15. May 2015–
Calendar week 20 is over, the weekend is ahead. New accelerators, Zalando’s Q1, and Point Nine Capital’s investment… Make sure you don’t miss this week’s news. Be ready for startup chit-chat, here we go:
Zalando announces best first quarter
Six months after going public, Zalando SE shares its Q1 numbers. The results are the best in the company’s history. “We are optimistic about the remainder of the year,” states Rubin Ritter, a board member. Zalando will continue to expand further abroad and expects an operating margin of 4.5 percent this year.
dpa’s Next Media Accelerator starts in Hamburg
Until July 15th, European startups can apply for the first round of the Next Media Accelerator, the new accelerator of the German press agency dpa, that focusses on media innovation. The program is based in Hamburg, Germany, and plans to run two six-month rounds per year. Startups can receive up to €50,000 in funding as well as office space at the co-working space betahaus.
SoundCloud gets Facebook’s Sonja Flynn on board
The former director of community operations and later head of office for Facebook Ireland, Sonia Flynn, joins SoundCloud. Starting in July, she will be in the newly created position of vice president international in Berlin.
Müller Medien acquires Facharzt24
Mannheim-based Facharzt24 is a doctor’s appointment portal that started in 2012. Now, yellow pages publisher Müller Medien acquires the portal. The publishing house already bought Imedo last year and wants to merge the two services. Details of the deal remain undisclosed.
Point Nine Capital joins a $10 million series B round in DocPlanner
The doctor appointment booking platform DocPlanner raises a $10 million series B round, led by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development via its Venture Capital Investment Programme and angel investor Lukasz Gadowski, who serves as chairman of the board at Delivery Hero. New investors include OLX founder and business angel Fabrice Grinda, who is known for investments in Airbnb and Uber. Existing Berlin-based investor Point Nine Capital as well as RTAventures also join the round.
KONUX raises $1.6 million seed round
Munich-based tech startup Konux raises a $1.6 million round, led by Californian Founder.org. Kondux produces optoelectronic sensors that are able to determine a wide range of mechanical measurands with the highest precision.