WeRoad, an Italian scaleup that provides adventurous travel services for Millennials, raised 13.5 milllion euros in equity, debt and convertible bonds on the ground of a pre-money value of 30 million (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Out of those 13.5 millions, the company raised 4 million through an equity crowdfunding campaign on BacktoWork that more than 100 clients of Intesa Sanpaolo Private Banking who paid tickets of at least 25,000 euros. Riccardo Schiavotto grouped such investors in the vehicle Finroad.
The Hundred, a media holding for the scouting of influencers, raised 5 million euros from Nicola Volpi and Antonio Zaccheo, who is also the new chairman of the company (See here a previous post by BeBeez). Vincenzo Macrì, Marino Giocondi and Leonardo Bongiorno founded The Hundred.
Matchplat, a B2B provider of Artificial-Intelligence based services for marketing and supply chain, raised 3.5 million euros in equity (majority) and debt between December 2020 and July 2021 (see here a previous post by BeBeez). The company’s post-money value amounts to 27 million. In 2019, Matchplat raised one million for a 12.55% stake through an equity crowdfunding campaign on TwoHundred. Matchplat will invest the raised proceeds in its organic development and expanding the business abroad. Andrea Gilberti is the ceo of the company.
Yocabè, a provider of tools that support brands for selling on marketplaces, raised 2 million euros through a crowdfunding campaign on Mamacrowd on the ground of a pre-money value of 8 million euros (see here a previous post by BeBeez). The company set a target of 1.2 million. ALIcrowd, the venture capital Eltif of Milan-listed Azimut and Mamacrowd, subscribed half of the capital increase of Yocabè, whose founders are Vito Perrone, Lorenzo Ciglioni and Andrea Mariotti. The business reported sales of 3.3 million and previously attracted the resources of PI Campus and Fabio Mondini de Focatiis, as well as 132,500 euros through a previous equity crowdfunding campaign on Mamacrowd. In 2019 Yocabè received a bridge financing facility of 0.6 million that Mondini provided together with Marco Ariello, Donatella Paschina and David Roche
Sidereus Space Dynamics, a Naples-based startup for space transport, attracted 1.5 million euros from Cdp Venture Capital and Primo Space. The latter fund also announced that it has reached the final closing with 85 million euros in committements, over its initial 80 millions target (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Mattia Barbarossa is the founder and ceo of Sidereus.
Italian insurtech MioAssicuratore, an online broker, raised more than 1.1 million euros through an equity crowdfunding campaign on Mamacrowd (see here a previous post by BeBeez). MioAssicuratore set a target of 1.1 – 1.25 millions for a post-money stake of 14.5% – 16.2% on the ground of a pre-money value in the region of 6.5 million. In 2015, Giorgio Campagnano and Carlo Martini founded MioAssicuratore that attracted one million from ALIcrowd, the venture capital Eltif of Milan-listed Azimut. The company will invest the raised proceeds in its proprietary technology and expanding its business abroad.
Deesup, a marketplace for high-end design items, raised more than 710k euros through a crowdfunding campaign on Mamacrowd for which set a least target of 599k euros (see here a previous post by BeBeez). The company also attracted the resources of ALIcrowd, the venture capital Eltif of Milan-listed Azimut. Deesup’s pre-money value amounts to 5 millions.
MyLab Nutrition Group, an Italian startup producer of food integrators, raised 600k euros from Cdp Venture Capital, Milan-listed LVenture Group and Net4Capital (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Gianluca Perra and Daniele Fumi founded MyLab Nutrition in 2017. In 2020, the company attracted the resources of the former Italian footballer Francesco Totti. MyLab owns the brands T-Rex, Nutracle and Suprapet. The company has sales of above 0.7 million and will invest the raised proceeds in expanding its operations abroad.
Tootor, an Italian startup that launched a digital project in the field of education in the field of dentistry, aims to raise 500k euros (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Sources said to BeBeez that the company already attracted 250k euros from Italian dentists Andrea Borgonovo, Dino Re and Marco Scarpelli and other private investors. Earlier in March, the company raised 635k euros from 18 investors.
Aquaseek, a company that developed a technology for extracting water from the air, attracted an investment of 300k euros from LIFTT and Eureka! Fund (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Aquaseek will invest such proceeds in the launch of a minimum viable product for which the Polytechnic University of Turin will provide its support.
Istituto De Filippi, an Italian hotellerie school, raised 250k euros from Fondazione Social Venture Giordano dell’Amore (FSVGDA), a vehicle of Fondazione Cariplo for impact investing (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Istituto De Filippi will invest the proceeds in supporting worthy students with scholarships, unemployed people and persons with cognitive impairments. Milan-based private equity AVM is an investor in Istituto De Filippi which has sales of 1.5 million, an ebitda of minus 302k euros and net cash of 17,000 euros.
Italian biotech firms Genespire and AAvantgarde Bio are mulling for launching the next investment rounds, ceo Julia Berretta and cofounder Alberto Auricchio said during the Road to Bio€quity Europe 2022 conferences (see here a previous post by BeBeez).
Italian international footballer Ciro Immobile invested in Trackting, an Italian provider of IoT for the bike economy (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Claudio Carnevali (ceo) and Gabriele Allegria (cto) founded Trackting in 2000. Earlier in February, Intesa Sanpaolo and B Heroes provided the company with their acceleration support.
EPIC Holding (fka Epic sim) paid a dividend of 193k euros to Digital Magics, a Milan-listed business incubator, that owns a 2.88% stake (see here a previous post by BeBeez). EPIC Holding owns a 49.9% stake in Azimut Direct, where Azimut Enterprises is the major shareholder with a 50.1% stake. Thanks to the deal that brought Azimut Direct into life last June, consisting in a carve-out of its m&a and debt structuring activity and its crowdfunding platform, Epic Holding posted net profits of 15.3 million euros and paid dividends for 5.6 millions of 2.15 euros per share.
Italy’s portal for lending crowdfunding Criptalia rebranded as EvenFi (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Such name change is consistent with the soon to change European rules for crowdfunding that will allow the platforms to receive a passport to operate in the whole area. Diego Dal Cero and Mattia Rossi founded EvenFI in 2018 with the aim of democratising finance through technology. The company allows to invest in SMEs through lending crowdfunding with commission-free tickets of at least 200 euros and an annual yield of 9%. At the end of 3Q21, Evenfi financed 79 firms with the issuance of loans worth 9.5 million. EvenFi previously attracted 0.24 million from CRIF, for a total of 1.3 million since its foundation.
Sources said to BeBeez that Fabio Blandino is one of the shareholders of InvestorClub, a platform for startup club deals (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Investor Club aims to group investors with at least 500k euros under management with private banking firms.
Personio, a German scaleup that publishes software for supporting the HR departments of SMEs, aims to open a bureau in Italy (see here a previous post by BeBeez). The company also announced it has just raised 270 million US Dollars for an enterprise value of 6.3 billions. Personio previously attracted the resources of Greenoaks, Altimeter Capital, Alkeon Capital, Northzone, Index Ventures. Hanno Renner, the ceo and co-founder of Personio, said to BeBeez that Lightspeed Venture Partners, Accel and Global Founders Capital (part of Rocket Internet) joined the round and pointed out that these investors are long-term partners and keep their stakes also after a listing of their portfolio companies. Arseniy Vershinin, Ignaz Forstmeier, Jonas Rieke, and Roman Schumacher are the other co-founders of Personio which has bureaus in Madrid, Dublin, Amsterdam, Munich, and London.