Today in Germany: Blacklane, Helpling, Seeding Alliance, NativeAds

Blacklane
Blacklane

Blacklane named as Germany’s fastest growing tech company by TNW, Helping raises another € 43 million, Seeding Alliance and NativeAds merge.

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Germany’s fastest growing tech company: Blacklane

The Next Web is looking for Europe’s fastest growing tech companies. While Delivery Hero is probably one of the German startups that would first cross your mind (as they raised over $600 million in funding in 2015 alone), Blacklane made it instead. TNW explains the criteria as follows: “The Tech5 lists are based on actual revenue and employee data and shows the growth rate between 2012 and 2015. The main entry criteria for the Tech5 were that a company must have launched in 2010 or later, have generated more than €200,000 in revenue (2014), and build its own (scalable) product or service driven by technology.
[TheNextWeb]

Helpling raises a €43 million B Round

Berlin-based and Rocket Internet backed online marketplace for hiring home cleaners Helpling announced another €43 million from a group of top-name European investors. The round includs new investors Lakestar, also invested in music streaming service Spotify, and Kite Ventures, an investor of food takeaway service Delivery Hero. Existing investors were entrepreneur Lukasz Gadowski, co-founder of early German Facebook rival StudiVZ, as well as Rocket Internet. Helpling offers its services in 200 cities and will use the investment for international expansion.
[Reuters]

Seeding Alliance and NativeAds join forces

The companies state, that they will reach a network of 40 million unique users per month.  Together they plan to become the leading ad network for brand content and native advertising in Germany. Customers of Seeding Alliance include publishers like Funke Digital, iq media and media house Ströer Digital. Augsburger Allgemeine, Westfälische Na chrichten, Frankfurter Rundschau, Tagesspiegel and over 60 other German newspapers also use the technology.

Image: Blacklane, Blacklane’s CEOs Jens Wohltorf (left) and Frank Steuer