Daily news bulletin on German startups

Today’s top stories: e-learning platform Tutoria has been acquired by Holtzbrinck Digital; new careers service Oxendo launches in October; entrepreneurs can support Hamburg’s environment with a €100 ad; and €40,000 is up for grabs for the best business plan at the Promotion Nordhessen.

Holtzbrinck acquires Tutoria

Holtzbrinck acquires TutoriaThe e-learning platform Tutoria has been taken over by Holtzbrinck Digital.The website enables users to pair up for one-to-one tuition in any subject, helping students prepare for exams, for example. Georg von Holtzbrinck group already owned 76 percent of the shares in the holding company. Competition in this segment comes from Sofatutor and Lecturio.

Oxendo to launch in October

Oxendo to launch in OctoberGerman startup Oxendo is gearing up to go live in October, with a novel twist on career networking and recruitment. Billed as a ’next generation web application‘, Oxendo says it will let jobseekers build their ‚personal brand‘ and manage their online reputation. On the employer side, the site promises ‚revoutionary‘ tools for job ads, employer branding and talent search and development.

Hamburg’s green portal

Hamburg will be crowned in 2011 the environmental capital of Europe. Startup entrepreneurs have an opportunity to support Hamburg’s environment and enhance their green credentials by taking out advertising space on the platform Umwelthauptstadt.de. It’s a portal for news and discussion about Hamburg’s green movement, with the homepage given over to equal sized ad spaces at €100 a pop.

One for the diary: Promotion Nordhessen

Budding entrepreneurs with a killer business pan should pitch up at Promotion Nordhessen on 30 September for a chance to persuade experienced investors to part with their hard-earned cash. The Business Plan competition has been running for over 10 years and has been responsible for setting more than a few startups on their way. The event includes seminars, workshops and coaching sessions. There is a 40,000 prize for the winner of the gong for best business plan.