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Today in Germany: Wirecard, Splash Written by Felicitas Hackmann on 27. June 2016

Will Alibaba invest in Wirecard?

Rumors have it that the Chinese company Alibaba would like to invest in Munich-based fintech Wirecard. Apparently Alibaba’s payment provider Alipay are currently in discussion with the company to receive 25 per cent of the shares. Neither one commented on the rumors.
[Gründerszene] (German)
Update, 29 June 2016: Alibab declined [MoPo] (German)

VR startup Splash announces $2.5 million investment

Berlin-based Splash already made it into the news this March, winning the SXSW accelerator price. However, now it has raised $2.5 million for its idea. The round was led by New York- and Los Angeles-based Greycroft Partners. Other US-, Europe-, and Asia-based VC participated as well. Beyond them: Advancit, Felix Capital, BDMI, and Seedcamp.
[Gründerszene] (German)

The Events

Make sure not to miss the events. A few are below, but here is the full list:

[divider]Coming up[/divider]

28 June

Customer Happiness Tour
Place: Fabrik 23, Gerichtstraße 23, 13347 Berlin
Costs: free, register on Website
Freshdesk hosts its international event series “Customer Happiness Tour” in Berlin on the 28th of June. Speakers from Google, Zalando and successful startups will share insight into how to build and grow an organisation based on happy customers. In addition, upcoming trends in customer service, like the rise of chat bots, will play a big role. During lunch and drinks, there are also plenty of opportunities to network with like-minded executives.

Image: Wirecard