Archive for March 2014

With 3 Million players on Facebook, Adictiz releases Laboratz on iOS & Android

Casual gaming startup Adictiz, maker of Paf! Le Chien (Space Dog), “Il est Con, le Pigeon” & Duck It, is bringing its latest title Laboratz to iOS & Android. Laboratz, originally released on Facebook, already counts 3 Million users, and, as a virtual card collecting game, is shaping up to be a potentially big hit […]

With growth in France, Spain & Belgium, last minute hotel reservation app VeryLastRoom raises €1.5 Million

With growth in France, Spain & Belgium, last minute hotel reservation app VeryLastRoom raises €1.5 Million

Last minute hotel reservations startup VeryLastRoom has raised €1.5 Million from A Plus Finance, SIGMA & Extend AM, the startup announced this week. Launched in June of 2012, VeryLastRoom previously raised 400K€ from business angels, looking to provide its service in ‘every town in France’ – which they may very well have accomplished. The startup […]

SXSW – A conference too big to experience

SXSW – A conference too big to experience

After the sun sets, I find myself walking Austin’s iconic 6th Street looking for a tech meetup or, perhaps, an open bar/buffet. It’s my 5th and final evening here at SXSW, as the digital festival wraps up, and I’m noticing a distinct change in the profile of the average pedestrian. Somewhere between the Spotify House […]

MIPCube Lab announces finalists ahead of next month’s MIPTV

Each year the entertainment industry’s leading conference on everything having to do with TV, Reed Midem’s MIPTV holds a competition just for startups called MIPCube. Heralded as the the one and only B2B startup competition for tech companies offering television and online video solutions, MIPCube which has only existed for four years, already has an impressive winners list, […]

Startups in I.C.T: the Idea Challenge submissions starts now!

The EIT CIT Labs, a pan-European initiative specialized in information and communication technologies, announced yesterday at CeBit in Hannover the launch of the first round of the Idea Challenge, a competition for early-stage startups with European and global ambitions. The EIT ICT Labs defines itself as a pan-European ecosystem fuelled by ideas and talent. It […]

SimpliField raises €350 000 with Kima Ventures to help companies optimizing their field-data collection and analysis.

SimpliField, the French startup offering a solution to manage field-teams reports, just achieved a round of funding of €350 000, led by Kima Ventures, with the participation of several business angels such as Jacques Antoine Granjon. According to SimpliField’s CEO, “KIMA already invested in startups with the same business model knowing exactly what path we […]

RudeVC: Five films filled with lessons for entrepreneurship

Apparently the Academy Awards took place last week. This annual distraction represents one of the primary conversation topics at watercoolers in American workplaces for a week each year (French workplaces treat the Oscars with a bit less ceremony; then again, fewer conversation topics are taboo around the office Nespresso machine). Even though I haven’t viewed […] raises € 2 million round led by Schibsted

The price comparison engine for supermarket goods announced that they’ve raised a 2 million euro round, led by Schibsted Growth and completed by several business angels. According to the terms of the deal Schibsted will reinvest ‘significantly’ based on the’s growth. Incidentally Schibsted also owns, one of France’s leading price comparison sites […]

Cap Digital showcases some of France’s hottest up-and-coming music startups

In the final article in my highlights from MIDEM series, I talk to Elisabeth Racine of Cap Digital,  the French non-profit business cluster for digital content and services, about their work with some of France’s biggest up-and-coming music startups.  This year, Cap Digital in conjunction with La French Tech had a big presence at the […]

Free may finally get its own network if a Bouygues-SFR deal goes ahead

Over the past couple weeks, Vivendi has been in concurrent negotiations with both Bouygues and Numericable about an eventual sale of SFR to one of the two telcos.  It looks like whoever ends up the winner, the deal will be valued at around 10 billion euros. While both entities would be amassing substantial levels of […]