La startup medica londinese Kheiron raccoglie 20 milioni di euro guidati da Atomico per il suo software di rilevamento del cancro al seno basato sull'intelligenza artificiale

La startup medica londinese Kheiron raccoglie 20 milioni di euro guidati da Atomico per il suo software di rilevamento del cancro al seno basato sull'intelligenza artificiale

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Diagnosing cancer, especially at an early stage, is an extremely challenging and time-consuming task, even for the most experienced radiologists. A massive shortage of radiologists in many countries, coupled with an ever rising demand for imaging is putting even greater pressure on the doctors who are responsible for making critical decisions about patient care.

London-based Kheiron Medical Technologies, which focuses on supporting cancer diagnostics with machine learning, has closed a €20 million Series A round led by Atomico with participation from existing investors Connect Ventures, Greycroft, Hoxton Ventures and EXOR Seeds.

Kheiron Medical’s first product, Mia, has been developed to improve the outcomes for those diagnosed with breast cancer – more than two million women every year. Reliable early detection can mean the difference between life and death for these women, but it is very resource intensive to build and maintain high-performance breast screening programmes under increasing quality expectation pressures.

Founded in 2016, Kheiron intends to use the new investment to further scale the clinical validation of Mia, including conducting a series of large-scale clinical trials and roll-outs in Europe, the US and Asia to rigorously assess and demonstrate the clinical effectiveness and safety of the software.

“The foundation of Kheiron’s approach to rigorous development and testing is to ensure reliably improved patient outcomes and safety by helping doctors in their daily practice,” said Kheiron CEO, Dr. Peter Kecskemethy. “In my childhood I spent many hours in my mother’s radiology department watching  her carefully read and report imaging studies and struggling with workloads and working conditions. I know first-hand the stress, inefficiencies and extreme pressures that she and other radiologists face every day, and the uncertainty, especially the worry, when deciding if a patient’s image suggests cancer or not.”

Mia is designed to analyse standard Full Field Digital mammography (FFDM) images in a breast cancer screening setting, and to assist radiologists in making a vital clinical decision: to recall a woman for further evaluation or not.  The software has demonstrated state-of-the-art performance in a multi-centre clinical study and was voted Best New Radiology Software 2019 by leading radiology publisher AuntMinnie. Mia’s first deployments for live testing and further trials are affiliated with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and leading academic medical centers in the US.

Mia has been developed by Kheiron’s world-class team of machine learning specialists, radiologists and imaging industry experts with backgrounds at leading institutions such as Imperial College, The Royal Marsden, University College London, Edinburgh, Oxford, GE and Philips.

“Clinical rigor is at the heart of everything we do. It is one thing to create an algorithm, and entirely different to make it useful in clinical practice when patient lives are at stake,” said Kheiron CTO and Co-Founder Tobias Rijken. “The key to helping radiologists diagnose breast cancer more accurately for the benefit of women everywhere was finding investors who understood how to safely validate and scale products for global impact. The team at Atomico has a wealth of experience doing this at companies such as Skype, Uber, Spotify and Virgin and we could not be more pleased to be working with them on this important problem.”

“Cancer care today is defined by fear and uncertainty but we believe we are on the cusp of a new age when AI-supported approaches to diagnostics will enable earlier and more accurate detection, tracking, and as a result better treatment outcomes,” said Irina Haivas, Atomico. “We invested in Kheiron because we believe they have one of the best machine learning teams in the world but also because they have such a deep understanding of radiology and the clinical validation required in order to usher in this new era of cancer diagnosis and care.”

CodeOp, con sede a Barcellona, ​​una scuola di programmazione specifica per le donne e la comunità transgender, raccoglie € 320.000

CodeOp, con sede a Barcellona, ​​una scuola di programmazione specifica per le donne e la comunità transgender, raccoglie € 320.000

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CodeOp, the first and only coding school in Barcelona for women and the trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) community, has raised a seed round of over €320k, in-excess of its initial €260k goal.

Founded in 2018 by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Katrina Walker, CodeOp is the first international coding school for women and the TGNC community. With campuses in Barcelona and Kuala Lumpur, CodeOp offers beginner and advanced level bootcamps to students to equip them with the skills needed to become leading developers and data engineers in their fields.

