Post MWC, Back To Reality Edition!
Well the Mobile World Congress circus has left town and we hope that you all took advantage of the presence of so many movers and shakers in our beautiful city. This edition of the Monthly Wrap features the usual mix of deals, progress and invention that you have all grown to know and love!
As always if you have anything new send it to email@example.com
Milanuncios sells itself for €100m!
A big exit for Sant Cugat based classified ad platform Milanuncios. Schibsted Classified Media, a norwegian media group has paid a fjord-filling €100 million (€50m cash + €50m equity) to bring the popular site into its stable. Schibsted already own Segundamano.es, Fotocasa.es, Coches.net y InfoJobs.net and the incorporation of Milanuncios will bring traffic to a spectacular 130 million monthly visits across the various brands. More info here (Spanish)>
Calling from Cloud 9!
We previously featured Voz.io when co-founder Summann Gandham got in touch to let us know about this call-centre-in-the-cloud startup. We were delighted when Barcinno reported that Voz.io has raised a €150,000 seed round with Kima Ventures that they plan to use for business development and user acquisition. More info here>
Organizing the event organizers!
So after wandering around MWC in a overwhelmed stupor, randomly flinging your business cards around in the vague hope one would land on someone useful, you probably have realised that you need to prepare better for your next trade fair. That is where Neventum come in. They connect exhibitors, organisers, suppliers and venues to make the whole process less mind melting. To help them on their way they have received €550k in Angel funding according to Crunchbase. More info here>
MILESTONES AND NEW STARTUPS AND PRODUCTS
Do you have that app in stock?
Tair Asimov (is that a cool name or what!) contacted us to tell us about his new Barcelona-based startup - Stockapps. It is in its early stages but the idea is to bring app creation to a much wider audience and create a marketplace full of templates that can be easily customized and submitted to Apple or Google. Its a neat idea and to get things moving Stockapps have created an Early Access site where you can learn more and start creating templates that can be sold when the marketplace launches. More info here>
New ways to watch cat videos!
Winnie Root from Vilynx who are based in Barcelona and Silicon Valley also got in touch to tell us about their cool new product. Vilynx Producer automatically dives into your online video and creates a visual table of contents allowing users to see snapshots of different parts of the video and even jump right into that segment, increasing click through rates by up to 200%. They say that video navigation has hardly developed in the last 20 years and they intend to make that happen! More info here>
OK brain, I dont like you and you dont like me…..
Sergi Torrellas contacted us to let us know about Neuroelectrics, a Starlab spin-off that aims to literally get inside your head and provide brain health measurement tools, making neurostimulation affordable and available for every patient in need. They are now focusing on their in-home neurostimulation that will enable patients to follow prescribed brain health treatment without leaving their couch! More info here>
Upp Upp and Away!
We also heard from Jochen Doppelhammer of UppTalk (formerly yuilop) who contacted us to let us know that they have just launched UppWireless in the USA. This is an amazing new type of mobile phone contract that is data only! The clever trick is that you can use the UppTalk app for unlimited free domestic calls. Its a radical innovative step that will hopefully shake up the static, rule-driven US mobile phone market. Best of luck guys! More info here>
Click here for new eyes!
Medprive definitely falls into “they-said-it-couldn’t-be-done” category. Would people really buy medical treatment online? The Barcelona-based startup’s continued growth shows that if a product is brought to market by an expert team then anything is possible. Over 1500 surgeries sold through their marketplace have already taken place, they have sold over 7000 non-surgical medical services and their website recently welcomed its one-millionth visitor. Great work guys! More info here>
Thanks to Medprive for sharing these impressive stats with us. If your company is hitting great numbers then let us know - firstname.lastname@example.org
ACCELERATORS, INCUBATORS AND COMPETITIONS
Infantium - They grow up so quick!
We previously featured the innovative 4YFN concept which was a valuable addition to the startup scene at MWC - not least because of Mr. Whatsapp putting in an appearance. The 4YFN mobile startup competition was won by an Israeli startup called Cellbuddy. Those with an interest in the Barcelona scene will be please to see that second place went to Infantium, an adaptive learning startup currently being accelerated by the good folks at Wayra. Infantium have been picking up a steady stream of accolades so we expect big things in the future. More info here>
Lodgify is Seedcampified!
We featured Lodgify in our very first Monthly Wrap back in September so we were thrilled to hear that they made it through the first Seedcamp week of the year to officially join the Seedcamp Academy. Lodgify make it easy for anyone to create their own website to rent out their property and integrates with Airbnb and roomorama. More info here>
Tech.eu has a piece on a new program run by the European Incubator for Innovation. 10 startups (which can be super early stage) will be mentored by education experts in a range of European cities including Barcelona. Startups have until March 17 to apply. Selected finalists will be brought to a pitch contest that will also take place here in our beautiful city in July. More info here>
Lots of internet things
Keiretsu is an investment forum that has been quite active in Spain recently, investing €5.1M in 17 startups over the last 4 years. Their recent investor event in Barcelona featured an interesting array of startups looking to bring tech innovation to industries such as media, nautical, biotech and crowdfunding. In the end the winner was internet of things startup Keonn Technologies. Find more info here>
Some of the hot job postings on Jobfluent.com include
Devex are looking for a Global Membership Associate
Typeform are looking for a Marketing / Sales person
Cronnection are looking for a Front-end developer and UI designer
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