This Week in Germany

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The week flew by. Here are the most important startup news from Germany.

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Jonny Fresh launches in Munich

Having started in 2013,  the Berlin-based online laundry service Jonny Fresh promises to return clean clothes within 48 hours. Now, the service will also be available in Munich’s city center. Not the same but a similar service is offered by Rocket Internet’s ZipJet. ZipJet is based in London, but also opened an office in Berlin. So far it’s service is only available in Germany’s capital.

Softgarden raises €3 million round

Berlin-based e-recruiting platform Softgarden raises a €3 million round led by existing investor Cipio Partners. Neuhaus Partners joins the round as a new investor. HTGF, however, does not invest. The Bonn-based fund sells its shares to Cipio Partners. The fresh cash will be used to grow the internal sales teams as well as forge new partnerships. Some money will also be spend on product development as well as building an app.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Windeln.de announces Q1 numbers

Baby products online retailer windeln.de shows strong growth and states a Q1 revenue of €35.6 million. The numbers had a positive effect on windeln.de’s stock: it rose 1.19% and is now worth €14.88.
[reuters], [4investors.de] (German)

UberX launches in Germany

After facing massive protest in the past, Uber’s peer-to-peer service UberPOP had to back up. Now, Uber presents UberX and states it has adjusted to all legal criterias. The service will start in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, and Munich. UberBlack will continue its service in Munich and Frankfurt. In Hamburg and Dusseldorf UberTaxi remains another possible option in the Uber app.

Bd4travel raises a $4.2 million series A

Bd4travel announces a $4.2 series A led by London-based Hoxon Venture. The startup enables online travel companies to personalise the user’s experience in real time.
[TechCrunch]

Luxodo and Department47 will be shut down

Shortly after acquiring the insolvent fashion startup Luxodo, the Hamburg-based full service agency ISA wants to shut the shopping platform and another acquired startup,Department47, down. ISA, which develops e-commerce strategies for other companies, wants to focus on its main business.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Zalando acquires minority stake in UK tech business Anatwine

Berlin-based retailer Zalando bought 20% of the UK-based trading software expert Anatwine for a seven-figure sum.
[Textilwirtschaft] (German)

Rocket Internet aims to list the shares in Global Fashion Group and Global Online Takeaway Group

As the German Manager Magazine reports, Rocket’s Global Fashion Group and Global Online Takeaway Group plan an IPO for later this year or 2016 at the latest. Rocket Internet declined to comment on the report.
[Reuters]

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