5. December 2014–
News from startups, investments, and partnerships and other news that were announced this week.
Funding Rounds/Exits/IPOs/That kind of News
Rocket’s Helpling raises $17 Million in a Series A
Helpling, the Berlin-based Rocket Internet cleaning service, announced a $17 million Series A round. Investors include Mangrove Capital Partners, Phenomen Ventures, as well as Point Nine Capital and Lukasz Gadaowski. Read more on VentureVillage
ad2games raises $9 million Series A for global expansion
3TS Capital Partners, HitFox Group as well as ad2games’ management team invested in the online game marketing platform ad2games. The $9 million investment will be used for international growth and new hires. Read more on VentureVillage
Sonnenbatterie raises €7.5 Million Series B from Munich Venture Partners, Chrysalix SET and Ecapital
Sonnenbatterie raises €7.5 million in its Series B financing round from the co-investors Munich Venture Partners, Chrysalix SET and Ecapital. The Bavarian startup sold over 4.000 smart energy storage systems. Via ecosummit
Medical tourism startup raises €5 million
Rocket’s Amazon clone receives €200 million investment
Over the weekend Lazada, the Rocket Internet-backed e-commerce firm in Southeast Asia, announced €200 million in fresh capital. The round is lead by Singapore’s Temasek Holdings. Read more on TechCrunch
German TV channel Super RTL goes into the startup business
As Gründerszene reports, the German children’s TV station Super RTL wants to open up for startups. As of right now, it said it wants to offer a media budget and, depending on the deal, cash might be an option. Read more on VentureVillage
Rocket & Wirecard announce partnership
Wirecard is an international provider of electronic payment and risk management services. Today, Rocket Internet announced a partnership with them. Using Wirecard’s platform, Rocket Internet’s online companies will be able to offer international payment acceptance, acquiring and payment processes with the corresponding fraud prevention solutions. Via Wirecard
Rocket’s Tripda launches in the U.S.
Rocket‘s Tripda, an online ride-sharing marketplace launched in Northeast and Midwest America and will soon be available in the entire U.S. Tripda connects people who need rides with drivers who have empty car seats for long trips. Interesting. Rocket, who invested in May this year, often doesn’t focus on the U.S. market or launches services there.
MyTaxi cut rates for those who pay in-app
Currently only 30% of the customers pay with their smartphone. To increase this number, MyTaxi will offer a large discount. Customers who pay in-app in Hamburg, where MyTaxi is based, will only pay half of their taxi fare in December. Also, drivers will also be charged 50% of their fee. Taxi companies are not amused and might take legal steps. Read more on WirtschaftsWoche (German)
New startup Wire launches
Not in Germany, but close by: Based in Switzerland, Wire is a new startup presenting itself as the “modern communications network”. Imagine Skype, WhatsApp, and Facebook rolled into one. Wire is also backed by Skype co-founder Janus Friis. Read more on VentureBeat
Serial entrepreneur Oliver Thylmann has launched a new startup
In an interview with Gründerszene, Oliver Thylmann discusses his new startup Giant Swarm. Read more on Gründerszene (German)
Mornin’ Glory opens a pop-up shop in Berlin
For December 3rd to January 13th, the Berlin startup Mornin’ Glory will move into a pop-up shop at Bikini Berlin. The startup runs an online shop for men’s shaving accessories.
HitFox launches FinTech incubator
Based in Berlin and San Francisco, HitFox will start investing in FinTech ideas and develop business to make services more transparent, cheaper or easier to use. Read more on VentureVillage
Project Flying Elephant is welcoming its first startups
The elephant is taking off. WestTech Ventures deep tech incubator called Project Flying Elephant is welcoming its first startups. The HR platform Talentwunder will be the first to join. In addition to new startups, the incubator has also announced IBM as its new partner. Read more on Gründerszene
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