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BridgeU raises $2.5m to help students
posted on November 25, 2015

London‐based education technology startup, BridgeU, has announced a seed round of $2.5m led by Octopus Investments. There was also participation from Fresco Capital, Seedcamp, and prominent investors including Jonnie Goodwin (Lepe Partners/Founders Forum) and Deborah Quazzo, who plans to contribute her personal investment in BridgeU to GSV Capital’s new edtech focused fund. BridgeU has developed the…


Clarisite raises Series A $5.5m to expand
posted on November 24, 2015

Clarisite has announced the closing of a Series A $5.5m round of financing led by Lazarus Israel Opportunities Fund, a US-based hedge fund. The provider of ‘third umpire’ digital customer experience solutions for both the web and mobile also announced the appointment of Yaron Morgenstern as chief executive officer who will lead the company’s international expansion. “We’re…


The Garage Soho invests in Settled
posted on November 24, 2015

Brand incubator the Garage Soho has invested in online property platform Settled, which aims to disrupt the estate agency model by enabling homeowners to control their own home sales. Launched in January 2015 with a consumer launch planned for January 2016, Settled’s platform aims to bring property transaction into the 21st century by enabling homeowners…


Deliveroo expands with Series D funding
posted on November 24, 2015

Deliveroo, the on-demand delivery service for high-quality restaurant meals, has announced its launch in five new cities – Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney. The company has also raised a $100m Series D investment round led by DST Global and Greenoaks Capital, with participation from existing investors Accel, Hummingbird Ventures and Index Ventures. The new cities…


Kabbee is one of the fastest growing startups
posted on November 16, 2015

Kabbee, the minicab price comparison and booking app, was lauded yesterday as one of Britain’s fastest growing startups. The Sunday Times’ Start-up Track 15 list ranks startups according to growth in sales over the past two years. Companies qualified if they grew annual sales during this time from more than £50,000 to over £1m –…

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Baby Bundle unveils $1.8m seed round and Mumsnet deal
posted on November 9, 2015

US-based parenting app Baby Bundle has raised a $1.8m seed round and unveiled a partnership with the UK’s Mumsnet platform as it looks to expand internationally. The freemium app launched in the US and Canada in April last year and has been named one of Apple’s Editor’s Choice platforms for helping parents remember appointments and monitor their…


London nightlife app Crowdit raises $2m seed round
posted on November 4, 2015

London-based nightlife app Crowdit has raised a $2m seed round to support its growth in the city after launching last month. Although based here, the location-based entertainment discovery app first launched in Denmark and Sweden, with Shanghai, Tokyo and New York next on the cards. The funding round was led by Hong Kong’s First Eastern Investment Group, which…


Airbnb for students Uniplaces raises $24m
posted on November 3, 2015

The ‘AirBnB for student accommodation’ Uniplaces has raised a $24m Series A round led by London-headquartered Atomico, joined by existing backers Octopus Ventures and Shilling Capital Partners, along with Portugal’s Caixa Capital. The idea was conceived in the UK back in 2012 by its three cofounders, Miguel Amaro, Ben Grech and Mariano Kostelec, who met at university. Today, the startup has 40,000…

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2015’s favourite London startup what3words raises $3.5m
posted on November 3, 2015

One of 2015’s most decorated London startups what3words has raised a $3.5m Series A round led by Silicon Valley’s Intel Capital and joined by Hong Kong’s Horizons Ventures, plus a number of its previous angel investors. The company was founded back in 2013 with the mission of giving the whole world a postcode by assigning 3m x 3m…

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Coworking space provider Huckletree raises £2.4m Series A
posted on November 2, 2015

London’s Huckletree has closed a £2.4m Series A round to fund the expansion of its coworking community. Already providing coworking space to 200 people in Clerkenwell, Huckletree is set to offer 500 spots at its second location, which is opening at the ‘cycle-in’ Alphabeta Building in Finsbury Square in early 2016. The company hasn’t revealed all of its investors,…


Brandwatch: How easy was it to raise $33m in Brighton?
posted on November 2, 2015

Last week, Brighton-based social analytics platform Brandwatch raised a $33m Series C round led by Silicon Valley’s Partech Ventures, and joined by existing backers Highland Capital Partners Europe, Nauta Capital and the PR’s best friend Gorkana. The company was founded on the UK’s sunny south coast in Brighton back in 2005, way before ‘Tech City’ was even…


Emoticast closes $1.2m round for Facebook music emoji store
posted on November 2, 2015

London app studio Emoticast has closed a $1.2m seed funding round for the launch of the world’s first music emoji store for Facebook. Backed by people who definitely envision more use for this than me, the cash comes from angels including Jorg Mohaupt, investor in music startup Deezer, Jason Epstein, who joined Napster when it was bought by Rhapsody in 2011,…

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