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London calling: Developer hub rings up $5M to foster software innovation in Europe

European developer community Skills Matter is adding $5 million into its fold.

The mission behind the organization is to promote continuous learning and innovation in software. Comprised of 35,000 members, Skills Matter holds training and events where developers can improve their programming skills, collaborate, and make connections. It produces workshops, talks, meetups, hackathons, and training courses, as well as videos and a quarterly open source journal. Subjects include a range of technologies, including HTML5, Android, iPhone, NoSQL, Scala and F#, Java, .net.

Founded a decade ago, Skills Matter seeks to establish the UK as the “#1 place to learn and contribute to software innovation.” London has a burgeoning startup scene, and this announcement comes tandem with the unveiling of the Prime Minister and Mayor of London’s plan to spend £50m building a co-working and startup space. Skills Matter has over 2000 events planned for 2013, and this investment will contribute to spurring London’s technology community, as well as nurturing more engineering talent which is in high demand these days.

The investment was led by Beringea, an international growth capital firm with offices in London.