This Week in Berlin




Yes! It’s Friday! It’s been a busy week in Germany’s capital and a lot happened in Berlin-based startups. Here is your weekly overview, sorted by topic.


Welcome to Berlin

Bayer HealthCare starts its own accelerator – and it’s better than you expected

Bayer HealthCare appears to be the first pharmaceutical company that started its own accelerator. The company that made €18.924 million in turnover in 2013 “understands that innovation and healthcare cannot only be driven by the industry but also needs creativity.” This was announced by Christian Ullrich, Head of Marketing & Sales IT at Bayer HealthCare. Read more


Funding Rounds/Exits

3D printed jewelry Stilnest raises 6 digit investment

Though many 3D printing stories address more practical issues such as challenges in the medical field, there is also a lot of space in the art area – for example, jewelry. After receiving a 25k investment in 2013 by Zeppelin University’s VC ZU Micro Equity, the Stilnest team moved to Berlin. Read more

Project A Finds a Buyer for the Ailing Toroleo

Delticom AG takes over ailing auto parts comparison site Toroleo from the Berlin-based company builder Project A. The purchase price was not disclosed. However, it will not be particularly high, since the startup, also supported by Creathor Ventures, was facing difficult times recently, a large portion of the 20 employees were laid off in the past few weeks. Read more

Clue Receives Another €500,000 in Seed Funding

Clue, an app that enables women to track their menstrual cycles, has brought on three new investors to its latest seed round bringing its total investment to €1 million thus far. Clue received €500,000 from a previous seed investment round in February 2014. The angel investors joining are Björn Jeffery, CEO of Toca Boca, and previous Spotify executives Andreas Ehn and Sriram Krishnan.

Travel platform GoEuro raises $27 Million

Berlin-based platform GoEuro raised $27 million in Series A funding led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Existing investors increased their funding to support GoEuro’s growth. The investment will be used to expand the business to further European countries. Read more



Berlin Coworking place Betahaus turns five

Located in the heart of the creative scene in Berlin, Kreuzberg, betahaus became one of the most known coworking spaces in Germany’s capital. Launched in 2009, it has now moved to several cities across Europe. As its birthday is coming up, we looked a little deeper into the space that serves over 5,000 cups of coffee to its 350 members every month. Read more

Startup of the Week – Wants To Help You Find Your Perfect, Personalized Travel Itinerary is a small Berlin-based startup with a big mission. It wants to become the one place travelers go to book personalized itineraries. To accelerate its journey, recieved an undisclosed amount of Series A funding from Recruit Holdings of Japan last week. To find out more on the startup, we traveled to’s office in Kreuzberg to talk with Founder Andre Kiwitz. Read more



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