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Worth reading: iZettle, Excalibur, Lamoda, Qwaya, Leetchi

There are so many interesting stories out there and unfortunately we don’t have the time to cover all of them. With our section “Worth reading” we provide you (once in a while) with some links to interesting articles of other publications:

iZettle-logoSweden’s iZettle, a square clone and one of the more successful European payments startups so far, just landed a €5 million investment from Europe’s largest bank Banco Santander as well as a deal to sell iZettle’s service and smartphone card reader to the bank’s U.K. customers. Check out the full story on GigaOm.

Excalibur-logoExcalibur, a Slovakian startup which turns your mobile phone into a universal authentication system has won the Telekom Innovation Contest – and with it up to €500,000 of Deutsche Telekom resources to develop the product. Find out more about the contest and the winner Excalibur and visit SiliconAllee.com.

lamoda-logoRocket Internet-backed Lamoda, a fashion-focused e-commerce site in Russia, has announced that it has landed a $130 million round of funding from a range of regular Rocket Internet co-investors: Access Industries, Summit Partners and Tengelmann Group. Visit TNW to learn more.

Qwaya-logoHoping to cash in on the rise of Facebook advertising is Stockholm-based Qwaya, which offers a cloud-based tool for SMEs to create, publish and measure the effectiveness of Facebook ad campaigns. The company recently closed $3 million in Series A funding from Zobito and the Swedish VC Industrifonden. Read more on TechCrunch.

leetchi-logoThe French social payments leader Leetchi has announced a big partnership with Amazon, adding Amazon gift cards to the list of potential gifts they offer. With 700k+ users on-board, having a big-named partner like Amazon will be a real advantage for them as they expand as planned across Europe. Find out more and visit the RudeBaguette.

Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr is the "Editor in Chief" of EU-Startups.com and started the blog in October 2010. He is excited about Europe's future, passionate about new business ideas and lives in Barcelona (Spain).

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