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Lookiero raised €19m. Telefonica buys 50% of Prosegur Alarms. Just Eat acquires Canary Island business.

September 23, 2019 • Issue #183

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Startup funding news 💸

  • Delivery Hero is one of the main investors in Glovo. The German company previously owned 15% of the business but recently got diluted to 13%. La Informacion looked into it and the fundraising plans of Glovo
  • Telco operator Ahimas raised €68 million from Inveready and Kartesia
  • Bilbao-based Lookiero closed a $19 million funding round led by London-based VC MMC Ventures, with support from All Iron Ventures, Bonsai Partners, 10x and Santander Smart. Lookiero offers an online personal shopping service for clothes and accessories
  • Barcelona-based Mitto, a debit card and app designed for “Generation Z” teens, has raised €2 million in seed funding from Banc Sabadell, Athos Capital and other investors
  • Barcelona-based mortgage comparison site Trioteca raised €1 million from various investors, including Lanai Partners, Sprin and Arnal
  • Barcelona-based hospitality startup Amenitiz raised €620,000 seed round
  • Barcelona-based HR startup Woffu raised €300,000 from Faraday Venture Partners and Busy Angels. The startup says it has more than €155,000 in MRR
  • Madrid-based ecommerce startup GreyHounders raised €200,000 from G8i and METXA Inversiones
  • Madrid-based fintech company Kapital100 raised funding from Kalonia Venture Partners

M&A activity 🎊

  • Telefonica announced the acquisition of 50% of Prosegur's alarm business for €300 million
  • Last week we shared a post about SumaCRM's acquisition process. The company decided to be as transparent as possible with the process and last week they didn't disappoint, with the signing of the LOI
  • Spanish competition regulator CNMV approved the acquisition of Canary Islands food delivery company Canary Flash by Just Eat. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed
  • Softec Internet, a Santander-based tech company, sold its cloud hosting business to Holland group Total Webhosting Solutions

Investor & accelerator news 🚀

  • Seems like Barcelona-based Nekko Capital is getting closer to officially unveiling its new €50 to €60 million fund. Palladium Hotel Group, Mutua Madrileña and IVF are some of the investors in the fund
  • French recruiting startup Next Station raised €1 million from Spanish investment firm Cabiedes & Partners
  • Santander Innoventures invested in Canadian identity verification startup Trulioo
  • Cemex Ventures invested in US construction startup GoFor

Startup news 💡

  • Mr Jeff continues its Asia expansion with the launch of its first franchises in the Philippines
  • Madrid-based cloud hosting startup Gigas posted an EBITDA of €1.28 million in the first six months of 2019
  • Reverse logistics (return of products) can be a big headache for ecommerce businesses. El Pais talked to various of them about how they handle them. Absent from the article is Returnly, a US/Spanish startup that works exactly on this issue
  • Barcelona-based Red Points announced the hiring of former Workday executive Lena Shishkina as CFO/COO
  • Spitche is a Barcelona-based startup turning Customers Into Ambassadors. Its CEO, Kevin Markowski, was interviewed by Barcelona Startup News
  • Nine years later, Mumumio is shutting down. The company explained why in a blog post
  • La Voz de Galicia profiled Zero, the new project out of bootstrapped sustainability SaaS platform Teimas
  • Portuguese startup Barkyn chosen by Google Campus Madrid to participate in its residency program. Barkyn has raised funding from Bilbao-based fund All Iron Ventures
  • The Next Web published mapped Valencia's startup ecosystem
  • Glassdoor officially launched in Spain. The US startup allows employees to rate companies
  • Startup profiles: Trazable, Myhixel, Plock

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Big company news 🏦

  • Telefonica and Atresmedia announced a partnership to compete with the likes of Netflix and HBO in the production of TV shows and other types of content
  • Amazon continues to build its distribution centre in Illescas, Toledo. Apparently, labour costs are much lower there than in Madrid, which explains the location of the centre
  • French home improvement giant Leroy Merlin is having a tough time building its ecommerce strategy. Recent layoffs and changes could delay its strategy
  • Valencia-based company Istobal is looking for startups to join its recent accelerator program, which mostly focuses on startups building solutions around cleaning

Tech and policy 💂🏼‍♂️

  • According to a Spanish judge, TripAdvisor is not responsible for the comments and reviews posted on its site. The US company was accused by a Valencia restaurant of allowing fake reviews to be published
  • According to Spanish union UGT, last mile delivery platforms save up to €168 million by not treating riders as employees
  • Members of Bank of Spain and the Spanish Bank Association requested "fair and symmetrical" regulation of big tech companies

Interesting reads 🤓

  • FM radio is still a big thing in Spain, but not so in the rest of Europe. El Confidencial looked into it and the transition to digital
  • A new study claims that if you study math at university, there's an almost 100% chance that you will find a job in Spain
  • Andreea Petre (Carts Guru): 'Why Barcelona is the place to scale your startup'

Podcasts 🎧

  • interviewed Jaime Rodriguez of Kaizen and Freenow
  • Itnig interviewed Mattieu Carenzo about startup valuations
  • K Fund interviewed journalist Jesus Martinez of La Informacion
  • Seedrocket interviewed Oscar Farres of EIF