This Week in Berlin: Funding, IPOs, New Startups,…

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Here’s what happened this week in Berlin:

 


Welcome to Berlin


MedTech in Berlin – Here’s an overview

As the American health accelerator RockHealth reports, it is optimistic that this year will be another record year for digital health funding. As MedTech is raising, it was time to take a closer look at the industry and challenges startups in that sector face and how the startup industry is doing in Berlin. Read more

The Story of Lifetramp, A Startup That Lets You Try on a New Career for Size

Originating from Poland, Lifetramp can be described as the Couchsurfing for jobs. It is a platform that connects mentors with people who are curious to see how a day in the life of certain career looks like. Read more

Meet Airfy, Berlin’s Smart Home Startup With a Big Agenda

The idea of smart homes is enticing, however, only a reality for very few people. Berlin-based startup Airfy is on a mission to change that – and the team assured VentureVillage they are in it for the long haul. Read more

 


Startup Podcast: How not to pitch


20 Minutes about what you can do wrong

Longtime This American Life producer Alex Blumberg decided to start his own company. As a piece in this week’s This American Life podcast he reports on his meeting with Chris Sacca, investor of Twitter, Uber, Instgram, and Kickstarter and other startups. And how he failed big time in this once in a lifetime chance. Listen to it here.

The episode of This American Life this week is called “It’s not the Product, it’s the Person” and is also worth listening if you like pitching stories anyways.

 


Funding Rounds/Exits/IPOs


Rocket Internet plans €750 million IPO

Rocket Internet want to  list on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange this year. Prior to the IPO, Kinnevik holds 18.1%, United Internet has 10.4%, PLDT has 8.4%, billionaire Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries holds 8.3% and Holtzbrinck Ventures has 2.5%. Read more on Forbes

$11 Million in Fashion

Scarosso, a startup for high-end, handmade Italian shoes raised a round of $11Million. The investors are NEO Investment Partners, DN Capital, and IBB’s VC fond Kreativwirtschaft Berlin. Read more

Series C ($7.6 Million) for adjust from ACTIVE Venture Partners and Existing Investors to expand overseas

adjust, a leading app analytics and attribution company, announced a $7.6 Million Series C investment by ACTIVE Venture Partners and existing investors, Target Partners, Iris Capital and Capnamic Ventures, to boost expansion in the US, China and Japan, and fast track product development. Read more

 


That was TEDxBerlin


TEDxBerlin: “The Next Step” Through Eyes of Its Speakers

TEDxBerlin was celebrating its fifth anniversary with a diverse program of 18 speakers and two performers. Read more

 


Events


Don’t miss out on startup events in Berlin! Every Monday we publish the VentureVillage Events Diary with events for week, but also those that are ahead. Find out more.

 


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