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Jörn "Joe" Menninger

Germany has a rich history when it comes to entrepreneurship. From Konrad Zuse, Carl Benz, and Ferdinand Porsche to Werner von Siemens, there is no shortage of success stories that can be told about German-based companies looking for global expansion opportunities abroad or investors seeking out fresh investment prospects at home/abroad. We continue this with Startuprad.io keeping you up to date with the latest on the German-speaking startup scene in Germany (Europe’s largest economy), Switzerland, and Austria, collectively known as the GSA or DACH region. We are an English-only startup podcast with exclusive startup content, including regular news, and interviews. We are the international voice of the German-speaking startup scene. We focus on interviews with startups mostly around their Series B funding or even scale-ups from GSA. Once a month we bring you an exclusive startup new wrap-up as well. We are socred in the global Top 75 Science, Top 125 Tech, Top 400 Business Podcast (Chartable), Global Top 0.5% Podcast (Listen Notes), and global Top 20 Entrepreneurship Podcast on Apple Podcast across all countries (Podder).  Startuprad.io™ - All rights reserved  This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podcorn - https://podcorn.com/privacy Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

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This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups - November 2022 Wrap-Up
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This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups - November 2022 Wrap-Up
Our Highlights: FTX may be history, BUT a German Blog reports there are several parties interested in buying the European Entity of FTX. FTX also triggered Bitpanda to order a special audit from KPMG. We have some more job cuts, this time the 2nd round. Gorillas may sell itself at 1 bn USD even though they have raised 1.3 bn USD in venture capital already. Air taxis are still hot, Volocopter raises more than 180 m US$ to get closer to certification and Lilium sells 100 Airtaxis to Saudi Arabia. The German VC market is stabilizing, according to KfW Research. Our former guest Creditshelf partners with Goldman Sachs and pockets 100 m Euros. Gitpod, a startup from Kiel convinces the founders of GitHub and Shopify to invest.Let's talk startups:Our Sponsor StartupravenThe best way to identify investors and cooperation partners for early-stage startups. Sign up for early access here: all options to follow us and subscribe here: News FTX may soon be History, BUTA German blog Finance Forward reports there are several parties interested in buying the European Entity of FTX, which is headquartered in Switzerland. Their information has been spot-on in other cases in the past.Job Cuts Keep Coming - 2nd Round NowProptechs Homeday and McMakler enter the second round of job cuts. Homeday cuts 20 jobs (60 before) and McMakler again 100 employeesGorillas May Sell Itself at a Huge DiscountSequoia-backed grocery startup Getir is close to buying its troubled rival Gorillas in a heavily discounted deal said to be worth less than $1 billion. They have been valued at their series C investment at 2.1 bn US$ and to date they raised more than 1.3 bn US$.Related: Deutsche-Startups uncovered that Gorillas (which is in the process of selling itself) paid 300 m € this year for french competitor Frichti.Lilium Sells 100 Airtaxis Saudi Arabia buys 100 air taxis from Munich -based startup Lilium. The delivery is expected 2025. Before the deal, they also hired former Airbus executive Klaus Roewe. Fingers crossed for them, they did not generate revenue yet, but 841 m Euros in losses so far. Volocopter Raises 182 M US$Volocopter raises $182M to bring air taxi closer to certification, as part of their Series E funding The company is currently testing its two-seater VoloCity air taxi for the requirements set by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Volocopter is looking to certify its aircraft in H2 2023 and generate revenue with rides in 2024.Creditshelf Partners with Goldman SachsOur former guest Creditshelf partners with Goldman Sachs and hits profitability - Goldman Sachs is providing the German alternative lender for SMEs with up to €100m of secured funding. Learn more in our interview with Creditshelf here Creditshelf is Germany’s only listed pure-play fintech, offering a credit platform, where investors can grant credit to German small and medium enterprises.Mentioned in this episode:Learn more www.startupraven.comYounium and TvaritOur Enablers Younium Younium is the subscription management and billing platform for B2B SaaS. Younium brings the transformative infrastructure to manage and grow your business while you focus on the things that matter. is an industrial ai startup, that helps companies to reduce rejections by 40%-60% in metal casting, as well as saving up to 18% on energy. Learn more here: podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podcorn - -...
