Today in Germany: Venturate acquired, Edgee’s launch, Sprylab’s investment, Webdata Solutions raises, Burda’s Zooplus

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Finlab acquires 60% of Munich-based Venturate, Berlin-based edgee launches, Sprylab receives €2 million investment for Purple Publishing Suite, Webdata Solutions raises €4 million, Burda wants to sell Zooplus.

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Finlab acquires 60% of AngelList competitor Venturate

Finlab AG, a fintech company builder, acquired a 60% stake in Munich-based startup-network Venturate. Finlab is not the only investor: the business angel network Business-Angel-Netzwerk Club Deal AG took over an additional 20%. Venturate was founded in 2014 and wants to connect VCs and startups. According to the company over 500 investors like business angels, venture capitalists, and corporates, as well as 400 startups have signed up and numerous deals have been made. Also, partnerships with incubator and accelerator programs from companies like Microsoft, ProSiebenSat.1., and Telekom have been made. Furthermore, entrepreneurship programs with universities have been arranged.
[Gründerszene] (German)

edgee launches new social platform to share interests, thoughts, and complex ideas on different topics

Berlin-based edgee lets users share interests, thoughts, and complex ideas on different topics via collections titled “edgees”. Founder Markus Maier doesn’t like the limitation to Twitter’s 140 characters: “The world’s most important thoughts and topics shouldn’t be reduced to 140 characters. Instead, we believe people need to see the big picture and need a new medium to do just that.” Users can follow other users or topics. edgee’s beta is currently open by invitation and wait-list (VentureVillage readers can use the code “dayoneaccess” to gain immediate access). Based in Berlin and Silicon Valley, edgee is part of the German Accelerator program and backed by private investors.

Sprylab receives €2 million for Purple Publishing Suite

The Berlin-based startup sprylab received €2 million from IBB, MBG, and Sparkasse in order to further develop its digital storytelling software Purple Publishing Suite. Sprylab cooperates with publishing houses (e.g. Axel Springer) to optimize the digital and especially mobile experience of content.
The financing will be used for marketing, sales, and product development. In 2016, Purple will start to expand internationally. Agencies and companies can easily insert PDFs, InDesign documents, pictures, text files and videos and create an app. The history and science app EPOS, developed with Purple by „Die WELT” and in the „Best of 2014“ category by Apple, is one of the best known examples.

Webdata Solutions raises €4 million to let E-Commerce companies monitor competitors

Leipzig-based Webdata Solutions works in the field of retail intelligence. Founded in 2012 as a spin-off from a Leipzig University research project, it provides a big data-based service called Blackbee. Blackbee compares competitors on the web in real-time. For product development and international expansion, the startup raised €4 million. The round was led by Paris-based VC Seventure Partners. Others participating in the round include Senovo, and b-to-v Partners, along with previous investor TGFS.
[TechCrunch]

Burda plans to exit 30 % stake in online pet supplies store Zooplus

German publisher Hubert Burda plans to exit its 30 % stake in online pet supplies store Zooplus within the next two to three years. Though sales rose, Burda finds it doesn’t go along with the publishing house’s strategy.
[Reuters]

Image: Webdata Solutions founding team Hanna Köpcke, Carina Röllig and Sabine Maßmann