Flower delivery startup Bloom & Wild secures £2.5m by MMC Ventures

Bloom-and-WildThe ‘flowers through the letterbox’ gifting company has closed a £2.5m Series A funding round, led by MMC Ventures, alongside existing angel investors – Samos, Indian outfit Catamaran Ventures and angel investor Scott Sage.

Co-founders Aron Gelbard and Ben Stanway set out to use technology to create the UK’s most loved flower brand. They developed their award-winning letterbox packaging to enable a bouquet of fresh flowers to be delivered through a standard UK letterbox. iPhone and Android apps allow the user to select and send fresh flowers in under 30 seconds, while on the go. The Telegraph states that the company intends to provide same-day delivery in London and Continue reading

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Prolong your summer in Valencia! Free of charge startup pre-accelerator!

DeliteLabs-logoDELITELABS – a non profit organization incorporated in Amsterdam – is organizing it’s first event in Valencia, Spain. 20 participants are going to have an oportunity from September to December 2015 experience curriculum with the aim to find out everything that one needs to startup a business idea. People with all backgrounds are welcome to register – from programmers to anthropologists.

Curriculum includes different modules: business models, self-development, organizational design, storytelling, Continue reading

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Hotel Schani: the very first hotel for the geek generation in the CEE region

Hotel-Schani-logoIn the beginning of the year, me and my colleagues were actively working on the mission of finding a venue for the Grand Finale of the upcoming Central European Startup Awards in Vienna. That is how we got introduced to Anita Komarek by Kata Klementz, the co-founder of LOFFICE. And not much later we ended up with a great deal with this amazing place. I had a nice coffee with Anita and asked my questions from her in order to show you virtually around in this awesome building. :) Continue reading

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The hottest European travel startups in 2015

Travel-StartupsThe number of online travel bookings is growing steadily from year to year pretty much since the invention of the internet. The disruption of the traditional travel industry and the shift from local travel agencies to online bookings is still a big trend but far away from beeing a secret.

Over the years, countless of startups around the world tried to take advantage of this trend and pursued new and exciting business models for the future of the travel market. Continue reading

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Pitch your startup at the EU-Startups Conference 2015

EU-Startups-Conference-logo2On the 23rd of October, we’re going to host the EU-Startups Conference 2015 at the awesome event space of the Rainmaking Loft Berlin. We’ll have inspiring speakers (QuizClash founder, Sedo founder…), a panel discussion with Europe’s leading startup accelerators, a networking break with delicious food and most importantly an exciting pitch competition! An overview of the event can be found Continue reading

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Online auction house Auctionata reports 195% growth and 1st positive EBITDA

Auctionata-logo-2015The Berlin-based online auction house Auctionata has completed the first half of the year 2015 with a growth of 195% (in GMV – Gross Merchandise Value) compared to the same period in 2014. Only two years after launching weekly livestream auctions, Auctionata is now Germany’s biggest auction house both in terms of revenue and size of staff. About 80% of the GMV was generated in the livestream auctions, while the online shop and private sales contributed the remaining Continue reading

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Busuu secures €6 Million from McGraw‐Hill Education

busuu-logo-newBusuu, one of the world’s largest social networks for language learning with over 55 million users, today announced that McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, acquired a minority stake of busuu for €6 million. The deal also authorises McGraw-Hill exclusive global rights to distribute busuu to its B2B customers, including schools, private language institutions and corporations. With the global market for language instruction Continue reading

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Medtep raises $2M to fuel future growth and international expansion

Medtep-2015Medtep, a cutting-edge online solution that brings digital therapeutics to disease prevention, treatment and wellness, announced today it has raised $2 million in seed funding. The funding round has been led by the Mexican Investment Fund Stella Maris Partners with the participation of other American and Spanish investors and business angels. The startup will use the fresh capital to ensure its internationalization strategy, focusing on the USA, LatAm and Europe.

Medtep was founded in 2011 in Barcelona. I met the founders twice. The first time was right after they had started. I was impressed by their expertise and ambitions and quite sure they’re on their road to success! A few weeks ago the team moved to San Francisco and celebrated its 4th birthday. Continue reading

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Pitch University helps you improve your pitch to investors (Sponsored)

Ptich-University-logoPitch University is here! Storytelling is imperative for an effective pitch, and Joachim Günster has the background and experience to create the memorable stories every startup needs. Utilizing his new YouTube channel, the StorySculptor is now helping startups around the world improve their pitches for investors.

Investors are human, just like anyone else, and humanity has used stories to captivate audiences and disseminate information Continue reading

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Equity crowdfunding deals of June: e-commerce disruptor, incubation partner for SMEs, robotic fulfillment solution

Crowdfunding-2015Equity crowdfunding is an innovative way to raise capital or invest in young companies, often along with experienced angel investors. This alternative funding opportunity is increasingly becoming sexy also in Europe. Below I feature some campaigns that I liked in June. (Note: This is no investment recommendation, make your own judgement before/if you invest). Continue reading

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