This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups - November 2022 Wrap-Up
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This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups - November 2022 Wrap-Up
Our Highlights: FTX may be history, BUT a German Blog reports there are several parties interested in buying the European Entity of FTX. FTX also triggered Bitpanda to order a special audit from KPMG. We have some more job cuts, this time the 2nd round. Gorillas may sell itself at 1 bn USD even though they have raised 1.3 bn USD in venture capital already. Air taxis are still hot, Volocopter raises more than 180 m US$ to get closer to certification and Lilium sells 100 Airtaxis to Saudi Arabia. The German VC market is stabilizing, according to KfW Research. Our former guest Creditshelf partners with Goldman Sachs and pockets 100 m Euros. Gitpod, a startup from Kiel convinces the founders of GitHub and Shopify to invest.Let's talk startups:Our Sponsor StartupravenThe best way to identify investors and cooperation partners for early-stage startups. Sign up for early access here: all options to follow us and subscribe here: News FTX may soon be History, BUTA German blog Finance Forward reports there are several parties interested in buying the European Entity of FTX, which is headquartered in Switzerland. Their information has been spot-on in other cases in the past.Job Cuts Keep Coming - 2nd Round NowProptechs Homeday and McMakler enter the second round of job cuts. Homeday cuts 20 jobs (60 before) and McMakler again 100 employeesGorillas May Sell Itself at a Huge DiscountSequoia-backed grocery startup Getir is close to buying its troubled rival Gorillas in a heavily discounted deal said to be worth less than $1 billion. They have been valued at their series C investment at 2.1 bn US$ and to date they raised more than 1.3 bn US$.Related: Deutsche-Startups uncovered that Gorillas (which is in the process of selling itself) paid 300 m € this year for french competitor Frichti.Lilium Sells 100 Airtaxis Saudi Arabia buys 100 air taxis from Munich -based startup Lilium. The delivery is expected 2025. Before the deal, they also hired former Airbus executive Klaus Roewe. Fingers crossed for them, they did not generate revenue yet, but 841 m Euros in losses so far. Volocopter Raises 182 M US$Volocopter raises $182M to bring air taxi closer to certification, as part of their Series E funding The company is currently testing its two-seater VoloCity air taxi for the requirements set by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Volocopter is looking to certify its aircraft in H2 2023 and generate revenue with rides in 2024.Creditshelf Partners with Goldman SachsOur former guest Creditshelf partners with Goldman Sachs and hits profitability - Goldman Sachs is providing the German alternative lender for SMEs with up to €100m of secured funding. Learn more in our interview with Creditshelf here Creditshelf is Germany’s only listed pure-play fintech, offering a credit platform, where investors can grant credit to German small and medium enterprises.Mentioned in this episode:Learn more www.startupraven.comYounium and TvaritOur Enablers Younium Younium is the subscription management and billing platform for B2B SaaS. Younium brings the transformative infrastructure to manage and grow your business while you focus on the things that matter. is an industrial ai startup, that helps companies to reduce rejections by 40%-60% in metal casting, as well as saving up to 18% on energy. Learn more here: podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podcorn - -...
