7. January 2015–
AUPEO! wins an innovation prize at CES, Westwing raises €25 million, TechStars opens an office in Berlin, MeinFernbus and FlixBus become one, and Mister Spex receives investment.
Goldman Sachs invests in Mister Spex
Germany’s leading online spectacles hands out roughly 20 percent stake to Goldman Sachs. The investment will be used to expand in Germany and abroad. “An IPO is an option, although not in the near future,” Mister Spex Chief Executive Dirk Graber told German daily Welt, according to an advance release of its Thursday edition.
Westwing raises €25 million
Besides Rocket Internet other previous investors joined for this round, which makes it a total funding €179 million.
AUPEO! wins innovation prize at CES
The Berlin-based audio streaming startup AUPEO! won the innovation prize in In-Vehicle Accessories-Control-Navigation at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. CEO Holger Weiss mentioned to the Berliner Morgenpost in December 2014 that the company wants to become “a kind of Twitter for cars”.
TechStars will launch in Berlin in June
TechStars Berlin will join a global network of over 5,000 alumni, mentors and investors. The accelerator wants to invest in 10, mainly European startups every year. Applications are open.
FlixBus and MeinFernbus merge to combine routes, General Atlanic invests
Buyout group General Atlantic is investing in German bus companies FlixBus and MeinFernbus, which are merging to combine their routes. MeinFernbus’ fleet is 560 busses strong, more than twice as many as FlixBus (240 busses). The two companies will work as one from now on. To Gründerszene, it was stated that it is not planned to lay off staff.