Tau Group, Ventive, and others raised funding. Bending Spoons close to raising €200m? Italian funds invest abroad (in life science startups). A survey about the culture of growth in Italian startups.
Welcome back to The Week in Italian Startups. This is Niccolò from Primo Ventures: every week, I publish my curated list of the latest news from the Italian startup ecosystem.
💡Advanced Incubation Program by Almacube (sponsor)
Applications are open for the Advanced Incubation Program organized by Almacube, the innovation hub of the University of Bologna and Confindustria Emilia Area Centro.
By participating, you can take advantage of:
🎥 Live workshops led by experts, delving into crucial topics for your startup. The first one takes place in preview on February 15th, 2024. Register for free.
📊 One-on-one consulting and mentorship with professionals and experts, supporting you in strategic decisions for your project.
🤝🏻 Networking events to expand your network of B2B contacts.
🎤 Final Demo Day, an opportunity to present your startup to potential investors and customers.
The Money 💰
Glutensens and VisioNing 🇮🇹raised €204k and €184k from Farming Future and ToSeed&Partners.
The Money, international edition 💰🌍
Panakès Partners led a €30,4m round in Enterprise Therapeutics.
Angelini Ventures 🇮🇹invested €8m in Noctrix Health Inc. and COUR Pharmaceuticals.
Neophore raised an additional $12.2m in its Series B round from Neva SGR, LIFTT, and Simon Fiduciaria.
New Funds 💫
CDP VC’s fund-of-funds arm invested in Seroba Fund IV, a €123m life sciences fund.
Zucchetti 🇮🇹acquired a majority stake in Awms.
Safilo 🇮🇹acquired a minority stake in Spaarkly.
Poké House 🇮🇹acquired Poké House Belgium.
Reading this week 📚
SECO was accepted into the Qualcomm IoT Accelerator Program.
Opyn 🇮🇹is expanding its BNPL service for businesses to Europe, UK, and Switzerland.
🇮🇹15 startups incubated by the Startup Builder to keep an eye on.
The Italian “Gazzetta Ufficiale” (the primary source of legal information and the official vehicle for the publication of new laws, decrees, regulations, and other acts of the Italian government) was released as a data set on HuggingFace. Will LLMs manage to understand the intricacies of our legal system?
A ✍🏻 survey about the culture of growth in Italian startups: if you are a founder of an Italian startup with a couple of minutes to spare, 🇮🇹click here.
Scalapay 🇮🇹appointed Andrea Fumagalli as country manager for Italy.
More than 100 businesses 🇮🇹adopted JetHR since its launch.📈
🌟Jobs in Italian Startups🌟
Startup Events in Italy🎪
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Have a great week,
I am not adding Bending Spoon’s round to the tracker yet, as it is unclear whether it was only announced or already raised.
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