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On Friday the EU will put startup-friendly legislation to member states — will they sign up?

This Friday at its annual Digital Day, the European Commission will be launching a “legislative instrument” called the EU Startup Nations Standard (SNS). Now, before you think I’m ab

Inovia Capital raises $450M for second growth-stage investment fund

Montreal-headquartered Inovia Capital has raised $450 million for Growth Fund II, the firm’s second growth-stage investment fund. The close of this funding comes just a little over two years aft

Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt receives a $14 billion order from VW

Northvolt, the Swedish battery manufacturer which raised $1 billion in financing from investors led by Goldman Sachs and Volkswagen back in 2019, has signed a massive $14 billion battery order with VW

SoftBank, Demeter and Coparion invest $3M into Plan A’s B2B carbon monitoring and ESG platform

Plan A, a Berlin-based automated SaaS B2B startup, has raised $3 million for its platform that lets companies measure, monitor, reduce and report their environmental footprint, thus improving their ES

Has a startup finally found one of food science’s holy grails with its healthy sugar substitute?

A little less than three years ago at the Computer Science Museum in Mountain View, California, the founders of a young company hailing from Cambridge, England addressed a crowd of celebrities, invest

China launched its national carbon trading market yesterday

Yesterday, China flipped the switch on a nationwide carbon trading market, in what could be one of the most significant steps taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 2021 — if the markets ca

How VCs invested in Asia and Europe in 2020

Falling seed volume, lots of big rounds. That's 2020 VC around the world in a nutshell.

Google threatens to close its search engine in Australia as it lobbies against digital news code

Google has threatened to close its search engine in Australia — as it dials up its lobbying against draft legislation that is intended to force it to pay news publishers for reuse of their conte

Miami-based Ironhack raises $20 million for its coding bootcamps as demand for coders continues

Ironhack, a company offering programming bootcamps across Europe and North and South America, has raised $20 million in its latest round of funding. The Miami-based company (with locations in Amsterda

GitHub says goodbye to cookie banners

Microsoft-owned GitHub today announced that it is doing away with all non-essential cookies on its platform. Thanks to this, starting today, GitHub.com and its subdomains will not feature a cookie ban

GetAccept raises $20M Series B, led by Bessemer, to expand its sales platform for SMBs

Last year all-in-one digital sales platform GetAccept raised a $7 million Series A funding round. The platform, which wraps in video, live chat, proposal design, document tracking and e-signatures, ha

On encryption and counter-terrorism, EU lawmakers say they’ll work for ‘lawful’ data access

EU lawmakers have just unveiled a wide-ranging counter-terrorism agenda as they set out plans to beef up regional security. The plan touches on some key tech topics — the most keenly watched of

Apple takes aim at adtech hysteria over iOS app tracking change

Apple has used a speech to European lawmakers and privacy regulators today to come out jabbing at what SVP Craig Federighi described as dramatic, “outlandish” and “false” claim

Angling to be the Carfax for EV batteries, Recurrent raises $3.5 million

The Seattle-based startup Recurrent said today it has closed on $3.5 million in financing as it looks to become the Carfax for electric vehicle batteries. The battery system is arguably the most impor

German secure email provider Tutanota forced to monitor an account, after regional court ruling

German e2e encrypted email provider Tutanota has been ordered by a regional court to develop a function that allows it to monitor an individual account. The encrypted email service provider has been f

Enter new markets and embrace a distributed workforce to grow during a pandemic

We hope this guide gives founders and C-suite executives some food for thought in forming a plan for their international growth — and a pause for thought on those considering too bold an approach.

Europe will push to work with the US on tech governance, post-Trump

The European Union said today that it wants to work with US counterparts on a common approach to tech governance — including pushing to standardize rules for applications of technologies like AI

Moderna claims 94% efficacy for COVID-19 vaccine, will ask FDA for emergency use authorization today

Drugmaker Moderna has completed its initial efficacy analysis of its COVID-19 vaccine from the drug’s Phase 3 clinical study, and determined that it was 94.1% effective in preventing people from

5 top investors in Dutch startups discuss trends, hopes and 2020 opportunities

The Netherlands’ ecosystem has been flourishing; more than $85 million was invested in regional startups in 2019 alone. The nation’s proximity to the U.K., Belgium, France and Germany makes Am

Brexit’s data compliance burden could cost UK firms up to £1.6BN, says think tank

An analysis of the total cost to U.K. businesses if the country fails to gain an adequacy agreement from the European Commission once it leaves the bloc at the end of the year — creating barrier
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