This Week’s Top 5: Helping, Stotcap, Bloomy Days, VibeWrite, EyeEm.

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Top 5 News

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]

€5 million for Spotcap

Rocket Internet’s FinTech startup Spotcap, an online credit platform, has raised €5 million from Kreos Capital, Europe’s largest provider of growth debt to high-growth companies. Just last October, Spotcap announced a €14 million funding from Access Industries and Holtzbrinck Ventures.

Flower Power: Bloomy Days closes A Round

After announcing the first part of the A Round in September, Bloomy Days now closed the A Round. Ariadne Capital, Lars Dittrich and others invested several millions.
[Gründerszene(German)

VibeWrite accused of delayed filing of insolvency

After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the startup VibeWrite, that developed a pan that vibrates when recognizing misspelling, filed for bankruptcy. Besides the legal issues the company now faces, investors want to know where the money went. The story continues and shows planning problems startups with a crowdfunding round face.
[Gründerszene] (German)

EyeEm launches photo selling marketplace

After months of beta testing, Berlin-based photo sharing platform EyeEm launched its EyeEm Market. It lets users sell their images, starting at $20 for a standard license that covers editorial and full commercial use in digital form. For $250 buyers get the full extended commercial use including print publications with more than 250,000 circulation, TV use, and printing on products.
[VentureBeat]

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Berlin from the eyes of Nordic and Baltic startups

Many startups love Berlin. But what is so different to other cities and what is it like for foreigners to move here? Konstantin Zagaynov, co-founder at Videoly.co, asked around. “Berlin is known best for e-commerce but I would recommend it for any type of start-up,” says Vesa Perälä, a Finnish founder of Inbot.io, a mobile-first customer relationships tool.
[arcticstartup]

The electric scooter unu moves from Munich to Berlin

unu moves into Berlin’s Factory. Other companies such as a Twitter and SoundCloud are based there as well. “Berlin offers the perfect urban surrounding that we need to enhance our business,” the company stated.

Meet DreamCheaper

DreamCheaper wants to let users book cheaper hotel rooms. The startup users can save about 15 % less. How and why? TechCrunch knows.
[TechCrunch]

Pearlfection shuts down

The idea to mass-produce individual jewelry didn’t work out for Pearlfection: the startup, that started 2008 in Munich, now has to file for bankruptcy.
[Gründerszene(German)

London’s fashion marketplace Farfetch launches in Germany

With a validation of over a billion though not being profitable yet, the high-end fashion marketplace Farfetch from London starts in Germany. In the beginning of this month it raised a Series E round ($86 million) from E.ventures, DST Global, Vitruvian Partners and Condé Nast.
[Gründerszene] (German)

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]

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.

Shoepassion.com opens third store in Germany

After opening a store in Berlin and one in Munich, the online shoe shop for men Shoepassion.com opens a third one in Hamburg in early April.
[LocationInsider(German)

Kiwi.ki raises €4 million A Round

The Berlin-based hardware startup Kiwi.ki  announced its $4 million Series A round. The fresh money comes from Hamburg-based wood trader  J.F. Müller & Sohn, business angels Konstantin Sixt and Christian Oldendorff as well as existing investor Paua Ventures. Kiwi.ki  is a wireless technology to open doors.

Memorado raises €3 million Series A

Berlin-based brain training app Memorado raised a €3 million round, lead by Creathor Venture and Samwer’s Global Founders Capital fonds. Existing investors Sunstone Capital and several business angel joined the round.
[VentureBeat], [Gründerszene] (German)

 

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