Green Startup Traceless Replaces Plastics With Compostable Materials #GSA22
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Green Startup Traceless Replaces Plastics With Compostable Materials #GSA22
Executive SummaryJohanna Baare is the founder of Traceless Materials, a startup that produces compostable materials to replace plastic. She was recently awarded the German Startup Award for "Female Newcomer of the Year 2022." Congratulations, Johanna! The award is presented by the German Startup Association. Baare's company is just one of many startups fighting plastic pollution. It's estimated that 40% of today's plastic waste ends up in the environment. This has devastating consequences for wildlife and ecosystems. Traceless Materials' products will decompose in nature in two to ten weeks, without leaving any trace. Baare is one of many female entrepreneurs leading the charge against plastic pollution. We need more innovators like her to create a cleaner, greener future for us all.German Startup Awards 2022This interview is in media partnership with the German startup association. Their German Startup Awards #GSA22 honor each year outstanding female and male founders and investors in special categories.You can also have a look at our history, we also interviewed many winners of the German Startup Awards 2021 already. Subscribe HereWe are always sharing new resources with you. Find all of our options below.We want to make sure that we provide what's best for your growing team, so please take a look at these additional ways in which can help! FounderJohanna Baare is the COO and co-founder of Traceless Materials, an innovative Hamburg-based startup company that specializes in sustainable and eco-friendly materials. She has a background in psychology, which comes in handy for her current role in hr and team building. She also holds an MBA from IE Business School. Before Traceless Materials, she was the COO of a Malmö-based startup where she gained valuable experience in the SaaS industry. Her experience in consulting and management has been invaluable in her current role. Under her leadership, Traceless Materials has become one of the leading companies in its field.The StartupFounded in 2020 by two female entrepreneurs, Traceless is a startup that produces biomaterials to replace plastic. Johanna met her co-founder Anne at ProjectTogether in Berlin, which matches co-founders. The material is compostable, meaning it breaks down into natural substances in two to ten weeks without leaving any trace of microplastic. The company's mission is to reduce the environmental impact of plastic waste. In addition to being compostable, the biomaterial is also recyclable and biodegradable. Traceless is currently working on developing a variety of applications for their biomaterial, including packaging, food service items, and medical supplies. The company has already received funding from several venture capital firms and the European Union. With its innovative biomaterial and commitment to sustainability, Traceless is poised to make a significant impact in the fight against plastic pollution.The team is looking to build a first industrial-scale plant approximately the size of one hectare (107,000 square feet). The next step would be to produce at an industrial scale where the team is looking right now to match the price of non-recycled, aka virgin plastic. The big advantage of their material is that traditional plastic producers can use their granulate in existing machines. This will significantly lower the costs for companies who want to produce sustainable plastic and could eventually lead to replacing a large percentage of traditional plastic with this new sustainable option.Venture Capital FundingTraceless has raised 2,8 M US$ in funding, from 4 investors, including the European Innovation Council and HTGF (link interview CEO). Of these are 2,4 mn Euros from the EU. Right now Traceless is looking for investors to build a small scale industrial plant to procude more of their
Green Startup CleanHub Fights Ocean Plastic Together with Brands
Nov 17 2022
Green Startup CleanHub Fights Ocean Plastic Together with Brands
Executive SummaryMeet Joel Tasche, CEO, and Founder of CleanHub, a green startup on a mission to fight ocean plastic pollution. They enter partnerships with brands to remove plastic waste. They use the proceeds to collect plastic waste in areas, that don’t have waste management systems in place. So this plastic is not ending up in the ocean. Hear about the company’s approach to helping save the planet and what positions they are looking to fill.“Currently we are pumping anywhere from 11 to 14 million metric tons into the oceans”Joel Tasche, Founder and CEO of CleanhubSubscribe HereWe are always sharing new resources with you. Find all of our options below. We want to make sure that we provide what’s best for your growing team, so please take a look at these additional ways in which can help!The Authority on German, Swiss and Austrian Startups | LinktreeOur EnablersYouniumYounium is the subscription management and billing platform for B2B SaaS. Younium brings the transformative infrastructure to manage and grow your business while you focus on the things that matter. is an industrial ai startup, that helps companies to reduce rejections by 40%-60% in metal casting, as well as saving up to 18% on energy. Learn more here: best way to identify investors and cooperation partners for early stage startups. Sign up for early access here:Startup RavenThe FounderJoel Tasche is the CEO and founder of Cleanhub, a startup that is working to reduce ocean plastic pollution. Tasche has always enjoyed nature, growing up on Lake Constanz and close to the Alps. He is also an avid surfer, which is why he decided to spend a semester in Hawaii during his bachelor’s degree. He pursued his master’s at HTW Dresden but enjoyed his internship so much that he stayed in business, instead of returning to finish his master’s.While surfing and hiking in Indonesia, Tasche was horrified by the amount of plastic pollution he saw in the ocean. He realized that he needed to do something to preserve beautiful nature and restrain plastic waste. This led him to a one-year research phase, after leaving his corporate job. Eventually, he founded Cleanhub with the goal of reducing ocean plastic pollution. Cleanhub is working on innovative ways to reduce ocean plastic pollution, and Tasche is hopeful that they will be able to make a significant impact.The StartupOcean pollution has become a major problem in recent years, as the amount of plastic waste that ends up in the ocean continues to increase. According to some estimates, there may be more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic debris floating in the ocean, and this debris is having a devastating impact on marine life. Cleanhub is a green startup that is working to tackle this problem, in partnership with brands. The company was founded by Joel Tasche, who was inspired to take action after seeing the impact of ocean pollution firsthand. While Tasche initially focused his efforts on improving the German waste management system, he quickly realized that this would not make the impact he desired. After receiving a message from a friend in India, Tasche shifted his focus to regions where waste management systems are lacking. Through its partnerships with brands, Cleanhub collects and recycles plastic waste, helping to reduce ocean pollution and protect marine...
