Jaguar Land Rover launches InMotion, a startup studio to build mobility apps and services

jlr_image_london Corporates are increasingly fearful of contracting innovator’s dilemma, a disease so deadly that, if it isn’t caught early, can be fatal. And in an attempt to vaccinate against the disease, said corporates are either acquiring, investing in, or incubating startups of their own. The latest to hedge against innovator’s dilemma is car maker Jaguar Land Rover, which today is… Read More

German consumer loans marketplace Finanzcheck closes €33M Series C

Geschäftsführung Finanzcheck In Europe, London tends to grab most of the fintech limelight but other tech hubs in the continent are producing their fair share of fintech companies with comparative success, not least in Germany. Enter Hamburg-based Finanzcheck, the consumer loans marketplace, which today is disclosing it has closed €33 million in Series C funding. The round was led by growth-investor HarbourVest,… Read More

Atom is the first of the new UK challenger banks out the gate — sort of

Atom bank Atom Bank, which is backed by Spanish banking giant BBVA, has become the first of the four so-called UK ‘challenger’ banks out the gate — sort of. Having secured a much-coveted banking license late last year, the mobile-first bank has made its iOS app available to users who pre-registered their interest. However, this is still a very limited launch, restricted to a single… Read More

FinLeap’s solarisBank to offer Banking-as-a-Platform so startups can ride fintech gravy train

Banking-as-a-Platform This time the Berlin-based company builder (to use the preferred terminology) is investing and betting on the underlying regulatory and financial technology infrastructure — the picks ‘n’ shovels, if you will — in the form of solarisBank, a fully-licensed digital bank designed to power an array of fintech services. Read More

Veeqo acquires London-based parcel delivery startup ParcelBright

ParcelBright Veeqo, the Wales-headquartered company that offers e-commerce inventory software, has acquired London-based parcel delivery startup ParcelBright to bolster its shipping features. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, though I understand the acquisition includes ParcelBright’s tech and customer base. Meanwhile, founders Daniel Lipinski and Carlos Vilhena will stay involved in the form… Read More

Property Partner lands £15.9M to scale up real estate crowdfunding platform

Property Partner In any conversation I have about London’s fintech space, property crowdfunding platform Property Partner is almost certain to come up. The startup which lets you invest from as little as £50 in residential property — or the so-called ‘buy to let’ market, as it’s called here in the U.K. — has, by all accounts, been growing at a clip. Read More