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Startups are not for 20 somethings alone. Every 6th founder in #Germany is older than 50 years reports FAZ, based on a KfW study. 2017 approx 60.000 startups have been founded in #Germany http://ow.ly/NLdz30mvMhs

Rise of the Global Startup City, Berlin made it to No 12 in the global #VentureCapital ranking https://startupsusa.org/global-startup-cities/
It takes more than 1 bn US$ to make it even in the Top 50. Surprises are included, e.g. Salt Lake City as No 50, or Durham, USA, Provo, USA. This also suggests a US bias in the data

German government and corporate-backedntureCapital fund @HTGF  marks it’s 100th exit! US-listed SolarWinds takes over 8MAN, a cybersecurity startup http://ow.ly/kfqH30mHfYv

Christmas Survey by Deloitte Germany https://buff.ly/2F854Ac
(people could make several choices) 68% of Germans will shop in retail stores, 67% will shop online (a decline from top positions 2017), gthe rowth of mobile commerce stagnated at 24%
#shopping #ecommerce

“The UK, France, Germany, and Spain are clearly driving Europe’s AI ecosystem, contributing 60% of startups, labs a, d communities across the 30 countries.”
Joining the dots – A map of Europe’s AI ecosystem — Roland Berger https://buff.ly/2F3Hu7V

“So while crypto asset prices are down 80-95% in $USD terms over the last year, they could and probably will go lower. Amazon was down 80% a year into the post-bubble bear market and it got cut in half again …”– AVC http://ow.ly/qbJd30mMmUm $AMZN

European early stage technology investment increases four-fold to 3.6 bn Euro in H1 2018 (4.1 bn US$). Investors like fintech and medtech startups. Germany scores No 2 in #Fintech investments with 402.2 mn Euros http://ow.ly/lBHq30mvOyj

The 31 European #Unicorns Ranked By Valuation – CB Insights Research https://buff.ly/2DrFXH0
including: OTTOBOCK HEALTHCARE, Celonis, About You, Nucom Group, CUREVAC from Germany. Heavy in #research and #healthcare


Media Partnerships

Blockchain Summit November 15th Frankfurt, Germany the interview with the winner of the pitch competition is online! Evan networks won, who put heavy machinery on the blockchain.

  • Related: Check out the pitch competition winner and other highlights of the Blockchain Startups Summit 2018 | EU-Startups http://ow.ly/NtaU30mEUs8

We attended LendIT in London https://www.lendit.com/europe/2018 Videos will be coming up soon, but you can already have a look here in a little mash-up:

Cover – LendIT London 2018

House Keeping

Meet The 100 Most Innovative Startups Of Germany In 2018 – Forbes https://buff.ly/2SimfAZ
Frankfurt is present fintech heavy including @ginmon @ClarkGermany and blockchain accelerator @iconiqlab
– You find the interview with the CEO and founder of Clark Germany here: https://www.startuprad.io/interviews/clark-de-startup-germany-bloombergs-list-50-promising-startups/

Danish edtech startup WriteReader raises €1.4 million to improve students’ writing skills | EU-Startups https://buff.ly/2JXFgpp  #VentureCapital
You can learn more about the startup and the founder in this video interview:


Wiesbaden-based Schuhe24 buys 40% stake in We Want Shoes (WWS). The price was not disclosed. WWS enables more than 18.500 sellers to order directly from the producers – deutsche-startups.de http://ow.ly/bVjM30muKvs You can learn more about the founder here in our exclusive interview:



Formnext 2018 in Frankfurt, Review and 26 Key Learnings for Marketing Folks https://buff.ly/2Tj0LVN 

VentureCapital investor Project A and #PrivatEquity investment company Bregal to acquire #Frankfurt-based travel firm Trendtours Touristik. Trendtours is 14 years old, generated 2017 300 mn revenue and has 400k clients per year | Gründerszene http://ow.ly/Q54R30mI9e2

Avaloq is setting up a venture fund to invest in budding #technology #startups. The banking software firm is enlisting prominent finance and media experts for the investment arm, including Philipp Sandner from Frankfurt http://ow.ly/1oHM30mBTVb

Marie-Luise Sessler, founder and co-lead of the innovationLab of Frankfurter Sparkasse (Thrift Frankfurt) is mentioned on the business publication Capital’s list “Top 40 under 40” http://ow.ly/u5xG30mKO4E 

SAP Buys Qualtrics; 2018 Catapulted to $65B in $1B+ M&A Volume • Tomasz Tunguz https://buff.ly/2qFezwz

Würzburg-based strategic purchasing platform scoutbee raises $4 million – Tech.eu https://buff.ly/2JUPEhl

Frankfurt-based ride sharing app flinc was bought by Daimler. Now the flinc team says goodbye, the startup says goodbye for good in their blog. | flinc Teamblog http://ow.ly/R1yx30mwHX8

Frankfurt-based #fintech Cashlink says goodbye to #P2P #payments. They are working on a #blockchain based platform for company stakes / shares for professional investors, called Stokera  | Gründerszene https://buff.ly/2AQw2bB


Top 15: Europe’s biggest startup hubs in 2018, including #Berlin and #Munich | EU-Startups http://ow.ly/u4mi30mLmPh


Kiveda moved from #Berlin to Nürnberg, they already raised 35,5 m Euros #VentureCapital for their built-in kitchen, but show only headline growth of 9,1 % – deutsche-startups.de https://buff.ly/2QMDwBE


#Wuerzburg based #AI startup scoutbee raises 4 mn US$ #VentureCapital from  Holtzbrinck Ventures and 42CAP in a seed round. The tool collects and analyzes data to match purchaser and suppliers https://buff.ly/2SQqTqF




