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Today in Germany: Granify, Venture Stars, Volo, Written by HEUREKA editorial on 27. May 2015


Peter Thiel’s Venture fund Valar Ventures invests in Granify

Granify announces a $7 million Series A round led by Peter Thiel’s Venture fund Valar Ventures. Existing investors such as iNovia Capital, Social Starts and many known business angels also joined the round. The new investment will be used to expand. A first international office will open in Hamburg.
The Canada-based startup offers technology to e-commerce shops that analyses user behavior in real time to identify who is most likely not to shop – and tries to change their minds.

Venture Stars secures €15 million fund

Munich-based company builder Venture Stars closes its first fund. Investors include “a selected circle of private investors and family offices” that prefer not to be named. The fund focusses on digital business models in e-commerce, online marketplaces and in e-services. Some investments have already been made. According to the company, it invested a seven-digit amount in the online flower shop Miflora, an online shop for pet supply, and also in the online sport retailer Vaola.
[Gründerszene] (German)

After being acquired by Rocket Internet, Volo rebrands to Foodora

Having launched in fall 2014, it didn’t take long until Rocket Internet acquired the Munich-based food delivery startup Volo this spring. Now, it announces to rebrand to Foodora. The idea behind the startup, however, stays the same: It delivers food from restaurants that don’t offer a delivery service themselves. By now, the service expanded from Munich to Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Hamburg.
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Series A for caravan booking platform

Berlin-based Caravan booking platform announces a €5 million Series A round led by EcoMobility Ventures. Existing investors Atlantic Labs (Christophe F. Maire) and b-to-v joined the round as well as new investors Idinvest Partners, Ringier Digital Ventures AG, Accel Partners and Groupe Arnault.
After launching in 2013, now claims to be the largest online booking platform for caravans with over 21,000 vehicles in 32 countries.
Image: Screenshot granify