Bending Spoons, an Italian developer of apps, attracted the investments of Red Circle Investments (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Luca Ferrari, Francesco Patarnello, Matteo Danieli, and Luca Querella founded Bending Spoons in 2013 and in 2019 sold a 5.7% to StarTip, H14 (the family office of siblinga Barbara, Eleonora and Luigi Berlusconi), and Nuo Capital. Red Circle Investments share capital is worth 0.1 million euros while equity amounts to 110 million
Italian invoice financing platform CashInvoice raised 500k euros from independent investors and acquired a strategic stake in FlowPay, a provider of payment services (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Luca Scali is the founder of CashInvoice who previously in 2020 subscribed a new 200k euros round in the company.
Credito Fondiario, a fintech credit provider for SMEs, is close to acquiring Italian invoice financing firm Fifty (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Fifty belongs to Michele Ronchi (41.6%), Alberico Potenza (41.6%) and Tesi Square (16.8%).
Neva sgr, a venture capital funds asset manager part of Intesa Sanpaolo group, launched the new fund Neva First Italia and attracted the resources of FoF VenturItaly and the co-investment vehicle of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) that Cdp Venture Capital manages (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Neva First will target Italian deeptech and fintech startups that can expand internationally.
A2A will support Eureka! Venture sgr for its investments in the sectors of science and engineering of materials (see here a previous post by BeBeez). In July 2020, Eureka attracted the resources of anchor investors The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (Cdp) and other players. Stefano Peroncini, Anna Amati, Salvatore Majorana, and Massimo Gentili lead the fund.
In early 2022, Italian fintech Soisy, a provider of buy now pay later (BNPL) services for for e-shopping, aims to raise 5 million euros (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Pietro Cesati and Andrea Sandro founded Soisy in 2016. Sources said to BeBeez that the company aims to scale up its size with the support of Italian and foreing institutional investors that may provide the resources for increasing the loans offer.
Easyrain, an Italian startup that developed a tech solution for aquaplaning issues, raised 5 million euros from Indaco Venture Partners and Progress Tech Transfer (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Easyrain previously received the incubation support of I3P, part of Turin Polytechnic University. The company will invest such proceeds in developing further its proprietary technology.
RINA Prime Value Services, a provider of services for the evaluation and technical certification of real estate assets, acquired 75.5% of Idea Real Estate, a software house for the proptech field (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Paolo Vari, IDS & Unitelm and Istituto Atesino di Sviluppo (IAS) sold part or the whole of their stakes. IdeaRE now belongs to RINA, Vari (14.5%) and IDS & Unitelm (10%). IdeaRE has revenues of 5.4 million euros.
Digital Asset Opportunity (DAO) is the leading subscriber of the capital increase that Singapore’s cryptocurrencies exchange Coinhako launched (see here a previous post by BeBeez). DAO is a fund that belongs to Sygnum Bank, SBI and Azimut.
StartupGym, a startups incubator that Enrico Pandian, Tarek Fahmy and Giuseppe Balzano launched in early 2021, attracted 0.85 from Matteo Fabbrini, Mirko Maria Storelli, UTurn Investments, Rancilio Cube, family offices, and qualified investors (see here a previous post by BeBeez). StartupGym also raised 656k euros through an equity crowdfunding campaign that launched on CrowdFundMe for a target of 0.1 – 0.75 million on the ground of a pre-money value of 9.5 million. The company will invest such resources in its working capital, organic development and three startups that StartupGym incubated. Each of these firms will receive a one million seed ticket.
Bowlpros, a Milan-based online vendor of bio salads, raised 500k euros from Club degli Investitori (CdI), SweetGuest and Delirus, an investment vehicle of Riccardo Pozzoli (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Pozzoli co-founded and managed as ceo The Blonde Salad, the blog of Chiara Ferragni. Davide Petruzzi, Ioannis Stivis and Carlo Eroini founded Bowlpros in 2020. The company has sales of 1.5 million and invest the raised proceeds in its organic development ahead of expanding its activities in Germany and Spain by 2022.
WeWear, an Italian provider of fitting solutions for the workwear sector, attracted 1.5 million euros from a club deal that Hoop Capital launched (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Antongiulio Marti and Armando Strofaldi created Hoop. Giovanni Fassi is the lead investor of the club deal that also attracted the resources of Marco Diani, Paolo Longoni, Erik Coover, Alberto Bartalozzi, Giovanni Favero, Giuseppe Bongiorni, and Luca Cristian Macchi. Fabio Albizzati, Federico Chiorino and Antonio Carbonelli founded WeWear in 2018. The company will invest such proceeds in expanding its activities to the fields of gaming, fitness, fashion and tailored fashion and growing internationally.
In November 2021, Milano Finanza spa, the publisher of MF and Milano Finanzia financial newspapers, invested in Next equity, an equity crowdfunding platform (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Milano Finanza acquired a 34% of Next Equity through a capital increase, joining the founders Domenico Formica (30.36%), Michela Centioni (29.04%) and Mario Cognini (6.65%). Next Equity rebranded as MF NextEquity Crowdfunding.