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The Good, The Bad, The News: This Week in Germany. Written by Felicitas Hackmann on 29. January 2016


Mymuesli sells 1/3 of the company’s share

Cereal startup Mymuesli raised a round. After buying back their stock from Team Europe, the three founders have now sold 1/3 of their company to Passau-based Genui. The size of the investment is unknown, however it will be used to invest into growth.
[Gründerszene ] (German)

Muun announces an investment

Berlin-based mattress startup Muun announces its first investment round. Founders such as Dirk Graber (Mister Spex), Björn Kolbmülller (Flaconi), Stephan Stubner, Rolf Schrömgens, Malte Siewert and Peter Vinnemeier (Trivago) as well as prominent business angels such as Philipp Sachs, Gunter Sachs’s grandson, Constantin Nagel (heir of the Munich-based fashion house, Lodenfrey) and Alexander von Fugger invested. The amount of the round as well as other details remain undisclosed.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Deutsche Börse invests

Dealing with money, but not particularly known for investing in startups, Deutsche Börse invested with 13 other investors such as J.P. Morgan Chase & Co and Citigroup Inc. in Digital Asset Holdings LLC, a startup working on a mainstream use for blockchain technology. Overall, $50 million was raised for the fintech startup founded in 2014 by Wallstreet star Blythe Masters.
[WSJ], [Gründerszene] (German)

What’s hot, what’s not?

While Rocket Internet startups are known for large investment and destroying competitors, some may not make it. A list of how well Rocket Internet’s newbies are doing can be found on Gründerszene.
[Gründerszene] (German) shuts down

Munich-based internet company Tomorrow Focus couldn’t find a buyer for its document app The project was started in 2013 by Tomorrow Focus staff. Today, users received an email explaining the project will shut down by the end of February.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Zenmate announces investment

Berlin-based VPN client Zenmate announces a new funding round. Besides the existing shareholders, e.g. Holtzbrinck Ventures, a new US-based investor came on board: Bessemer Venture Partners joined the round. More details have not been shared.
[press release]

Serial entrepreneur Christophe Maire starts Atlantic Food Labs

As food startups are more and more a thing these days, serial entrepreneur Christophe Maire decided to put all of the startups he has invested in into one holding: The Atlantic Food Labs. Part of it are startups such as Marley Spoon, The Food Assembly, HeyCater!, Green Gurus and Kukimi. The holding was founded in July 2015 and received an investment from ProSiebenSat.1 at the end of last year. The German media house now holds 13% of AFL.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Seven Senders receives seven digit investment

Berlin-based B2B startup Seven Senders announces a seven digit investment from b-to-v Partners and private investors as well as existing founding investors Holger Hengstler and Stefan Wiskemann. The startup has a solution for businesses to get cheaper delivery charges throughout Europe.
[Gründerszene] (German)
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