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Stock trade app Robinhood raising at $5B+, up 4X in a year

Stock trade app Robinhood raising at $5B+, up 4X in a year

By adding a cryptocurrency exchange, a web version and stock option trading, Robinhood has managed to quadruple its valuation in a year, according to a source familiar with a new round the startup is raising. Robinhood is closing in on around $350 million in Series D funding led by Russian firm DST Global, the source [...]

11 Innovative Startups That Caught Our Eye at MWC 2018

11 Innovative Startups That Caught Our Eye at MWC 2018

People tend to focus on the mobile part of Mobile World Congress, but the conference is also one of the largest startup gatherings on the planet.
The halls of the Fira Gran Via become a miniature globe with booths and stands as far as the eye can see. Each pavilion houses dozens of startups from around [...]

Not all African startups need VC money

Not all African startups need VC money

Not all African tech startups will feel the need to raise VC funding, but those that do must ensure they are adequately prepared for what is a lengthy process.
That is according to panellists speaking during a session on the African investment landscape during last week’s Africa Tech Summit in Kigali, which brought together stakeholders from [...]

London startup Ahauz is helping millennials buy a home with an innovative new Help to Buy-style scheme

London startup Ahauz is helping millennials buy a home with an innovative new Help to Buy-style scheme

Forget ditching coffee and avocados, a new startup which describes itself as the “bank of mum and dad for everyone” is aiming to help more young people get on the property ladder with an innovative take on the Help to Buy scheme.
Ahauz is set to start offering first-time buyers help by offering a loan of [...]

The $13bn investment firm Varde Partners has just taken a stake in London proptech startup funder Pi Labs

The $13bn investment firm Varde Partners has just taken a stake in London proptech startup funder Pi Labs

The London property tech, or proptech, scene is grabbing attention across the globe, as the $13bn (£9.4bn) US investment firm Varde Partners has today scooped a stake in venture capital firm Pi Labs, City A.M. can reveal.
London-based Pi Labs, which closed its second $10m fund last year, focuses on scaling up early-stage proptech firms and [...]

London startup Ahauz is helping millennials buy a home with an innovative new Help to Buy-style scheme

London startup Ahauz is helping millennials buy a home with an innovative new Help to Buy-style scheme

Forget ditching coffee and avocados, a new startup which describes itself as the “bank of mum and dad for everyone” is aiming to help more young people get on the property ladder with an innovative take on the Help to Buy scheme.
Ahauz is set to start offering first-time buyers help by offering a loan of [...]

London-based AI expertise startup ProFinda raises €5.4 million in latest round

London-based AI expertise startup ProFinda raises €5.4 million in latest round

The AI-powered “expertise finding” platform ProFinda has just raised a follow-on funding round of €5.4 million from a number of investors, including VCs Notion Capital, Nextlaw Ventures, and some strategic Business Angels. The new investment will help ProFinda to change the way that organisations discover and tap into internal expertise and knowledge.
ProFinda’s AI-powered engine helps to [...]

Christelle Kwizera remporte le «Prix Africain d’Entrepreneuriat»

La Rwandaise Christelle Kwizera a été nommée l’une des 12 lauréates du « BMCE BANK of Africa  – African Entrepreneurship Award » de cette année d’une valeur totale de 1 million de dollars.
La start-up de Madame Kwizera, « VOMA Groundwater Solar Kiosks », spécialisée dans la purification et la distribution d’eau potable aux communautés vulnérables, a remporté 50 000 [...]

Sports Tech Hub: the UK’s first sport tech incubator

Sports Tech Hub: the UK’s first sport tech incubator

When thinking of tech startups, companies like Uber, AirBnb and Netflix may come to mind. Many of the companies you think of can be classified as travel, property, financial or even food tech startups. The sports industry, on the other hand, is a sector that hasn’t launched its own incubators to foster innovation and is [...]

En plein bras de fer avec Uber, Alphabet injecte 1 milliard de dollars dans Lyft

En plein bras de fer avec Uber, Alphabet injecte 1 milliard de dollars dans Lyft

Lyft n’en finit plus de gagner du terrain aux États-Unis. Le rival d’Uber outre-Atlantique a levé 1 milliard de dollars auprès de Capital G, fonds d’investissement d’Alphabet, la maison-mère de Google. Dans le cadre de ce tour de table, David Lawee, associé de Capital G, rejoint le conseil d’administration de la société. Cette opération porte [...]