Antler unveils first investments from Antler Central Europe into eight technology startups

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4 min readSep 22, 2021

We are delighted to unveil today the eight startups we have invested in during our inaugural Berlin cohort. We have received almost 1,500 applications from entrepreneurs to join the first Antler Berlin cohort that officially kicked off in April of this year.

Alan Poensgen, Partner at Antler said: “At Antler we work with companies from the earliest possible stage. At this early stage it is all about the founder talent, which is why we spend so much time identifying the best founders to join us.”

Poensgen adds: “We have worked very closely with these 60 founders as they were forming strong co-founding teams, validating their business ideas and building early traction. After three intense months, we have invested in eight companies. I am personally very excited to see how far these companies have come with the incredibly hard work that the founders have put in over the past months as they were iterating on their first products, acquiring customers and building their fast growing teams.”

After the last few months spent building their startups, the founders are unveiling their companies for the first time at the Berlin Demo Day, pitching to a global audience of VCs, angel investors, entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts. The event is hosted at the “Prince Charles” in Berlin, and online at the same time.

Sarah Finegan, Director at Antler said: “For the portfolio companies Demo Day is a great opportunity to leave stealth mode, present themselves to the broader ecosystem and gather interest from potential partners, early adopters as well as investors around the globe.”

Christoph Klink, Partner at Antler said: “This inaugural Demo Day here in Berlin sets the stage for the first eight portfolio companies in the region. It also marks the beginning of our journey to build a diversified portfolio of 160+ early-stage technology companies in the next 4 years across DACH & Eastern Europe. I am personally very excited about the entrepreneurial spirit and diverse talent across the many geographical hotspots that we have here and I believe that these first eight portfolio companies are a great validation for our hypothesis.”

The eight Antler Berlin portfolio companies are:

Clare&MeHealthTech — An automated AI-driven audio bot to counter mental illnesses such as anxiety and mild depression.

HeyLamaEdTech — A language tutor marketplace that empowers the tutor-student relationship with technology tools to improve the language learning experience.

InsightfulEdTech / Entertainment — An app that combines acquiring knowledge and fun to bring learning to our daily routines

PeccalaFinTech — A Crypto robo-advisor that allows retail investors to easily and effectively invest into crypto currencies.

randevuB2B PaaS — Marketplace as a Service — infrastructure for building, launching, running, and scaling (B2B) marketplaces and matching platforms in an easy, fast, and cost efficient way

RiseMarketplace / FinTech — A social token network to discover, meet, and invest in creators, creating a new asset class

TaplineFinTech — A technology-based funding platform for subscription-based companies with recurring revenues as an alternative to traditional sources of financing

WhooshFinTech / Food — An online ordering and paying platform (through a QR code) for dine-in restaurant guests helping restaurants save on waiting time, manpower, and transaction fees

Twice a year, entrepreneurs from DACH and Eastern Europe, with a vision and ability to build ground-breaking tech companies, can apply to join Antler in Berlin. Selected founders will gain access to a set of diverse and high-caliber co-founders, coaching by experienced entrepreneurs and access to a global network of 600+ top-tier advisors. Antler then provides pre-seed investment to the best teams.

The next founder cohort in Berlin starts on the 4th of October. Apply here!

Antler is a global early-stage VC enabling and investing in exceptional people building the defining companies of tomorrow. Learn more about the platform here.




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