Today in Germany: Freeletics, WunderCar,TechStars, Helpling



Freeletics opens office in Berlin

Munich-based sports startup Freeletics plans to expand: Looking into current job offerings, it shows that the bootstrapped startup is looking for staff for innovative product development in Berlin. Reason for the expansion could be the larger number of developers in Germany’s capital Berlin. Open positions were also found in Paris, London and the United States. The sport startup offers a personal coach online.
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WunderCar raises Series A Round

Hamburg-based peer-to-peer car ride sharing startup WunderCar announces a Series A round. The round was led by San Francisco-based Blumberg Capital, and German and Hungarian funds. Co­-investors include an undisclosed German investor, iEurope, a leading VC fund in Eastern Europe, and Konstantin Sixt, board member of Sixt SE. The investment will be used for expansion. Details of the deal remain undisclosed.

WunderCar offers a service similar to UberPOP, which was forbidden by German authorities earlier this year. Different to a fixed rate, however, WunderCar lets each customer decide how much to pay for a ride – similar to a tip.

According to the startup, it grows at 40% per month in cities like Budapest, Warsaw and Prague with plans to launch in Istanbul at the end of the month.

TechStars starts first badge in Berlin

TechStars Berlin will start its first badge on June 15th and finish on September 10th. Six of the ten companies have a B2B focus and four startups are marketplaces that let consumer book services. Find their details on the blog:

Helpling adds a new target group: care recipients

Berlin-based Rocket Internet-backed cleaner booking platform Helpling adds a new service: It offers information about financial support of health insurances for house keeping of care recipients. Helpling also takes care of the handling itself with the insurances.
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 Image: Freeletics