Enea Tech, the 500 million euros fund for technology transfer of Italy’s agency for energy and environment Enea, completed the hiring of its investment team, signed a partnership with CNR, the Italian research agency, and with other three research centers: Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Human Technopole (HT) (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Enea Tech is ready to assess transactions for venture capital, blended finance, grant, and procurement. Anna Tampieri and Salvo Mizzi are the chairman and ceo of EneaTech. The fund’s investment verticals are Information Technology (whose head is of Diva Tommei) Green, Energy and Circular Economy (Stefano Bernardi), Healthcare Technology (Chiara Giovenzana), and Deep Tech (Alessandro Aresu).
Buddyfit, a home-fitness startup, raised 5 million euros and launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on BacktoWork, a platform of which Intesa Sanpaolo has a stake (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Giovanni Ciferri, Stefano Manzoni and Stefano Cortese launched the company in late 2020.
Datrix, an Italian developer of Augmented Analytics AI-based software solutions for Marketing & Sales, publishing and finance, borrowed 2 million euros from UBI Banca and Banco BPM due by 2025 (see here a previous post by BeBeez). In 2020, United Ventures and the family office of Nerio Alessandri invested 2.3 million euros in Datrix’ equity. The company will invest such resources in acquisitions and its organic development, Fabrizio Milano D’Aragona, the ceo and co-founder of Datrix, said to BeBeez.
On 12 February, Friday, Noleggio Energia, a B2B company for renting energy efficiency equipment, will launch on BackToWork an equity crowdfunding campaign for raising 100-600k euros on the ground of a pre-money value of 3.4 millions (see here a previous post by BeBeez). The campaign for professional and institutional investors already started on 5 February, Friday. The least investment ticket is of 500 euros. Diego Teani is Noleggio Energia’s ceo. The company previously closed four lending campaigns on Ener2Crowd.
Sportclubby, the Italian platform for the management of sport centres, raised 950k euros from LigurCapital and Finpiemonte (see here a previous post by BeBeez). The company will invest such resources in its organic development. In October 2020, Sportclubby raised more than 0.673 million through an equity crowdfunding campaign on Mamacrowd and attracted the resources of Sara Gama, a footballer of Juventus women team, Oltre Venture, and Wylab.
SurgiQ, an Italian startup that supports the activity of hospitals, raised 410k euros from Cdp Venture Capital (150k euros), Milan-listed Digital Magics (100k euros) and Eit Health Headstart (see here a previous post by BeBeez). The company also attracted the resources of Michele Nicchio and other sector entrepreneurs. SurgiQ raised in the region of 1 million in the last four years and attracted the resources of Wolsey Ventures, Widening, Aitek, Angels For Innovation, and other investors. Ivan Porro (ceo) and Luca Corradi (cto) founded SurgiQ which will invest the raised proceeds in the partnerships it signed with Genoa University – Dibris and pharma companies and in the development of its artificial intelligence-based proprietary solutions.
Digitazon, the platform that connects freelancers and companies, raised 420k euros (see here a previous post by BeBeez). The company attracted the resources of Cdp Venture Capital (0.2 million), Bocconi 4 Innovation, Oscar Di Montigny, Paul Renda, and Alvise Biffi. In April 2020, Digitazon completed a 60,000 euros capital increase. The company will invest such proceeds in its organic development, in expanding its German operations and further expanding its international activities. Andrea Zangiacomi (ceo), Angelica Peretti and Saverio Mirto founded the company in 2018.
The fintech SumUp acquired Tiller Systems, a scaleup competitor that Dimitri Farber Garcia, Josef Bovet, Scott Gordon, and Vincent Oliveira founded in 2014 (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Tiller has bureaus in Italy, France and Spain and raised more than 16 million euros since its birth. Both Tiller and SumUp have Italian investors as their shareholders. Infact an investor in Tiller is Italian-French venture capital firm 360 Capital Partners, while other investors are Omnes Capital, Nicolas Sireyjol, Damien Guermonprez and Thierry Petit. As far as SumUp is concerned, it was founded by Daniel Klein, Jan Deepen, Marc-Alexander Christ, Petter Made, and Stefan Jeschonnek in 2012 and since then it raised 55.6 million dollars from investors, among which there is the Italian investors’ club deal U-Start Club, organized by U-Start. Other investors in SunUp are BBVA, Groupon, Holtzbrinck Ventures, Bain Capital Credit, Goldman Sachs Private Capital, HPS Investment Partners and Sixth Street Partners.
AideXa, a fintech bank for SMEs that Roberto Nicastro founded with Federico Sforza, launched its instant lending services for SMEs together with Experian, a global information provider (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Companies that apply for a loan will know the outcome in 48 hours. Aidexa previously signed a partnership with CRIF for the development of its open banking services.
EasyPol, an Italian fintech startup for the payments to the Public Administration through the PagoPA system, signed a partnership a Tate, an online vendor of domestic energy (see here a previous post by BeBeez). EasyPol’s clients will gain access to Tate’s services and receive a welcome bonus of 60 euros. Micael Saillen is the ceo of Tate. EasyPol’s ceo Marco Pezzotti founded the company and at the end of 2020 raised 0.5 million euros from Cdp Venture Capital, Fondazione CR Firenze, Nana Bianca, Dipax Holding, and ACubo Holding. Matteo Riffeser Monti, Micael Saillin, Alexander Frizzi and Mattia Lobertini founded Tate which has sales of 0.8 million and sold a 20% to Eni in June 2020.
Rome’s Campus Bio-Medico University and Marzotto Venture Accelerator launched Circular 4 Recovery (C4R), a call for circular economy startups (See here a previous post by BeBeez).The application deadline is set on 28 February, Sunday. Enel, ACEA, Bonifiche Ferraresi, Cisco, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, IBM, and Maire Tecnimont are also partners of C4R. At the closure of the call, 20 projects will join a pre-acceleration programme of up to 12 weeks after which up to 10 plans will join a 12 -24 weeks acceleration programme and receive up to 10 million euros in equity investments and services.