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The Good, The Bad, The News: This Week in Germany. Written by HEUREKA editorial on 11. December 2015


€24 million for Kleiderkreisel’s parent company

German publishing house Hubert Burda Media, Accel Partners and Insight Venture Partners invested a total amount of €24 million in second hand platform Kleiderkreisel’s parent company Vinted.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Cuponation raises €10 million

Rocket Internet’s coupon startup Cuponation raises a €10 million series B round. The investment comes from Rocket Internet, Holtzbrink Ventures, New Enterprise Associates,, Ru-Net, Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments, Silicon Valley Bank and Columbia Lake Partners. It will be used to launch in further countries.
[Gründerszene] (German)

GoEuro raises $45 million Series B

Berlin-based European travel planning platform GoEuro announces a $45 million Series B round, led by Goldman Sachs. Other new investors include Atomico, Yuri Milner and Tom Stafford, Sebastian Siemiatkowski (Klarna) and Ilkka Paananen (Supercell). The investment will be used for product development and to increase the user base and the team. Last year in August, GoEuro raised a $27 million Series A round. A $4 million round was raised in March 2013.

Paua Ventures raises a $45 million fund

Berlin-based Paua Ventures closed its first institutional early-stage fund, Paua I, worth $45 million. The final close is expected to be worth $65 million in Q2 2016. It is planned to invest in series-A rounds for software-as-a-service startups, B2B marketplaces, B2C mobile businesses, mobile enterprise solutions and e-commerce startups.

Seerene raises $5 million

Berlin- and New York-based Seerene provides insides and analytics to help enterprises, IT service companies and regulator to make decisions. Today, it announces a $5 million seed round from Berlin-based Earlybird Venture Capital.
[marketwired] (Press Release)

Oliver Samwer at TechCrunch Disrupt

“We basically build our own model. Choose a model that has network efforts more within a country, instead of globally. Secondly, not too cash intensive. Thirdly, a lot of other factors come into play and I think we try to avoid battlefields that are too intensive,” Rocket Internet CEO Oliver Samwer states in an interview with Mike Butcher. Below the TC article, you’ll find the video.

TVSmiles lets 20 people go

Berlin-based second screen app TVSmiles expanded to Great Britain earlier this year with fresh investment. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out as planned. With that event, 20 of 69 people have to leave the company.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Nestpick raises another €2 million

Berlin-based Rocket Internet-backed medium-rental startup Nestpick raises another €2 million for growth from Target Global and b-to-v Partners. Just last month, the startup announced a €11 million investment. The fresh cash will be used to improve customer experience.

Foodpanda sells Vietnam business to

Rocket Internet-backed food delivery platform Foodpanda sells its business in Vietnam to its competitor, which belongs to Dutch-based TakeAway also acquired Germany’s Lierferando last year.
The amount of the deal stays undisclosed.
[TechAsia], [Gründerszene] (German)

This is Q3 in Berlin

Berlin Startup Girl summarized Q3/2015 for Berlin-based investments.
[Berlin Startup Girl]

Investment for Creditshelf

Former real estate manager Eleti invests in Credishelf. The fintech startup is a marketplace for mid-sized companies which need to raise a credit for a short time. Eleti invested a small seven-digit figure.
[Gründerszene] (German)
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