Leading peer-to-peer finance provider MarketInvoice raises £6m

marketinvoice-logo-2015MarketInvoice has announced a $10 million investment alongside plans to extend its product range, all aimed at making the company a one-stop destination for working capital finance. Northzone and Paul Forster, Co-Founder and former CEO of Indeed.com, are backing the investment.

MarketInvoice is the world’s largest peer-to-peer business lender for short term finance. Businesses can access funds in 24 hours against outstanding invoices, licenses, Continue reading

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Startup jobs of the week: Wattics, D.C. Media Networks, The SaaS Co.

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:

WatticsThe Dublin-based startup Wattics applies cutting-edge computer science to the biggest humanity addiction: Energy consumption. The company’s cloud-based analytics Continue reading

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German fintech startup CASHBOARD raises $2.2M for further growth

Cashboard-logoCASHBOARD was founded in August 2014 and acts as a digital investment intermediary. The platform www.cashboard.de enables private as well as institutional investors to deposit sums starting at €100 in a diversified way.

CASHBOARD users benefit from fully automated algorithms for portfolio management, risk mitigation and tax optimization. Investors are able to deposit their money in Continue reading

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The UBS Future of Finance Challenge is looking for new ideas in the banking sector

UBS-ChallencheAs the financial industry faces disruption and rapid technology change, UBS seeks to further progress by searching for solutions. So it has just launched The UBS Future of Finance Challenge – an open competition for entrepreneurs and technology startups around the world.

UBS is committed to providing private, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland, with superior financial advice and solutions while generating attractive and sustainable returns for shareholders. UBS is looking for innovative and potentially disruptive technological ideas and solutions that will support the transformation of the banking industry. Ideas should cover four challenges, that banks are currently facing: Continue reading

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Central European Startup Awards – nomination & application process ends soon!

CESAwards-2015Nominations for the Central European Startup Awards end soon! If you want to apply or recommend someone for the biggest no-pitch, no-conference startup festival in the Central-Eastern European region, then the time to do it is now!

The Central European Startup Awards is a unique award show, committed to advocate and celebrate the startup spirit of the CEE region and to pin the region to the global startup map. The Startup Awards series brings together 10 countries, nearly 4,000 startups and their ecosystems for the second time this year – following the Continue reading

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Equity crowdfunding platform Invesdor expands in Europe with €1M

Invesdor_2015The Finland-based licenced equity and debt platform Invesdor is the first European crowdfunding platform to have been granted a MiFID licence for investment advice, reception and transmission of orders, and placing of financial instruments. Today, the Invesdor team announced they have raised a million euro crowdfunding round through their own platform.

The round had 143 investors from 16 different countries. Invesdor Co-founder and CEO Lasse Mäkelä, an ex-Merrill Continue reading

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60 of Europe’s best FIWARE startups will pitch at FIWARE Startup Bootcamp in Athens

FIWARE-Accelerate-logoFIWARE, the leading European accelerator programme for technology startups in the sectors of the future internet, is organizing 2nd FIWARE Startup Bootcamp on 1-3 October 2015 in Athens, Greece. Also the 5th FIWARE Investment Forum in Athens is going to take place on October 3, 2015.

Technopolis, a major cultural venue in the center of Athens, will host 60 FIWARE startups in a three‐day event. Targeted workshops, Continue reading

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Sex life app UnderCovers secures six-digit funding and turns into a business

Undercovers-logoUnderCovers, an app for couples who like to try out new things in bed, just closed their first financing round. The Berlin-based company received a six-digit investment from a group of business angels.

The app UnderCovers, which is available as Android and iOs version, enables lovers to discuss their sexual fantasies in a playful and discrete manner. Founders of the project Jan Kroschinski and Stefan Moll said that this is is only the first step.

The aim of the app is to turn every couple’s love life into a lasting adventure. The current Continue reading

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Startup jobs of the week: Locafox, foodora, Azimo, Bynder

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:

Locafox-logoLocafox aims to enhance the offline shopping experience for online and mobile consumers by allowing them to make more informed buying decisions. Its unique features include providing detailed information from local retail stores such as product location, Continue reading

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Baaam: Adidas acquires Runtastic for more than € 200 million

runtastic-adidas-acquisitionThis kind of news is very rare, and the European startup ecosystem needs more of that sort: A large European company acquires a European startup for more than € 200 million.

As the logos on the left indicate, I’m talking about the German adidas Group wich just acquired the Austrian startup Runtastic. The Linz-based company, which helps you to track your fitness activities, was founded in 2009. According to Continue reading

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