The European startup ecosystem is full of interesting and exciting news, twists and turns. At EU-Startups, our aim is to keep you informed on everything that’s going on and share the inspiring entrepreneurial spirit this continent has to offer. From big funding announcements, duocorns picking up pace, to new partnerships and even selfies taken from space – there’s never a dull day!
So, with this in mind, we decided to pull together all the big milestones that we saw this week into one place. It’s impossible for us to cover every announcement with an article, but perhaps this is one way we can continue to share as much as possible about up-and-coming innovators and ideas. Let us know what you think!
- Jobgether officially launched this week with a pan-European presence and co-founders based in France, Spain and Belgium. The startup has created a platform connecting Europe-based talent with global flexi-work opportunities.
- Finnish gaming startup BIT ODD launched with a mission to bring wonder and weirdness back to gaming. It’s aiming to bring back the joy of gaming, rather than getting lost in its commercialisation.
- Irish startup Luminate Medical is aiming to address the side effects of cancer treatment. The healthtech firm is now planning to bring its chemo hair loss device to clinical trials.
- Plant-based never tasted so good. Leuven-based Paleo has just launched a pioneering tech to bring the true taste and aroma of meat and fish to plant-based alternatives. Using precision fermentation is GMO-free and a big boost to sustainability in the food sector.
- Serviceform announced plans to reopen and expand to Barcelona. It’s where the startup began its journey before it left due to business difficulties during the pandemic.
- UK micromobility startup bo announced its first product, the bo M. Aiming to set new standards in safety, comfort and design, it reflects how the micromobility market is constantly evolving and innovating – we love to see it!
- Vienna-based Trackbar has launched a new workout system – CURVE. It digitizes workout equipment and brings the experience of guided workouts to all strength machines in fitness studios.
- Young entrepreneur, Sebastian Haugeto launched Dealflow this week. Its a payment app for creators where you can send an invoice to a brand and receive payment the same day.
- Irish super app, Instazap which offers a one-stop solution for all instant commerce needs, has now partnered with Otals, giving users access to not just daily essentials but also trusted and reliable professional service providers, locally and on-demand.
- Czech startup Flatio, described as the Airbnb for monthly stays, has acquired Floasis – a housing provider dedicated to workcation-ers. The partnership reflects how the lines between work and travel are increasingly blurred the travel industry can meet new trends.
- The pioneering ethically-compliant investment platform, Ethical Equity partnered up with Streets Consulting to provide more support to underserved startup founders. With the partnership, Founder Workshops are to be launched with the aim to close the inequality gap and help underrepresented funders boost their success.
- Spanish startup Cabify has joined forces with Toyota to present the first fleet of ride-hailing vehicles that are fueled by hydrogen to the Spanish market, giving an emission-free alternative.
- Romanian startup Bright Spaces has partnered with Avison Young Romania to bring a new way of presenting and showcasing office spaces with a new product – Custom 3D Office Space Planning
- Amsterdam-based travel app Polarsteps announced this month it had reached 4 million users. It also uncovered some interesting travel trends, including that the Nordic region is seeing the biggest destination recovery since the pandemic
- UK-based boat rental marketplace Borrow a Boat closed its most successful crowdfunding round to date – picking up over €3.5 million.
- In Stockholm, community fundraising is growing in popularity. Both Greenely and Steven launched community fundraises, harnessing the power of crowdfunding to supercharge growth.
- Berlin-based wefox announced it hit 2 million customers – one of the first insurtechs to do so.
- This week, we also saw the first 4K resolution full satellite selfie in space. NanoAvionics, a spacetech company with bases in Lithuania and the UK, used an off-the-shelf consumer camera, mounted on a selfie stick, to take the selfie – and the rest is history.