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Paris-originated VC Breega wasn’t enormously well-known in the VC world (it only closed its 1st fund in 2015) until, perhaps, it started attracting attention with its second €110 million Seed fund, just under a year go. It’s portfolio now includes a number of scale-ups including Moneybox, Cuvva, Co…

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Europe’s Revent hits $68M hard cap on its climate, health & impact-focused fund

Last year I covered the launch of Berlin-HQ’d Revent — a new European early-stage VC with an “impact” focus — as it aimed to launch a €50 million ($60 million) fund to focus on climate tech, health and well-being, and economic empowerment, backing startups with both “purpose and profit”. It’s now a…

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Portuguese VC Shilling tops up its Founders Fund, hitting $59M in capital to deploy

Further evidence of the booming Portuguese tech ecosystem is emerging today with the news that venture capital firm Shilling is topping up its “Founders Fund” to €52 million ($59 million), with €22 million ($23 million) more than the primary announcement last April. Significantly for Eu…

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Eleven Ventures closes new fund at $67.6M to invest in Southeastern European startups

Bulgarian venture capital is experiencing something of a renaissance. Last year LAUNCHub Ventures raised a €70 million find aimed at Southeastern Europe, while Vitosha Venture Partners raised a €26 million ($30 million) fund for startups out of Bulgaria. Now Eleven Ventures, another Bulgarian VC fo…

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VentureFriends raises $112M fund aimed at Southern Europe, Middle East and LatAm

Southern Europe has sometimes been seen as a little bit of a backwater in terms of venture capital funding. However, that has gradually started to change in recent years. Earlier this year Marathon Venture Capital in Athens raised a $47 million fund. And LAUNCHub Ventures, is closing in on a €70 mi…

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Iceland’s Crowberry Capital launches $90M seed and early-stage fund aimed at Nordics

Crowberry Capital, operating in Reykjavik and Copenhagen, has launched Crowberry II: a $90 million seed and early-stage fund aimed at startups in the Nordic region. A second close — bringing in an additional $40 million — is planned for July 2022. The EIF (European Investment Fund) is t…

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Exeger takes $38M to ramp up production of its flexible solar cells for self-powered gadgets

Sweden’s Exeger, which for over a decade has been developing flexible solar cell technology (called Powerfoyle) that it touts as efficient enough to power gadgets solely with light, has taken in another tranche of funding to expand its manufacturing capabilities by opening a second factory in…

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To improve accountability, Norrsken VC ties partner compensation to its portfolio’s sustainable successes

With the close of its latest investment fund, Norrsken VC is taking an unprecedented step in tying the compensation of its partners to the positive changes the firm’s portfolio companies have on the world — and not just their financial returns. The firm, which released its impact assess…

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Aldea Ventures creates ‘hybrid’ European €100M fund to invest both in micro VCs, plus follow-on

The historical trajectory of venture capital has been to move to earlier and earlier finding rounds in order to capture the greatest potential multiple on exit. In the U.S., we’ve seen an explosion of pre-Series A funds, and similarly in Europe. But there’s been an opportunity to tie a lot of that …

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YC makes a Product Hunt, Product Hunt makes an a16z, a16z makes a YC

Tech innovation is a cycle, especially in the main character-driven world of early-stage venture capital and copycat nature of startups.

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When do layoffs matter? Trick question — always

Equity is the TechCrunch podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

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