Daily news bulletin on German startups

Today’s top stories: discount brochure site Marktjagd has received investment from three major publishers; the Swiss location-based game Gbanga is to offer mobile coupons within the game; and the Entrepreneurs Club Berlin is gathering soon for a workshop on startup funding.

Publishers invest in Marktjagd

marktjagd discount product brochuresThe market for discount product brochures in Germany is enormous and a hitherto little-noticed company is now pushing to the fore: Marktjagd („market hunting“). The telephone directory publisher Muller Media, the Heise Group and publisher Carl Hinnerwisch have invested and between them now hold 40 percent of the shares, which means a step up into the big leagues for the Dresden startup. The biggest competitors in this space – Kaufda, Discounto and MeinProspekt – will be watching carefully to see what Marktjagd does next.

Funding for Mister Spex

Mister Spex funding roundThe online optician Mister Spex has completed a financing round for a cool €7 million. The new investors come from international shores: DN Capital (Shazam, Endeca), which led the round, and private equity group XAnge will help push the expansion of Mister Spex abroad. Read the full story here: Mister Spex gets €7 million growth financing.

Mobile game Gbanga cooperates with Coupies

gbanga coupiesThe location-based game Gbanga is to integrate coupons into its mobile game in a deal with the Cologne mobile coupon specialist Coupies. Players of Gbanga, created by Swiss developers Millform AG, are already accustomed to looking at real places such as cafes within the mobile phone game. Now they will also be offered location-based coupons, offering discounts and incentives from partner companies.

One for the diary: Entrepreneurs Club Berlin

entrepreneurs club berlinThe financing of Berlin startups by the ProFIT programme of the Investment Bank Berlin is the theme for the first in a series of workshops being held by the Entrepreneurs Club Berlin.  The event is the 29 September 2010, starting at 8.30pm, and will include two presentations (in German) on a startup funding with a lot of time for questions, discussions and networking. Struggling startup entrepreneurs will be glad to hear that the event is free.