Today’s top stories: media and entertainment group Bertelsmann wants to invest in online school Learnship; Kaufda acquires mobile coupon startup Deutschlandcoupon; and the Financial Times Deutschland is offering €50,000 for new startups via its enable2start iniative.
Bertelsmann has a second go at e-learning
The media group Bertelsmann has reignited its interest in e-learning platforms as it positions to acquire a 20 percent stake in LearnShip, an online school in which the Samwer brothers, Lukasz Gadowski and a slew of other prominent investors already hold stock. Bertelsmann’s first foray into e-learning with kids‘ platform Scoyo ended badly, when it offloaded its acquisition within the year to TV channel Super RTL at a substantial loss.
Kaufda acquires mobile coupon startup
The online shopping network Kaufda has bought Deutschlandcoupon, a platform for mobile coupon campaigns. This will allow it to expand its range as a leading provider of „location-based online services“ throughout Germany. There are several other authorised retailers of mobile coupons in this segment; Kaufda goes head to head with competitors including Yoose and Coupies.
FT offers €50,000 for new startups
Enable2Start, the support initiative for startup entrepreneurs run by the Financial Times, has issued a call for applications for the 2010 competition to find promising new startups. Founders from any industry have until 3 October to apply, after which the FT selects five prize winners who will each receive €50,000 and a column in the startup section of the paper’s website FT.de. The „founder’s diary“ format of the column has in the past given a unique, high transparency insight into the trials of launching a new startup.