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Biotech company Universal DX raised €20M. The acquisitions of GymForLess and TransferZero.

July 7, 2019 • Issue #101

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Startup funding news 💸

  • Biotech startup Universal DX raised €20 million
  • Jobandtalent closed a €6 million venture debt agreement
  • Dribo raised €250,000

Startup exits 🎊

  • Fitness startup Gymforless acquired by Sodexo Spain. Terms of the deal were not disclosed
  • Spanish fintech startup TransferZero acquired by African blockchain company BitPesa

Investor & accelerator news 🚀

  • Mark Tluszcz (Mangrove Capital Partners): ’Barcelona’s rocking tech scene
  • Marketplaces 101: ’What K Fund looks for in marketplace startups
  • Abac Capital launches company to invest in Spanish startups’ seed rounds
  • Catalan public organisation Acció to provide €500,000 to various accelerator programs
  • Interview with Raul Marcos about investing in cryptocurrencies and blockchain
  • Santander InnoVentures, appoints Mario Aransay as partner

Startup news 💡

  • Analía Plaza profiled Wetaca, the meal planning and food delivery startup that serves more than 5,000 meals every week
  • Jesús Martínez of La Información talked to Wallapop’s CEO Agustín Gómez about the company’s performance in recent times, including their focus on the car selling market
  • Digital marketing company Antevenio has made several changes to its executive team following the departure of CEO Joshua Novick
  • Proptech startup Uniplaces to move its headquarters to Madrid. As far as I know, this doesn’t mean that any of the company’s employees in Lisbon or London are moving
  • El Confidencial profiled Lavelle Bikes, a Galician startup that’s building an electric bike using F1 materials
  • Spanish BlaBlaCar competitor Amovens had sales of €12 million last year and expects to reach break even in 2018
  • Invoicing SaaS product Quaderno reached 1,000 paid customers
  • Interview with Raúl Torres, co-founder of satellite company PLD Space

Big (local) company news 🏢

  • Fuencisla Clemares, Google Spain’s managing director, says Europe needs to come up with more transparent and equitable laws
  • Supermarket chain Dia signed a new agreement with Amazon’s Prime Now service

Big (foreign) company news 🏦

  • Schibsted Spain grew its business by almost 25% in 2017, reaching €137 million in sales
  • Chinese bike sharing company Ofo hired Uber’s former operations manager in Singapur to co-lead its Spanish operations
  • HBO and Netflix have more than 2 million clients combined in Spain

Interesting reads 🤓

  • Spanish online sales account for just 5% of the country’s total retail spending, far from higher percentages seen across Europe
  • El Mundo visited Virus Total in Malaga: a house that ‘houses’ Google’s new cybersecurity entity
  • Ana Botín (Santander): ’What can the banking industry learn from Silicon Valley before it’s too late?’

Tech and policy 💂🏼

  • Glovo and Deliveroo continue to experience an increasing number of labour inspections, as tension is on the rise in Spain regarding working conditions in the gig economy. The Spanish government is apparently preparing laws to legislate the field
  • Spanish regulator CNMC says that several Spanish municipalities favour taxi companies over VTC ones

Podcasts of the week 🎧

  • MasQueStartups interviewed Victoriano Izquierdo, co-founder and CEO of Graphext