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Swedish startup iZettle raises €60 Million Series D round

Mobile point-of-sale pioneer iZettle has raised a €60m Series D round to help grow its small business customer-base across Europe. The company is now targeting small traders with its iZettle Advance package, which speeds up payment processing and offers varied fees depending on sales made. “We have aimed to build a financing service that’s completely tailored…

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Tech City startup TestPlant sets up in Tokyo

Tech City software business TestPlant has opened up a global sales office in Tokyo to help it meet the demands of a growing number of clients in Japan. TestPlant, which was founded in 2008, already works with NTT DOCOMO, Sharp, NIKKEI and Yahoo! in Japan and the office will support these existing clients, as well as…

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Pronto on-demand food service raises £1m seed round

Food startup Pronto, whose founders slept in their production factory for six months while creating the platform, has raised £1m to “build the food infrastructure of the future”. The round was led by Playfair Capital and joined by an impressive roster of others, including Seedcamp, The London Co-Investment Fund, Ballpark Ventures, The Next Web founder Patrick de Laive…

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“The future of work is freelance” and 10 other lessons from #TFOW2015

“People are loyal to their art and their skill – not their employer,” said chair Jimmy Kyriacou on opening the very first Future of Work event, hosted by WeWork Moorgate. “The future of work is freelance,” agreed Shib Mathew, CEO of freelance platform YunoJuno. “This is a global transformation of the labour market. The industrial revolution…

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SumUp secures €10m from BBVA Ventures and Groupon to go contactless

London-based mobile point-of-sale technology startup SumUp has raised a €10m funding round joined by BBVA Ventures and Groupon, along with original investors American Express. In a competitive space, the company has said it will use the cash to roll out contactless payments, along with adding two more countries to its global reach across three continents. This month’s…

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CIPD offers free ‘people skills’ HR training to Hackney startups

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is offering one year’s free HR training worth £800 to companies with 50 employees of fewer that are based in Hackney. The pilot scheme offers a combination of online resources, local events and one-to-one training services to SMEs that may be unable to pay for services to help staff…

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Early Google investor plows $50m into Cambridge Quantum Computing

Google, Uber and Snapchat private equity investor Alberto Chang Rajii has stumped up a $50m first round of funding for one-year-old startup Cambridge Quantum Computing Limited. Cambridge Quantum Computing Limited is developing a quantum computer operating system called tiket> that it says will help any industry, from finance to defence, solve increasingly complex data problems. Next-generation quantum…

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Nominate a #TechforGood company for Nominet Trust’s NT100

Nominations are open for the Nominet Trust‘s third annual #TechforGood NT100 talent search. The social good funder is on the hunt for the best tech projects that are making a positive impact on the world. Previous winners have included Raspberry Pi. Anyone can nominate a project created anywhere in the world that they think is…

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CBI calls for “mission critical” support for UK’s scaleups

The CBI has called on government to offer better tax incentives to encourage savers to put their cash into long-term debt funding for medium-sized firms. The Stepping Up report, released with accountancy firm BDO, has found that more than half of the UK’s scaleups have found it hard to access a loan with terms longer than…

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Managers lack skills to create successful companies, says Creative Skillset

Although the skills gap at the bottom of the ladder is given almost constant media coverage, a new study from Creative Skillset and Ashridge Business School has found that the skills of managers and leaders need to be “drastically improved” in the UK too. The Creativity and Constraint report found that a lack of leadership, strategy,…

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InvestDen partners with Crowdnetic to provide crowdfunding data to investors

London’s InvestDen crowdfunding platform has unveiled a partnership with New York data company  Crowdnetic Corporation to make the sector “morally accountable” for the deals it offers investors, which it says is key to securing future growth. InvestDen chief executive Matt Novak said: “This partnership provides a barometer for the global crowdfinance market place insofar as streamlining…

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Thread.com unites fashion and tech for $8m investment

Online personal styling service for men Thread.com has completed an $8m Series A funding round backed by big name investors spanning the fashion and technology industries. Thread’s portfolio of investors include Demis Hassabis and Mustafa Suleyman, the co-founders of Google-owned DeepMind, an artificial intelligence startup which the search giant acquired for over £400m in 2014….

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