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The Good, The Bad, The News: This Week in Germany. Written by HEUREKA editorial on 4. September 2015


Wunderflats raises six-digit amount

Rocket Internet-backed Nestpick competitor Wunderflats announces a six-digit investment. Flaconi founders Paul Schwarzenholz and Björn Kolbmüller, Arthur Mai (previously Project A Ventures), as well as Otto Suwelack and Michael Goldapp invested about €500,000 in the Berlin-based company that offers midterm apartment rentals., Decimo, RadioScreen and FinReach also have investment news to share.
[DeutscheStartups] (German)

Axel Springer and Samsung work on News App

Berlin-based media publisher Axel Springer and Samsung team up to develop an Apple News competitor. “upday” is a personalized news collector that is now available for some Samsung phones in the Google Play Store.
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Zalando opens office in Helsinki

Berlin-based online fashion platform Zalando announced the opening of its new office in Dublin just a few weeks ago. Now, the e-tailer opened its tech hub in Helsinki. The new office aims to play a key role in developing innovative customer-facing products, e.g. fashion apps.

Wine & Gourmet Digital raises seven-digit amount

Not exactly Germany, but close-by: The Swiss media house Ringier and others invest a seven-digit amount in Zurich-based Wine & Gourmet Digital, which owns wine platforms such as and
[Gründerszene] (German)

€10 million for Take Eat Easy

Rocket Internet-backed premium restaurant delivery service Take Eat Easy has previously raised a €6 million Series A round in April. Today, the startup announced a €10 million Series B which was led by Eight Road Ventures. Existing investors Rocket Internet, DN Capital and Piton Capital joined the round. Just recently, Take Eat Easy’s London-based competitor Deliveroo raised $70 million.

Labfolder raises seven-digit amount

Berlin-based Labfolder, the digital lab book which was founded in 2012, announces its second funding round. The seven-digit investment was led from by the new investor Charité Biomedial Fund. Existing investors Vogel Ventures, IBB and business angels Jan Bohl and Wolfgang Vahrson joined the round as well.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Paper & Tea raises seven-digit amount

Berlin-based Paper & Tea announces its second funding round. The seven-digit amount was raised from business angels with a fashion industry background, that chose not to be named, as well as London-based Howzat Partners, who also invested in Coffee Circle and Trivago. Paper & Tea focusses on products tea drinkers admire.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Dubsmash raises €5.5 million

Berlin-based video platform Dubsmash announces a €5.5 million round led by Index Ventures. Lowercase Capital, ENIAC Ventures, Sunstone Capital, Raine Ventures and Riccardo Zacconi, the CEO of King Digital Entertainment. The idea behind the app is simple: User can take pieces of movies or songs and make their own video with it. According to the company, the app has been downloaded over 75 million times in 78 countries.
[Gründerszene] (German)
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