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Heura raised €40m. Cabify's financials. New Aldea fund.

February 28, 2024 • Issue #405

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Startup funding news 💸

  • Barcelona-based fintech ID Finance raised €140m in debt from i80 Group. In 2023, ID Finance recorded consolidated revenues of €180m euros in 2023, with a YoY growth of 13%
  • Barcelona-based plant-based foodtech company Heura Foods has closed its Series B funding round, securing €40m. Among the investors that participated in the round are Upfield, Unovis Asset Management, food tech fund, European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF VC) and New Tree Impact
  • Barcelona-based logistics startup Paack raised €10m from ICO
  • Barcelona-based proptech Wolo raised €1.5m from Inderhabs, Farside Ventures, GVC Gaesco, and other investors
  • Madrid-based UrbanFisio closed a €1m round. The company offers personalized physiotherapy services at home
  • Barcelona-based climate tech company Mitiga raised €1m from Telefonica. More info here. Late last year the company closed a €13m round led by Kibo. Mitiga was also featured, among other startups, in this article about pioneering climate technology startups that are leveraging weather phenomena to create business opportunities
  • Other rounds of funding:
  • Gravity Wave: impact/climate tech, round led by the Gasol brothers
  • Startups looking for funding:
  • Ienai Space: space tech

M&A activity 🎊

  • In 2023, Spanish startups saw a significant decrease in exits, with a nearly 30% reduction in both the number of operations and their total value. The IPO (SPAC) of H2B2 in New York led the exits, followed by the sales of Quark and IsEazy. Despite the decrease, there were notable movements in the Spanish ecosystem, with a total of 53 exits in the year. Here’s another take on the same data
  • Bud advisors, founded by Daniel Casal and Fernando García de León, aims to revitalize Spain's adtech industry with a strategic focus on facilitating and advising on M&A transactions
  • Spanish startup Hoop Carpool acquired, a Portuguese portal specializing in carpooling

Investor & accelerator news 🚀

  • Aldea Ventures announced the launch of a new €125m fund, Aldea Tech Fund II-A, to invest in European tech startups, emphasizing a hybrid strategy of direct and indirect investments. This second fund, aiming to exceed the €87m raised in the first round, marks a strategic shift towards more investments in VC firms and less direct investments in startups
  • Ysios Capital invested in the $120m Series E round of Neurona Therapeutics
  • Iñaki Berenguer’s LifeX invested in San Francisco-based biotech company Monomer Bio, an AI-driven operating system for biolabs that integrates robots, data, and analytics

Startup news 💡

  • Cabify reported a global loss of €60m in 2022, improving from over €73 million in losses the previous year
  • Profile of Civitatis, a Madrid-based guided tour marketplace, that is (according to the writer) on track to achieve unicorn status with a yearly 50% revenue growth and 10 million customers in 2023
  • Profile of Pangea Aerospace. In Barcelona, three Spaniards, two Italians, and a Swede united to create an "impossible" engine through Pangea Aerospace. Their venture, involving the development of the ARCOS aerospike rocket engine powered by methane and made via 3D printing, signifies a groundbreaking achievement in aerospace technology
  • UK startup Stability AI, known for its generative AI tool Stable Diffusion, has launched its own subsidiary in Spain as part of its international expansion
  • Spanish quantum startup Multiverse Computing and Single Quantum secured a $1.4m contract with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) for a materials science R&D project, aiming to enhance quantum computing applications and superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors​
  • Tinybird introduced version control for real-time data, enhancing developer workflows with Git integration for seamless data project management
  • El Pais wrote an article on the tokenization of real estate investments. Tokenized real estate allows investing in properties from €100, democratizing access to the sector traditionally reserved for large capital investors. Using blockchain technology, properties are divided into smaller parts represented by tokens
  • Delivery company Stuart has been ordered to pay €237k for the misclassification of 108 riders as independent contractors instead of employees, covering the period from 2016 to 2019. This judgment, preceding the implementation of the "Ley Rider," aligns with similar rulings against delivery services
  • Glovo has been fined €550k by the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) for improper handling of delivery drivers' data up until May 2020, allowing unauthorized access to unnecessary information. The company has appealed the decision
  • German neobank N26 heats up the competition for freelancer (autónomos) savings by offering a 5% cashback on their monthly fee, up to a maximum of €180 per year
  • Clone, a French foodtech company, has launched its 'host kitchens' business in Spain, aiming to boost online food brands focused on delivery services. By partnering with restaurants that only need to prepare orders, Clone provides recipes, ingredients, and manages delivery logistics, aiming to expand its presence across Spain with innovative culinary brands
  • Startup profiles:
  • Coinscrap: fintech

Big company news 🏦

  • The AI boom has sparked a surge in data center investments in Barcelona and Madrid, with tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Meta driving growth. This interest is set to significantly contribute to Spain's national GDP by 2026. Also on the topic, real estate company Azora ventures into the data center business with the construction of its first center in Tres Cantos, Madrid
  • The Audiencia Nacional has temporarily suspended a record fine of €194 million against Apple and Amazon imposed by Spain's CNMC for a distribution agreement that restricted competition in the online sales market. This precautionary measure awaits the resolution of the companies' legal challenge against the sanction, which also included a temporary halt on their ability to contract with the public administration
  • Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk will establish its technology and digital headquarters in Madrid to provide worldwide support. The center will focus on artificial intelligence, data analysis, and pharmaceutical development
  • BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, and Morgan Stanley are competing for Orange Bank Spain's loan portfolio, valued at €680 million, comprising nearly four million mobile purchase loans
  • Mutua Ventures has invested €9m in startup companies in the mobility sector, including Mundimoto, Recomotor, and V2C. These investments have strengthened Mutua Madrileña's presence in the mobility
  • French bank BNP Paribas has launched Floa in Spain, a fintech specializing in BNPL payments (buy-now-pay-later)

Interesting reads 🤓

  • Avi Meir, co-founder of TravelPerk, wrote “The key to raising – get funding when you don’t need the cash. Here's how we did it.”
  • Ana Asuero, Product Lead Finance at Factorial, wrote “Ser PM no es (¿sólo?) gestionar backlog“
  • Iñaki Arriaga, co-founder of Acumbamail, published “Cómo crear una marca B2B“

Podcasts 🎧

  • Rankia interviewed François Derbaix, co-founder of Indexa Capital
  • Itnig interviewed Juan Carlos Tous, co-founder of Filmin
  • Kfund interviewed Mike Packer, partner at QED Investors to chat about fintech in LatAm
  • Product Hackers interviewed Adrián de Pedro and Jaime Castillo, founders of Shakers
  • SeedRocket interviewed Diego Ballesteros, founder of Bewe