The good, the bad, the news: This week in Germany


This week’s most relevant news from the German startup scene.


main incubator invests in OptioPay 

Commerzbank’s incubator, main incubator, invests in online payment startup OptioPay. KFW Bankengruppen and international business angels also joined the seed round. The startup aims to change the way companies pays clients or employees. Instead of money,  they receive high end vouchers.

eKomi acuqires BankingCheck

Not long ago, Goldman Sachs announced its investment in the rating and customer feedback startup eKomi. Today the startup announces its first acquisition. BankingCheck, founded in 2011, compares bank offers, e.g. checking account conditions. Further details were not shared.
[Gründerszene]  (German)

Axel Springer invests in

An overall of 40 percent of went to the Axel Springer Bild Group and Starwatch Entertainment, ProSiebenSat.1′s music and event company. In exchange, gets a media spending worth €18 million in TV spots and TV and online ads.
[Gründerszene] (German)

McMakler raises first round

Berlin-based real estate agent startup McMakler’s founder Lukas Pieczonka and Hanno Heintzenberg announce their first investment. Though they do not comment on the size of it, Gründerszene found out that well-known investors such as Lakestar, the Heilemann brothers, Piton Capital, Mutschler Ventures and Apoletto Limited joined the round.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Mobilejob and Matchinguu raise six digit amount

Berlin-based e-recruiter Mobilejob announces a second funding round. Founder Steffen Manes and Kai Daniels explain the six digit amount comes from Müller Medien. Previously, HTGF invested.
Also, Munich-based mobile ad tech startup Machtinguu announces a six digit round. The investment comes from several business angels and Telefonica’s startup fund Wayra.

 4care gets acquired by MyOpique

Kiel-based 4care gets acquired by British MyOptique. Both companies are optical retailers. The Germany-based competitor was acquired to continue growth in the German market, after MyOptique already acquired Netzoptiker earlier this year.
[Gründerszene] (German), [TechCrunch]

Moneymeets meets Money

Cologne-based FinTech startup Moneymeets announces a €3.5 million round. It was led by Swiss Woodman Asset Management AG. DvH Ventures, John Werner Madaus and Thomas May also joined the round. Being founded in 2012, Moneymeets is a platform that lets its clients manage their accounts, insurances and depots, as well as rate financial products and buy them for a discounted price. The investment will be used to continue developing partnerships.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Frank Thelen and 6Wunderkinder founder Christian Reber invest in Outbank

Dachau-based FinTech startup Outbank announces an investment from Frank Thelen and Christian Reber. Different to other news we report, we at this time don’t know the amount of investment but the number of shares that were handed out: The investors now own 30% of the startups.
[Gründerszene] (German)

ParkTag receives investment

Berlin-based parking App ParkTAG  gets a €1.4 million investment. It comes from the research and investment program Horizon2020 of the European Commission. The app aims to help people find a parking spot.
[mobilbranche] (German)