Alternative investing startup Wikifolio has just raised €6M for its international expansion.
The round was led by European early stage venture fund Speedinvest - founded by Venturepreneur Oliver Holle, who backed the company together with existing shareholders (VHB Ventures, Lang & Schwarz, Michael Grabner Media, and Michael Altrichter).
Wikifolio is a platform for alternative investing, which enables traders to turn their portfolios into mature financial products - “wikifolios”. Later on these products are being listed on the stock exchange in Stuttgart - Börse Stuttgart.
More info here.
Beroomers - Spain-based student accommodation marketplace with its head office in Valencia, recently raised €200K in seed funding.
The investment was backed by Venturepreneur Francois Derbaix (Top Rural, SoySuper) together with Realiza Business Angels, Bankinter, Plug and Play Tech Center, Allan Peters and Iker Marcaide.
The company will use the funds to expand nationwide in Spain, continue to develop the platform and add new features.
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Venturepreneur Jorge Blasco (Boutique Secret, The Net Street) together with other Spanish business angels and 2 seed funds invested in Chicfy - a marketplace for clothes. The company raised €360K in seed funding.
The project has gained great speed and reached a monthly turnover of €100K, but expects to end 2014 doubled that level.
Jorge also participated in seed funding of PopPlaces - the first Spanish marketplace dedicated to find and manage the best locations for pop-up stores. The company raised €120K in total mainly from its existing mentors.
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François Derbaix - Venturepreneur and business angel, just launched his new venture Bewa7er - the first secondary market for startups in Spain.
In another words, Bewa7er is an online platform where qualified investors can buy and sell economic rights of unlisted companies.
Bewa7er's objective is to provide liquidity and transparency in the market, facilitating to the investors the investment process in unlisted companies, as well as to improve access to financing for the most prominent SMEs.
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BIG NEWS! VENTUREPRENEUR DUSAN STOJANOVIC (TRUE GLOBAL VENTURES) AND Opentopic Founders invest in scalable content technology
We have been waiting impatiently to learn from Dusan Stojanovic today that Opentopic (http://www.opentopic.com), a new platform designed to make content discovery and distribution profoundly simple for marketers, especially within media and publishing, education, non-profits, technology companies and professional services, today announced that it has raised a $825K financing round. The total investment in the New York-based firm combines contributions from Opentopic founder and Chairperson Sophie Reinauld, serial entrepreneur and Opentopic CEO Christian Jorg, also a serial entrepreneur, and True Global Ventures, an investment firm comprised of the world's leading technology entrepreneurs-turned-angel-investors.
“Today more companies are turning to content marketing as a simple and cost-effective way to build new and lasting relationships with customers. But, the investment in content development and heavyweight platforms can actually undermine the benefits that attract marketers to content in the first place,” said Christian Jog, CEO of Opentopic. “At Opentopic, we believe that content marketing doesn’t have to be complex to be effective, and so we’ve created a platform that makes it surprisingly simple for marketers to acquire and engage customers with a steady stream of meaningful content. Now, with investment from True Global Ventures, we’re better positioned to grow our customer portfolio especially in the US, France, Germany and Singapore where we have already our existing customers and where True Global Ventures has a strong presence.”
Opentopic’s content marketing platform reduces the time it takes to discover relevant content and streamlines the steps required to package and distribute that content across the web, including social networks and email. Launched in private beta in April 2013, Opentopic became available to the public in the fall of 2013. The company has already attracted 20 customers, including Vinci Construction, technology solution provider Pitney Bowes, and media brands such as Elle and Marie Claire.
"With its easy to use platform and deep understanding of content marketing’s processes and objectives, Opentopic is uniquely positioned to support marketers in this time of explosive demand for content marketing,” said Dušan Stojanović, founder of True Global Ventures who was elected Angel of the Year in Europe by EBAN. ”We are very impressed by Sophie Reinauld’s execution and the talent she has attracted to the business, especially CEO Christian Jorg. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Sophie and Christian and the Opentopic team.”
Opentopic founder Sophie Reinauld also founded L'Agence, along with a fellow journalist, and Mediangles, a pioneering Internet marketing company that was later sold to Ipsos group. She is currently based in Europe where she heads Business Development and Sales for Opentopic.
