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Get to grips with the Global Goals

Felix Dodds is my guest today on Inside Ideas. A leading thinker in the area of global governance for 30 years, he is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina, where he is the Principal Investigator for the Belmont Forum funded project: Governance of Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience for Sustainable Development. He is secretary to the government Friends of …

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Europe prioritises innovation

The 12th European Innovation Summit will take place in Brussels from 7-11 December. This is our fifth year as media partners with the summit, organised by Knowledge4Innovation (K4I), which takes place annually in the European Parliament. Nonprofit K4I, which has the support of dozens of MEPs, sits at the crossroads between businesses, startups, academia and wider …

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Lithuanian unicorn Vinted acquires Dutch startup United Wardrobe to make second-hand fashion the first choice in Europe

Today Vinted, Europe’s largest online C2C marketplace dedicated to second-hand fashion, has announced the acquisition of United Wardrobe, the largest second-hand fashion platform in the Netherlands. The transaction will enable the combined group to accelerate its rapid expansion to new markets and extend its international footprint. With a combined member base of 34 million buyers… …

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Berlin-based Grover launches its circular economy tech rental platform in the Netherlands

Today Grover, the German tech subscription company, is launching its service in the Netherlands, bringing flexible tech subscriptions to Dutch gadget lovers and those looking for an on-demand alternative to purchasing and financing consumer tech. Dutch customers can rent more than 1,300 products from Grover’s portfolio, at Grover’s customary rental periods of 1, 3, 6… …

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Helsinki-based Swappie raises €35.8 million to bring the circular smartphone economy to the masses

Finnish startup Swappie, an online marketplace for buying and selling refurbished smartphones, today announces closing a €35.8 million Series B funding round. Participants in the round included TESI, alongside existing investors Lifeline Ventures, Reaktor Ventures, and Inventure, bringing the total amount raised by Swappie to €42.5 million. The funding will be used to accelerate Swappie’s international… …

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Helsinki-based Soil Scout raises significant late-seed round to help better manage water resources

Helsinki-based IoT sensor startup Soil Scout has closed a significant late-seed funding round led by Husqvarna Group, with private investment closing out the round. Soil Scout plans to use the funding to scale production so they can help more farmers, sports venues, and managers of green spaces around the world better manage their water resources. “We are extremely… …

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Investing in the circular economy can save ‘billions of euros’, says Circul’r director Jules Coignard

“The circular economy is not only respectful of the environment, but it can mean saving billions of euros,” said Jules Coignard, the director and co-founder of the circular economy platform Circul’r at a conference on the circular economy yesterday at the Barcelona campus of TBS Business School. Founded in 2014, Circul’r is a Paris-based network of over 500 companies… …

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