dating and matchmaking startups in 2015

Love-StartupsSeveral studies over the last two years suggest that already over 20% of today’s couples in Europe met online. This number is increasing year by year.

Over the last two decades, there were a bunch of really successful dating/matchmaking-related startups coming out of Europe. Companies like eDarling, meetic and Parship – to name just a few. Since fruitful matchmaking businesses not only create happy couples, but also have the potential to earn a lot of money, there are new Continue reading

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Lakestar II: New €350m fund focusing on European and US-based startups

Lakestar-logoEuropean venture capital firm Lakestar has announced it has closed on a new €350m ($398m) fund Lakestar II. Lakestar II is the largest fund to be raised by Lakestar, and one of the largest VC funds in Europe. It is early investor in Spotify, Skype,, Airbnb and Facebook.

The Founder and Chair of Lakestar, Klaus Hommels, is a leading European business angel and venture capitalist. He has been involved in numerous successful Internet investments.

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Startup jobs of the week: FinanceFox and Beko Käuferportal

Week after week, we’re introducing you to great career oportunities in the startup space. This is your chance to become part of the success story of one of Europe’s hottest startups! For a complete overview of the best startup jobs, make sure to check out our job board. And here are the jobs of the week:

FinanceFox-logoFinanceFox is your personal/digital insurance consultant. By signing the broker mandate the customer is choosing the FinanceFox team to partner in all Continue reading

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Help to connect Europe’s startup ecosystems and win something awesome! (Sponsored)

European-Startup-Monitor-SurveyThe German Startups Association has recently initiated the European Startup Monitor, a research project with the goal to promote transparency for the European startup environment. An essential part of the study will be the results of the online survey which is now available to all founders and c-level employees of European & Israeli startups. Take the survey now. At the end you will have the chance to win one of the following:

-An exhibition stand at CeBIT for one full week
-One of two tickets to Pioneers Festival Vienna
-One of five tickets to Startup Camp Berlin, including flights and accommodation (for Berlin)

The goals of the project are to understand European founders as well as to identify and compare country specific and common challenges that the Continue reading

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Finnish online yoga service Yoogaia goes global with $3M investment

yoogaia-logoYoogaia, the world’s first interactive yoga studio, announces the closure of a $3 million seed investment round from Nokia Growth Partners, Inventure, Sanoma Ventures and Point Nine Capital. This new funding allows Yoogaia to continue with its international expansion, hire key talent and improve customer experience in Continue reading

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Swipe relaunches with fresh funding and pro plans to change the paradigm of presentations

Swipe-to-logoSwipe, a Norwegian startup which is now based in London, helps you make quick, beautiful, responsive presentations and lets you broadcast them in real-time to anyone, on any device, anywhere in the world. Their service turns your presentations into conversations, by putting your content in the hands of your audience and lets you interact with real-time polls for a futuristic presentation experience. Continue reading

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Interview with Spotcap Co-Founder and CEO Toby Triebel

Toby-Triebel-SpotcapWe recently had the chance to interview Toby Triebel, the Co-Founder and CEO of Spotcap.

Founded in 2014, Spotcap is offerering online credit lines to small companies. We recently mentioned Spotcap, which is headquartered in Berlin, as one of the hottest European fintech startups in 2015. Supported by Rocket Internet, Spotcap so far raised about €13 million in venture capital and about €5 million in debt financing.

We spoke with Toby to learn how he and his team built and launched a fintech startup Continue reading

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