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SumUp snaps up loyalty payments start-up FiveStars to aid US expansion

UK-based payments company SumUp has acquired US payments and loyalty marketing platform FiveStars in a deal worth $317m. The acquisition is part of SumUp’s plan to expand into the US and take on its competitors such as Square and PayPal. While the company has been active in the US for several years, it does not …

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Roscommon start-up Positive Carbon secures backing from German VC

Irish start-up Positive Carbon has secured investment and support from German venture capital firm APX. The Roscommon-based company, which was founded in 2020 by Aisling and Mark Kirwan, did not disclose the amount of funding it had received. APX is a Berlin-based VC outfit that supports start-ups in the pre-seed stage. The firm is backed …

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South Africa featured in Global Startup Ecosystem Report

Startup Genome has published the 2021 Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER) which highlights South Africa’s regional startup ecosystems. The report offers insight into startups globally and the ecosystems they reside in. “Entrepreneurs, policymakers, and community leaders are working hard all over the world to build productive and inclusive technology ecosystems that are engines of economic …

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Northern Ireland Startup Cloudsmith raise $15 million – Irish Tech News

The Belfast-headquartered startup Cloudsmith, who are leaders in software supply chain management, have announced that they have raised a $15 million Series A funding round led by Tiger Global. The landmark raise is the largest ever Series A funding round in Northern Ireland and is the largest technology funding round in Northern Ireland since 2005, …

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This startup enables 3D show attendance in your browser

The aim is to make virtual experiences like 3D online trade shows available to organizations around the world, with nothing more needed to access them than an ordinary desktop or smartphone web browser. A German startup aims to make virtual experiences like 3D online trade shows available to organizations around the world, with nothing more …

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STARTUP OLÉ LAUNCHES ITS SEVENTH EDITION WITH GREAT NEWS AND OPPORTUNITIES – Irish Tech News

Startup OLÉ, the great technological event for entrepreneurs after the summer, returns more international than ever. The modality selected for this seventh edition has been mixed, being the 6th and 7th of September in digital format and from the 8th to the 10th in-person in Salamanca. To facilitate access to all the content, Startup OLÉ’21 …

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Kildare start-up EquiTrace on course for expansion with Merck deal

Kildare-based equine start-up EquiTrace has secured a partnership with multinational Merck Animal Health. The partnership will enable EquiTrace to develop its smartphone app, which tracks a horse’s health, identity and whereabouts. It will also allow the company to expand into the US market. EquiTrace’s platform is designed to work even in environments with limited internet …

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Irish Start-Up Journey Protector develops tech to address border security and people trafficking – Irish Tech News

Irish technology start-up Journey Protector has announced that it is launching its first go-to-market product in October at the British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (BAPCO), Coventry in the United Kingdom (UK). The start-up is also announcing its plans to open three new offices over the next two years to drive its global expansion and …

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SA logistics startup supports breast cancer awareness initiative

Local logistics startup  has announced its partnership and support of the Avon Justine iThemba Walkathon, an annual event dedicated to breast cancer awareness month.  Pargo showcases commitment to breast cancer awareness initiative Michaela Gabriel, Head of Marketing at Pargo comments on the partnership and the startup’s involvement in the initiative.  “It is an absolute privilege to …

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AI start-up Field of Vision wins LaunchBox 2021

Field of Vision, a tech start-up aiming to help visually impaired people enjoy live sports, has been crowned the winner of LaunchBox 2021. The annual accelerator is managed by Trinity College Dublin’s entrepreneurship space Tangent and sponsored by Bank of Ireland. Student start-ups receive funding, mentorship, contacts with alumni and investors, and “a collaborative environment …

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