Monese, a banking app for immigrants and expats across Europe, raises $1.8m

Monese-logoThe European acceleration fund Seedcamp today announced that Monese has raised $1.8 million and joined the Seedcamp family. Monese is a London-based fintech startup that allows you to open up a UK bank account in less than 3 mins on your mobile.

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Investor Sourcing: Our research service for startups in search of the right investor

Investor-ResearchLast month, we launched a new research service called Startup Sourcing. A service where we help investors and big companies to find the hottest startups in their preferred space.

Now we’re announcing the launch of a reverse service called Investor Sourcing, an offering where we help startups to find the right investors for their venture. Continue reading

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Tellyo Pro launches with the claim to be the easiest way to publish TV content online

tellyo-logoAccording to the Helsinki-based startup Tellyo, online publishing has increased the speed of how quickly reporters have to respond to big TV happenings and they missed a tool to get those videos into the cloud as quickly as they can write. This is why they created Tellyo Pro, which opens up access to live and past TV shows, sports or other online streams to reporters so they can use any parts of those programs in their articles Continue reading

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Startup jobs of the week: Friendsurance, Menlo Media, Applicata

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 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:

friendsurance-logoFriendsurance takes a completely new approach towards insurance: for the first time a concept of a online peer-to-peer insurance was implemented, which combines social networks with well established insurance companies. Customers can connect to form individual insurance-networks, thereby lowering their annual insurance premiums. Continue reading

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Pocket concierge GuestU receives $1.1m seed funding from Portugal Ventures

GuestUFounded in the beginning of this year by Euclides Major, London-based GuestU provides apps with personalisation algorithms to help hotels/hostels, guesthouses and short term rentals create their own concierge service. Today, the young company announced it has raised $1.1 million seed funding from Portugal Ventures.

The fresh capital will be used to support product development and increase the startup’s global customer base. GuestU already serves Continue reading

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Croatia-based microfinance systems provider Oradian gets angel & VC funding

oradian-logoI met Antonio Separovic, CEO and founder of Croatia-based ORADIAN a year ago in Split. He is a great businessman with a great vision. Oradian is a developer of core technology platforms for microfinance institutions, mostly in developing countries. This week, Oradian Continue reading

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Internet security solution ZenMate achieved milestone of 12 million registered users

ZenMateInternet security solution ZenMate, which ensures privacy and security on the Internet for consumers, has today announced record user numbers, two years after being founded. ZenMate, one of our 5 German startups to look out for in 2015, has now reached more than 12 million registered users worldwide with its products, achieving 118% growth in the last eight months. Continue reading

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Lodgify raises €600K to further enhance its website building software for vacation rental operators

Lodgify-2015Lodgify, the vacation rental tech startup we first introduced you to in August 2014, announced today that it has secured €600,000 in seed financing in a round led by angel investor Chris Hitchen, HOWZAT Partners, Venrex Investment Management and other notable angel investors including Roland Zeller (former CEO of travel.ch) and Kilian Thalhammer (former managing director of PAYMILL).

Lodgify’s robust, browser-­based service enables vacation rental owners and managers to easily create a website Continue reading

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Podcasting platform Acast secures Series A funding to boost its growth and expasion plans

acast-logoAcast, the Stockholm and London-based full service podcast platform that allows users to discover and share on-demand audio content enhanced with videos, images and links, announced today the closing of its Series A funding round. This includes an investment of over $5 million from Bonnier Growth Media and a follow-on investment from early-stage VC firm MOOR, Continue reading

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Meet Inês Silva from Portugal, the Queen of Startup Pirates

Ines-Silva-Startup-PiratesRecently, I attended a great business conference GoYouth in Lisbon, Portugal. Many great people, great spirit at the conference. One of the best business events I have attended in past years. TechCrunch called the city “it is like Berlin 5 years ago, with beaches”. Quite true.

In Lisbon, I met Inês Silva, an extremely active business woman, whose motto is “Disrupt or Be Disrupted”. Here is my interview with her:

Ines, it was nice to meet you at the great event GoYouth in Lisbon. Tell us, who is Inês Silva?

Great meeting you at GoYouth Conference. What an amazing event! So, I’m Inês Silva, an entrepreneur and community builder. Over the years, I’ve co­founded Continue reading

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