  • Berlin-based incubator Finleap has raised €41.5 million to build more fintech startups https://buff.ly/2Biv87E
  • Movinga raises €15 million and plans to expand its relocation services across Europe | EU-Startups https://buff.ly/2AcEErl
  • Berlin-based Wind Mobility raises $22M #VentureCapital for its #escooter rental service. Investors include  HV Holtzbrinck Ventures and China-based VC Source Code Capital | TechCrunch http://ow.ly/pGnD30mI984
  • German billionaire Stefan Quandt (BMW) invest in #Kassel based #drone warning system Dedrone, which is already used by police, military and private organizations like the World Economic Forum| NGIN Mobility https://buff.ly/2QGWF8j
  • Point Nine and Creandum #invest in #logistics #startup cargo.one. #German #airline #Lufthansa already invested before in a pre-seed with a convertible loan reports deutsche-startups.de exclusively https://buff.ly/2JJBorL  
  • #Berlin-based #insurtech simplesurance recently raised 24 mn US$ in a #VentureCapital series C round, now the research of deutsche-startups.de reveals that a convertible loan saved the company end of 2016 http://ow.ly/Jbqn30mwH61
  • Platforms for used cars are already known. Now this #Berlin based platform for used wrist watches raised 13 m Euros #VentureCapital – deutsche-startups.de http://ow.ly/aSAe30muKfd
  • 22,5 m US$ #VentureCapital for #Berlin-based #AI #startup omni:us – deutsche-startups.de https://buff.ly/2qmZlMN

#Blockchain and Crypto

  • Bitcoin-Rigging Criminal Probe Focused on Tie to #Tether https://buff.ly/2BnE2kv
  • Envion was one of the big stories of the #German #crypto scene. They raised 100 mn with their ICO, but the product was never realized and some shareholders sued each other. Now 4 founders are starting #Rise. Gründerszene shows some “strange” points http://ow.ly/k0Ik30mGeA5

#RocketInternet Corner

  • #Frankfurt listed #HelloFresh increases revenue by almost 40% (302,2 mn €), with an #EBITDA loss of 26 mn Euros http://ow.ly/6zbT30mBcTz $HFG #startup #listed #food #cooking #homecooking #Germany
  • Listed #online fashion retailer Zalando disappoints with Q3 numbers. Now they are looking at christmas season to accomplish their goal of 25% revenue growth  | Gründerszene http://ow.ly/KTVh30mvOC7 $ZAL #Berlin #startup #ecommerce #fashion
  • Travelbird – financed by Rocket Internet with 32,1 mn Euros #VentureCapital has to file for insolvency. The #Dutch startup once had 650 employees, now they are down to 310 deutsche-startups.de https://buff.ly/2P00sk4
    #traveltech #startup #platform #netherlands #travel #leisure

Klarna sues German fintech Sofortpay, which was founded by former employees of Sofortueberweisung. Sofortueberweisung was bought by Klarna | Gründerszene https://buff.ly/2FMJVvX 

Deutsche Bahn windes down Project InnoZ, formerly hailed as a light tower project for #mobility in Berlin. This comes after #TSystems and #Siemens already left the project| Gründerszene https://buff.ly/2RoUI0J

Chefkoch.de (head chef) is one of Germany’s most frequented pages for cooking and recipes. Now they start their own online shop for cooking accessories| Presseportal http://ow.ly/8BEx30mI927

First Constantin Schwaab founded a platform for cinema tickets called Kinoheld, which was bought by Eventim. Now he is raising “millions” #VentureCapital for his #emobility #startup, which provides #SaaS solutions for #charging station management http://ow.ly/g0Ol30mA4up

Lesara has been a bearer of hope for the #Berlin #startup scene. They raised 30 mn Euros #VentureCapital, but now have to file for insolvency | Gründerszene http://ow.ly/OY3c30mA4zQ

Apple Pay – To start in Germany, in cooperation with Deutsche Bank, comdirect, N26, Visa, Master Card, American Expess and others …  https://buff.ly/2ANFPPA #ApplePay The participation of the banks is quite interesting

Galaxus, a major online department store form Switzerland, has launched in Germany. Galaxus Deutschland will start as an electronics retailer, but in the next few months, it will become a wide-range online store. …  wants to be one top 5 ecommerce player http://ow.ly/kgrD30mtuzq

Catering is the new hot topic in Berlin’s #startup scene. There are already Lemoncat, Haycater and Caterwings. The new kid on the block is now MeinWunschcatering, which claims profitability from the start http://ow.ly/CuT130mskpp

German media house ProSiebenSat1 acquieres #US based eharmony. The company is already invested in dating websites in Germany with Elitepartner and Parship – deutsche-startups.de http://ow.ly/6l6A30mqq0E

#Berlin-based #banking startup Solarisbank can only show 1,9 m Euros in revenue in B2B, where it works with #fintechs. The bank raised 95 m Euros #VentureCapital and invested 24,5 m Euros already to build up the banking platform http://ow.ly/HMbl30mpmz3

Know How for those with vision

Research Shows Immigrants Help Businesses Grow. Here’s Why. http://ow.ly/V9hB30mqpNc

A Guide To #Corporate #Innovation: 19 #Strategies To Drive Innovation Now – CB Insights Research https://buff.ly/2AWuNay

Unbundling The Autonomous Vehicle via CBinsights   http://ow.ly/j7mX30msni4

The Top Ten Cities For $100M VC Rounds In 2018 So Far https://news.crunchbase.com/news/the-top-ten-cities-for-100m-vc-rounds-in-2018-so-far/

Germany’s family-run companies turn venture capitalists, fund startups https://buff.ly/2zSDEsp

The incumbents awake: “Patent Analysis: Top US Banks Prioritize Payments” – CB Insights Research http://ow.ly/KbCU30mLmJt