Here’s what happened this week in Berlin:
Funding Rounds/Exits/IPOs/That kind of News
Axel Springer Plug and Play announces new startups
Berlin-based accelerator Plug and Play starts its fifth round and announces 12 new startups. For five percent of their equity they receive € 25,000. Find a list and the descriptions on Plug and Play’s website.
Kim Dotcom is broke
German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom run out of money after spending over $10 million on legal costs. Read more on Business Insider
Cashfix.de is files for bankruptcy
Cashfix, a startup in the re-commerce business, is in serious financial trouble. Read more on Gründerszene (German)
riskmethods announces funding from three German investors
riskmethods has announced a $2 million funding round from Senovo, Point Nine Capital and Bayern Kapital that it will use to finance its international expansion. The SaaS company specializes in supply chain risk management services that help companies identify and mitigate potential threats to their supply chain. Read more at riskmethods.
Edition F receives additional investment and announces an equity crowdfunding campaign
Edition F has gotten another round of funding from its investors – and has announced its equity crowdfunding campaign. The campaign will take place on Companisto. The lifestyle and business publication for women is looking to raise up to €100,000. Read the details on Gründerszene (German).
Uber’s tech is what taxis are missing. T-Dispatch wants to solve that problem.
While Uber and taxi companies are fighting over different regulations in court in pretty much every city out there, Berlin-based T-Dispatch found a solution that could solve part of the problem – and quietly raised €1 million. Read more on VentureVillage.
French peer-to-peer carsharing Drivy launches in Berlin
After raising $8.3 million in May, French peer-to-peer car sharing platform Drivy launches its service in Germany today. Drivy will start its beta version in Berlin with more German cities to come in Q1 of 2015. Find out more on VentureVillage.
Epic’s Department47 goes on:
Since it could find no fitting investor back in September, it looked like Department47, the startup from Epic Companies, had come to an end. What was left of the startup went to the company ISA. A relaunch is now planned for next week. Read more on Gründerszene (German).
Zalando on its way to be profitable
Europe’s largest online fashion retailer Zalando claims to be on track to make its first full-year profit as it reins in marketing spending after reporting sales growth slowed slightly in the third quarter. Read more on Reuters.
How Audible Can Hear The Sweet Sound Of Success
Glashaus is the first originally-produced German-language audio series from Audible‘s German office. In Germany and internationally the company played around with producing their own content. Into Podcasts? Then read more about company on Silicon Alley.
Homejoy starts in Hamburg
After launching in Berlin and Munich, the U.S. cleaning service Homejoy launches in Hamburg. According to the startup it has already 20 cleaners on its platform and can do about 200 appointments a week. Having started in 2012, the service is now available in over 40 countries. Competitors include Rocket Internet’s Helpling, Book A Tiger and CleanAgents.
eBay tests Same Day Delivery in Berlin
The online auction platform eBay started testing same day delivery in cooperation with DHL in Berlin. For an €5 extra, selected items purchased before 2pm can be delivered to the buyer’s door between 8 – 10 pm on the very same day. Read more on VentureVillage.
HitFox launches zeotap with $1.3 million funding
The HitFox incubator has launched its next venture zeotap. zeotap aims to enable additional revenue streams for mobile network operators. The new startup begins with $1.3 million in funding from the HitFox Group. Read more on MediaPost.
The Gaming industry in Berlin is growing
Especially audiovisual companies are growing, Morgenpost reports. That does not only cover TV and film- , but also Gaming companies. Read more on Morgenpost (German, switch on Google Translate)
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