What's up with EIC Fund, newly announced European IPOs, funding rounds big and small, and more

This week, we talked about what’s going on in European tech, including some of the biggest funding rounds of the week, IPO announcements, and more. We also discussed extensively the question of European money for startups, and the EIC Fund in particular. To that end, we talked to Stephane Ouaki, the chair of the investment committee of the EIC Fund, about what could've gone wrong with the first batch of startups selected for the blended financing scheme.

And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode:

💰 Israel-born fintech company Rapyd lands $300 million in financing, doubles valuation to $2.5 billion

3️⃣ Checkout.com nearly triples value to $15 billion after funding

🚚 Berlin-based digital freight forwarder Sennder bags $160 million at a $1 billion+ valuation

💳 Curve seals $95 million equity round

👩‍💼 French startup iziwork snags $43 million to help temporary workers find jobs and security

🍅 Italian e-grocery startup Cortilia raises €34 million to get fresh local food to people’s homes

🐽 Online greeting card retailer Moonpig plans London listing

🍕 Deliveroo picks banks to serve up blockbuster float
  • Amazon-backed Deliveroo could be headed to a blockbuster IPO that values it above $13 billion in April
🚙 German used car platform AUTO1 plans to list on Frankfurt stock exchange

💸 Delivery Hero launches DX Ventures, a new VC fund with €50 million at hand

💵 LAUNCHub Ventures seals €44 million first close of its €70 million target fund – here’s why

📈 Baltic startup ecosystem will bloom thanks to new stock option policies, says Index Ventures

🛰 European Investment Fund announces €300 million of space sector finance with new investments into Orbital Ventures and Primo Space

🎙 Interview: Stephane Ouaki, the chair of the investment committee of the EIC Fund
 
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