This Week in Germany: Funding, IPOs, Startup & Accelerator News. And Two More Things.


Here is what happened in Germany’s startup scene this week:


Funding Rounds/Exits/IPOs/That kind of News

Home24 raises €15,9 million

Home24 raised €15,9 million, €10 million came from Rocket Internet. According to Home24, it is Europe’s largest online furniture shop. The investment will be used for further expansion in Europe and Latin America.
[Berliner Morgenpost]

Investment for Etventure’s startups

Three startups from Etventure raised a six digit investment each. MobileJob, which offers mobile recruiting, POSpulse, a retail analytics, and the family network Lovli.
[Gründerszene] (German) raises seed investment, which sells mostly furniture made out of wine boxes, raised €150,000 from DK Holing. The investment will be used to launch in Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the UK in 2015. (via email)

Book A Tiger raises €4 million

DN Captial lead the round, just as in the cleaning service platform’s eed round. Avala Capital  and other former investors joined again, Target Ventures is investing the first time.  (via email)


€4 Million for WeSustain

Based in Buxtehude, WeSustain raised about €4 Million. Besides former investors such as HTGF, MBF, and KfW Bankengruppe  a new member joined: Cleantech investor VNT Management. WeSustain’s software makes sustainability management easy by e.g. reducing the complexity of collecting data.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Social VC invests in efficient allocation of places for childcare center solution

Berlin-based Little Bird does not want to mention the amount of investment but did receive funding from Social Venture Fonds Ananda Ventures. It will be mostly use to hire more staff.
[Gründerszene] (German)


EyeEm Launches Open Edit, Letting You See How Pros Edit Their Photos

Photosharing service EyeEm launches an update. A key feature is that one can see other people’s edits on the picture.

Rocket Internet’s Easy Taxi Gives Up Battling Uber In India, Indonesia And Hong Kong

EasyTaxi confirmed towards TechCrunch that it is scaling down operations in Hong Kong and Indonesia and will focus on other core markets.

Zalando tests fashion shows via Google Hangout

Last week, Zalando announced to start a curating service next year. Now, it also tests fashion shows via Google Hangout to keep the customers in the loop.
[InternetWorld] (German)

Swizz blinq uses iBeacons to connects Singles

Blinq is using beacon proximity technology to connect singles. The service is running tests in Zurich and plans to launch in Munich in January 2015 with more cities in Austria and Germany to come later that year.

SoundCloud introduces ‘Collection,’ a dashboard for following artists and listening to your playlists

SoundCloud wants to make it easier to let users access all their playlists and favorites in one place, as well as keep up to date with the newest releases from their favorite artists.

Never miss a Zalando package again

DHL, Deutsche Telekom and online retailer Zalando will start testing PaketButler starting in 2015. The boxes will be attached safely at ones door and can only be opened by the DHL delivery service and the owner of the box. The idea is to reduce the costs of undeliverable packages.
[Location Insider] (German)

Incubators, Accelerators,…

Rocket Internet and Roland Berger Team up for a “super incubator”

As Roland Berger’s CEO states in the new issue of Manager Magazin, which will be available on December 19th, the consultancy and Rocket Internet plan a so-called “super incubator” named Terra Numerata™.


How much do you earn in a German startup?

Depending on the size of the startup, the funding, and the sector, startups pay their employees differently. Here are the details:

These startups help you find more unique gifts

These days where almost all shops show the same products, we found online stores and startups that help you find a little more unique ideas. If you’re still looking for a gift, these services could help.

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