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Colvin raised €2M. More competition in the car sharing sector. How to regulate the gig economy.

June 25, 2019 • Issue #95

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Startup funding news 💸

  • Flower marketplace Colvin raised €2 million from Samaipata Ventures, Mediaset and other investors
  • Indoor mapping startup Situm raised €750,000 from Amadeus Ventures, Unirisco and Xesgalicia
  • Fintech company Kantox closed a venture debt investment from Silicon Valley Bank

Investor & accelerator news 🚀

  • Banc Sabadell interviewed Mark Tluszcz of Mangrove Partners. Mark is based in Barcelona

Startup news 💡

  • According to a press release, Cliventa has transacted more than €32 million in real estate properties and is growing at a 20% monthly rate
  • Christian Rodriguez Fornos, co-founder of ByHours, has joined the board of Santafixie
  • Vudoir has signed an agreement with El Corte Ingles and is now looking for €300,000 in funding
  • El Pais profiled PLD Space, a Valencia-based startup that builds small satellites
  • Parking startup Valeet closed 2017 with €1.25 million in funding and is already live in the US
  • El Confidencial profiled Baluwo, a Spanish startup that wants to make it easier for Africans to receive physical remittances. The company raised funding from SeedRocket4Founders and Cabiedes very recently
  • The same newspaper also published a profile of Siguetuliga, a social-network-turned-SaaS product for professional football clubs and fans

Big (local) company news 🏢

  • Apple is looking for a new managing director in Spain
  • Zity, the new carsharing service from Ferrovial and Renault, is live in Madrid. There are now three companies serving Madrid’s metropolitan area: Car2go, Emov and Zity
  • El Ganso is using AI technology from Anlyticalways to decide how to display clothes at its retail stores
  • Chinese travel company Ctrip signed a partnership with Destinia to expand in Europe

Big (foreign) company news 🏦

  • Brussels came in favour of the taxi industry last week, as it claimed that Uber is a transportation company and thus it should be regulated as such, including the employee status of its drivers. Taxi association Fedetaxi is happy with the outcome. Cabify is not and says it operates a fully legal business model
  • It’s still not clear how the above could affect other ‘gig economy’ startups such as Deliveroo or Airbnb
  • Spanish union UGT is pushing regulators to look at the business models of Deliveroo, Glovo, UberEats and Stuart
  • Amazon is buying rights to several Spanish TV shows

Interesting reads 🤓

  • Six Spanish startups that want to transform the fashion industry
  • 20 Barcelona startups to watch in 2018
  • Carlos Blanco (Conector, Encomenda): ’Barcelona has become Southern Europe’s main tech hub
  • Carlos Beneyto (Startupxplore): ’The MVP has died, long live the MAP

Podcasts of the week 🎧

  • Los Lunes Inspiradores interviewed Sara Werner, co-founder of ecommerce startup Cocunat
  • NexoFM talked with Sergio Leiva, Javi Santana, Teo Ruiz and Pedro Torrecillas