French IoT startup Netatmo raises € 30 million to continue its strong growth

netatmo-logoNetatmo, a Paris-based startup developing consumer electronics for a better and connected lifestyle, announces today that it has successfully raised €30 million. This investment is led by Legrand, the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures, and previous investors like Iris Capital. The Netatmo founders stay majority shareholders.

The investment builds on Netatmo’s rapid growth trajectory since it was founded in 2011. It will support Netatmo’s strong growth in developing innovations within the Smart Home industry.

Fred Potter, Founder and CEO of Netatmo, explains: “We welcome Legrand as our new investor and are very proud to have our historical shareholders renew their confidence in our brand Continue reading

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SV2B: Silicon Valley comes to the Baltics 2015

SV2B-logoRiga will host the leading technology startup conference in the Baltic countries “Silicon Valley Comes to the Baltics 2015” on November 7. It is the biggest tech startup event in the Baltic region that brings together more than 650 startups and tech talents, investors, executives and media to share the experience and know-how Continue reading

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1001Menus becomes Zenchef and raises € 6 million

Zenchef-2015The French startup that assists restaurants in the creation and simple management of their digital presence, Zenchef - formerly known as 1001menus – has received new funding of € 6 million. It will allow the company to break new ground in its expansion toward conquering new international markets.

Zenchef was launched in 2010 and has more than 2,500 clients now in restaurants across France, the United Kingdom and Spain. These are markets where the company has invested in early Continue reading

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Stockholm-based MIND Music Labs presents the world’s first smart guitar at Web Summit 2015

MIND-Music-Labs-LogoThe Stockholm-based startup MIND Music Labs is presenting the world’s first “Smart Guitar” at Dublin’s Web Summit today, with a LIVE demo during its PITCH competition. The young music company, which was founded in 2013, also just secured a low 6-digit seed investment from a number of Swedish angel investors.

Sensus – this is the name of the guitar – is at the same time a guitar, a 360° wireless music system and a smart IoT device, allowing players to add infinite modulations Continue reading

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Watch the startup pitches of this year’s EU-Startups Conference

EU-Startups-Conference-BerlinThe pitch competition definitely was one of the highlights of this year’s EU-Startups Conference. In the end, it were two female entrepreneurs from Poland who won the pitch competition with their startup FestBlast. The other participating startups were: Mr. Jeff, 3DQR, Hobtime, Shipwise, Draem, TripSnapp, BeemgeeUtocatSaffe Payments, Kwikdroid, Mainlaws, Getaway and Funderbeam.

If you missed this year’s EU-Startups Conference you can now watch 10 of the 14 pitches below (jury Q&A excluded). A big “Thank You” goes out Continue reading

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Techstars and Virgin Media launch Connectivity and Digital Innovation Accelerator in London

Virgin-Accelerator-logoVirgin Media and Techstars today announced that they are inviting the most promising and innovative entrepreneurs from the digital sector to apply to their new accelerator program in London. This partnership will be Techstars’ third accelerator program in London in addition to London city program and Barclays FinTech Accelerator program.

The Virgin Media Accelerator, powered by Techstars, will Continue reading

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Join the Investment Clinic and Startup Launch Pad at Apps World 2015 (Sponsored)

Apps-World-logoApps World 2015 is providing some great support to the startup community. On 18-19 November (ExCeL, London) there will be a huge amount of technology, entrepreneurship, and app ecosystem related stuff going on at the event. Here’s a quick overview of the most interesting happenings:

£150K Investment Giveaway: Out of the many investors who will be attending to share their expertise, one of them, Raj Dhonota, confirmed that he will be making up to £150K of Continue reading

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Meet FestBlast, the Warsaw-based startup that won our pitch competition

Fest-Blast-2015One of the highlights during our EU-Startups Conference last week in Berlin was clearly the pitch competition. Overall, more than 50 startups applied to participate. 15 of them were selected and 14 showed up last Friday (in total we counted ~120 attendees). It was a great mixture of exciting business models and ambitious startup teams out of 8 different European countries.

In the end, it were two female entrepreneurs (twins) from Poland who took home the prize package containing $1.500 in credits for Amazon Web Services, €600 in credits for the EU-Startups job board and €500 in credits for a design contest on 99designs. Once again: Congratulations to Katarzyna and Magdalena Biesialska!

Their startup, FestBlast, makes music festivals a hassle-free experience. By offering a one-stop tech solution to the festival organizers, FestBlast ensures Continue reading

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WordPress meets Git solution: VersionPress secures $400K seed funding

Version-Press-2015VersionPress recently secured $400,000 in funding through a seed round with five investors led by the Czech VC firm Credo Ventures.

VersionPress is a Prague-based startup that offers version control for WordPress. The company essentially wants to create an “undo” button for changes you make to a WordPress site. Continue reading

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Danish deal aggregator Bownty receives €3.4 million in funding

bownty-logoThe Danish startup Bownty collects deals from a total of 100 deal sites in Denmark, UK, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, France, and Portugal. Currently Bownty offers deals in approximately 1200 cities in Europe. In 2014, Bownty acquired its biggest competitor in Southern Europe, Yunait, which made the Danish deal aggregator Continue reading

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