Here’s what happened this week in Berlin:
Green Alley Award
Green Alley announces RePack, FoodLoop and GreenLab Berlin as the winners of its InnoWASTEon competition. Out of 70 applicants seven were invited to pitch this week at Green Alley’s space in Berlin Wedding.
>5 + 7 = ? – UnlockYourBrain and its unique approach to mobile learning
UnlockYourBrain is a free micro learning app that has you answer multiple choice questions on subjects such as mathematics, vocabulary and foreign languages on your lock screen. Choose right, and your phone will unlock. Read more
Uber announced to start UberTaxi
UberTaxi allows taxi drivers to join the platform. This service is already available in cities such as New York or London. In Germany, it will start in Hamburg and Berlin with more cities to come.
For Germany this might actually have an effect since some taxis don’t offer payment through debit or credit card yet. However, it is a question of conditions for the taxi drivers. Earlier this year, Hamburg-based MyTaxi faced a shitstorm after announcing to chance its fee conditions.
Rocket starts Healthy Food Delivery
At the end of August Rocket’s EatFirst launched in London. Now, the healthy food delivery starts in Berlin as well. Between 11:45 am and 2 pm customers can pick between two meal (one with meat, one vegetarian) for €7. To ensure a delivery within 15 minutes, cars with prepared food will drive though the areas where EatFirst offers its service. For now that includes Mitte, Tiergarten and Kreuzberg. If food is in the car longer than an hour, it will not be delivered anymore.
The idea is known from the U.S. where Spoonrocket and Munchery offer this service. For more details, visit Gründerszene.
Fab introduces “Hem”
Fab launches “Hem” which will concentrate on Scandinavian-style tables, shelves and other furniture. This week it went live in 40 countries and started shipping to 30 countries and partners with physical resale stores in 10 countries. To kick things off CEO and co-founder Jason Goldberg runs operation in Berlin. Read more on TechCrunch
Funding Rounds/Exits/IPOs/That kind of News
ZenMate: $3.2 Million investment
ZenMate seems to have landed on the fast track since we talked with the cofounders Simon Specka and Markus Hänel eight months ago. The Berlin-based startup now offers users VPN connection on iOS and Android. This week, it announced its newest funding round of $3.2 million led by Holtzbrinck Ventures, including the launch of its Firefox plugin.
ZenMate is relevant to you if you have ever come across this frustrating situation: Have you ever tried to watch Hulu or other video content in Germany only to be denied access with a disappointing message such as: “We’re sorry, but this video isn’t available in your location”? ZenMate offers users a satisfying solution by providing them with encrypted access to any website from anywhere. It claims to have increased its user base over the last six months from 1 million to 5 million people in 180 countries. Read more
Remerge: $1 Million investment
Remerge’s $1 million seed round is led by Point Nine Capital. An unknown number of business angels and industry experts joined the round that will be used to build the team and to improve the technology. The platform launched this week.
Remerge is a mobile ad tech startup that lets advertisers re-target their customers.
It was founded in 2014 by a team of five entrepreneurs with backgrounds founding madvertise and LiquitM. The team came together and built Remerge after it recognized that app advertisers have a hard time to efficiently manage their app’s user base and retarget their customers with the right message.
Remerge claims to be the first platform that allows marketers to generically segment their audiences based on their individual requirements and business goals. Read more
Rocket IPO is not so rocking
via VentureBeat: “A week that started with such high hopes for German IPOs is getting a cold dash of reality. Germany’s Rocket Internet held its IPO on Thursday and immediately saw its stock drop 10% in a long-awaited offering that could have big implications for the European tech scene.
The stock opened at €42.50, and immediately fell to €38.00, prompting a little, well, schadenfreude, by those who are less than impressed with the company’s strategy of copying other Internet businesses.” Read the full story on VentureBeat
Pet online store Petobel closes?
As Gründerszene reports Petobel, a startup from Epic Companies (ProSiebenSat.1′s incubator that shut down), links to Hundeland.de and Katzenland.de – both owned by ePetWorld GmbH.
Read the full article on Gründerszene
GetYourGuide on Get Your TV Commercial – Learnings on how to spend $4 million on TV ads
Johannes Reck, CEO and co-founder of GetYourGuide, who pitched and won the €4 million media budget at NOAH conference spoke to VentureVillage about the startup’s strategy, different approaches, how to measure the success of TV campaigns, and how the cooperation with ProSiebenSat.1 went. Read more
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