Female Founders at the European Angel Investment Summit (2/2)
Nov 15 2022
Female Founders at the European Angel Investment Summit (2/2)
Welcome to the second Episode, brought to you from the European Angel Investment Summit 2022. The European Business Angel Network (EBAN) is an organization that brings together business angels from all over Europe. The aim of the organization is to provide a forum for business angels to share best practices and learn from each other. EBAN also offers training for new business angels who want to get involved in startup investing. The organization held one of its two annual conferences in Brussels recently, bringing together business angel investors from all over the continent. This year's conference was particularly important, as it provided a much-needed opportunity for startup founders to connect with potential investors. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing economic uncertainty, many startups are struggling to secure funding. The conference offered a unique opportunity for startups to pitch their businesses to a large group of potential investors. The conference was a valuable opportunity for startup founders to meet with potential investors and get their businesses off the ground.300 seed-stage startups applied to be at this event of which 25 have been chosen. The event took place in Brussels. We focused on startups from Germany and made short interviews with them on-site. If you want one or more of these startups back for a full interview, let us know in the comments or via email. The event was a great opportunity to network and exchange ideas with other startup founders, business angels, and VC investors from all across Europe. We also got insights into the early-stage startup scene across the continent and had the chance to listen to some great startup pitches. All in all, it was a very inspiring event that definitely left us wanting more. The next event will take place in Athens, Greece in April 2023. You can apply for the event via the EBAN website:  Publication Schedule Startuprad.ioWe are in the hot fall for Startuprad.io, where we publish two episodes each week, until Christmas. We will finish the year with our annual fintech review on December 25th and be back for you on January 19th, 2022.EnablerHessen Trade and Invest is the enabler of some of the most important interviews that have been conducted for this website. Without their brand, Invest-in-Hessen.com, none of these would have been possible. These interviews would not have been possible without Hessen Trade and Invest's willingness to help facilitate my travel and connect me with startups in their network. Subscribe HereWe are always sharing new resources with you. Find all of our options below.We want to make sure that we provide what's best for your growing team, so please take a look at these additional ways in which can help! Intro 00:00:17 Welcome by Joe 00:01:06 Desire Dosch - Guide Care 00:06:34 Hannah Helmke - right. based on science 00:13:30 Katja Filippenko - Saatgutkonfetti 00:22:15 Nikolaus D. Bayer - German Business Angel of the Year 2020 00:26:18 Harald Holzer - HIGHEST - TU DarmstadtFind all blog posts with all the links on our blog discussed in this episode:health tech, MedTech, home care, care-dependent, care at home, startup, startups, business angel, seed...
