EMEA Daily: EU Startups Raise Record $121B

In today’s top Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) news, European Union startups raise a record $121 billion; Microsoft’s $16 billion Nuance deal is under review by the EU; Germany’s Volkswagen is considering taking Porsche public; restaurant OS GrubTech notches $13 million in a Series A funding round; Dutch automaker Stellantis targets $22.5 billion in new software by 2030; and more.

Europe’s Fast-Growing Tech Sector Spurs Record $121B in Startup Funding

Spurred by Europe’s fast-growing tech sector, startups in the region have raised a record $121 billion in funding this year, almost three times the $41 billion brought in last year.

Microsoft’s $16B Nuance Deal Under Review by EU

The EU’s antitrust authority will take a closer look at Microsoft’s plan to purchase artificial intelligence (AI) and speech technology company Nuance Communications for $16 billion. The European Commission’s competition bureau will ask customers and competitors to fill out a questionnaire listing their concerns about the deal.

Volkswagen Considering Taking Porsche Public

Volkswagen is exploring a possible initial public offering (IPO) of luxury brand Porsche AG as an option to pay for its pricey transition to a focus on software and electric vehicles (EVs).

Restaurant OS GrubTech Notches $13M Series A for Global Expansion

GrubTech, an all-in-one operating system for restaurants and cloud kitchens has raised $13 million in a Series A funding round. It plans to use the money to continue advancing its solutions and further grow its footprint in new markets.

Stellantis Targets $22.5B in New Software by 2030

Netherlands-based automaker Stellantis said it expects threefold increases in its connected vehicles — featuring GPS, infotaintment systems, driver assistance capabilities and other tech — from 12 million today to 34 million by 2030 to add $22.5 billion in annual revenue from software services and subscriptions.

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Worldline Signs Acquisition Deal With Eurobank Merchant Acquiring

European payments and transaction platform Worldline has acquired 80% of Eurobank Merchant Acquiring, which has a 20% market share of the Greek acquisition market.

Helping Businesses in UK and Europe Digitize Manual Card Reconciliation

Sam Seaton, CEO at Moneyhub tells PYMNTS that the U.K.-based open finance platform is helping businesses digitize the manual, labor-intensive credit card reconciliation process, while looking forward to the mandatory implementation of sweeping via Variable Recurring Payments (VRPs) next year that will push open banking into the mainstream.

52% of UK Consumers Shop for Groceries Online More Frequently Than They Did Before the Pandemic

According to What U.K. Consumers Expect From Their Grocery Shopping Experiences, a PYMNTS and ACI Worldwide collaboration, British consumers have been increasing their use of online shopping for groceries for close to two years since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Yolt Expanding European Open Banking B2B Platform

Open banking provider Yolt is expanding its B2B platform across Europe after obtaining a PSD2 license from De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). The move allows Yolt to conduct open banking activities, including Payment Initiation Services (PIS) and Account Information Services (AIS), under its DNB license.

Mobileye IPO Paves Way for Wall Street Bets on Autonomous Vehicles

Intel is betting that a spinoff of its own autonomous vehicle unit will, in turn, boost value for its own investors. And in the process, the spinoff lets Wall Street place its bets more firmly on the emergence of high tech on wheels. To that end, the tech giant Intel is gunning to list shares in the self-driving automotive business, Israel-based Mobileye, by the middle of 2022.

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Tarabut Gateway and Zain Bahrain Debut Telco-Powered Open Banking Payments

Bahrain-based open banking platform Tarabut Gateway has joined forces with telecommunications company Zain Bahrain to provide what the companies said is the first use case of open banking payments via telco app in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Marqeta, Klarna Continue Payments Tech Partnership in 13 New Countries

Modern card issuing platform Marqeta has furthered its partnership with Klarna to expand into several new countries with buy now, pay later (BNPL) services, virtual cards and other payments-related features. The new countries include the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.

BIS: New Rules, Supervision Needed for Bond Funds, DeFi Growth

Stricter rules and more oversight are needed to curb the risk of bond funds and finance (DeFi), the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) said in its December Quarterly Review.

Digital Consumers Demand UK Grocers Improve Online, In-Store Shopping Experiences

Madeline Aufseeser of ACI Worldwide tells PYMNTS that with the growing uncertainty around the spread of the pandemic, U.K. grocers and brands will have to find ways to bridge the gap between in-person and digital shopping opportunities, using technologies like tokenization to make the multi-channel shopping experience more personable.

Virtual Cards Accelerate Buy Now, Pay Later in MENA

Despite a $10 million investment from global BNPL giant Afterpay, Tariq Sheikh, founder and CEO of Postpay tells PYMNTS that the Dubai-based BNPL platform remains committed to growing and scaling across the MENA and wider GCC region on its own, using its first-of-its-kind BNPL virtual card solution to differentiate itself from the competition.

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Bank for International Settlements Calls DeFi’s Decentralization an Illusion

DeFi’s decentralization is an “illusion,” according to a new report from BIS. The latest BIS quarterly review takes a skeptical look at DeFi’s governance structure, which relies on automated voting by token holders to make any rule changes or code upgrades.



About: This report represents the inaugural edition of the TechREG™ Chronicle. The regulation of digital businesses is emerging as one of the signature issues of our times. Through this new publication, we seek to contribute to the debate and discussion over when, how, and when not to regulate digital businesses and the key technologies they use.


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