“Screen unifying” startup Vigour joins DT’s hub:raum with €500k seed round

Vigour founders
Vigour founders

Vigour founders

“Screen unifying” startup Vigour is the fifth young internet company to join Deutsche Telekom‘s incubator programme hub:raum in Berlin.

Vigour, previously known as Brisk.io, uses a proprietary development platform to build products that unify the screens of different devices. Vigour Video, its first product, lets users scroll through videos on a tablet while similar content appears on a connected television screen. If the user starts watching on the bigger screen, they can then use the smaller device as a remote or to keep browsing.

Vigour VideoVigour Video – an early product using Vigour.io’s proprietary development platform

The company intends to license out Vigour Video as a white-label solution for media companies. In Germany, there’s already some proven corporate interest in “second screen” and TV-related startups – in February, Axel Springer snapped up Berlin social TV startup TunedIn.

As part of its acceptance into the incubator programme, Vigour has closed a €500,000 seed investment round led by hub:raum and joined by Netherlands tech investor Linden Mobile Ventures and Köln tech company DG-i. A typical hub:raum incubator equity investment without outside participation is between €150-300k in exchange for a 10-27 per cent stake – companies also receive mentorship, expert support and optional office space. 

Ramon Duivenvoorden, Jim de Beer and Marcus Besjes founded Vigour in summer 2012 and were later joined by Leo Schmidt and Youri Daamenm. The current team of five is based between Berlin and Amsterdam.

And where did Deutsche Telekom hear about the company? “We have seen the team of Vigour at the closing event of Startupbootcamp in Berlin. They convinced us straight away”, hub:raum head Peter Borchers said in a press statement.

Hub:raum itself is now almost exactly a year old and recently expanded its incubator offering to a second outpost in Krakow. It also runs an eight-week accelerator programme in home base Berlin.

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