Meet INZMO one of Europe's Fastest Growing Insurtech Startups
Nov 10 2022
Meet INZMO one of Europe's Fastest Growing Insurtech Startups
Executive Summary We hear from Meeri, who is the co-founder of INZMO (Insurance on Mobile). She co-founded the Berlin-based insurtech which helps to make simple insurance contracts via an app. The simple approach also made them one of the fastest-growing insurtechs in Europe. In the interview we talk about her journey from a corporate lawyer to an entrepreneur, pivoting and founding INZMO. We also talk about how a simple insurance contract via an app could turn 50 bn € sitting on bank accounts productive again. Tune in to learn more. “Our mantra is that insurance just has to be there, hidden in other products. You only realize it is there when you need it.”Meeri Savolainen, CEO and Co-Founder INZMO Subscribe Here We are always sharing new resources with you. Find all of our options below. We want to make sure that we provide what’s best for your growing team, so please take a look at these additional ways in which can help! The Authority on German, Swiss and Austrian Startups | Linktree “We want to be one of the service providers, … who help you to have a fun, free and flexible live.”Meeri Savolainen, CEO and Co-Founder INZMO Our Enablers Younium Younium is the subscription management and billing platform for B2B SaaS. Younium brings the transformative infrastructure to manage and grow your business while you focus on the things that matter. is an industrial ai startup, that helps companies to reduce rejections by 40%-60% in metal casting, as well as saving up to 18% on energy. Learn more here: best way to identify investors and cooperation partners for early stage startups. Sign up for early access here: Startup Raven The Founder Today we’re joined by Meeri, the CEO and co-founder of Berlin-based insurtech startup INZMO. Meeri is a lawyer by training, and she spent several years working in the corporate world before deciding to start her own company. Her co-founders include Risto Klausen a former professional motorcycle road racer and multiple Estonian and Baltic Champion in the Superbike class, which helped inspire the company’s focus on insurance for bikes. They pivoted from only bikes to providing more offers via the app. Since its launch in 2019, INZMO has become one of the leading apps for mobile insurance in Europe, and Meeri has been named one of the top 10 women to watch in insurtech in 2022. We’re excited to hear more about her story and her company’s success. Thanks for joining us, Meeri! The Startup INZMO was born out of the idea to quickly insure a bike via an app (Bike ID). During product presentations of Bike ID the team got feedback, on why they only offer insurance for a bike via their app. This was the moment INZMO was born. The team relocated to Berlin from Estonia. The company is by now one of the fastest-growing insurtechs in Europe, with a female founder. This makes INZMO the first insurtech company in Europe that offers property insurance for e-scooters and regular bicycles through an app. The whole insurance process takes just a few minutes and is completed entirely online — from signing the contract to making a claim. Currently available in Germany, and several other European countries with plans to expand further. And with over 30,000 users already on board, it looks like INZMO is well on its way to becoming the go-to insurance provider for two-wheeled commuters across Europe. They currently offer property insurance including to replace of a rental...
Interviews from the European Angel Investment Summit (1/2)
Nov 8 2022
Interviews from the European Angel Investment Summit (1/2)
The European Business Angel Network (EBAN) is an organization that brings together business angels from all over Europe. The aim of the organization is to provide a forum for business angels to share best practices and learn from each other. EBAN also offers training for new business angels who want to get involved in startup investing. The organization held one of its two annual conferences in Brussels recently, bringing together business angel investors from all over the continent. This year’s conference was particularly important, as it provided a much-needed opportunity for startup founders to connect with potential investors. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing economic uncertainty, many startups are struggling to secure funding. The conference offered a unique opportunity for startups to pitch their businesses to a large group of potential investors. EBAN director Jacopo Losso spoke about the importance of business angels in the current climate, saying “business angels are more important than ever in these challenging times.”Losso went on to say that business angels “provide the seed funding that is essential for many startups.” The conference was a valuable opportunity for startup founders to meet with potential investors and get their businesses off the ground. For this event more than 300 seed-stage startups applied, of which they have chosen 25 for the event. The event we attended took place in Brussels. We focused on startups from Germany and made short interviews with them on-site. If you want one or more of these startups back for a full interview, let us know in the comments or via email. The event was a great opportunity to network and exchange ideas with other startup founders, business angels, and VC investors from all across Europe. We also got insights into the early-stage startup scene across the continent and had the chance to listen to some great startup pitches. All in all, it was a very inspiring event that definitely left us wanting more. The next event will take place in Athens, Greece in April 2023. You can apply for the event via the EBAN website: episode also kicks off our hot fall, where we have two episodes each week, until Christmas. We will finish the year with our annual fintech review on December 25th and be back for you on January 19th 2023. Our Enablers Hessen Trade and Invest Hessen Trade and Invest is the enabler of some of the most important interviews that have been conducted for this website. Without their brand, Invest-in-Hessen.com, none of these would have been possible. These interviews would not have been possible without Hessen Trade and Invest’s willingness to help facilitate my travel and connect me with startups in their network.  Younium Younium is the subscription management and billing platform for B2B SaaS. Younium brings the transformative infrastructure to manage and grow your business while you focus on the things that matter. is an industrial ai startup, that helps companies to reduce rejections by 40%-60% in metal casting, as well as saving up to 18% on energy. Learn more here: best way to identify investors and cooperation partners for early stage startups. Sign up for early access here: Startup Raven This Episode 00:00 Introduction00:16 Welcome by Joe01:46 Jacopo Losso — Managing Director of the European Business Angel Network 07:28 Philo Boras — CEO and Co-Founder Aurora Life Sciences 11:36 Nauman Basit — Founder, CEO and CTO of racksnet 16:58 Pascal Schmitt — CEO Voxel Sound 20:35 Stephane Ruiz — European...
