Fundings

Koio, a direct-to-consumer leather sneaker brand, picks up $3 million

Retail has been revolutionized over the last decade, with brands like Casper and Warby Parker offering high-quality goods at lower costs simply by selling them through the internet. Koio, a relatively new high-end sneaker brand, is looking to get in on the new retail wave, and the company has some fresh cash to do it. …

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Insurance giant Allianz confirms $35M investment in Asian ride-sharing unicorn Go-Jek

German insurance giant Allianz is following Google and Tencent by backing Go-Jek, the Indonesia-based ride-hailing and local services company valued at over $4.5 billion, after it announced an investment. The money comes from Allianz X, the firm’s digital investment arm, which confirmed it put in $35 million in what is its first deal in Southeast Asia. The …

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Laundry service Zipjet picks up backing from Henkel and BSH

Zipjet, the on-demand laundry and dry cleaning service co-founded by Rocket Internet, has picked up further funding. Described as a “Series B extension,” the new round sees the likes of Henkel Ventures, Amsterdam Venture Partners, and BSH Home Appliances Group — the combined venture of Bosch and Siemens — make a “seven-figure” investment in the …

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Instabridge, the Wi-Fi sharing community, scores $3M more funding for Asia expansion

Sweden’s Instabridge, the Wi-Fi sharing community and mobile app that has proved particularly popular in Brazil and Mexico, has scored $3 million in further funding — money it’s pegged for Asia expansion, starting with India. The new round is led by Luminar Ventures (headed up by Magnus Bergman and Jacob Key), with participation from previous …

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Liberis raises £57.5M to offer finance for small businesses paid back via customer card transactions

Liberis, the London-based fintech that provides finance for small businesses, has raised £57.5 million in new funding to help support the company’s growth. The alternative finance provider makes loans against a company’s future credit and debit card sales. The majority of the new capital being raised by Liberis is debt, which in turn will enable …

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CoinTracker raises $1.5M to make tracking crypto investments easy for anyone

It’s April, that means tax returns for people in the U.S. very soon. Given the breakout year that crypto had in 2017 — despite prices cooling down in recent months — and well-intended individuals might be thinking about whether to file taxes based on gains they enjoyed from bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. It’s good timing, then, …

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A well-fed workforce is a happy workforce — City Pantry raises £4M for its catering marketplace

City Pantry, the office catering marketplace to make it easy to order in food for staff, company events and meetings, has restocked its funding. The London-based startup has raised a new £4 million round led by Octopus Investments with participation from existing investors and Newable Private Investing — capital it plans to use to expand …

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