Opentopic's new relationship with True Global Ventures has already resulted in new business. "We found that Opentopic is easy to use and extremely effective in supporting the discovery of quality content across the web and, notably, in different languages," said Kreso Gudelj the CEO of Adriatic-home.com, another company for which Dušan Stojanović is the lead angel investor. "We are excited about the pipeline of social media distribution outside of the standard US social media and its push also into emerging markets social media.”
Opentopic makes it profoundly simple for marketers to engage and acquire customers with a steady stream of meaningful content. Opentopic’s easy-to-use content marketing platform reduces the time it takes to discover relevant content and streamlines the steps required to package and distribute that content across the web, including on social networks and email. Based in NYC, Opentopic launched in private beta in April 2013 and has already acquired 20 enterprise customers since public launch in Fall 2013. To learn more, visit www.opentopic.com and follow on Twitter @opentopic and LinkedIn.
About True Global Ventures
True Global Ventures is a unique, international, super angel fund formed by more than 30 of the world's leading technology entrepreneurs-turned-super angel-investors. Its network consists of more than 350 high tech investments in Sweden, France, Germany, US and China realized prior to forming True Global Ventures. It leverages these personal networks and the expertise of its founders to support and accelerate the next generation of superstar companies. It exclusively invests in serial entrepreneurs with global ambitions within the Internet, mobile and software sectors in Berlin, Stockholm, Paris, SF-Bay Area, New York, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. Prior to Opentopic, True Global Ventures has invested into Sharespost (Silicon Valley), 4GSecure (Paris acquired by SCCP in Singapore), Polyspot (Paris), Musicxray (New York), Yatedo (Paris), DAD Asia (China), Stryking (Berlin) and Bountysource (Silicon Valley). www.trueglobalventures.com
Source: press release
DATAWATCH (NASDAQ-CM: DWCH) COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF PANOPTICON - ONE OF THE PORTFOLIO COMPANIES OF VENTUREPRENEUR MAGNUS EMILSON
Acquisition Provides Datawatch Customers Real-time Visual Data Discovery Against the Largest Variety of Data Sources. Panopticon Software AB, a privately held company based in Stockholm, Sweden and an industry leader in real-time visual data discovery solutions was acquried by Datawatch this August. “The Datawatch/Panopticon combination is a great fit strategically and culturally,” said Michael A. Morrison, president and chief executive officer of Datawatch. "Bringing together the leaders in information optimization and real-time visual data discovery will empower our customers to optimize the value of virtually any data, and now do it at the speed their businesses operate – even if that means in real-time." Panopticon extends the Datawatch solution to address business users’ ubiquitous needs to understand and extract value from their data through a rich, visual data discovery experience. With Panopticon, customers get a strong, self-service solution to explore, discover and visualize any variety of data, in real-time.
(Source: Datawatch press release)
RUNTASTIC - BACKED BY VENTUREPRENEUR JOHANN HANSMANN WAS ACQUIRED BY GERMAN MEDIA GIANT AXEL SPRINGER
Axel Springer - one of the leading media enterprises in Europe is now the majority shareholder of Runtastic - one of the world's leading providers of mobile apps for the measurement of sport and fitness data. The four founders and the Austrian business angel and Venturepreneur Dr. Johann Hansmann remain on board as a shareholders.
Runtastic was founded in 2009 by Florian Gschwandtner, Alfred Luger, René Giretzlehner and Christian Kaar. It offers sports apps and a web portal for storing and managing training data. According to the company, it has over 90 employees, more than 19 million registered users and more than 46 million Runtastic apps have been downloaded. More than 100,000 are currently being downloaded every day. No financial details were disclosed.
To read more about the transaction, click here.
If you want to learn more about Johann Hansmann who was interviewed by Internetszene.at - Austrian online magazine with the scoop on the hottest startups, reviews of the recent Internet products, and breaking tech news, click here.
(Source: Axel Springer press release)
Super Angel Fund True Global Ventures - founded by Venturepreneur and European Business Angel of the Year 2013 - Dusan Stojanovic invests in Stryking in Berlin and Bountysource in Silicon Valley
True Global Ventures along with Investitionsbank Berlin invested €1.3m in Berlin-based start-up Stryking Entertainment. The complete amount of €1.3m will be used to further develop and launch nspyre™. The new technical solution and service enables developers and publishers of free-to-play games to sell real products next to virtual goods within their in-game shops and to integrate consumer brands as part of the gameplay.
