Gründerszene Weekly: a roundup of German startup news from the past week
Top stories from the week: Textunes got the backing of high profile investors including HTG; customisable chocolate site Chocri did the same, with Ritter Sport backing it; Tim Von Törn took over the reins at Quelle.de; Windeln.de got a seven-figure investment from prominent investors and business angels; and Stephan Uhrenbacher took up a flagship post at eVenture Capital.
High-Tech Gründerfonds backs Textunes
The “mobile bookstore” Textunes has an influential new investor on board in the shape of the High-Tech Gründerfonds, one of the most active VCs in the German internet space. In addition, the publisher Frederick Oetinger joined in the funding round. According to Deutsche Startups both investors acquired 15 percent of Textunes. The Berlin-based startup has specialised in making mobile content available from publishers.
Ritter Sport backs Chocri
The chocolate giant Ritter Sport has bought a third of the shares of online chocolate retailer Chocri. It is the first time the two-year-old design-your-own chocolate startup has taken investor money to finance further growth. Ritter Sport produces some 2.5 million chocolate bars daily. Chocri’s output recently increased by 1,000 pieces units per day
New boss for quelle.de
Cellity-founder Tim Von Törne has become the new boss at Quelle.de, the retail marketplace owned by the Otto Group. According to Internet World Business, Törne will be focusing on building the technology and lifestyle streams. Otto Group picked up the brand and the accompanying domain Quelle.de for a snip when the company was on the point of being dissolved.
Seven-figure funding for Windeln
The not yet launched Munich startup Windeln has received a seven-figure cash injection. The successful financing round was intimated first in a Facebook post in August – now the identity of the investors has been made public. According to information fromDeutsche Startups, High-Tech Gründerfonds and DN Capital, which recently also backedMister Spex, have invested along with a number of business angels. Windeln.de is a clone of the highly successful US site Diapers.com, which markets baby and toddler products to parents.
Uhrenbacher goes to eVenture Capital
Qype- and Avocado Store-founder Stephan Uhrenbacher is going to work for a spell at BV Capital/eVenture, where he is the current Entrepreneur in Residence. In his blogUhrenbacher explains that his role involves helping “in the identification of outstanding entrepreneurs … and simultaneously getting access to the mindset of investors.”