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This Week in Germany: Funding, IPOs, Startup & Accelerator News. And One More Thing. Written by Felicitas Hackmann on 14. November 2014


Here’s what happened this week in Berlin:

Funding Rounds/Exits/IPOs/That kind of News

Barzahlen, paying online bills offline, raises “multiple million”

Berlin-based Barzahlen, a startup that offers customers the option of paying online purchases offline, announced a “multiple million” funding round.
While the FinTech industry mostly concentrates on mobile payment, NFC and peer to peer payment, one startup is going into a different direction: barzahlen (German for ‘paying cash’) lets its customers pay their online bills offline.Read the entire story on VentureVillage

HUMEDICS raises € 6.3 million

HUMEDICS, a startup for real-time and mobile measurement of the individual liver function at the bedside of the patient, announced it’s Series C. The cash inflow enables for commercialization of the LiMAx test. The round was led by two new international investors, Vesalius Biocapital Partners and Seventure Partners. All venture capital investors (Peppermint VenturePartners (managing the Charité Biomedical Fund), VC Fonds Technologie managed by IBB-Beteiligungsgesellschaft, ERP Startfonds of the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), Ventegis and High-Tech Gründerfonds) from previous rounds are joined the round.

ImmobilienScout24 acquires majority stake in Flea Market App Stuffle

ImmobilienScout24 acquires majority stake in Stuffle and receives millions for expansion. One initial investor in the company also exits. Read more on Gründerszene (German)

Blacklane Receives “several million Euros” Funding To Grow in Japan

German chauffeur and limousine booking service Blacklane announces a seven-digit Euro funding round today. The investment is led by Japan-based Recruit Holdings and will support Blacklane’s strategic plans in Japan. Read more on VentureVillage

Searchmetrics scores funding

In May, Searchmetrics received millions in funding from its investors. Now the Berlin-based SEO company has secured another seven-digit investment. Read more on Gründerszene (German)

€1.45 million for Shyftplan

Kizoo and IBB invested €1.45 million in the Berlin-based startup Shyftplan that focuses on shift planning as well as payroll accounting. Read more on Gründerszene (German)

Miflora raises B round

The Munich-based online flower shop Miflora raised a seven digit amount from BayBG, Venture Stars and Extorel. The round was –again– led by HR Ventures. The investment will be used to turn profitable. Read more on Gründerszene (German)

Target Partners invests €2.1 million in farming supporting software

Berlin-based SaaS startup announced a €2.1 million Series A investment led by Target Partners. The investment will be used for product development and sales. Read more on VentureVillage


houzz’s CEO and co-founder on its launch in Germany, company growth, and family

Adi Tatarko, CEO and co-founder of houzz, visited Berlin for the launch of the renovating platform houzz. She shared some insights on what its like to see a business expanding fast and working full-time while raising three children. Read more on VentureVillage

Vamos introduces new Android App and shares its key learnings from previous attempts

After pulling its first Android version down, the team of four at Vamos went live with a new version today – almost 2 years later. Luis-Daniel Alegria, CEO and co-founder, looks back and shares his most valuable learnings. Read more on VentureVillage

Zalando quietly starts express service delivery

Zalando, the fashion online shop, will keep offering free delivery but also started an express service option for €5.99. When ordering until 12 am, customers will receive their packages the next day. Read more on Versandhausberater (German)

Veeting Rooms launches in Germany

Zurich-based Veeting Rooms is a startup for web meetings. It’s now also available on the German market. Besides features to plan and schedule meetings, it also offers live presentations and protocols. The startup focuses on business clients and different to e.g. Skype, users don’t have to download any software.

Interview with Chanyu Xu from Rockert Internet’s EatFirst

Chanyu Xu originally founded EatÜber, a health food delivery service. When it didn’t go as planned, EatÜber ended. Now the founder is working at EatFirst from Rocket Internet. Gründerszene

Incubators, Accelerators,…

EyeFocus Accelerator launches in Berlin

Berlin gets a new accelerator this week, but this one has a very specific focus. The EyeFocus Accelerator located at the Rainmaking Loft will offer a three month program for startups solving problems and working on innovations in eye care. Read more on TechCrunch

Axel Springer ends its startup idea factory Ideas

Axel Springer’s startup incubator Ideas has now ended. After 15 projects and eight launches, the incubator has closed but the current ventures will continue. Read more on Gründerszene (German)


Berlin’s Startup Christmas Party you don’t want to miss!

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the party is so delightful! Come and join 800 Berlin startup people for this year’s Gründerszene x-mas Party! Read more on where, when, and how to get tickets on VentureVillage

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Vamos hits 1 million events and releases Android app

Founded by 2012, Berlin-based event discover app vamos announced 1 million events being published today. vamos offers events from Ticketmaster, Eventbrite, Eventim, StubHub and Facebook.

“We want to be the most diverse event discovery platform. A place where expats, travelers and locals can easily find inspiration for interesting things to do, whether it’s a Monday or Saturday,” Alegria said.

The team of four also introduced its Android app today.