Stryking’s new technology and service nspyre™ with its first module, nspyre commerce, offers a shop-in-shop solution which provides the opportunity to sell real products in free-to-play games by implementing an API. The solution offers contextually fitting products to the users who enter the in-game shops and also provides delivery and logistics of the product as well as all other necessary after sale services. In the upcoming months, further functionalities will be added such as advanced targeting options as well as sponsoring, advertising and product placement opportunities for brands.
On the other hand True Global Ventures invested $1.1m in Bountysource together with the company's founder . The funds will be used in scaling developer community and attracting more corporate sponsors.
Bountysource has created an industry first and something open-source projects desperately
need: a community-friendly way to get funding and support. The tech industry relies heavily
on open-source projects and tools, yet developers struggle to get money and attract
volunteers to help with the day-to-day work required to keep projects running. Bountysource
solves this problem by standardizing the funding cycle and creating a vibrant marketplace of
dialogue and collaboration between developers and backers. The model incentivizes users
to support their favorite open-source projects through monetary donations or completing
bounties connected to a project. The company is also working with corporate sponsors, like
Adobe, who have a vested interest in supporting open-source projects, which often serve as
integral parts of a company’s engineering infrastructure.
About True Global Ventures
True Global Ventures is a unique, international, super angel fund formed by more than 30 of the world's leading technology entrepreneurs-turned-super angel-investors. Founded by Dusan Stojanovic, its network consists of more than 350 high tech investments in Sweden, France, Germany, US and China realized prior to forming True Global Ventures. It leverages these personal networks and expertise of its founders to support and accelerate the next generation of superstar companies. It exclusively invests in serial entrepreneurs with global ambitions within the internet, mobile and software sectors in Berlin, Stockholm, Paris, SF-Bay Area, New York, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.
Besides Bountysource and Stryking, True Global Ventures has invested into Sharespost (Silicon Valley), 4GSecure (Paris acquired by SCCP in Singapore), Polyspot (Paris), Musicxray (New York), Yatedo (Paris), DAD Asia (China).
Do not miss Venture Village interview with Dusan, talking about entrepreneurship, True Global Venutres - his super angel fund and Swedish startup successes.
(Source: press release)
Hanover, Germany, 3 September 2013 - Hanover-based start-up CouchCommerce has raised a seven-figure sum in its initial quest for funding. In addition to Hannover Beteiligungsfonds (HBF), which belongs to hannoverimpuls, the Venturepreneurs Organisation (including founders of Zanox, Autoscout24, blau.de) were also involved in the first round of financing.
CouchCommerce excels with its focus, unique to the market, on advanced web-app technology for online shops. As a result, without prior installation app quality for online shops is achieved directly in the browser for the first time and on all operating systems. Compatibility with all smartphones and tablets is also guaranteed. One of the company’s goals is to expand the CouchCommerce.com SaaS platform which has already steered 500 merchants towards mobile commerce and is growing rapidly. It also wants to use the financing to create an open source development standard for e-commerce web apps. The standard will be published on CouchCommerce.org and based on AngularJS, Google’s web-app technology.
“In addition to the current turnkey mobile commerce solution for small and medium-size online merchants, the vision of creating an open source development standard for customised shop web apps and the experience of the CouchCommerce founding team convinced us this was a good investment”, comments Dr. Peter Wolff, Director of EnjoyVenture, HBF’s management company. “In the future, CouchCommerce won’t just be an attractive option to operators of online shops, but will also let developers and agencies tap into new opportunities. As partners of CouchCommerce they will be able to develop tailor-made web apps for their customers, based on the open source development standard. CouchCommerce will then be able to support major brands and online merchants too”, adds Dr. Wolff.
