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This Week in Germany: The Top 10 Headlines you shouldn't miss Written by Felicitas Hackmann on 5. August 2016

ProSiebenSat.1 considers acquiring Unister

Recent updates in the Unister case sound like a movie: After one of the Unister founders died in an airplane crush, rumors had it, he was carrying a large amount of cash, and shortly afterwards nine of Unister’s companies filed for bankruptcy. Now, it appears ProSiebenSat.1 is considering acquiring Unister, which is the mother company of websites such as
[Gründerszene] (German)

Avax closes second investment round

Stuttgart-based Avax raised a second investment round. The startup offers a ventor management portal for temporary employment. The fresh capital will be invested in the software . However, the investor and the size of it remain undisclosed.
[press release]

Flixbus acquires Postbus

Long-distance bus company Flixbus, Germany’s market leader, acquires Postbus, the market’s number two. The amount stays undisclosed. As part of the deal, about 5,000 Deutsche Post post offices will start selling bus tickets. Also, Flixbus will adjust the schedules and wants to roll out to further destinations.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Shore raises another round

Munich-based Shore (former just recently raised €13 million. This week, the startup which offers an appointment booking and a CRM tool for small businesses announces another funding round. While the amount stays undisclosed, a new investor that is on board is mentioned: Metro Group opened its wallet as well as existing investor Otto Capital.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Caremondo files for bankruptcy

Last year, medical travel startup Caremondo announced a seven-digit investment. For this year, another round was planned. But suddenly, the investor backed off from the deal. As a consequence, Caremondo now files for bankruptcy.
[Gründerszene] (German)

PaulCamper raises €1.2 million

Berlin-based sharing platform for caravans PaulCamper raises €1.2 million from Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg (ILB). The startup launched in 2013 and started out with its own capital. The investment will now be used to grow the team and expand.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Clark raises Series A

Berlin-based insurtech startup Clark raises a several million strong Series A round. Yabeo Capital, Kulczyk Investments, Hitfox and TA Ventures joined as new investors. Besides cash, SevenVentures and Axel Springer also joined with media budgets which leads to an overall amount of €13.2 million. Clark is an insurance app that recommend contracts individually to one’s needs.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Wimdu lays off staff

Berlin-based and Rocket Internet-back Airbnb copy cat Wimdu seems like it hasn’t taken off as planned. Rumor has it that the company laid off people during a restructuring process. Having started in 2011 to compete with the American original, Wimdu seems like it won’t make it. Even a €90 million investment didn’t help.
[Manager Magazin] (German)

Blacklane raises eight digit figure

Berlin-based Uber competitor Blacklane raises a eight digit figure Series C. The round was led by existing investor Daimler, who previously led the Series B, which is said to be in the $19 million region. The investment will be used to to grow internationally.

Freeletics closed office in Berlin

Founded and based in Munich fitness startup Freeletics opened an office in Berlin last year. However, now they decided to close it again. All employees were offered the option of moving to Munich and continuing their jobs their. The reason for it seems to be that it is more comfortable and efficient for the startup to work from one place.
[Gründerszene] (German)