Berlin-based urban farming platform Infarm lands $100 million from Atomico

German-founded Urban farming startup Infarm has secured a $100 million funding round described as a mix of equity and debt financing led by Atomico, with participation from existing investors Balderton Capital, Astanor Ventures, Cherry Ventures, and TriplePoint Capital. Infarm has developed a quickly-deployable modular urban vertical farming platform. The company currently operates in Germany, Switzerland, […]

German-founded meal-in-a-bottle startup YFood raises €4.2 million

Munich-based foodtech startup YFood has secured €4.2 million in a Series A funding round led by Five Seasons Ventures, with participation from New Ground Ventures and existing investors. The startup plans to hire more people within the next few months and focus on the markets of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Founded in 2017, YFood has […] Podcast #57: Songkick and Samlino's funding rounds, the CEE region is on the rise again, eFounders and WIRED 100 Podcast #120: German publishers against the big bad tech, mergers and partnerships in Europe, interview with Samsung NEXT’s Christina Bechhold Russ, and more

This week, Natalie Novick and Andrii Degeler discussed the new alliance of German publishers to fight Facebook and Google, the rise of mergers and partnerships across the continent, the importance of VC branding, enthusiasm for tech, and much more. We’ve also prepared an interview with Samsung NEXT’s Christina Bechhold Russ.

Axel Springer acquires another 14 percent in Purplebricks for €49 million

German publishing giant Axel Springer has increased its stake in the UK-based digital real estate platform Purplebricks to 26.6 percent by acquiring €49 million worth of stock “from various founding shareholders” at £1 per share. At the time of writing, Purplebricks was trading at £1.082 per share. Launched in 2014, Purplebricks bills itself as a […]

Berlin-based travel booking startup Tourlane raises $47 million

German travel startup Tourlane has landed $47 million in a funding round led by Sequoia and Spark Capital, with participation from DN Capital and HV Holtzbrinck Ventures. As it usually happens, the startup plans to use the funding to expand internationally, hire more people, and further develop its product. Founded in 2016, Tourlane is a […]

German phone sales assistant startup Ciara lands “millions” from UVC

Germany’s Ciara, a digital assistant for sales representatives, has raised “millions” in funding from Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners (UVC Partners), with participation from the founders of Interhyp Marcus Wolsdorf and Robert Haselsteiner, as well as entrepreneurs Christian Mangstl and Felix Haas. Ciara, which appears to have just come out of stealth, works as a real-time […]