Millions for AI Customer Service

The online-platform Gruenderszene reports that Munich startup E-bot7 has raised a cool 5.5 million euros in fresh capital to advance and develop its smart customer-service software. The basic idea is to integrate artificial intelligence into companies’ existing customer support service, for instance, by suggesting answers to client questions.

Electric Trucks

Silicon Valley and Germany’s industrial Ruhr Valley are teaming up – to produce electric transport vehicles.

Don’t Return to Sender

E-Commerce and mail order may be extremely fashionable, but fashion itself remains a problem area. In Germany 40 percent of all clothing ordered online is sent straight back to sellers, often because it doesn’t fit.

One Price Fits All

Transferring money between currencies usually involves often hefty bank fees. But if Frankfurt start-up Giroxx gets its way, excessive-seeming surcharges could soon be a thing of the past.

Engineering Change

Dr. Volker Kefer, president of The Association of German Engineers (VDI), argues that Germany owes its reputation as a technical and manufacturing powerhouse to its engineers. However, engineers must train across disciplines to stay on top in the era of digitalization.

Deutsche Bank Births Potential Unicorn

For the first time Deutsche Bank is making a major investment in a German fintech start-up.

Testing Autonomy

The German capital Berlin has equipped a stretch of road to test autonomous and networked driving.

Smart Hospitals in Germany

With aging populations and increasing demand for medical services, AI and other digital innovations are going to become a crucial part of the healthcare of the future. Check out our video on smart hospitals.

New Stone Age Technology

On the front of the rather nondescript square concrete building in Hamburg are the words “Welcome to the new Stone Age.” But the new electro-thermic (ETES) energy storage facility, which is being tested by Siemens Gamesa, is very much about the future, not the past.

Ms. European Tech Champion

The start-up scene in Germany, as is the case elsewhere, can be a very male-dominated domain. But Munich entrepreneur Monja Mühling is used to being the only woman at investor conferences.