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Food Delivery Startup Foodpanda Raises $60M to Expand in Emerging Markets

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Rocket Internet’s food delivery service, foodpanda, announced today they have raised $60 million in funding from a group of investors, including existing investors Falcon Edge Capital as well as Berlin-based Rocket Internet AG. Foodpanda is affiliated with the brands hellofood and Delivery Club in emerging markets. This round brings the total raised by the company to $108… Read more »


French Carpooling Startup BlaBlaCar Raises $100M in Funding

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Why hire a black car service when you can just catch a ride with someone going towards your destination anyway? That’s the idea behind BlaBlaCar, a French carsharing company. They announced today that they raised $100 million round from Index Ventures, Accel Partners, and more to “transform city-to-city travel.” Unlike Uber,  BlaBlaCar doesn’t enlist drivers but offers users… Read more »


Post-Accelerator and Growth Funding in Berlin

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A couple of weeks ago, a colleague and I went on a trip to Vienna, Austria to deliver a keynote to a state-funded innovation agency to discuss entrepreneurship and the role of mentoring. One of the key points that came out of that discussion was the role of accelerators and the state of growth funding… Read more »



Knicket.com Launches, Promises a New Way to Search App Stores

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Today in Berlin a brand new, web-based discovery platform, Knicket.com, was launched to give consumers on Android or iOS transparent comparison shopping with regard to apps. The third-party search engine catalogues the over 1 million available apps and delivers hypersensitive results to consumers. “As an app developer it was obvious:  With the existing search engines,… Read more »


Berlin is the Place to be for Startups, According to Challenge Cup Participants

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“It’s vibrant, super-interesting, diverse, fun, sometimes over-rated, but in general, really great!” That’s how KIWI.KI co-founder Christian Bogatu describes the startup scene in Berlin, where 20 companies pitched their ideas and innovations at 1776’s Challenge Cup event. KIWI.KI pitched under the Smart Cities category (winner: einFach). Other categories included Health (winner: OPTretina), Energy (winner: PlugSurfing),… Read more »


Meet The Challenge Cup Berlin’s Hottest Showcasing Startups

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Last week was the Challenge Cup Berlin’s Regional competition, held at Betahaus.  Dozens of startups delivered their one-minute pitch on stage to a panel of judges, where one company from each category would emerge as the winner and move onto the final round. In the spirit of Tech Cocktail, however, we want your take.  We ran a poll for each… Read more »


Who are the Challenge Cup Berlin’s Hottest Showcasing Startups? [POLL]

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In case you missed it, Tech Cocktail has proudly partnered with 1776, the Washington, DC-based startup incubator, to bring you the Challenge Cup – a global competition to identify the hottest startups in education, energy, health, and smart cities. On November 13th, Challenge Cup will bring the excitement to Berlin, where dozens of startups will battle for the four regional winners’… Read more »


An Overview of the Berlin Startup Scene from Hy!

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As the startup scene in Berlin flourishes, Hy! has emerged to showcase the scene and connect European startups with investors from around the world. Hy!, founded last year, runs big events that can attract around 1,000 attendees. January’s event saw startups competing for prizes worth over $260,000. The top winners were knowable, a social network… Read more »


Berlin-Based Startup Offers Male Housekeepers in the Nude

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If your biggest complaint about male strippers is that they don’t clean your house, well then you’re in luck (assuming you live in Berlin).  A new German startup by the name of Putzpimmel is taking the housekeeping industry in a radically nude new direction.  That’s right, male maids in their birthday suits. PutzPimmel is founded by Janine Michael, a… Read more »



Mind Reading TV By Haier and NeuroSky

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At the Internationale FunkAusstellung (IFA) conference in Berlin, Germany, Haier and NeuroSky unveiled the Haier Cloud Smart TV with the ability for users to interact with their TV using their brains. The TV is scheduled to be released in October of this year in China; the price is yet to be determined. Rather than using… Read more »