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New report finds VC investment into climate tech growing five times faster than overall VC

VC and corporate investment into climate tech grew at a faster rate than overall VC investment as a whole between 2013 – 2019, according to a major new report — to the tune of $60 billion of early-stage capital. The new research by PwC (“The State of Climate Tech 2020“) found that although it’s still ...

Kard raises another $3.5 million for its challenger bank for teens

French startup Kard has added $3.5 million (€3 million) to its seed round. The company already raised the same amount last year, which means that Kard has raised $7 million (€6 million) in total for its seed round. Founders Future is leading the round, with Laurence Krieger, Michael Vaughan, Jon Oringer and Iris Mittenaere also ...

Big tech has 2 elephants in the room: Privacy and competition

The question of how policymakers should respond to the power of big tech didn’t get a great deal of airtime at TechCrunch Disrupt last week, despite a number of investigations now underway in the United States (hi, Google). It’s also clear that attention- and data-monopolizing platforms compel many startups to use their comparatively slender resources ...

Does early-stage health tech need more ‘patient’ capital?

Crista Galli Ventures, a new early-stage health tech fund in Europe, officially launched last week. The firm offers “patient capital” — with only a single LP (the Danish family office IPQ Capital) — and promises to provide portfolio companies with deep healthcare expertise and the extra runway needed to get over regulatory and efficacy hurdles ...

Willo, a freemium video interview SaaS, scores ~$320k during the remote work boom

Glasgow, Scotland-based video interview startup Willo has scored a £250,000 (~$320k) seed round of funding after watching demand for its asynchronous Q&A style video platform leap up during the COVID-19 lockdown. Guernsey-based VC firm 1818 Venture Capital is investing in the seed round, with Willo board members Steve Perry, Stefan Ciecierski and Peter Preston also ...

Ola is facing a drivers’ legal challenge over data access rights and algorithmic management

Two ride hailing drivers are taking India-based Ola to court in the Netherlands in another test case targeted at algorithmic management of gig workers. The case, which is being supported by the App Drivers & Couriers Union (ADCU) union and others, is similar to one filed by drivers against Uber in July, also in a ...

London VCs launch joint initiative to expand funding opportunities for underrepresented founders

A group of UK-based VCs have come together to create a new virtual pitching event designed to address the problems with the current startup ecosystem which can lead to inequalities and ‘warm intros’ made only between privileged classes and ethnicities. Held on the 30th of September, “Access All” will be a new virtual event geared ...

EU lawmakers say it’s time to go further on tackling disinformation

A major European Commission review of a Code of Practice aimed at combating the spread of disinformation online has concluded the self-regulatory instrument is failing to deliver enough transparency or accountability from the tech platforms and advertisers signed up to it. EU lawmakers suggested today that a swathe of shortcomings identified with the current approach ...

Calling VCs in Vienna: Be featured in The Great TechCrunch Survey of European VC

TechCrunch is embarking on a major new project to survey the venture capital investors of Europe, and their cities. Our <a href=”https://forms.gle/k4Ji2Ch7zdrn7o2p6”>survey of VCs in Vienna will capture how the city is faring, and what changes are being wrought amongst investors by the coronavirus pandemic. The deadline is Tuesday. (Please note, if you have filled ...

UK wants pandemic levels of data sharing to be the new normal

The UK government has published a national data strategy today, setting out a plan to promote the use and prioritize the reuse of data as a lever for economic growth and digital innovation. It has also opened up a 12-week public consultation on the policy plan. The top-line message from the secretary of state for ...