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June 22, 2019 • Issue #58

NUMA BARCELONA DEMO DAY - CAMPUS MADRID - MARCH 29th 17h After screening +900 application from 37 countries, 10 promising start-ups joined the 1st batch of NUMA Barcelona in November, and now, after 4 months of hard work, they are ready to showcase their products and solutions. The event will be rounded up with a fireside chat with José del Barrio, CEO & Founding Partner at Samaipata Ventures, and Pep Gómez, and a networking cocktail for all the participants. Come and join us at Campus Madrid on March 29th for a networking experience and meet the startups of our program! Register here.

Startup funding news

  • Fintech startup Loanbook Capital raised €1.75 million
  • DNA lab startup Imegen raised funding from Q-Growth Fund and Biolty
  • Vicente Rodero, the former BBVA executive, has acquired a 10% stake in Sellers n’ Bloggers

Startup exits

  • Spain’s regulator approves Indra’s takeover bid to acquire Tecnocom for €345 million in cash and stock
  • On-demand cleaning startups Clintu and GetYourHero to merge
  • Euskaltel in negotiations with Zegona to acquire Telecable

Investor & accelerator news

  • Athos Capital Fund is a new €10 million fund from Sputnik
  • Samaipata Ventures held a special event in Madrid to present its framework for marketplace companies
  • K Fund’s Iñaki Arrola: How does a Venture Capital firm work?
  • Javier Torremocha published an overview of Kibo Ventures’ activity over the past few months
  • Plug and Play Spain announced the name of the startups in its sixth batch

Startup news

  • Kantox in negotiations with 5 banks to become a technology provider
  • UK-based but Spanish-founded fintech startup Ebury could move most of its London employees to Madrid as a consequence of Brexit
  • Deporvillage’s CFO is leaving the company
  • OnTruck has surpassed 1,000 deliveries in Catalunya in its first active quarter in the region
  • Typeform Chat debuts on Facebook Messenger
  • Flywire lands in the B2B payments market
  • CornerJob could soon launch in the US and Germany
  • Profile of Funidelia, the e-commerce company that last year reached€11 million in gross sales selling costumes
  • Spanish space exploration company Zero 2 Infinity successfully launched its first rocket from the edge of space
  • Dato Capital announces first tool for extracting company information from documents
  • El Confidencial profiled Badi and Spotahome, two Spanish companies in the real estate business
  • Meller signed a business agreement with Volkswagen
  • eDreams to open its third office in Barcelona
  • Thiago Monteiro wrote an article explaining why he’s launched Saveboost
  • Interview with Typeform’s director of marketing, Sançar Sahin
  • Interview with Josep Navajo, lawyer at Delvy
  • Interview with Barcelona-based company Sheltair
  • Interview with shoe company Pompeii. They expect to double or triple their sales of €2 million achieved in 2016
  • Interview with Sacha Michaud (Glovo)
  • Interview with Vicente Arias (Coverfy, SeedRocket)

Big company news

  • HBO to open an office in Madrid’s Gran Via
  • Kippel01 has a good overview of the people behind Tesla’s operations in Spain
  • Vodafone signed a historic agreement with Telefonica to use the company’s fibre infrastructure
  • Banco Santander, BBVA and CaixaBank have 44 million digital clients
  • Inditex says that its e-commerce business is profitable

Tech and policy

  • Spanish fintech companies want new regulation that allows them to launch products and services faster to market
  • Taxi drivers striked in Madrid and Barcelona to protest against Uber and Cabify

Interesting reads

  • Kippel01 has some interesting numbers on the Spanish digital economy
  • Jorge Barroso (Karumi) wrote about gender inequality in the Spanish tech sector
  • SumaCRM: ‘our online marketing strategy, how we were able to increase our website traffic by 20%’
  • Miguel Caballero (Tutellus): 'a framework to scale your sales operations’
  • El Confidencial profiled Rebeca Minguela, the only Spaniard in this year’s 'young global leaders’ ranking
  • Xataka published an interesting article about Politibot, the politics-focused bot
  • Itamar Gilad on Itnig’s blog: ’optimize your project for learning’

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