The Good, the Bad, the News: This Week in Germany.


Marley Spoon raises €15 million

Berlin-based food box delivery service Marley Spoon raises another €15 million. In addition to existing investors, Luxor Capital, QD Ventures and Kreos Capital joined the round. So did GMPVC German Media Pool which agreed on a media for equity deal worth €40 million. The investment will be used to launch in Australia.
[Gründerszene] (German)

eKomi acquires Reputami

Berlin-based and Goldman Sachs-invested eKomi, which focusses on customer and product feedback, bought online reputation management provider Reputami. Together they want to become a one-stop-reputation solution for clients. Acquisition details have not been shared.
[Gründerszene] (German), [newschannel10]

While donating a computer or smartphone already helps, some Berliners went further and decided to open ReDi, a Tech School for refugees. It started on February 21 with 49 students, mostly from Syria, but also Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Tunisia, and Lesotho. The students will learn skills like Ruby on Rails and Javascript. By the end of the program, they should be ready to apply for internships.
[Fast Company]

Hungr shuts down

Different to services such as DeliveryHero, Hungr’s approach was to let users pick their meal first and then match them with the company to order it. Even though the startup raised €500,000, it has to shut down now.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Frank Thelen invests in flying cars

Frank Thelen’s investment firm e42 invests in Munich-based Lilium Aviation. While the amount is unknown, this figure was shared: the investment company received 15 per cent of the company’s shares. The company builds a flying car that starts and lands vertically. However, you’ll still need a sports pilot license.
[Gründerszene Automotive & Mobility] (German)

Prettysocial receives pretty investment

Being founded in 2013, Munich-based Prettysocial Media bought Denmark-based e-commerce company Atosho this February. Now, it’s time to announce some funding news: ERMAK Group from London invested a seven figure amount. Prettysocial offers branded content to the news stream of publishers.
[Gründerszene] (German)

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