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Featured European startups in 2022

Disraptors(c) posted the new version of European startups catalog. The most features startups are:

 Tribute Brand, a three-year-old startup based in Zagreb, Croatia, that is developing “digital fashion” products for the metaverse, raised a $4.5 million seed round led by Collab+Currency, with Alice Lloyd George, Lattice Capital, RED DAO, and Flamingo DAO also participating. Blockster has more here.

 Bit Odd, a three-year-old mobile gaming studio based in Helsinki, raised a $5.3 million round led by Index Ventures. VentureBeat has more here.

 Happeo, a five-year-old, Helsinki, Finland-based outfit offering a central intranet portal for employees, has raised $26 million in Series B funding from Endeit CapitalSmartfinEvli Growth PartnersInkef CapitalMaki.vc and Vendep Capital. TechCrunch has more here.

 Vibrant, a two-year-old startup based in Copenhagen whose app transforms Android devices into points of sale, raised a $4.2 million seed round from lead investor byFounders, with Luminar Ventures also pitching in. Tech.EU has more here.

Onomondo, a ten-year-old startup based in Copenhagen that has built a low-power, wireless network for IoT devices operating in over 180 countries that it claims can double device lifetime, halve battery consumption, and lower data consumption by 90%, raised a $21 million Series A led by Verdane; additional investors included Maersk Growth, People Ventures, and The Danish Growth Fund. The company has raised a total of $26.1 million. TechCrunch has more here.

 Lucinity, a four-year-old, Reykjavík, Iceland-based banking compliance startup, has raised $17 million in Series B funding led by Keen Venture PartnersExperianCrowberry CapitalKarma Ventures and byFounders also joined the round. Tech.eu has more here.

 Klarna, the 17-year-old, Stockholm-based buy-now-pay-later giant rumored to be raising fresh funding at a steep discount to the $45.6 billion valuation investors assigned it a year ago, today confirmed that it has raised $800 million in capital at a $6.7 billion valuation (an 85% drop). The round included a slew of new and existing investors, including Sequoia CapitalSilver LakeCommonwealth Bank of Australia, the UAE’s sovereign fund Mubadala Investment Company and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. TechCrunch has more here.

 Deci, a three-year-old startup based in Tel Aviv that is developing a platform to build and optimize text-, audio-, and image-analyzing AI models for their clients’ apps and services, raised a $25 million Series B round led by Insight Partners; ICON and previous investors Square Peg Capital, Jibe Ventures, and Fort Ross Ventures also participated. The company has raised a total of $55.1 million. TechCrunch has more here.

 Aware, a five-year-old Berlin startup whose subscription service will allow patients to receive a detailed snapshot of their current health condition via regular blood draws, raised a $15 million seed round. Lakestar, Cherry Ventures, and June Fund were the co-leads. Sifted has more here.

 Soba, a nearly three-year-old startup based in Berlin that is developing a web 3 platform to allow anyone to create games for any device using no-code tools, raised a $13.5 million seed round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with FTX Ventures and Cherry Ventures also contributing to the financing. VentureBeat has more here.

 Pina Earth, a year-old, Munich-based startup that’s building an online platform for European forest owners to get certified to sell carbon credits, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding led by Franco-German VC XAnge, with participation from the London-based venture firm Nordstar, as well as a number of business angels and serial founders. TechCrunch has more here.

 Seatti, a three-year-old Munich startup that is building a platform to maximize the benefits and minimize the complexity of hybrid work for both companies and their employees, raised a $3.1 million seed round. Acton Capital and Partech co-led the deal. The company has raised a total of $3.7 million. EU-Startups has more here.

 Tenderize, a 16-month-old, Antwerp, Belgium-based outfit developing a staking derivatives protocol, has raised $3 million in seed funding. Eden Block led the round, joined by FigmentDaedalus and TRGC. The Block has more here.

 Qiibee, a 10-year-old, Zug, Switzerland-based blockchain-based B2B rewards marketplace, raised $4.8 million in seed funding led by Z5 CapitalMore here.

 Hors Normes, a French startup that helps organic farmers and producers sell their products directly to consumers when their products are rejected by traditional retail channels, raised a €7 million seed round led by Project A; previous investor Stride VC also participated. Tech.EU has more here.

 Oxbury Bank, a four-year-old startup based in Chester, U.K., that loans money to farmers, raised a £20 million Series C extension; investors included Frontier Agriculture, Hutchinsons Group, Hambro Perks, and Grosvenor Food & AgTech. The company has raised a total of £68 million. AltFi has more here.

 Oxford Quantum Circuits, a five-year-old startup based in Oxford, U.K., that is offering quantum computing as a subscription service, raised a $47 million Series A round led by Lansdowne Partners and The University of Tokyo Edge Capital Partners, with British Patient Capital, Oxford Science Enterprises, and Oxford Investment Consultants also chipping in. The company has raised a total of $46 million. TechCrunch has more here.

 Konselio, a six-year-old London startup that helps insurance brokers check compliance and manage policy administration, raised a £4.7 million Series A; investors included Committed Capital and ACF Investors. UKTN has more here.

EdTech is a new startup niche

Investments in EdTech startups grow dramatically during COVID and are continuing their growth both in number and average volume of an investment.

Investment growth in number of deals (red) and USD (white, in $ billions).
Number of deals and average investment in $ billions.

Digital transformation leadership by ITIL

ITIL, the most famous IT service management framework by AXELOS (former OGC Great Britain) issued the Strategic Leader certification.

A Digital Strategic leader is a passionate leader who possess knowledge, skills and capabilities in transforming operational processes, products and/or services to disrupt industries and markets with new opportunities, operational excellence, and new products.

The Strategic leader track includes strategic, financial, operational, leadership aspects of digital strategy and digital transformation.