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This Week in London Startups - Issue #31

This Week in London Startups - Issue #31
By London Startup Club • Issue #31 • View online
What’s up, London Startup Clubbers! 🎉
Happy New Year from the LSC team here - we’ve enjoyed a bit of an extended winter’s break 😬 but we’re so excited for 2022 and giving you more visibility into the London startup scene than ever before!
We’ll continue to round up the tops news, funding rounds, events and the hot roles at startups in London. However this year we will also be bringing more exclusive insight from leading startups, interviews with members of London Startup Club community, highlighting hot early stage startups PLUS shining the spotlight on Founders looking at raising seed & pre-seed rounds. 🚀
As a community we want to help support the next generation of founders in a bid to be London’s next unicorn 🦄
We looking for sharing this journey with you.
Aydan Al-Saad, Founder of London Startup Club

Founder Spotlight - Currently Raising
This weeks Founder Spotlight is Ryan Lawrence, Founder of BetMate
This weeks Founder Spotlight is Ryan Lawrence, Founder of BetMate
Here is a note from Ryan about Betmate and the his current fundraising plans and how you can get involved:
Hi London Startup Club Members!
Great to (virtually) meet you all.
At Betmate, we’re on a mission to change an industry begging out for disruption - the gambling industry.
We have the vision of making it more responsible and based on social engagement, rather than the products you see today, where the house always wins.
On Betmate, you bet against other people, rather than against us, so we never profit based on people losing money. The game we offer and future games we hope to offer are genuinely fun to play and we launched Betmate with our Fantasy Football game (developed in-house) in September.
Since then, we have spent minimal money marketing to focus on product development. In this time, we are revenue-generating and have had over £22,500 staked on the app.
To learn more about Betmate, our future plans and what we are fundraising for, please see our pitch deck here and deal terms here.
If you have any questions or would like to jump on a call, please reach out either via email (ryan@betmate.app) or via LinkedIn.
Thanks for taking the time to read!
Ryan
Want to learn more about investing in Betmate? Here are the links:
  • Betmate Investor Pitch Deck - here
  • Betmate Investment Overview & Deal Terms - here
If you are looking at raising and would like us to shine a spotlight on you then get in touch with the team at londonstartupclub@gmail.com or drop us a DM on LinkedIn - we’ll be in touch to get the spotlight on you.
Top News
Four-day work week pilot launched in the UK
Google buys London HQ in $1bn vote of confidence for the office
Trends to watch in femtech in 2022 and beyond
UK Founding Rounds
UK-based jobs platform Otta.com raises $20m Series A
London-based Mention Me eyes US expansion after $25m funding boost
Checkout.com raises $1B round at $40B valuation
B2B lead generation firm Cognism raises $87.5m to expand in Europe, US
Legal tech startup Juro raises $23m for US and European expansion
International Highlights
Lattice, a startup making software to help employers fight the 'big quit,' triples its valuation to $3 billion in 10 months
An early bet on Solana and others has led to a new, $500M fund for Foundation Capital
Paris-founded Wandercraft secures €40 million to accelerate delivery of its personal self-balanced exoskeleton
Lyra Health scores $235M and a new acquisition—but it’s not the only one after a spot in employers’ mental health benefits
Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion
Berlin-based Lendis bags €80 million to scale up its operating system for hybrid work
Editors Choice
Lessons from Hopin: How to run an effective leadership team meeting
Events
Could the metaverse perfect our imperfect world? - The Garden, Jan 27
TechCrunch Live with Index Ventures and DeepScribe - TechCrunch, Feb 23
Hot Roles
Product Manager, Global (Europe) @ Cash App
Thank you all for taking the time to view this newsletter. As always we appreciate everyone’s feedback - if you can take 30 seconds (I promise it’s super fast). We would love to gather some quick feedback via a TypeForm here.
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