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VC WestTech starts Media Incubator
Berlin-based VC WestTech will start an incubator specialized on media called “Media Force”. The website explains that the incubator will focus on “Uniqueness over mass media”. Goal is to bring diversity into the media landscape.
Participants will receive a €12,000 angel investment as well as a six month office space. Those who stay for 12 month will receive €24,000. Also, mentoring, and services and technology will be provided, the website explains.
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.
DeliveryHero invests in MyLorry
Berlin-based MyLorry offers delivery for restaurants that don’t have their own logistic service. As Deutsche-Startups.de says, Delivery Hero invested a double-digit Euro million amount for 16% of MyLorry’s shares. MyLorry was founded in 2013 and participated in the Microsoft Accelerator in the same year.
Auctionata raises €42 million C Round
Berlin-based Auctionata which broadcasts online live auctions for fine art and collectibles raised a €42 million round, making it a total of €79 million funding. The round is led by stock-listed MCI Management from Warsaw. New investors Hearst Venture from New York, Kreos Capital from Londo and Yuan Capital from Hong Kong came on board. In addition, all existing investors (e.g. Earlybird, e.ventures, Kite ventures, Raffay Group, TA Ventures, Bright Capital, REN Invest and Holtzbrinck Ventures) joined.
Uber wants to launch legal driving service in Germany
After staying in trouble with UberPop since it first started, Uber wants to launch a legal service in Germany by summer. WiWo believes it will be called UberX. Different to UberX in other countries, drivers will have a passenger transportation licence in Germany. The costs for the tests drivers have to take will be covered by Uber.
Book A Tiger teams up with Immobilienscout24
Berlin-based cleaner booking platform Book A Tiger announced a partnership with Immobilienscout24, one of Germany’s largest real estate platforms. Immobilienscout24 will advertise Book A Tiger as a cleaning option. In return, Book A Tiger will offer special conditions. The cooperations is planned for 12 month.
Nfon receives double digit million investment
Nfon offers cloud-based phone systems for cooperations. The fresh investment comes from already existing investors BayBG Bayerische Beteiligungsgesellschaft, Milestone Venture Capital and Earlybird Venture Capital. It will be used to increase growth in five European countries.
Meet “GoButler”, ex-Rocket staff’s Magic clone
“Text us to get whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you are – it’s really simple and cool,” says GoButler co-founder CEO Navid Hadzaad. Just like Magic, the Silicon Valley startup (and Y Combinator alum), it offers an SMS-based virtual assistant and promises to get you anything on-demand.
Fahrtenfuchs.de raises seven digit Euro amount
Fahrtenfuchs.de, 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.
After raising €42 million Auctionata dismisses staff
After the new funding round Auctionata wants to focus on a “more sustainable and efficient growth”. Part of that is to concentrate on the core business, another part of it is to lay off staff. While the Berlin-based startup did not comment on the number of people that will be effected it is rumored that 30% of the staff will leave. Auctionata recently claimed to employ 300 people.
Online optician Mister Spex opens online store in Switzerland
Customers in Switzerland can now order from 7,000 different designer glasses, sunglasses and contact lenses. Mister Spex already operates in Germany, Austria, France, Spain and Great Britain. It has also started expanding to Scandinavia by acquiring online shops Lensstore, Loveyewear and Lensit.