Alexander Ringsdorff, founder and director of CouchCommerce GmbH explains the company’s vision: “This first round of financing allows us to take a key step towards an e-commerce platform for web-app technology. Only about two per cent of all online shops worldwide are adapted to embrace the PC’s successors such as smartphones, tablets or smart TVs. Consequently, the demand for technologies that support the new gesture technology is enormous. Because 20 to 30 per cent of surfers use these new devices – the majority of them at home on their couches. In this case, mouse and keyboard are outdated and no longer used to fill shopping baskets"
“By making this investment, we’ve managed to firmly anchor a high-potential start-up from our own network to Hanover as a business base”, explains Ralf Meyer, director of hannoverimpuls. “It’s a superb success story for Hanover as a technological bub and for the regional IT industry”. Over the past 18 months, founders Nadine Schmitt, Kai-Thomas Krause, Felix Hanos and Alexander Ringsdorff have put together an excellent team of 14 which has already won three founders’ prizes. In addition to Germany, since May 2013 CouchCommerce has also been available in England, France, Italy and Spain.
The SaaS platform, belonging to Hanover-based CouchCommerce GmbH, automatically and swiftly transforms online shops into web apps for tablets, smartphones and smart TVs. The web apps are displayed directly in the user’s browser instead of the online shop and are gesture controlled. For merchants this translates into higher sales figures due to compatibility with all relevant smartphones and tablets and the low costs involved with entering mobile commerce. CouchCommerce GmbH was founded in February 2012. Experienced entrepreneurs like the founders of Autoscout24, blau.de, Zanox, Qype and 9flats.com are some of the start-up’s business angels.
hannoverimpuls GmbH is the business development organisation belonging to the City and Region of Hanover. Under the umbrella of Invest-Impuls it manages two regional investment funds: hannover innovation fonds (hif) for the seed-funding phase and Hannover Beteiligungsfonds (HBF) for the start-up phase. Furnished with capital amounting to 28 million euros, no other region in Germany offers young technological enterprises such generous financial support.
Invest-Impuls only provides equity in conjunction with other investment partners. hannoverimpuls is on hand to help search for suitable co-investors, whether these are private or institutional partners like the German government’s high-tech start-up fund (HTGF). EnjoyVenture Management GmbH offers professional funding management to start-up companies.
EnjoyVenture is a funding management company, run by entrepreneurs, for seed-phase and start-up financing of innovative technology companies. As an industrial adviser and investor, EnjoyVenture believes active coaching, close liaison with network contacts and management support are core aspects of its role. Long-standing entrepreneurial, financing and industrial expertise and the associated networks set the EnjoyVenture partners apart. Since it was founded in January 2000, EnjoyVenture has helped 50 new companies and has in-depth experience in structuring spin-off financing from corporations and technical and scientific institutions. The seven members of the EnjoyVenture team currently manage four venture capital funds worth 50 million euros in total.
About the Ventrepreneurs Organisation
The Venturepreneurs Organisation is an NPO (non-profit organisation) which was founded in 2007 by venture capital company ACTIVE VENTURE PARTNERS. The non-profit organisation’s goal is to link up international entrepreneurs who regularly make investments at the early stages to ensure that experience gained is constantly shared.
(source: Couchcommerce press release)
We just found out that Ludei (an HTML5 game development platform based in San Francisco) secured $1.5 million in funding. According to the official press release, the funds will be used to expand the engineering team and bring its development platform to app developers outside of the gaming industry.
The round was backed by 2 Spanish VC funds as well as several angel investors.
“This funding further validates our approach to HTML5 development,” said Ludei founder and CEO Eneko Knorr. “HTML5 has taken a lot of criticism in recent years, and it’s true that on its own, it performs poorly on mobile. But our team and the world-class developers using our platform are proving every day that with the right support, HTML5 is ready for primetime, and we’re positioned to take on the biggest players in the app industry.”
More than 6,000 developers, including three of the top 20 game publishers in the world,are using the Ludei Platform to power HTML5 applications with the speed, complexity and features normally reserved for native applications. More than 500 games have been developed using the Ludei Platform.
Ludei’s initial funding came from Eneko, Venturepreneur who sold his previous company to Telefonica before founding Ludei. This round brings Ludei’s total funding to $4.5M.
Ludei enables developers to quickly and easily create, accelerate and publish HTML5-based apps and games. To date, Ludei’s cloud-based HTML5 platform has powered more than 500 iOS and Android game titles. Ludei is based in San Francisco, CA.
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(Source: press release)