Steve OHear

‘AI-powered’ fitness app Freeletics scores $25M Series B

‘AI-powered’ fitness app Freeletics scores $25M Series B

Freeletics, the “AI-powered” fitness coaching app, has closed $25 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is U.S.-based JAZZ Venture Partners and Causeway Media Partners, with support from KKCG. The fresh injection of capital follows $45 million in Series A funding in late 2018. It will be used by the company to develop new […]

 Steve OHear

Uncapped picks up another £26M to offer revenue-based finance to European entrepreneurs

Uncapped picks up another £26M to offer revenue-based finance to European entrepreneurs

Uncapped, the London-headquartered and Warsaw-based startup that offers “revenue-based” finance to European businesses so that founders don’t have to give up equity stipulated by venture capital, has raised £26 million in new funding. The round was led by Mouro Capital (the recently spun-out fund previously called Santander InnoVentures), with participation from existing investors Global Founders […]

 Steve OHear

Does early-stage health tech need more ‘patient’ capital?

Does early-stage health tech need more ‘patient’ capital?

Crista Galli Ventures, a new early-stage health tech fund in Europe, officially launched last week. The firm offers “patient capital” — with only a single LP (the Danish family office IPQ Capital) — and promises to provide portfolio companies with deep healthcare expertise and the extra runway needed to get over regulatory and efficacy hurdles […]

 Steve OHear

Infarm raises $170M in equity and debt to continue building its ‘vertical farming’ network

Infarm raises $170M in equity and debt to continue building its ‘vertical farming’ network

Infarm, the vertical farming company that has built a network of urban farms to grow fresh food closer to consumers, has raised $170 million in new investment in a “first close” of a Series C. Leading the round — which is expected to reach $200 million and is a mixture of equity and debt — […]

 Steve OHear

Outfunnel picks up €1.1M pre-seed to bridge the gap between marketing and sales

Outfunnel picks up €1.1M pre-seed to bridge the gap between marketing and sales

Outfunnel, a startup that has built software to help companies “bridge the gap between marketing and sales functions,” has quietly raised €1.1 million in funding. The pre-seed round was led by Paua Ventures and byFounders, with participation from Lemonade Stand, Omnisend and various angel investors. The latter includes Bolt co-founders Markus and Martin Villig, Matterport […]

 Steve OHear

Gravity Sketch scores $3.7M seed for its VR-based product design and collaboration platform

Gravity Sketch scores $3.7M seed for its VR-based product design and collaboration platform

Gravity Sketch, the London-based product design and collaboration platform that utilises virtual reality, has raised $3.7 million in funding. The seed round was led by Kindred Capital, with participation from Point Nine Capital and previous investor Forward Partners. It brings the total amount raised by Gravity Sketch to $5.4 million. In addition, the startup previously […]

 Steve OHear

Curio, the curated audio platform for journalism, has closed $9M Series A funding

Curio, the curated audio platform for journalism, has closed $9M Series A funding

Curio, the burgeoning audio platform that offers a curated library of “expert” journalism, has closed $9 million in Series A round funding. The round is led by Earlybird, with participation from Draper Esprit, Cherry Ventures and Horizons Ventures. It follows $2 million in previous backing from Cherry, 500 Startups and unnamed private angel investors, bringing […]

 Steve OHear

Swyg raises $1.2M pre-seed to use peer-interviewers and AI to reduce bias in recruitment

Swyg raises $1.2M pre-seed to use peer-interviewers and AI to reduce bias in recruitment

Swyg, a Dublin-based startup that believes it can reduce bias in recruitment by combining a peer-interview process with its own AI, has picked up $1.2 million in pre-seed funding. Leading the round is Frontline Ventures, alongside angel investors including Charles Bibby (co-founder of Pointy) and Martin Henk (co-founder of Pipedrive). The funding will be used […]

 Steve OHear

Skin Analytics raises £4M Series A to use AI for skin cancer screening

Skin Analytics raises £4M Series A to use AI for skin cancer screening

Skin Analytics, a U.K.-based startup that has developed a skin cancer screening service that uses artificial intelligence, has raised £4 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Hoxton Ventures, with participation from Nesta and Mustard Seed Ventures. Skin Analytics says it will use the injection of cash to expand its focus to […]

 Steve OHear

BGF leads $11M round in on-demand merchandise platform Moteefe

BGF leads $11M round in on-demand merchandise platform Moteefe

Moteefe, the e-commerce platform for on-demand production of merchandise, has raised $11 million in what, according to filings, appears to be part one of a Series B. Leading the round is BGF, with participation from existing investors including Gresham House Ventures and Force Over Mass Capital. The injection of capital will be used by Moteefe […]

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