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Eight rounds of at least €1m. Lidl to rely on Lola Market for deliveries. TravelPerk opens UK office. MasMovil raises €100m.

July 7, 2019 • Issue #163

El diario El Referente ha lanzado a través de su edición inglesa, StartupsReal, el primer informe de pago de la plataforma, donde se analiza la evolución de la inversión en España los últimos tres años (2016 al 2018). El informe, además, identifica y detalla con todo detalle los 100 fondos de inversión e inversores españoles más activos en los últimos años.

Startup funding news 💸

  • Barcelona-based Psious, a VR startup that’s working on a platform for the treatment of mental health disorders, raised €8 million in a funding round co-led by Sabadell Asabys and Caixa Capital
  • Barcelona-based vacation rental software provider Rentals United raised €3.8 million from Stella EOC Capital and Howzat Partners
  • Barcelona-based pricing intelligence startup Kompyte raised €2.7 million from Adara Ventures, Caixa Capital Risc and Swanlaab
  • Granada-based company Icired raised €2.4 million from Informa D&B and everis. Icired provides financial data on companies fraud levels
  • Barcelona-based Hubtype raised $1.1 million to help developers build richer chat support. The round was led by K Fund
  • Madrid-based Guesser, a startup that provides a platform to invest in the outcome of real world events using cryptocurrency, raised $1.1 million from US funds Version One, Compound and Boost VC
  • Madrid-based fashion brand Muroexe raised €1 million in funding and is now looking to complement the round with €200,000 in equity crowdfunding
  • Barcelona-bsed Market research startup Zinklar (Snappy) raised €1 million from Caixa Capital Risc, Inveready and Sabadell Venture Capital

Investor & accelerator news 🚀

  • Wayra and The Venture City signed an agreement to co-invest in startups. Each startup could get up to €250,000, including €150,000 from Wayra
  • Carmen Alfonso Rico of Samaipata Ventures was interviewed on what makes a marketplace defensible
  • SeedRocket announced the name of the 10 companies that will participate in its next Barcelona campus

Startup news 💡

  • El Referente interviewed Josep Coll, co-founder of Red Points. The interview mostly focuses on Coll’s career and the funding history of Red Points. The company has raised more than €50 million in funding
  • UK startup Asto, the Santander-owned “upstart” developing financial tools for freelancers and SMEs, is adding invoice financing to its bookkeeping app
  • Ecommerce company Deporvillage to launch its own cycling brand, Finisseur
  • Barcelona-headquartered business travel booking and management provider TravelPerk is doubling its London-based team and has hired Richard Viner to lead the charge as country manager
  • German supermarket chain Lidl to start selling groceries online in partnership with Spanish startup Lola Market
  • PostStatus published an interview with Reyes Martínez, head of marketing and communications, at Frontity. The interview mostly focuses on Frontity’s history and its latest react framework to create WordPress themes
  • EFE Emprende profiled real estate crowdfunding platform Brickbro. The company claims to have more than 2,000 investors in its platform and €1 million in sales in the first 6 months of the yeart
  • Transportation startup Joinup to become the first service to offer a fix price for taxi rides. Consumers will get to know how much they’re going to pay before starting the trip, regardless of the duration of the service
  • US edtech startup Khan Academy awarded the Premio Princesa de Asturias de Cooperación Internacional 2019
  • Startup profiles:
  • Send2me: delivery lockers

Big company news 🏦

  • Telco MasMovil raised €100 million from two banks. MasMovil is also planning to sell its fibre infrastructure to an international fund for €217 million
  • Travel giant Amadeus posted €334 million in profit in the first quarter of the year, +9.5% compared to the year ago quarter
  • Just Eat to build its own delivery fleet in Spain. Patrik Bergareche, the company’s country manager in Spain, was interviewed on Expansion to talk about it

Tech and policy 💂🏼

  • Madrid’s city council passed legislation affecting VTC services such as Cabify and Uber. Cars from either company can only be on the road for 16 hours a day, 5 days a week, and won’t be able to stop closer than 100 meters of train stations, bus stations and such

Interesting reads 🤓

  • El Pais profiled professional eSports player Óscar ‘Mixwell’ Cañellas, one of the most popular CS:GO players in Spain
  • Dealroom report: ’The state of Venture Capital in Europe and Spain

Podcasts of the week 🎧

  • K Fund interviewed Tino Jimenez (Arsys, Acens)
  • interviewed Patricia de Loro, chief product oficcer at The Venture City
  • MasQueStartups interviewed Cristina Santamarina of The Neon Project