All-women coding schools make up less than 1% of all coding schools worldwide – a contributing factor to the current gender disparity in the tech industry. By offering beginner and advanced technical programs at its Barcelona campus, CodeOp, aims to foster a supportive learning environment that encourages and equips people from these minority groups with the skills to become leading developers and data engineers.

“There are a lot of statistics associated with women in tech,” said Walker, CEO of CodeOp. “It’s one thing to hear about them and another to experience them firsthand. That personal experience is the driving force behind our work. We want to share the power of technical knowledge with folks who’ve traditionally not been encouraged to pursue tech and we believe that ‘If you build it, they will come’. We’re seeing double digit application numbers come in by the week, barely a year since opening. It highlights just how much coding schools like us are needed in this space, and will help shape the future of tech recruitment.”

CodeOp offers technical education programs taught by senior-level engineers. Though the school focuses on tech education for women and TGNC individuals, it also works with individuals and communities worldwide across and outside the gender spectrum to foster a growing network of people who understand the issues these groups face. CodeOp has received support from Lesbians Who Tech and SheCommerce, and has developed partnerships with global companies and organizations including Oracle and Fundació Catalana de l’Esplai.

CodeOp has already received applications from a range of individuals spanning more than 45 countries. Its investors, including Gabriel Herrero-Beaumont and Heiko Rauch, bring their global network to the mission, having previously invested in the unicorn company Creditas, alongside LearnLife and Nutrino. The school is supported by an exceptional board of directors—70% of which are women—including Steven Ramenby; founder of the European Bartending School, Yaron Hadad; founder of Nutrino, and Florence Arretz; Investment Director of Advienta. Collectively, they have extensive experience in global leadership, as well as technology, corporate strategy and the promotion of diversity and inclusion.

This month CodeOp welcomed its fourth and fifth group of students to its Barcelona campus, and in 2020 will open a second location in Kuala Lumpur. CodeOp has also recently broadened the availability of its programs by offering part-time as well as full-time courses. In addition to an in-depth curriculum, the school offers interest free deferred payment plans, and a policy that guarantees students an offer of a job after they graduate. On average, CodeOp students start working just two months after completing the program.

“I have a daughter and I want her to have the same opportunities,” said investor Gabriel Herrero-Beaumont founder of Ubeeqo. “Investing in Codeop is a way to help level the playing field for women in tech. Katrina has an outstanding profile with strong tech expertise and business execution. You can feel her deep respect for education, and responsibility to achieve excellence. It is incredible how much she has achieved in such a short period of time.”

La piattaforma di vendita al dettaglio con sede a Londra, Ometria, raccoglie 19 milioni di euro per salvare i consumatori da un marketing senza fine senza fine

La piattaforma di vendita al dettaglio con sede a Londra, Ometria, raccoglie 19 milioni di euro per salvare i consumatori da un marketing senza fine senza fine

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London-based startup Ometria, a customer marketing platform for retailers, has raised €19 million in Series B funding to further develop its technology, which enables retailers to better understand and better communicate with their customers. The round was led by Octopus Ventures, with Sonae IM and a number of other investors participating as well.

As the UK online retail industry surpasses a hundred billion pounds in annual sales, and grows at 20% year on year, consumers find themselves receiving endless and unwanted marketing communication.

“Junk mail through our letterboxes has now been replaced by a deluge of messages and notifications, whether through email, text, WhatsApp, Instagram or a dozen other channels,” said Ometria’s CEO and founder Ivan Mazour. “It’s relentless and must be addressed. Retail marketing contributes heavily to this, with most marketing experiences leading to frustrated and disengaged consumers.”

Ometria was founded in 2013 on the idea that marketers need to take responsibility for the impact of every communication they send, and be able ensure that every marketing experience they create for any customer is a positive one.

“We want our customers to discover amazing new products, but we also want to make sure that they do that through marketing experiences they enjoy,” said Jennifer Roebuck, CMO at Feelunique.com.

As the retail industry becomes more competitive, and as customer touchpoints grow in complexity, ensuring that billions of customers have truly relevant experiences will only be possible through leveraging real-time AI. Ometria’s retail-focused technology is pioneering the transition, enabling marketers to use predictive intelligence to create individually-relevant experiences for each customer, in turn driving significant uplifts in retail revenue.

