Business

Berlin

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

By | Aug 11, 2014 at 9:34 am

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….

Business

Berlin

French Carpooling Startup BlaBlaCar Raises $100M in Funding

By | Jul 2, 2014 at 5:08 pm

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…

Business

Berlin

Post-Accelerator and Growth Funding in Berlin

By | Mar 31, 2014 at 11:00 am

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…

Education

Berlin

Can WriteReader Improve Literacy By Getting Children to Write Books?

By | Mar 12, 2014 at 1:12 pm

“We’re trying to fix the way we teach our children to read and write,” says Babar Baig, cofounder of WriterReader. “Traditionally, you learn the ABCs. Once you learn that, you can put those into small words and then [form] sentences. This process typically takes one…

Business

Berlin

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

By | Dec 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm

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…

Challenge Cup

Berlin

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

By | Nov 27, 2013 at 11:34 am

“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…

Challenge Cup

Berlin

Meet The Challenge Cup Berlin’s Hottest Showcasing Startups

By | Nov 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm

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…

Challenge Cup

Berlin

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

By | Nov 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

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,…

Conferences

Berlin

An Overview of the Berlin Startup Scene from Hy!

By | Feb 19, 2013 at 9:38 am

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…

Berlin

Berlin-Based Startup Offers Male Housekeepers in the Nude

By | Oct 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

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…

Android

Berlin

Book Club 2.0: Share Your Favorite Books Online with Readmill

By | Dec 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm

We like to share.  We share what where we are.  We share what we’re doing, and who we’re doing it with.  We share what we’re eating.  We share what we’re watching.  We share what we’re listening to. But there seems to be no consensus…

Gear & Gadgets

Berlin

Mind Reading TV By Haier and NeuroSky

By | Sep 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm

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…