Worth reading: iZettle, Excalibur, Lamoda, Qwaya, Leetchi

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There are so many interesting stories out there and unfortunately we don’t have the time to cover all of them. With our section “Worth reading” we provide you (once in a while) with some links to interesting articles of other publications:

iZettle-logoSweden’s iZettle, a square clone and one of the more successful European payments startups so far, just landed a €5 million investment from Europe’s largest bank Banco Santander as well as a deal to sell iZettle’s service and smartphone card reader to the bank’s U.K. customers. Check out the full story on GigaOm.

Excalibur-logoExcalibur, a Slovakian startup which turns your mobile phone into a universal authentication system has won the Telekom Innovation Contest – and with it up to €500,000 of Deutsche Telekom resources to develop the product. Find out more about the contest and the winner Excalibur and visit SiliconAllee.com.

lamoda-logoRocket Internet-backed Lamoda, a fashion-focused e-commerce site in Russia, has announced that it has landed a $130 million round of funding from a range of regular Rocket Internet co-investors: Access Industries, Summit Partners and Tengelmann Group. Visit TNW to learn more.

Qwaya-logoHoping to cash in on the rise of Facebook advertising is Stockholm-based Qwaya, which offers a cloud-based tool for SMEs to create, publish and measure the effectiveness of Facebook ad campaigns. The company recently closed $3 million in Series A funding from Zobito and the Swedish VC Industrifonden. Read more on TechCrunch.

leetchi-logoThe French social payments leader Leetchi has announced a big partnership with Amazon, adding Amazon gift cards to the list of potential gifts they offer. With 700k+ users on-board, having a big-named partner like Amazon will be a real advantage for them as they expand as planned across Europe. Find out more and visit the RudeBaguette.