Meet and hear from the startups, investors and financial institutions behind “what’s next in European FinTech” – on 18th November, FinTech Forum returns to the Airport Club, Frankfurt. Check out the line-up and register here.
Early stage European FinTech deals this week include Moralis and Viceversa
We feature Q&As with Karim Rabbani of RGAX and Hussam EL-Sheikh of 9fin.
Check out the 2nd edition of Scaling Enterprise FinTech | The Handbook, launched in partnership with Money20/20 and SixThirty Ventures, and featuring Q&As with the founders and investors behind Europe’s leading B2B / SaaS FinTech scale-ups? http://www.fintechforum.de/sef/
7 Questions with Karim Rabbani of RGAX
1.Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure.
I’m a Senior Analyst in the Ventures & Acquisitions team of RGAX, based out of Amsterdam. RGAX is the transformation engine of RGA, promoting and accelerating innovation within the Life and Health insurance sectors by means of organic and inorganic initiatives. RGA is one of the largest global life and health reinsurance companies.
I joined the organization in 2018 to support the EMEA region on deal sourcing activities, executing partnerships and managing our portfolio of 30+ startups globally.
Prior to joining RGAX I worked in Corporate Banking at ABN AMRO and in Port Logistics at the Port of Rotterdam. I hold a Master Degree in Business Management from Cass Business School in London and a Corporate Communication’s Master from the University of Amsterdam.
Personally, I enjoy travelling and experiencing new cultures. I’m also a sports fan and play soccer and squash. In addition, I volunteer for a foundation that promotes dialogue and understanding between the Arab World and Europe through education.
7 Questions with Hussam EL-Sheikh of 9fin
1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure.
Hey I’m Huss, CTO & Co-founder of 9fin. I think I’d describe myself as an engineer in every sense of the word. So, via a degree in Aerospace Engineering, taking apart my siblings’ toys as a child, learning programming at school from age 12, I find myself now running a technology startup serving up news, data and analysis to the financial markets. I love Formula 1, and it’s been a very stressful (but exciting) 2021 championship this year. I’m trying to get better at badminton after taking it up for the first time a couple of years ago… At least my height lets me get away with not being any good yet!
Decentralised app making tool Moralis raises $13.4 million via EQT Ventures
Stockholm-based blockchain development platform Moralis has secured $13.4 million in seed funding via EQT Ventures. The Swedish startup helps developers build and scale decentralised apps (dApps) without a tremendous amount of cost or complexity. The team reports that the funding will be used to continue product development, as well as make key hires across the board. Moralis was founded in 2020 by Ivan Liljeqvist (CEO) and Filip Martinsson (COO) and has been live since June of this year. Both founders have deep experience in the blockchain world, with Ivan running the 450,000+ subscribers YouTube channel, Ivan on Tech, the duo has trained more than 30,000 students via the Ivan on Tech Blockchain Academy.
Italy’s Viceversa secures €23M seed round
Revenue-based financing provider Viceversa has raised a €23 million round that consists of €3 million in equity and €20 million in debt financing, Tech.eu reported. Fasanara Capital and Fabrick reportedly provided the capital for the Milan-based startup, with participation from several angel investors.
Nauta Capital Closes Fifth Venture Capital Fund, at €190M
Nauta Capital, a pan-European Venture Capital firm investing in capital-efficient B2B software companies, closed its fifth fund, at €190M.
With a €120M first closed announced in 2020, the fund’s final close brings the firm’s assets under management to €550+M. Limited Partners include institutions across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The vast majority of Limited Partners joining the fund are private institutions with strategic interest in fund’s B2B focus as well as Family Offices with links to corporations aligned with the fund’s investment thesis. Among these are Netherlands based European Family Office Merifin Capital and the private markets division of the Spain based giant BBVA Asset Management. The fund has also had backing from leading investors such as British Patient Capital, ICO, the European Investment Fund, ICF, and Germany-based KfW Capital.
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