Today in Germany: Box at Work, Number26


Box at Work startup raises €5.5 million

Berlin-based Box at Work offers boxes to pack up things in, but, even more important: space to keep it in. If your attic or your basement is full –or you don’t have one– this solution is for you. The service picks up your stuff and returns it. Startups like MakeSpace and Boxbee work on the exact same idea are US-based. Box at Work, who is leading in this business in Europe, however, will now expand oversees as well. Therefor, it raised €5.5 million Series A round from a Dutch family business.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Number26 raises €40 million

Berlin-based fintech startup Number26 recently faced a shit storm after shutting down members accounts without any notice. Later on, reasons became clear: While some may have been frauds, other user simply used the ATM too often – which caused too high fees to Number26. After the communication disaster however, the company now works on a Fair Use Policy. Nevertheless, the company raised a €40 million Series B round. It was led by Horizons Ventures, in participation with Battery Ventures and private investors such as Zalando’s board members Robert Gentz, David Schneider and Rubin Ritter. Existing investors Valar Ventures, Earlybird Ventures, and Redapine also joined.
[Gründerszene] (German), [VentureBeat]

What the 26 Billion of LinkedIn means

It was the surprise of last week: The US giant Microsoft bought the career network LinkedIn – for more than 26 billion dollars. The technology company paid 196 US dollars per share for the listed company. Thus, the purchase price is nearly 50 percent above the value of LinkedIn’s shares from trading last Friday.


Coming up onJune 23

Place: Wayra Deutschland GmbH, Kaufingerstraße 15, 80331 Munich
Costs: €25 (via application)

Make the most of networking in 2016 as Gründerszene’s get-together returns to Munich this year. Join in with other founders, investors and digital experts to talk about the hottest trends in 2016, get to know exciting new people and share your passion for the digital scene. On Thursday, 23 June 2016, Gründerszene will host its unique networking event Spätschicht for the fifth time in Munich to connect the key thinkers of the digital scene. This time, the event will take place at Wayra. Tickets to Spätschicht Munich require a brief application to provide for a diverse guest list. Apply to Spätschicht via the online template.

Chemie PitchDay
Place: Frankfurt (Main)
Costs: apply

Pitch and proceed. Participants need to apply to present their technology to leading life science investors and corporate decision makers.

Twilio Talks: On-Demand & Sharing Economy
Place: Frankfurt (Main)
Costs: Free, sign up via the Eventpage

The sharing economy has made living lean. People share property, resources, time and skills across online platforms, allowing individuals to work flexibly and earn more for their skills, and allowing some to make money from unused or under-used assets while others pay-as-they-go rather than own expensive assets. There has been tremendous growth in collaborative consumption over the past few years, and it looks set to further expand with digital innovations in business and a change in mindset. But is there really nothing but blue sky? At the event at Ahoy! enlightening talks from Book A Tiger, Ridelink, OuiShare Magazin // Collaborative Consumption and Wunderflats will take place.

Image: Box at Work