Since raising its €5.5 million Series A funding round, Ometria, which was recently named the ninth fastest-growing technology company in the UK in the Deloitte Fast 50, has expanded its client base to two hundred retailers, including Hotel Chocolat, Fred Perry, MADE.com and Notonthehighstreet.com.

“We are very excited to have led Ometria’s Series B – a great example of how we invest in truly pioneering entrepreneurs that are creating innovative solutions through tech,” said Marieke Christmann, investor at Octopus Ventures. “Ometria will use this investment to revolutionise the retail marketing industry with its AI capabilities. We want to see entrepreneurs put their customers at the heart of the business and that is precisely what the team is doing.

“Ometria has built a genuinely thrilling piece of technology delivering a highly tailored product to create an even more precise, personalised offering to its customers. Octopus Ventures looks forward to being part of the innovative team behind Ometria and we are excited to work with them as it expand on its international capabilities into the US.”

“We are thrilled to continue to support Ometria in this new phase of growth,” added Eduardo Piedade, Sonae IM’s CEO. “We know from our experience how important it is to provide a personalised marketing experience and Ometria’s solution plays a key role in solving this problem for retailers.”

La startup tecnologica basca Lookiero, fondata sulla base della moda basca, raccoglie 17 milioni di euro per ridimensionare l'Europa

La startup tecnologica basca Lookiero, fondata sulla base della moda basca, raccoglie 17 milioni di euro per ridimensionare l'Europa

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Basque-based startup Lookiero, a personal shopping startup, has raised €17 million in funding led by MMC Ventures, with participation from existing investor All Iron Ventures, and new investors Bonsai Partners, 10x and Santander Smart.

The funding will allow the company to continue its international expansion and strengthen its leadership position within its main markets: Spain, France and the UK.

Founded in 2015 by Oier Urrutia, Lookiero combines the knowledge of personal stylists, detailed customer profiles and in-house learning algorithms to provide a fully-personalised online shopping experience to its customers.

It delivers a selection of five pieces of clothing or accessories carefully curated by a personal shopper to fit the customer’s individual size, style, and preferences. Customers then decide which items to keep or return (at no additional cost), allowing Lookiero’s technology and personal shoppers to learn through feedback and improve future selections.

Lookiero currently has over one million registered users and has grown revenue by over 200% from 2017 to 2018. By generating look-a-like profiles and analysing previous customer interactions with each item, Lookiero’s technology can accurately predict how likely a user is going to keep a certain item from a range of more than 150 European brands. This ‘recommendation algorithm’ assists the customers’ assigned personal shopper to pick the best options for each customer. The team’s technical and data science capabilities also extend into back-end operations, having built a suite of warehousing systems that will ship more than three million items of clothing this year and have underpinned their expansion into seven European countries to-date.

The funding will partly support the growth of Lookiero’s London office, currently more than 20 people. In the UK, Lookiero works with retail partners including Warehouse and French Connection. It will also allow Lookiero to expand its Paris operation alongside a new office opening in Italy.

“This investment round provides us with the necessary capital to further increase the accuracy of our technology, which is really exciting,” said Oier Urrutia, founder and CEO of Lookiero. “It will allow us to offer the best possible experience for our users and to continue expanding across Europe. Our new investors bring valuable experience and knowledge in branded direct-to-consumer tech, user retention, and internationalisation that will help to take Lookiero to the next level of scale.”

“The migration of fashion brands online has improved consumers’ access to clothing, and there is now an almost overwhelming amount of choice,” said Simon Menashy, Partner, MMC Ventures.

“At the same time, it can still be really hard to find exactly what is right for you, especially with high street retail stores in decline. Lookiero provides the best of both worlds, giving every customer a hand-picked selection from their personal stylist. We’re excited to be backing a world-class team that is using technology to make it easier for customers to find the perfect styles and sizes for them. We’re also pleased to be supporting Lookiero’s UK expansion.”

La startup tecnologica parigina Groover raccoglie 1,3 milioni di euro per la sua piattaforma per connettere musicisti con influencer ed etichette discografiche

La startup tecnologica parigina Groover raccoglie 1,3 milioni di euro per la sua piattaforma per connettere musicisti con influencer ed etichette discografiche

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“It has never been easier to produce and distribute music,” said Romain Palmieri, co-founder of the startup Groover. The amount of music available through the internet is vast, so the question is: how do you stand out?

