Anorak scores £4M funding to make life insurance more accessible

 VCs continue to pump money into startups attempting to inject life into the legacy and lucrative insurance industry. The latest ‘insurtech’ company to pick up funding in the U.K. is Anorak Technologies, which is on a self-described mission to “build the world’s smartest independent insurance adviser,” starting with life insurance. Read More

Irish startup SoapBox Labs is building speech recognition tech for kids

 Irish startup SoapBox Labs is on a mission to create what it calls “the world’s most accurate and accessible speech technology for children”, tech it plans to offer to third-party hardware and app developers. These span educational apps that support reading and language development, children’s voice-control for IoT devices in the home, smart toys, and AR/VR experiences. Read More

Sodexo acquires majority stake in French online restaurant FoodChéri

 Sodexo, a French publicly-listed food services and facilities management company, has acquired a majority stake in Paris-based online restaurant and food delivery startup FoodChéri. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, though François Paulus of Breega Capital, which backed the company’s €6 million Series A, tells me he is “happy with the return”. Read More

Lab-made meat startup SuperMeat raises $3M seed to develop ‘clean’ chicken

 SuperMeat, an Israeli biotech and food-tech startup that is developing lab-made chicken meat, has raised $3 million in seed funding, as it becomes the latest of a crop of so-called ‘clean meat’ companies to get off the ground. Others in the space include Bill Gates, Atomico and DFJ-backed Memphis Meats, and Hampton Creek, which is also exploring lab-grown meat. Read More

Fly Ventures, a Berlin-based VC using machine learning to find its next deal, closes $41M fund

 Fly Ventures, a relatively new VC operating out of Berlin, has closed its first fund at $41 million, capital it will use to invest at seed-stage in startups across Europe. LPs in the fund include the European Investment Fund (EIF), Korelya Capital, and a number of unnamed family offices from Europe and the U.S. Read More

Revoice.me offers a simple way to let your blog and newsletter readers subscribe via Facebook Messenger

 Revoice.me is a new service that makes it easy to give readers, listeners and viewers the option to subscribe to your content — newsletter, blog, podcast or YouTube channel — via Facebook Messenger. Because, as we end 2017, messaging apps is where a significant proportion of your audience is at. Or so the thinking goes. Read More

Nordic VC firm Inventure outs new €110M fund to invest in early-stage tech startups in the region

 There’s been a slew of new European VC fund raises over the last few months, including mostly recently Seedcamp, Balderton, and Brighteye Ventures, but now we can add Inventure to the list. The Nordic VC firm is announcing a new fund to invest in seed-stage and early-stage startups in the region. Read More