TOA receives investment
One of Berlin’s most known startup and tech conference Tech Open Air raised capital to expand. The group of investors in the event and community venture includes the founders of companies like SoundCloud, 6Wunderkinder, Zalando, Project A, Delivery Hero and HelloFresh. The Family, The Collective, angel investor Christophe Maire and German industry companies like Viessmann also participated in this round.
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LocaFox and Simply Local become one
Berlin-based LocaFox and Göttingen-based SimplyLocal, both online marketplace for local businesses, join forces and will from now on work as one under the brand of LocaFox. SimplyLocal belongs to the Media-Saturn-Holding, which now partly owns LocaFox.
Rocket Internet invests in health startup
Humanoo is a Ingoldstadt-based health startup that wants to offer live chats for personalized fitness exercise, diet and relax programs. It is currently tested and is supposed to start in August this year. Now, Rocket Internet invested an undisclosed amount.
Rumors declined: Alibaba won’t invest in Wirecard
On Monday, media outlets spread the rumors that Alibaba is considering investing in the German fintech Wirecard, based on an article from Bild. That has now been declined. A spokesperson of Alibaba explained to Berliner Morgenpost, that AliPay, Alibaba’s payment solution, does not consider investing 25 per cent or more.
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Croissants, cereal, startup advice, potential investment – at the TechBrunch in Berlin participants will get a free breakfast and make new VC contacts on the side. The brunch, organized by Target Partners, brings tech founders and VCs together and will be hosted by Berthold von Freyberg, Raphael Weiner and Holger Weiss, former Vice President of Gate5 and CEO of Aupeo.
Place: AKQA, Monbijouplatz 4, 10178 Berlin
Conversational Intelligence is the theme for the upcoming TECH.insight event in Berlin. Speakers from IBM, A|B and AKQA will explore how AI is transforming our everyday conversations. Organised by AKQA, TECH.insight is a get together over food and a few drinks to discuss technology used to build sites and apps for mobile and for web. The event is free, but places are limited.