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Meet the startups that just pitched at EF’s 8th Demo Day in London
14 newly formed startups pitch their wares onstage to investors, press and other actors in the European tech scene at Entepreneur First (EF)
EF founders Matt Clifford and Alice Bentinck have just raised $12.4 million in new funding led by Silicon Valley’s Greylock Partners and Linked IN's Reid Hoffman.
Hoffman described EF, which along with London also runs a program in Singapore, as a “great model for creating new, deep tech companies on an incubation basis.”
To date, EF says it has helped more than 500 individuals on its program, who have built more than 100 companies with a total (mostly on paper) valuation exceeding $1 billion.
This is how EF works: The company builder targets technical and domain talent, both recent graduates and also people already working at tech companies, and invites them to apply to its six-month program where they find co-founders and in turn found startups. The program includes financial support in the form of a monthly stipend for living costs while founders find their co-founders and decide on an idea.
This is then followed by pre-seed funding, in addition to office space, legal and administrative support and mentoring and advice from the EF team and external entrepreneurs from the wider U.K. and Singapore startup scene.
There’s also a separate follow-on fund to co-invest in alumni companies at the seed and Series A stage.
Sounds a lot like our BSI Investor Forum in Australia!!!!
The full list of presenting teams (in their own words) of EF
Metis Labs is general intelligence for industrial systems.
Kiroku is capturing the value of expert conversation.
Kue reinvents consumer credit and changes how we purchase.
Robik AI builds autonomous vehicles to slash the cost of last-mile delivery.
Migacore Technologies uses online signals to better predict travel demand.
Machine Medicine uses computer vision to predict and prevent falls before they happen.
Mobilus Labs is a hands-free, ear-free voice platform.
A quantum leap in drug discovery.
Agrosight detects plant diseases early using hyper-spectral signals, dramatically reducing the cost of food production.
Sensum Technologies uses advanced statistical and machine learning algorithms to predict and prevent preterm birth.
CargoMate Technologies saves millions in fuel costs by helping container ships leave port early.
ConnectMed is plugging the primary healthcare gap in developing countries.
Portify is building the infrastructure for the future of work.
Resurgo Genetics is building a universal tool to precisely change any living system.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Investors in this fintecc includes GMO Venture Partners from Japan, Wavemaker Partners, Skype co-founder Toivo Annus, MDI Ventures, DORR Group and Indonesia-based operator Telkomsel.
Reddot focuses on hotels and the hospitality industr and enables online payments via a gateway, and offers online invoicing, recurring payments and alternative payments.
Singapores YinglanTan - former Sequoia venture partner and Lin-Hong Wong. (former Singaporean sovereign fund Temasek and the Singapore Economic Development Board)has raised $25 million for its maiden fund called Insignia Venture Partners and it made its first investment.
It is leading a $4 million investment in Indonesia-based co-working startup Ev Hive, a source close to negotiations told TechCrunch.
The $25 million fund plans to focus on the seed and Series A space in Southeast Asia, a segment that once was seen as a gap but now is becoming well filled with funds. Other VCs playing in the space include Golden Gate Ventures ($50 million), Jungle Ventures ($100 million), Venturra Capital ($150 million), and Monk’s Hill Ventures ($80 million.)
Sequoia is one of the few investment funds that operates in the Series A and Series B spaces in Southeast Asia. Despite that and growing interest in the region from major tech companies, with recent deals from Alibaba, Tencent, SoftBank and Expedia, it doesn’t have a dedicated fund in South East Asia , but its deals are covered by the Sequoia India fund. The current India fund of $850m is the firm’s fourth.
Earlier this summer, Sequoia secured $4 billion in fresh financing, including $2 billion for its growth funds, according to a U.S. filing. The firm decline to provide details on how the capital will be allocated, but a good bet is that a large chunk will be put to work in Asia. Indeed, according to report, $125 million of that fresh allocation was funneled into the current India fund.
Hopefully Australia will get a gurnsey!!!!