Today’s top stories: Yesterday it was Gbanga, now DailyDeal has forged a partnership with mobile coupon specialist Coupies; several prominent German business angels were involved in the latest funding round for ResearchGate; and Flip4New has a new investor on board in the shape of Paua Ventures.

DailyDeal in tie in with Coupies

DailyDeal, Groupon CLone, Coupies, mobile coupon appThe mobile coupon specialist Coupies (coupies.deknits) continues to build close ties with other startups. Now Daily Deal ( has partnered with the Cologne firm to bring a coupon App for iPhone and Android to market. Coupies said it was particularly excited about the „large customer base“ of  Daily Deal.

German angels invest in ResearchGate

ResearchGate funding Benchmark Capital German business angelsResearchGate, the social network for scientists and researchers, has completed a Series A round with a number of prominent German business angels on the list of investors.  Palto Alto investor Benchmark Capital (Twitter, Ebay) led the round. German angels included Joachim Lap (co-founder of Scout24 Group), Martin Sinner (co-founder of Trusted), Ulrich Essmann (co-founder of Sedo) and Christian Vollmann (founder of MyVideo, iLove and eDarling).

Lars Hinrichs and Paua invest in Flip4New

paua ventures flip4new lars hinrichsThe Munich-based VC Paua Ventures has invested a six-digit sum in the Frankfurt startup Flip4New. Xing and HackFwd founder Lars Hinrichs, who first became a shareholder back in April, also participated in the latest funding round. Flip4New buys secondhand consumer electronics, reconditions and sells them on. Competitors in this space include Rebuy, and Wirkaufens.