“It’s all the more difficult for artists to promote them on a large scale, said the entrepreneur, who is also a musician in his spare time.

After surveying over 200 artists, the four founders of Groover identified this as a major problem for musicians, and so imagined a platform that would link them with labels, media and influencers in the sector. They then founded the startup in 2018.

Beginners or established musicians (30% of those registered on the platform are already represented by a label), can use the platform to connect with influencers and labels who will promote their work, for a rate of just €2 per influencer contacted.

Media and labels have seven days to listen your song, give you feedback, and decide if they want to share your tune. This first contact can lead to meetings and further collaborations – the whole idea behind Groover. So far, musicians using the platform have received 49,161 pieces of feedback, and their music has been picked up 15,100 times – by blogs, radio stations, reviews, labels and more.

If the musicians choose to whom they wish to send their pieces, the platform has developed a matching system that should allow artists to offer the influencers most likely to judge their music. The more relevant the matching will be, the more contacts will be successful for the 3,000 artists listed today.

In order to “create ever more value for musicians”, the startup has raised a €1.3 million funding round from Techstars, Kima Ventures, the founders of My Convenience Stores, Vestiaire Collective and various media and music professionals (including Jean-François Camilleri, former president of The Walt Disney Company, and Yann Miossec, former director of Warner Music France).

It is important for us to have investors who are very familiar with the tech ecosystem and also with the world of music,” said Palmieri. “These are two very different environments and we must work on our tech platform as well as on our place within the musical universe.” 

The coming months will be decisive for the platform, which will use the funding to improve its matching system while making its brand known through the organisation of musical appointments. The startup is has also caught the attention of several foreign markets, gaining traction in Belgium and Canada in particular.

La startup danese Contoh Sensohive Technologies riceve investimenti significativi per i suoi sensori di cemento e lancia sul mercato nordamericano

La startup danese Contoh Sensohive Technologies riceve investimenti significativi per i suoi sensori di cemento e lancia sul mercato nordamericano

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Concrete sensors are one of the newest and one of the fastest-growing IoT solutions in one of the least digitised industries – the construction sector.

Odense, Denmark-based Sensohive Technologies has developed real-time solution for the remote monitoring of concrete temperature, maturity and strength, Maturix. The data is transmitted from the sensor directly to the cloud, without the need for an intermediary such as a smartphone.

Since the Maturix solution was launched two years ago, it has been adopted by construction companies and precast producers throughout Europe including PASCHAL GmbH, VolkerWessels, Heidelberg Cement, NCC, Skanska and Kruse Smith. Using the sensors, these companies are able to reduce waste, reduce energy consumption (less heating during curing) and more.

Maturix runs on the Sigfox 0G network, the world’s largest IoT network, which covers one billion people in 65 countries. Sigfox’s long-range and low-power demand network allows Sensohive’s sensor batteries to last for up to 10 years. No other concrete sensor can claim such a long life, reliability, reusability and be completely wireless. The data can then be accessed online and documentation ready as you built.

Sensohive has just received a significant investment from Vancouver-based construction company Kryton International in exchange for 30% ownership in the company.

Sensohive was founded in 2014, with the aim to make it easy to collect, analyse and understand value data for your business through wireless sensor solution. In 2016 it launched its first series of sensors, which is now widely used within both the agricultural and the food industry. And in 2017, it launched its concrete monitoring solution.

“We are very excited to be partnering with a global brand like Kryton,” said Sensohive’s CEO and co-founder, Casper Harlev. “Kryton has a long history of success and a well-earned reputation for quality and trust in the global construction industry. We value their substantial experience in bringing innovative and valuable technologies to the concrete construction market.”

Conventional single-use concrete sensors on the market today collect data through Bluetooth NFC, which is transmitted to a phone or device or through a wireless gateway, and usually requires a person to visit the job site and be near the sensor to take the Bluetooth reading and send updates.

Real-time monitoring of structures with Maturix is an evolving field in the construction industry made possible through the rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) – the interconnected digital network allowing everyday objects to be embedded with electronics collecting and sharing data.

“Sensohive’s Maturix technology represents a significant leap forward in construction efficiency and productivity,” said Kryton’s President and CEO Kari Yuers.

Along with the investment comes an exclusive North American distribution agreement. The product will soon be available for the North American market and the first trials have already been started with some leading general contractors and precast producers.