Daily news bulletin on German startups

Holtzbrinck is shutting down its eLab startup incubator; the employer branding and recruitment platform Oxendo has launched a public beta; Eva-Maria Bauch has been appointed CEO of social networking site wer-kennt-wen; and The European today launches an English version of the magazine.

Holtzbrinck closes eLab

Holtzbrinck DigitalOne of Germany’s biggest investors in Internet businesses has shuttered its startup incubator eLab. According to a report by trade publication W&W, Holtzbrinck is scrapping the eLab subsidiary that it set up in 2006. It was not clear whether Holtzbrinck Digital, the umbrella company for the group’s online portfolio, would continue to operate some form of incubator for online startups. eLab boss Markus Schunk gave a somewhat convoluted explanation for the closure: „In the course of focusing on our core business Holtzbrinck Digital over the last few months, our focus on our 100-percent-owned subsidiaries eLab and Networks has diminished.“

Oxendo in public beta

Oxendo to launch in OctoberGerman startup Oxendo has now entered public beta, 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.

Eva-Maria Bauch to head wer-kennt-wenn

Management change at wer-kennt-wenThe RTL-owned social networking platform wer-kennt-wenn has hired Eva-Maria Bauch as its CEO. She takes up her post – which has been vacant since the founders Patrick Ohler and Fabian Jager packed up and left in September after the RTL acquisition – on 1 November. Previously, Bauch was the boss of the Bauer publishing group’s Women Digital arm, where she successfully built the women’s online magazine Wunderweib.

The European launches in English

The progressive online paper The European, which has made a name for itself in Germany as a purveyor of highbrow comment, opinion and debate on current affairs, will launch an English version later today. The European Magazine will launch with the same branding as the German paper and the same focus on political debate, op-ed pieces by opinion formers and high profile interviews. The European was launched in 2009 by founder and editor-in-chief Alexander Görlach, with financial backing and support from Internet investors Team Europe Ventures, and quickly established a broad readership through tie-ins with other media outlets, including T-Online, the news portal of T-Mobile in Germany. The startup broke even for the first time in May 2010 and says it now reaches up to 450,000 readers a day.