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Many wrap-ups of 2019, especially VC Numbers
PitchBook: European VC investment rose 4.2% in 2018, but number of deals dropped 25.9% https://buff.ly/2W2ofjp “Translated: Deal sizes got bigger in 2018. Reading between the lines here, this also indicates that investors were more interested in putting in more money to companies at a later stage, rather than smaller cash injections into younger startups.”
2018 Sets All-Time High For Investment Dollars Into Female-Founded Startups, Crunchbase found at least 26.2 bn US$ with at least one female co-founder https://buff.ly/2RyWQqz
European Tech Report 2018: startup funding slightly down year-over-year to total €24.7 billion across 3,000 deals, but exits are way up – by Tech.eu: startup funding down YoY https://tech.eu/features/23940/european-tech-report-funding-exits-2018/ “What we also noticed is that fintech, medtech/health tech, transportation/mobility and cybersecurity continue to be the main strongholds in European tech, as reflected in both funding and exit numbers.”
And some more information on the European ICO Market: Europe is the second-biggest #ICO market (and other insights from the #Blockchain Ecosystem Report 2018) – Tech.euhttps://buff.ly/2WaF4IV?utm_source=twitter “According to the research, Europe was the second-largest ICO market in the world in 2018, both in terms of the number of deals and amount raised. Interestingly, it also came first in the average ICO round size, which almost reached $50 million.”
We get down to single deals 10 European startups that raised mega-rounds of €100 million or more in 2018 | EU-Startups https://buff.ly/2CN8YeO Starting with Berlin-based Auto1 – at 460 mn Euros (one deal, not over time!) Ending with Kid tech Moonbug (London), which raised 132 mn Euros
Ecommerce in Germany was worth €65.10 billion in 2018 https://buff.ly/2Dt23ro, this is in the same league as the GDP of Luxembourg (yes, all of this small country). No, we don’t want to mock Lux, we love the little country.
Arctic15 is the most effective matchmaking startup event in Northern Europe. The focus is on making deals and quality networking. The 2-day event brings together a focused international crowd of startups, investors, corporates, media and influencers.
15 Tracks are focused on various industries, technologies and topics ranging from Digital Health and AI to Social Impact and Scaling. Industry players can use the time efficiently and gather under one roof. The core of it all is one-on-one meetings in Deal Room.
The fair will help in connecting the aspiring talents from all over the world as it is open for both professional and young ambitious intellects. It is a great opportunity for job seekers and employers to find the best from the available resources.
We are media partners of Aufschwungmesse here in Frankfurt! We will be there conducting live interviews! Meet us there on Feb 26th LINK
We are media partners of the initiative Frankfurt Forward, where we will interview the “Startup of the month” until September: The first startup of the month is a very very interesting company called Field Buzz, which enables NGOs and companies to work more efficient and up to date with field staff in remote areas. They have the United Nations Development Program as one of their clients, as well as Welthungerhilfe. They have a dual headquarter in Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Frankfurt, where we did the interview at the social impact lab: https://www.startuprad.io/interviews/field-buzz-allows-ngos-to-work-more-efficient-in-remote-areas/
Moving our audio file hosting service
We moved our audio hosting service. Sorry for all the interruptions during the first days of 2019. All the work paid off. We are now available on many streaming sites and our downloads are much faster just to pick one example you can now listen to us now on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/show/3etgUOz5KWKycYHsvQv1yG
Note: We are now turning our videos in additional audio podcasts. There are already enough audio podcasts in the queue, that we can bring you one interview a week until beginning of October! Tell your friends!
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There will be soon a Startup Guide Frankfurt!!! 8 startups in Frankfurt to keep on your radar https://buff.ly/2MsNNSi by Startup Guide
2018 was an amazing year for startup financing in Rhine-Main, in total 153,7 million Euros. This splits up in: 68.5 mn Euros raised in IPOs by Frankfurt-based fintechs, 48,43 mn Euros classical VC money (debt, convertibles and equity), 35 mn Euros from ICOs (we track several here in Rhine-Main, but they really have a thought time), and finally 1,79 mn Euro in crowdfunding – RhineMain.vchttps://buff.ly/2CxXJFN
Iconiqlab, the ICO and blockchain accelerator, who moved from Berlin to Frankfurt, “closes a Seven-Figure Financing Round as FinLab Increases Its Stake and Germany’s Largest VC, Hightech Gründerfonds, Invests.” https://buff.ly/2FHh1wo
SAP dedicates 40% of their VC fund for women and minorities, which can be invested worldwide. Ticket size will be 100.000 – 250.000 US$ https://buff.ly/2R2WJi2
Related: Kreditech used to be the most valuable fintech in Germany, but their valuation went from 230 mn Euros to “a few million”. The valuation went down to the cash just recently invested. Now they found another investor, the Hamburg-based Varengold Bank.
After their #startup #Caterwings did not do well in the #catering market, Rocket Internet is starting B2B Food Group (also backed by Holtzbrink Ventures and a third party) reports Gründerszene https://buff.ly/2W97LpQ
“Flash, the stealthy #mobility #startup from Delivery Hero and Team Europe founder Lukasz Gadowski, is de-cloaking today, with news that the Berlin-based company has raised a whopping €55 million in Series A funding.” TechCrunch https://buff.ly/2FFiLWT
#Austrian #startup Tractive raises cash from Trivago’s founders for its cat and dog GPS tracking system – Tech.eu http://ow.ly/oSHC30n9Qg2
#Berlin based suitcase company Horizn raises 10 mn Euros #VentureCapital from investors like Project A, Milano Investment Partners or Vorwerk Ventures, bringing the total to 25 m Euros. The company wants to be “The Nike of Travel” http://ow.ly/Q5Gl30nbIEl
#Corporate Venture Capital
German Airline Lufthansa invests in #canadian #startup Hopper undisclosed amount.
The app claims to be able to forecast the cheapest flight booking.
The situation at the men’s fashion company Von-Floerke keeps deteriorating reports General Anzeiger Bonn. The shop in Cologne is sporadic open, Bonn and Münster closed. Another complaint against one of the founders was filed for delay of insolvency https://buff.ly/2R3uLCJ
#Berlin-based #ecommerce platform Lesara raised 85 mn Euros #VentureCapital, but still had to file for insolvency end of 2018. The founder says they have time till end of january to find a buyer. https://buff.ly/2svCob3
Gründerszene tells the story of 11 startups from #Germany, who found themself in crisis in 2018 http://ow.ly/TGSy30n7EQc
Monoqi, a Berlin-based platform for designer furniture, has to file for insolvency the second time in 2018 | Gründerszene http://ow.ly/XITN30n4x4P
Berlin based proptech Medici Living wants to add 1.300 shared flats in 8 different US cities (Austin, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco/Oakland and Washington D.C.) for 262 mn Euros (300 mn US$), backed by the family office W5 of real estate investor Ralph Winter
myTaxi is a #taxi #hailing #app, which is owned by Daimler (76+ %) generated 17,6 million loss for their business year 2016/17 reports deutsche-startups.de https://buff.ly/2FP1V6Y
Dow Jones Venture Report: Investment in European Companies Remains Steady but Deal Flow Dives https://buff.ly/2TVo1Zz
“Facebook is just as interested as its peers in fostering ethical #AI. The social network has teamed up with the Technical University of Munich to back the formation of an independent AI ethics research center. ” https://buff.ly/2W9IR9A
Germany’s digital association Bitkom published a study, laying out that every 8th online purchase is returned in Germany – WELT http://ow.ly/r3Ux30n7EY8