Welcome to a Bumper New Year Edition!
So December was looking quiet and as we only want to add value to your inbox/timeline we decided to roll December into January and start the new year with a bang! We have news on some great new deals, cool accelerators and a raft of exciting new startups. Read it here first!
Companies featured include Audiosnaps, Kantox, Redbooth, iSegurosdeSalud, Wuaki, Instaroom, Bidaway and more!
We rely on the startup community for leads and updates so if you hear of anything that should be included in next months edition then drop us a line: email@example.com or post a comment below!
Foreign Exchange Chemistry!
The rumors were swirling in our last Monthly Wrap and, just as we go to press, Hemerotek has discovered that they are true! “How-did-I-not-think-of-that” startup Kantox has taken an important step and raised €4m from French VC Partek Ventures. Kantox’s ambition was clear in this interview we did with them in Nov 2102 and the benefits for their customers are clear as they show in this case study. We look forward to more great things! More info here (spanish)
A Very Healthy Investment
We love it when VC’s get in touch to tell us about their latest investment so a big thanks to Carlos Conti from Inveready who dropped us a line to tell us about their €800,000 investment in Barcelona based health insurance price comparison site isegurosdesalud.com. The site lets users compare prices from all the major health insurers. Read more here (in Spanish)
Inveready had a pretty good 2013. Read more here (also in Spanish).
ACCELERATORS, INCUBATORS and SIMILAR
Back in October we covered a new accelerator called Conector which is backed by lots of big names in the Barcelona scene. The deadline for entries was at the start of December and now they have announced their first six startups. It is a pleasing mix of fashion, food, music, dating and shopping. Check them out here.
We have also previously mentioned 4YFN, the ambitiously named startup initiative from the Mobile World Congress. They are developing a nifty idea called the Imagine Express - a train journey featureing selected hackers, ideas people and business people that will go from Barcelona to Paris to London, developing a cool mobile app along the way and presenting it at MWC. They have selected the first three participants - More info here.
WePlan, travel site that has a content and product team here in Barcelona (and an ESADE MBA founder), has been chosen in the latest batch for the legendary 500 startups accelerator. More info here. Founder Oliver Camargo has shared a nice infographic for any startup interested in the 500 startups route.
Wayra have opened their 2014 call. Get applying before 23 February. More info here
Confused by all these accelerators? @ThomasBCN tweeted a handy chart comparing and contrasting most of the big Spanish ones. More info here.
NEW PRODUCTS / DEVELOPMENTS / MILESTONES
Wuahh!! Nice numbers!
We like to hear about milestones. Big numbers that show that progress is being made and value being created. Wuaki are only a few years old (we interviewed them a year ago) but since their acquisition by Japanese giant Rakuten, they are going from strength to strength, now reporting 1 million users!. It also seems they have cracked the highly competitive UK market with an impressive 125,000 users there. More info here.
Change up and Scoot!
We were delighted to hear that ChangeYourFlight have gone global by expanding into Asia with their new partner Scoot. An offshoot of market leader Singapore Airlines, Scoot is a low cost carrier connecting East Asia via its hub in Singapore. Scoot customers who can’t take their flight can now seek a partial refund via changeyourflight.com. ChangeYourFlight featured in our interview series last year. More info here.
Not a box, more of a booth
Big news at fast growing enterprise collaborative startup Teambox. They have parted ways with their founder Pablo Vilaba (though he stays on the board and as a shareholder) and undergone a major rebrand, changing the name of the company to Redbooth! More info here.
Following on from his amazing post about closing their last round, Pablo has again given us a unique and very personal insight into him leaving the company he founded. More info here
Remember that cool little shop on a tiny street in el Born with the handmade iPhone covers? Or that independent boutique in Paris where you bought that great bag? Chic Place have been working with dozens of shops like that and have created a fantastic platform for them to show off their stuff. They even opened a popup store in Barcelona for Christmas! Next year ditch the shopping centre and go Chic! More info here.
How may I help you? I’m in the cloud!
Suman Gandham got in touch with us to let us know that this week he will be launching his brand new startup - Voz.io . They are offering cloud a cloud based call centre, operated from the browser, low prices and great support. Based in the heart of Barcelona, voz.io already has two paying customers and 150 beta users. Glad to have another great addition to the Barcelona startup scene and we look forward to hearing more from Suman very soon! More info here.
Last minute Airbnb? - Yes!
Jonaton from Instaroom sent us an email to let us know about his new app making a mark in the highly competitive and innovative accommodation space. Instaroom lets you book last minute accommodation from a range of vacation rental sites such as Airbnb, VRBO, 9flats and FlipKey. It is an interesting idea and will hope to match the success of other last minute accommodation apps such as Hot Hotels and Hotel Tonight. More info here
You want sound with that photo? Audiosnap it!
Having patented a technology that embeds sound files in jpegs and having secured investment from Wayra, 101 Startups, Lantra and Telefonica, Audiosnaps are making some noise of their own. Thanks Maria Palos from AudioSnaps for getting in touch. More info here
Find your holiday at an auction!
An international team of three IESE MBAs have been busy putting together an innovative travel startup in the crowded travel space. Bidaway’s angle is to let the market decide the price, letting customers bid for unique curated travel experiences. More info here (slide deck)
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PEOPLE & EVENTS
Robin Wauters’ time in Barcelona at the beginning of this year was clearly productive. As well as helping us put together an amazing event he was probably planning his latest venture, Tech.eu. One of the first articles on this new site dedicated to news on the European startup scene was a really great review of over 120 European startups. We are glad to say that the piece featured 5 Barcelona startups: Social Point, Akamon, Teambox, Privalia, Kantox, (oh and Tuenti too!). Read the piece here. Tech.eu also published an interesting piece on the Spanish VC scene.
Worldreader got another great media endorsement this month, featuring in the Guardian’s Christmas Charity Appeal. In our October edition we featured their partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Another month, yet another major piece for Barcelona based Natural Machines and their 3D food printer. This time its the Daily Mail and there some cool pics we hadn’t seen before! We are renaming them Natural PR Machines!
A really nice profile on Ulabox on the Megafounders blog.
Health service innovator Medprive have been running their new television spot on TV3. More info here.
Our friends in Barcinno have a cool video from Phontact, a new startup looking to streamline the exchange of contacts. More info here.
@KeradGames is hiring a Backend Ruby/Rails developer More info here
Some of the hot job postings on Jobfluent.com include:
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