A special fund committed to increasing the number of women within Berlin’s start-up scene. That’s the idea of 43-year-old Israeli investor Mali Baum from Tel Aviv.
Investors / Startups
Who will be the chosen few of 2020? That’s the difficult question facing the jury of this year’s German Entrepreneur Award (GEA). Last year’s winners were characterized by a strong social purpose as well as the right formulas for success.
Berlin start-up Ecosia, which has developed the world’s first ecological search engine, is now playing in the big leagues. That’s after Internet giant Google announced it was adding Ecosia as a default setting on its search bar alongside Google Search, Bing, DuckDuckGo and Yahoo.
Munich entrepreneur Sandra Westermann started her company Superheldin to provide the sort of service she herself once wished she had.
Berlin fintech start-up Myos has raised 10 million euros in investment money. Myos specializes in providing retail merchants with working capital to keep deliveries flowing, expand their assortment of products and grow more quickly.
No one can accuse Hamburg’s Blockchance Ventures of not thinking big. “We provide everything entrepreneurs need to build the next unicorn,” promises this combination of venture capital fund, incubator, fundraiser, PR agency and co-working space provider. And its services are specifically targeted at blockchain start-ups.
At eight locations between Würzburg to the north and Taufkirchen south of Munich, the southern German state of Bavaria has established makerspaces to help young entrepreneurs get their businesses up and running.
Online retail is a competitive business, and every little advantage can make the difference. Artificial intelligence can provide the edge, as Berlin start-up Aristander AI is hoping clients will agree.
Capmatcher uses intelligent technology – the founders chafe at the term “AI” – to pair up entrepreneurs with suitable investors.
Not all wafer margins are thin ones – as the flourishing Freiburg start-up NexWafe knows.