Startup news from Germany — February 2016

Welcome back to a new episode of news. This time we are joined by special guest Arjan, who runs an english podcast about the startup scene in Düsseldorf, which is called StartInDus. Tune in now and find out more about his podcast and the latest startup news from Germany and Europe.


2015 set new records. 313 bn US$ worth of acquisitions of tech companies have been announced (+82%) also sees good signs in european startup scene. According to data tracked by them 11,96 bn € in 1.516 Venture Capital Deals have been completed in Europe and Israel

As you may have noticed on our social media channels, the team (especially Joe) likes to talk startups worth billions (aka Unicorns). We have found some bad news:

New York Times writes of “The Rise and Fall of the Unicorn”

CB Insights list all 152 found specimins with a valuation of 485 bn € “The Complete List of Unicorn Companies

City AM “London fintech unicorn calls in administrators as Deloitte formally appointed“.

Swiss bases Handelszeitung talks about the crash of the unicorns

San Fransisco Business Times talks about submarines, unicorns who have been listed on a market and their value declined afterwards

Funding Environtment “Winter is coming”

European Tech Scene Begins to Feel Silicon Valley’s Woes — The New York Times

German Business Sentiment Falls as Turmoil and China Sow Concern — Bloomberg Business

Citi: Here Comes a Global Recession — Bloomberg Business

On the website of 4YFN you can find all highlighs of MWC16 related to startups at

On 25 of February took part at Big Data Summit in Hanau

Consultancy finds more than 400 #fintech #startups in Germany (+24 % YoY or 1.5 per week) and P2Ppayments shrinks

Auxmoney (German P2P lending plattform) tripples credit volume in 2015


New regional startup podcast with focus on beautifull city of Düsseldorf inEnglish

Upcoming in April, the Startup Woche in Düsseldorf. 11–17 April

A good overview of Startup accelerators in Europe was posted at It costs something (29 Euro) but it is worth to buy if you are a startup looking for a good accelerator to land

Deutsche Bourse opens up to fintech startups

Berlin is the freelancer hub but frankurt is the city of jobs


A laboratory in Germany made first steps towards healing #HIV?

Shares in fintech darling Wirecard plunge on critical report, but the source and the validity of the reports are questionable

Facebook turned 11 US based Business Broadcast CNBC again posted an Interview, which they had done almost 11 years ago with a young man named Zuckerberg

Joël Kaczmarek (formerly chief editor of startup blog called Grü has a new blog called digital kompakt. Bluntly: Clones goodbye, Rocket will be a normal (?) VC

Wimdu (Rockets airbnb clone) — lost 48,2 mn € in its 4 years of existence

Delivery Hero (Rockets food delivery startup) to exit china amid “anything but sane” competition

Hello fresh wants to quadrupple revenues

Tripda (Rocket’s Carpooling Business) has shut down on March 4

The Frankfurt based health care only crowdfunding plattform aescuvest gains traction. This time they managed to get two medic equipment company funded at the same time

Time to repeat with Yahoo the AOL mistake?

Berlin-based smart home security device maker BuddyGuard raises $1 million

Kickstarter publishes inside story of how Europe’s most-funded project collapsed

German startup Retina Implant nabs $28M for latest tech to restore sight to the blind

A free book about Bitcoin

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