The 15 hottest European fintech startups in 2015

Fintech-StartupsIn the last decade, there were a bunch of really successful fintech companies that started in Europe. Companies like Klarna, Adyen or Transferwise (to name just a few) changed the way we do payments or the way we transfer money overseas.

By pursuing radical new concepts, these fintech startups became some of Europes most valuable companies within just a few years.

The financial technology sector is hot, the summer heat is on, so let’s look at Europe’s hottest fintech startups in 2015. In order to present you the “next wave” of Europe’s fintech disruptors, we scanned the market for the most promising Continue reading

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Top deals seen in Central and Eastern Europe in June

Euro-DealsHere is my list of some interesting deals from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), seen in June. Often overlooked by big US and Western European investors, the region offers many good deals, at much cheaper valuations compared to the US market.

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich continues investing in Israel. After an investment into equitz crowdfunding Continue reading

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Helpling acquires to form the world’s biggest home-cleaning marketplace

Helpling-acquires-HassleHelpling, Rocket Internet’s on-demand home services platform, officially announced today the acquisition of, the European pioneer of this business model and market leader in the UK. According to our colleagues at, Helpling has dropped €32 million on the acquisition. After this move, Helpling now seems to be the leader for online booking of household services outside the U.S.

Helpling, which was founded in 2014, enables customers to book a local, vetted cleaner online or via a smartphone app. This means people no longer have Continue reading

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Startup jobs of the week: ESS, Soundudes, StyleLounge

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:

ESS-logoThe Düsseldorf- and Berlin-based startup European Sales Service provides fashion und lifestyle brands with customised leftover solutions and flash sale websites with sourcing and campaign production as Continue reading

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Why the US-based VC David Blumberg loves German startups

Blumberg-CapitalIn the beginning of last week our colleagues at VentureTV published a video interview with David Blumberg. With his venture capital fund Blumberg Capital, David is one of the rather few American investors who are actively looking out for investments in German startups.

Blumberg Capital already invested in German companies like Kreditech, Wundercar, Urbanara, ePetWorld and Wummelkiste. In the interview with VentureTV founder André Vollbracht he describes why he loves German startups, what kind of startups he’s most interested in Continue reading

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Global Fashion Group announces €150 million internal financing round

Global-Fashion-Group-logoRocket Internet today announced that it is participating in a €150 million internal financing round in Global Fashion Group (GFG) – together with a group of shareholders including Investment AB Kinnevik. Furthermore, Rocket Internet has agreed to contribute the two Brazilian online fashion businesses Kanui and Tricae from its Latin America Internet Group in a Continue reading

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Social media sharing platform Tagstr secures $1m in seed funding

Tagstr-logoBritish startup Tagstr recently closed a deal of $1 million in seed funding. This brings the total funding to $2.6 million. All of the investment to date has come from high net worth individuals and will be used to build partnerships and further develop the platform.

With over 500,000 downloads and 20 million uploads, Tagstr is a social media platform with a twist. Why? Tagstr is a free platform that lets people share media including images, audio and video using hashtagged themes, rather than using Instagram’s follower-based model.

Tagstr doesn’t require users to have friends or followers, people all over the world can Continue reading

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UK-Slovak Prizeo celebrity-based charitable fundraising platform acquired by Chideo

Chideo-PrizeoEarlier this week, Todd Wagner, CEO and founder of Chideo, announced the acquisition of Prizeo – a celebrity-based charitable fundraising platform.

Prizeo, a UK-Slovak business founded by Oxford students and @ycombinator alumni Continue reading

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Berlin-based career accelerator CareerFoundry secures seed funding

Career-Foundry-Team-2015CareerFoundry, a Berlin-based provider of online mentored courses in UX design and web development, announced today that it has just closed a round of seed funding to accelerate growth and invest in new verticals. The new funding round was led by Tengelmann Ventures, with Stefan Glänzer and Paul Föckler also participating. This investment brings CareerFoundry’s total funding to over one million Euros. Continue reading

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French startup studio eFounders just raised $6M from Fotolia co-founder Oleg Tscheltzoff

eFounders-2015eFounders, the Paris-based startup studio, just announced it secured $6 million funding to build its next ventures and strengthen its infrastructure. eFounders new “super angel” is Oleg Tscheltzoff, former co-founder of Fotolia ( sold to Adobe a few months back for $800 million). Oleg has an great experience in launching and Continue reading

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