Archive for January 2015

Partech announces first closing of its €300 Million Series B/C Fund

This week in Paris, French VC fund Partech Ventures announced it has closed €200 Million from investors including Carrefour, Renault, Ingenico, Bpifrance & others for a fund that is capped at €300 Million. The fund will be used to make investments in Mid-Stage startups – typically $12 – $50 Million investments. Partech’s been on fire since they raised their […]

Cityzen seeks to raise €100 Million on the back of smart shirt success at CES

Cityzen seeks to raise €100 Million on the back of smart shirt success at CES

Following a very successful showing at CES that saw them receive a coveted Innovation Award for the 2nd year in a row, Cityzen CEO Jean-Luc Errant says that initial plans to raise a €20 Million round have skyrocketed due to investor interest to what may be a €100 million round. According to Bloomberg, the startup, […]

be2bill's and Converteo's 2015 Barometer highlights top online payment trends in France

be2bill's and Converteo's 2015 Barometer highlights top online payment trends in France

Fast growing payment solution be2bill launched their 2015 online payments barometer last week in conjunction with digital strategy consulting firm Converteo (part of ADLP Digital).  The barometer looked at 174 e-commerce sites in France across 5 sectors:  entertainment/culture/high-tech, tourism and travel, fashion (clothing and accessories), home decoration, and services. Here were the big takeaways: 1) The number […]

Orange Digital Ventures promises €20 Million for early stage startups

Orange announced the launch of a new fund, Orange Digital Ventures, today, which has earmarked €20 Million for investments of €500K-€3 Million in digital startups. Run by Pierre Louette & Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, the fund adds to Orange’s existing initiatives, which include the Orange Fab accelerator with Silicon Valley, Parisian, Polish & Asian offices, and their $500 Million joint-fund with […]

Zenpark raises €1.6 million to expand its shared parking service across France

The reported #1 in shared parking, Zenpark, has just closed a €1.6 million round to expand its automated shared parking service across France. The latest round was led by Demeter Partners and Nestadio Capital, with Pole Capital also participating. Founded in 2011 and currently available just in the Paris region, cofounders William Rosenfeld, Fabrice Marguerie and Frédéric Sebban are […]

Ingenico's next generation POS terminals will accept Bitcoin thanks to Paymium

The world leader in payment termnials Ingenico announced today that its next generation POS terminals, the TELIUM TETRA, will accept Bitcoin thanks to a partnership with French Bitcoin startup Paymium, which operates one of Europe’s largest Bitcoin exchanges. The move will make Bitcoin acceptable by any brick & mortar merchant, which isn’t as crazy as […]

Sentiance (formerly Argus Labs) raises $2 Million to roll-out its contextual platform worldwide

  Belgium-based Argus Labs, who’s founder Filip Maertens was a speaker at our Connected Conference last year, just announced that they’ve raised $2 million and rebranded themselves Sentiance. The round was led by Qbic Arkiv Fund and joined by Volta Ventures and angel investors Michel Akkermans (Clear2Pay) and Will Margiloff (IgnitionOne) Sentiance’s goal is to be a […]

AXA Seed Factory invests $500K in Airfare Forecasting startup Flyr

Everybody knows that the airfare prices change all the time, but Flyr applies Data Science to make sure that you book your ticket at the lowest price possible. The 15-person San Francisco startup announced this week a $500,000 investment from AXA Seed Factory that will see a Paris office open in order to bring Flyr to Europe. Currently, […]

And here are the 5 amazing products launched on stage during Paris Founders Event!

Last Monday, in front of 500+ attendees: investors, journalists, entrepreneurs ans startup lovers, 6 awesome startups launched on the stage of LePalais Brongniart. If you couldn’t make it out to this week’s Paris Founders Event, here’s the six rising stars that appeared: 3D Sound Labs debuted Neoh, the first smart 3D audio headphones. Neoh integrates […]

Chauffeur-privé raises €5 million to fast-pace its roll-out in France and abroad

The private car, taxi alternative market in France is showing no signs of slowing in France.  Although the sector has faced steep resistance in France, many of the rising Uber-like players in the market continue to expand and raise funding. Last month, SnapCar raised €2 million and, kicking-off the New Year, Chauffeur-privé has announced that they’ve raised […]