The week in Italian startups - Issue #99



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The week in Italian startups - Issue #99
By Niccolò Sanarico • Issue #99 • View online
I am Niccolò from Primo Ventures. Welcome back to my digest of the latest news from the Italian startup ecosystem.
In this issue: Vedrai, Soul-K, Insoore, WikiCasa, and others raised funding. Growens acquired ContactLab. New accelerators & call for startup programs from CDP, Baker Hughes, and Scientifica VC.
Enjoy the reading,

The Money
  • Vedrai, an AI startup, 🇮🇹raised €40m in a round led by Azimut.
  • Soul-K, a B2B food-tech startup, 🇮🇹raised €6.3m in a syndicated round led by Innogest, TAN Food srl, Levante Capital, and Alicrowd.
  • Insoore, an insuretech startup, raised €5.5m in a round led by Proximity Capital, joined by Lumen Ventures, Azimut Digitech Fund, and Gellify.
  • Wikicasa, a prop-tech startup, 🇮🇹raised €3m from existing shareholders.
  • Contents, a martech startup, 🇮🇹raised €1m from CDP Venture Capital.
  • Banca Valsabbina 🇮🇹acquired 27% of Sandbox, the maker of Fleap, a blockchain service.
  • Iio, a voice-tech startup incubated by FoolFarm, 🇮🇹raised €300k from a syndicate of angel investors.
  • Fideuram-Intesa Sanpaolo Private Banking invested CHF 19m in Alpian, a Swiss digital bank.
  • ContactLab was acquired by Growens, the group owning MailUp, and announced it will be merged in the latter. According to the press release, Growens is paying €5m + a €6.6m earn-out; ContactLab reported a €1m EBITDA in 2021.
Accelerators, accelerators everywhere!😉
  • CDP Venture Capital 🇮🇹announced the launch of Next Age, a silvertech accelerator.
  • Baker Hughes 🇮🇹announced a partnership with Nana Bianca and Impact Hub to scout for startups in the decarbonization and energy transition markets.
  • Scientifica, a deep-tech VC, launched a call-for-ideas for startups in the advanced manufacturingadvanced materials, and artificial intelligence markets.
Chilling IPO markets in Q1 2022 ❄️🥶
According to a EY-Refinitiv report, global IPO markets in Q1 2022 where at the lowest levels since a couple of decades.
Fundraising tracker
Every week, I am posting a fundraising tracker based on the news I publish.
Recent job positions from XJobs
About XJobs:
  • The XJobs platform is a free portal listing open job positions from the Italian startup ecosystem, managed by CDP Venture Capital. If you desire, you can apply for free and have your job positions posted on the platform by following this link.
Ending Notes
Join the conversation between Giacomo Mollo and myself commenting on the latest news, every Monday at 7:00 pm CET (follow us on Twitter for a live reminder and the link: Nico / Jack). If you miss the live discussion, you can subscribe to our podcast on SpotifyApple Podcast, and other podcast platforms.
Have a great week,
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Niccolò Sanarico

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