This Week in Germany


The week flew by! Prepare yourself for the startup chitchat and read the week’s overview:


Eurosender raises €200 k

Munich-based door-to-door shipping service Eurosender raised €220,000 at a €3.6 million valuation from a consortium of Slovenian entrepreneurs, with expertise in digital platforms, finance and management. The investment will be used to team up with and online purchase organizer itembase through shipping plug-ins.

Publisher buys online gift shop Danato

Hamburg-based publishing house Gruner + Jahr acquired Munich-based online gift shop Danato. According to Gruner + Jahr Danato’s business model will be the foundation for its new e-commerce platform, covering topics around living. Details of the deal remain disclosed.
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Junique raises €5 million

Berlin-based online art startup JUNIQUE announces an almost €5 million investment. The fresh cash comes from Vorwerk Ventures, Redalpine, High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and CEWE. Besides adding more staff (growing from 25 to 55 employees this year), JUNIQUE will expand and add French to its languages. “We are making ourselves available for shoppers in France, Belgium and parts of Switzerland as a destination for affordable art and we are convinced that our business model works throughout Europe” said Lea Lange, co-founder and managing director in a statement.

Safe raises another six-digit Euro investment

Just a few weeks ago, the Heidelberg-based insurance startup Safe announced an investment from by Rocket Internet, the Check24 founder and Business Angel Oliver Roskopf. While no information about the amount at that time was shared, Safe mentioned that this time a six-digit amount was raised from HW Capital. It will mostly be used for new staff, a TV spot and a rebranding.
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Blendle to launch in Germany

The Dutch newspaper app Blendle, which allows small micropayments for individual newspaper and magazine articles has signed up all major German national newspapers to its service. Thats includes names such as Bild, Die Welt, National, and BZ have joined Blendle Germany, alongside with magazines e.g. Gala, 11 Freunde, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, and Kicker.
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Takeaway decides to take offline, Lieferando stays

After bought the German delivery services Lieferando, it first decided to leave both brands, Lieferando and Takeaway’s German delivery service, alive. However, it was clear that in the end only one of the two brand should continue to exist. The decision was now announced: refers directly to Lieferando.
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Mobile Payment Starutp SumUp raises seven-digit Euro round

Berlin-based mobile payment startup SumUp raised a seven-digit Euro amount from Swiss Venture Incubator, to whom’s investors e.g. Credit Suisse, Hilti, Nestlé, Novartis and Schindler belong. According to the startup the total investment went up to €40 million.
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Website creation startup Jimdo raises €25 million

Hamburg-based Jimdo just announced a €5 million investment. It comes from Spectrum Equity. Jimdo received €500,000 investment when first starting out in 2007 and refused to take investment ever since. Until now, 15 million websites have been created with Jimdo.
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Delivery Hero raises another $110 million

Berlin-based delivery service raises another $110 million from two unnamed “leading public market investors” out of the U.S., at a post-money valuation over $3.1 billion. This brings the total investment in primary equity to $1 billion, almost $600 million were raised in this year alone. Previous investors include Insight Venture Partners, General Atlantic, and Rocket Internet, as well as several US-based public fund managers.

Speexx raises $5 million Series A

Speexx, a provider of cloud-based communication and language skills training for large organizations, has raised $5 million. The fresh cash comes from Ventech and Alto Invest. Speexx will use the investment to grow sales and marketing at nine hubs in APAC, EMEA, and the Americas and to accelerate the delivery of new language training solutions.

Dalia Research raises low seven-digit Euro amount

Berlin-based Dalia Research develops market research software solutions for businesses as well as analyses the gained data. Today, the startup announces a low seven-digit Euro investment led by Wellington Partners and IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft. WestTech Ventures as well as existing angel investors joined the round.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Studitemps raises €12 million round C

Cologne-based student recruiting firm Studitemps announces a €12 million Series C round. Besides Iris Capital, which joined as a new investor, existing ones such as XAnge, Seventure, and B-to-v joined the round.
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dojo madness raises €2 million

Berlin-based e-sports software startup dojo madness raises €2 million. Among the investors names such as London Venture Partners (LVP) appear, which already invested in Supercel, 500 Startups and The Hive and March Capital Partners. Angel investor Kristian Segerstrale joined as well. The round was led by DN Capital.
[Gründerszene] (German)

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