Today in Germany: ResearchGate, Auctionata, Relayr

ResearchGate raises 52.6 million USD

The Berlin-based research network ResearchGate announced Tuesday that they raised 52.6 million USD (49.6 million euros) a year ago. Participants included Wellcome Trust, Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, Four Rivers Group with participation of Ashton Kutcher, Groupe Arnault, Xavier Niel and existing investors, Bill Gates, Tenaya Capital, Benchmark and Founders Fund. ResearchGate said the round was partly used to develop "projects," a service which lets scientists share their work with other researchers around the world.
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Auctionata announces it will shut down

Auctionata, an online auction house, announced Tuesday it is shutting down after failing to find investors since filing for bankruptcy last month. The decision comes as a surprise as the startup has raised over 70 million euros from investors, including Earlybird, Holtzbrinck Ventures and German Startups Group in the past.
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Relayr acquires Neokami

Relayr, an IoT tool box for app developers, announced the acquisition of Neokami, a Munich-based startup that saves company data through artificial intelligence. This is Relayr's second acquisition within the last two months. Neokami, which was founded by Ozel Christo and Andrei Ciobotar in 2014, took part in Wayra, Telefónica's accelerator. The Neokami office in Munich is staying put, but the US office will merge with Relayr, according to a press release. The acquisition price has not been shared.
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