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HolaLuz to IPO. Google to open security program in Malaga. Whisbi and World Mastery raised €5m and €3m.

October 14, 2019 • Issue #186

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Startup funding news 💸

  • Barcelona-based conversational commerce platform Whisbi raised €5 million. The round was led by Cipio Partners along existing investors Active & BDMI
  • Barcelona-based edtech startup World Mastery raised €3 million Series A funding round led by Nauta Capital
  • Barcelona-based biotech startup VEnvirotech raised €2 million from a family office
  • Influencer marketing platform SamyRoad signed an agreement with Santander's Fondo Smart to have access to €2 to €15 million in funding
  • Madrid-based food tech startup ApetEat raised €1 million from All Iron Ventures and Big Sur Ventures
  • Sports betting platform Mondobets raised €1 million via equity crowdfunding
  • Madrid-based HR startup Erudit AI raised €455,000 from The Venture City

M&A activity 🎊

  • Energy startup Holaluz is going public. The company expects to IPO on the MAB (Mercado Alternativo Bursatil) in the next few months, while raising €40 million. Holaluz closed 2018 with €180 million in sales, positive EBITDA and 176 employees
  • Antevenio announced the acquisition of online marketplace agency B2Marketplace

Investor & accelerator news 🚀

  • Spanish VC firm Conexo Ventures completed a first closing of €15 million and has made three investments out of its first fund (Bnext, Buguroo and Kushki)
  • Wayra to shut down its accelerator programs and offices in Mexico, Chile, Peru and Venezuela
  • Lanzadera and Abanca to collaborate on a new fintech acceleration program
  • El Español interviewed Yolanda Perez, head of BStartup, Sabadell's accelerator program
  • Ship2B announced the name of the 10 startups that will participate in its 8th accelerator batch. So did Cuatrecasas with its legal accelerator program

Startup news 💡

  • Barcelona-based fintech ID Finance launched a crowdfunding campaign after 100% YoY revenue growth. The company is on track to double its revenues to €90 million revenue this year
  • Madrid-based roboadvisor Indexa Capital announced that it has reached profitability one year ahead of what was scheduled. The company has €256 million of assets under management will also lower fees to some of its customers
  • Revista Emprendedores profiled Freepik, the Malaga-based bootstrap startup that does more than €17 million in annual sales
  • Citi's Commercial Bank taps Barcelona-based fintech startup Kantox for customised paymentstech
  • El Pais wrote a profile about Murcia-based eSports startup Streamloots. The company offers monetisation options to gaming streamers
  • Barcelona-based Reloadly is ready to solve mobile top-up needs worldwide after raising $750,000 in seed round. The company claims to do $1.3 million in ARR
  • Proptech startup Housfy says it plans to sell 2,000 houses this year
  • La Informacion looked at the financials of Filmin and Rakuten TV, the two Spanish companies competing with Netflix. Filmin has fewer revenues but is profitable
  • Minimalism continues with its transparency efforts, publishing its financials and other relevant metrics. So did talent agency Manfred
  • El Español profiled Spanish crowdfunding platform Stockcrowd. The company claims to have generated €41 million in investments since its foundation
  • Welcome to the Jungle is a French startup that offers HR and recruitment solutions to startups. The company's Spanish country manager, Sergio Balcells, was interviewed last week
  • Startup profiles: ICIRED, Typs, Coemtra, Bag on Board

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Big company news 🏦

  • Google launches the first edition of Growth Lab in Spain, a support program for consolidated companies
  • Google chooses Malaga to open an accelerator program focused on security startups
  • The first details of Renfe's Renfe-as-a-Service platform were unveiled by El Español. The company aims to unify in a single app various modes of transportation
  • What Alibaba does to pay fewer taxes in Spain

Tech and policy 💂🏼‍♂️

  • There have now been as many sentences in Spain that claim that Glovo or Deliveroo's riders should be considered employees as the ones that say they are contractors

Interesting reads 🤓

  • The Generalitat of Catalunya published a report on 'The artificial intelligence in Catalonia'
  • Jesus Monleon (SeedRocket, Offerum, Chicfy): 'The ilusion of growth and the effects of churn'
  • Roberto Perez (Cabify): 'Cabify Product 5 years later…'
  • Felix Lopez (Google): 'Conflict resolution'

Podcasts 🎧

  • Minimalism interviewed Javier Jimenez of Tot-em
  • IE University interviewed Luis Fernando Robledano about life as an entrepreneur after suffering a stroke
  • K Fund interviewed Sergi Garcia, head of Product Marketing at Red Points
  • interviewed Javier Larrea of Uxer School
  • Itnig interviewed Juanjo Mata