This Week in Germany

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Foodora and Deliveroo to deliver McDonald’s in two German cities

You can order burgers from nearly anywhere in Berlin using Foodora and Deliveroo. The only exception? McDonald’s. But not for long. The burger giant announced that Foodora will deliver McDonald’s in Cologne and Foodora will deliver in Munich. The fast-food chain did not say whether or not they will expand deliveries or when they will role out the service.
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Social job search startup The Changer raises investment

The Changer, a Berlin-based startup that matches employees with meaningful jobs, reported raising its first round. It took two years before the startup managed to secure a six-digit figure from a German foundation and business angels, co-founder Nadia Boegli explained. Further information was not released.
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SearchInk secures 4.2 million euros for technology to decipher handwriting

The startup SearchInk, founded in 2015, collects 4.2 million euros of venture capital from investors, including IBB Berlin and Michael Schmitt, who used to work for Google.  The startup hopes to change how manuscripts and books are archived, by creating a self-learning algorithm to decipher handwriting found in old documents.
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Football startup Trainerstar quietly vanishes

Trainerstar, a startup that provided football coaches with news and exercise techniques, seems to have disappeared. The website is no longer active, the social media channels are abandoned and links to the Facebook page are dead. The startup was founded by Kim Neidenberger in 2015; Neidenberger did not respond to questions about the startup’s fate.
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Gaming startup Sviper secures funding

The Hamburg-based gaming startup Sviper secured funding from Rocket Internet’s Global Founders Capital in a seed round on Monday. The final amount was not disclosed. Earlier in September, Sviper received over 100,000 euros from their first angel investment. The startup, which plans to focus exclusively on mobile games, will add ten new employees next year as the three founders are currently still working alone.
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Trivago moves forward with plans to go public

Expedia-backed Trivago took concrete steps to list its shares before December by filing a request to be listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market Monday. The value of shares is around 400 million USD, according to the paperwork filed. Shares will be listed under the abbreviation TRVG, but it has yet to be disclosed how many shares will be traded. Reuters reported that Trivago’s three founders also plan to sell their shares.
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