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Turkey's startup ecosystem is having a smashing year, thanks to mammoth funding rounds for startups like Trendyol ($1.5bn) and Getir ($550m).

But it's got stiff competition from France, which last week announced a record-breaking amount of startup funding. 

Read on to understand what's behind this investing craze, and also peek inside Berlin's new angel syndicate, launched by three Spotify alumni.

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But it's not just cash that the trio want to give founders — they also want to bring operator experience to the cap table.

Miriam Partington finds out more.

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France sees biggest ever week for startup funding

Last week, nine-figure funding rounds just kept on rolling in for French startups. €580m for blockchain-based fantasy football platform Sorare, €473m for marketplace platform Mirakl, €100m for food ordering app Sunday and €178m for fashion resale platform Vestiaire Collective — in just five days.

What the blazes is going on? 

Chris O'Brien reports.

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Turkish tech investment surges 10x, driven by megarounds

Over in the Mediterranean, Turkish startups have raised a whopping €2.6bn in startup investment this year so far, according to Dealroom, up from just €250m in 2020.

A large chunk of this is due to ecommerce platform Trendyol's mammoth $1.5bn funding round in August and on-demand grocery delivery startup Getir's $555m Series D funding round in June.

The investment has been driven by interest from international investors, many of whom are investing in Turkey for the first time.

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