COVID-19 Europe

Startups developing tech to combat COVID-19 urged to apply for fast-track EU funding (Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch)

The European Commission  put out a call Friday for startups and small businesses which are developing technologies that could help combat the COVID-19 outbreak to apply for fast-track EU funding. The push is related to a €164M pot of money that’s being made available for R&D via the European Innovation Council (EIC) — a European Union  funding vehicle which […]

AI & ML Europe

Commission adds AI research ‘lighthouse’ to innovation priorities amid budget wrangle

MEPs warn the European Commission’s ambitious agenda in artificial intelligence and greening the economy are stretching limited resources thin The AI lighthouse is part of broader ambitions to pull in up to €20 billion every year for the next decade from private and public funds for AI research. To stimulate the private investments, the commission […]

Europe Fintech PropTech

Europe’s A/O PropTech is a new €250M fund dedicated to companies disrupting real estate (Steve O’Hear,

A/O PropTech is a new European VC officially launching today, after raising €250 million of so-called “permanent capital” to invest in technology companies disrupting real estate. It’s this “permanent” approach—seeing the firm structured more like a corporate with various shareholders, rather than a traditional venture capital fund that typically has a life cycle of 2-5 years—which […]

China Europe Fintech

European fintechs are lagging behind China, McKinsey partner warns (Isabel Woodford,

ondon and Stockholm may be home to the continent’s largest fintechs, but they are stunted by a lack of imagination — at least according to Tunde Olanrewaju, senior partner at McKinsey. Speaking at Mckinsey’s London headquarters at an event co-hosted with Sifted and executive search and leadership advisory firm Eric Salmon & Partners, Olanrewaju noted […]