Alibaba Invests in KONUX

Alibaba was among a group of investors that helped the company KONUX raise USD 13 million in an extension of an earlier Series B financing round.

Deduction of R&D Expenditures from Tax

Investors might soon have yet another incentive to invest in Germany.

Mixed Reality in the Operating Room

A new technology developed in Hamburg could transform surgery across the world. The startup Apoqlar has developed the Virtual Surgery Instructor (VSI), a program that converts CT and MRI scans into 3D models that can be projected directly onto a patient and viewed by a surgeon wearing mixed reality glasses called the Microsoft HoloLens.

Recovering Phosphorus from Wastewater

The German government has stipulated that beginning in 2029 phosphorus must be recovered from wastewater and fed back into the economic cycle.

Germany as a “Sustainable Finance” Location

The State Secretaries’ Committee for Sustainable Development has approved fresh efforts to help make Germany a leading location for “sustainable finance”, which the federal government understands as financial market players taking sustainability into account in their decision-making.

Raisin Raised EUR 100 Million

Berlin’s dynamic fintech ecosystem is attracting more and more investment.

New Fund for Fraunhofer Spin-Offs

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will jointly launch a EUR 60 million fund to help spin-offs commercialize the intellectual property generated at the 72 Fraunhofer institutes spread across Germany.

Smart Dog Collar

A Bielefeld-based startup developed a sensor-equipped dog collar that communicates with a smartphone app.

Recognition Technology

Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH has been developing recognition-technology and lidar (short for “light detection and ranging”) systems for two decades.

World’s First Trading Place for Bitcoin

In what is being hailed as a milestone for the world of cryptocurrencies, Stuttgart saw the launch of the world’s first trading place for Bitcoin and competitors organized by a regulated stock exchange operator.