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  • Billion-dollar fintech Pipe's European lookalikes
  • Coffee-tasting robots
  • The top Irish startups to watch
  • Diversity in tech communities 


Pipe is one of today's hottest fintechs. Meet its European lookalikes.

If you don't already know about Pipe, let us introduce you. The US fintech, which offers companies who charge subscriptions some of that revenue upfront, was recently valued at $2bn — within a year of launching.

Now the race to build European competitors is on. Germany's re:cap is the latest: it closed a pre-seed round in less than three days. 

Isabel Woodford has the details.

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The big idea: AI that can "taste" coffee

Producing the perfect coffee is a multistep process. It's only at the end that you get an idea of what it's going to taste like, when a small sample's roasted and made into a brew.

As consumer tastes have become more exacting, testing coffee has become trickier. Now one company has a big idea: using artificial intelligence to taste it.

Maija Palmer finds out more.

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18 Irish startups to watch, according to top VCs

Last year, Irish startups raised double the amount of venture capital funding than the year before. And this year, Irish startups continue to catch the attention of big investors: from drone delivery startup Manna Aero to delivery app Flipdish.

But which startups are VCs watching now?

We asked top investors.

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100+ diversity in tech communities in Europe

The bad news: Europe's tech scene has a well-known diversity problem.

The good news: there are lot of initiatives working to change that, working to boost the numbers of women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ people starting and growing companies.

There are also communities that work on upskilling those from diverse backgrounds, empower migrants and refugees and engage young people in tech.

We list them all here. 

News that Matters

💳 Trouble at Klarna. Europe's largest fintech giant is battling a data breach, after reports from consumers that their names and credit card details were compromised. 

👨‍⚕️ Ada Health, the Berlin-based symptom-checking app, has raised $90m from Leaps by Bayer, the impact investment arm of the pharma giant. Ada plans to double down on partnerships with health insurers and systems, particularly in the US.

🛒 On the back of the online shopping boom, Wayflyer, an Irish fintech which offers capital to ecommerce businesses, has raised a $76m Series A round. The startup's backed by Checkout.com founder Guillaume Pousaz.

🇫🇷 French startup Agicap, which helps small businesses to track their cash flow in real time, has raised $100m in new funding. The round was led by Greenoaks and it's a big step up from the company's last round of $18m. 

💑 Paired, a British "relationship care" app for couples, has raised $3.6m in a round led by Eka Ventures. Wise cofounder Taavet Hinrikus also put money in. 

💻 Prismic, a content building management system, has raised a $20m Series A round. Although the company is based in France, a third of its turnover comes from business in the US.

🇮🇹 Commerce Layer, an Italian startup which helps businesses build ecommerce apps, has raised a $16m round led by Coatue.

🐕 New in pet tech. Tractive, an Austrian startup that develops GPS trackers for dogs and cats, has raised €28.6m in new funding. The company currently has customers across 175 countries.

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