This week in European tech: Getir could buy Gorillas, a new unicorn in Barcelona, ​​BNP Paribas acquires Kantox for 120 million euros, a new impact fund of 860 million euros, and more


This week, our research team tracked more than 110 technology financing agreements Upper value €1.6 billionand more about ten exits, M&A operations, rumorsand related reporting across Europe.

As always, we’re rounding them all up for you in a list sent out in our summary newsletter next Monday (note: the full list is for paying customers only and also comes in the form of a handy downloadable spreadsheet).

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That said, let’s get down to business with the biggest European tech news of the past few days (subscribe to our free newsletter to get this roundup delivered to your inbox).


>> Notable and important funding rounds

The Estonian company Sunly has raised 200 million euros to accelerate the production of renewable energy in Europe.

Barcelona-based human resources management platform Factorial raised $120 million in a Series C funding round that landed the company the coveted unicorn crown.

Spanish electric vehicle charging company Zunder has raised €100 million from French sustainable investment manager Mirova, a subsidiary of Natixis Investment Managers, to accelerate the rollout of ultra-fast vehicle charging stations electricity throughout Southern Europe.

Paris-based startup Homa has raised $100 million in a Series B funding round. The platform offers game developers a full suite of tools, data insights, and game-generating options. income.

Manchester-based customer engagement platform Connex One has secured £93m in a Series C funding round.

Fluro, the UK consumer lender formerly known as Lending Works, has announced a landmark £200m funding partnership with BNP Paribas.

Amsterdam-based Crisp, an app-only supermarket focused on ultra-fresh food, announced on Tuesday that it has raised €75 million in a new funding round from existing and new investors. .

London-founded blockchain development platform Tatum has raised $41.5 million in a round led by Evolution Equity Partners.


>> Notable SPAC acquisitions, mergers, IPOs and transactions

As Bloomberg reported, Istanbul-based Getir “is in advanced talks to buy rival Gorillas, people familiar with the matter have said.”

London-based currency management automation software company Kantox has announced its €120 million acquisition by BNP Paribas after a three-year partnership.

The consumer finance arm of Italian investment bank Mediobanca Group has made two fintech investments to boost its BNPL operations. Mediobanca’s Compass unit has acquired Italian fintech Soisy and taken a 19.5% stake in Swiss company HeidiPay.

Alternative asset manager Pollen Street has acquired a majority stake in Berlin-based online debt collection platform PAIR Finance.

Alva Labs, a Swedish provider of a Stockholm-based digital recruitment tool, has acquired neighbor DevSkills, a creator of coding tests to assess the technical skills of developers.

Spherics, a UK-based carbon accounting platform enabling SMEs to understand and reduce their environmental impact, has been acquired by accounting giant Sage.

Talenthouse, a UK technology platform provider, has acquired Coolabi, another London-based international media group.


>> Interesting investor moves

The world of impact investing got a boost this week when London-based global investment platform Lightrock closed its first-ever climate impact fund for an oversubscribed amount of 860 million euros. .

Discover Resonance, a new $150 million fund based in Paris and 100% backed by Otium Capital.

ICO will invest up to €450 million in nine private equity funds that will channel up to €2 billion to Spanish companies.

Prague-based Credo Ventures has announced the final closing of its fourth flagship fund “CS4” at €75 million.

Verium has reached a close of 120 million Swiss francs (about 125 million euros) in its continuation fund for its investments in Swiss in-vehicle equipment company Toradex and energy solutions company Mobil in Time.

Prague-based venture capital firm DEPO Ventures has announced the launch of its third angel fund. The new fund is targeting 20 million euros.

Enterprise Ireland has launched a new funding stream to support early stage startups.


>> In other (important) news

Google could face EU antitrust charges next year over its digital advertising business, exposing the company to its fourth EU fine of over €1 billion.

European Union lawmakers have signed the Crypto Asset Markets Regulation (MiCA), landmark legislation that hopes to regulate the digital asset space within the union.

E-commerce giant Amazon is set to invest €1bn in electrifying its fleet in European markets, including £300m allocated to the UK.

The European Commission is working to integrate Horizon Europe-type innovation initiatives into the European Defense Fund (EDF) to bridge the “information gap” between civil and defense research programmes.

Bristol-based semiconductor company Graphcore lost its deal with Microsoft and saw key investors cut their stakes.


>> Recommended reading and listening

European venture capital funding for the third quarter of 2022 continues to decline, slipping to its lowest level in almost two years, with seed investments showing clear signs of weakness.

WIRED spoke to Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström about why Europe’s booming startup scene is poised to lead the tech revolution.

EIF Venture Capital Survey 2022: Market Sentiment and the Impact of the Current Geopolitical and Macroeconomic Environment

Debt Financing: The Story of Grover’s $2.1 Billion Loan

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Crowdcube Chief Commercial Officer Matt Cooper explains how and why it’s more important than ever for founders and entrepreneurs working in cleantech to harness the power of the ‘crowd’

Europe’s quantum computing infrastructure to receive six new engines

If you’re worried about the WFH holding you back from climbing the corporate ladder, you might be right.

The UK must continue to spend big on national security technologies such as quantum computing in order to resist Chinese rule, a UK spy chief has said.

MiCA: what European crypto-asset regulations mean for the continent


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