Fairphone takes €7m investment call
Ethical smartphone provider Fairphone has heralded a new chapter in its five-year story by confirming a new €7m funding round, following the appointment of a new chief exec to replace founder Bas van Abel. Can the new injection help the company go head to head with the mega smartphone providers?
All-male teams get 93% of money
Ninety three per cent of the money invested in European tech goes to all-male teams, with half of women in the sector reporting discrimination in tech business, one of the continent’s most respected venture firms said last week, as it released a ‘state of European tech’ report alongside a guide to boosting diversity in the sector. (more…)
Global goals duo emerges
Two ventures focussed on sustainability to meet the UN’s global goals emerged this week from a three-month accelerator programme, backed by senior figures in tech for good, sustainability and investment. Julian Blake reports.
Social scaleups challenge ‘greater’
Purpose-driven UK social scaleups face similar challenges to other fast-growing businesses – including talent, leadership and infrastructure – but face a greater challenge on access to finance, the ScaleUp Institute says this week in its respected annual review.
Good focus for Reading tech festival
Reading’s town hall is being transformed into a hub of inspiration and connection next week, as Thames Valley tech hub ConnectTVT hosts its 2019 Festival of Digital Disruption. Tech for good plays a central role in the event. (more…)