1. April 2015–
Rocket Internet launches innovation incubator, Helpling acquires two competitors, Fahrtenfuchs.de raises seven digit amount, Holtzbrinck sells Parship.
Helpling acquires CleanAgents und Familienhelfer
Online cleaner booking page Helpling acquires CleanAgents and Familienhelfer. Details about the deal remain undisclosed. After its launch 11 month ago, Rocket’s Helpling is available in over 200 cities worldwide and according to the company market leader in Germany.
Rocket Internet starts innovation incubator in San Francisco
After announcing a partnership with Roland Berger and the plans for a “super incubator” in 2014, Rocket Internet will now start an innovation incubator in San Francisco, named Rocket2 (“RocketSquared”). Different to Rocket Internet, which focusses on e-commerce, Rocket2 will probably look into the creative internet space.
Fahrtenfuchs.de raises seven digit Euro amount
Fahrtenfuchs.de is a search engine for remote bus trips raised a seven digit amount by Brandenburg Investitionsbank and HR Ventures. As of today, the startup cooperates with 40 remote bus companies and 12 traveling platforms such as Qixxit, Waymate and Coachfairer. The team of 10 will use the investment to work on the product and add a booking system to it.
Parship gets acquired by London-based Oakley Capital
The Holtzbrinck publishing house which started the dating platform Parship on Valentine’s Day 2011, sells it to the London-based private Equity firm Oakley Capital. More details remain undisclosed.