The Network of European Startup Hubs 101
Nov 3 2022
The Network of European Startup Hubs 101
The Network of European Startup Hubs 101 (Podcast)You have it all wrong. Europe is not full of competing startup hubs. They are increasingly forming a network for startups. The startups start at one knot in the network (frequently a university), move on to an accelerator, and end up in one of Europe's top 12 fundraising hubs to raise funds, sometimes becoming a unicorn. On their way, the startups leave traces, like R&D capabilities, sales teams, groups, investors, and so on. So they are not really the product of a city, but a continent with free movement. in our blog post you will find the link to a 115-page report that includes much more data.Our EnablersYouniumYounium is the subscription management and billing platform for B2B SaaS. Younium brings the transformative infrastructure to manage and grow your business while you focus on the things that matter. is an industrial ai startup, that helps companies to reduce rejections by 40%-60% in metal casting, as well as saving up to 18% on energy. Learn more here: best way to identify investors and cooperation partners for early stage startups. Sign up for early access here:Startup RavenAbout the Pulse of the European Startup EcosystemThe European startup scene is changing fast. There are new players, old ones fading away, and even more to come in their place- all vying for a piece of this growing pie! In order not to get left behind you need regular updates on what’s going on so that our entrepreneurs can stay one step ahead when building or investing in companies here. That’s why we started the “Pulse of the European Startup Ecosystem” which will provide you with quarterly podcasts chronicling different aspects related to startup activity across European Hubs, supported by the data from the specialized analytics company DEEP Ecosystems.A Different Understanding of Startup HubsIn the US most startup hubs have to fulfill most of the functions (incubation, acceleration, expansion, fundraising, …). Especially the Silicon Valley and Bay Area had no other option since they are the cradle of today's startup culture. In Europe on the other hand — with its free movement — a network of hubs developed, where hubs fulfill a function in the growth journey of a startup.We pick today three functions of hubs in the network and show you how startups are moving along the network, staying in cities and — some of their staff — moving on to the next stage. But there are always departments, teams, or research locations left in the former home cities. This leads to real European startups, that are distributed across the continent in different locations, departments, teams, and functions.The Twelve Hubs Leading Europe in Fundraising12 Startup Hubs in Europe already reached critical size (raising more than 1 bn € in funding in one year in 2021. They are London, Berlin, Paris, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Munich, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Madrid, Copenhagen, Dublin, and Helsinki. Coming from only one, London, in 2013. Most founders take the opportunity of free movement across the European Union, so the EU beats the US as a preferred location for European entrepreneurs.57% of founders prefer Europe over the US. When asked where founders would...
This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups - October 2022 Wrap-Up
Oct 26 2022
This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups - October 2022 Wrap-Up
Welcome to This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups in October 2022 by Startuprad.io with Chris from Essen, Germany, and Joe from Frankfurt. We recorded this news episode on Thursday, October 20th, 2022. Our Highlights: Another one of our former guests gets a Snoop Dog investment. Quick delivery startup Gorillas seems to sell itself to competitor Getir, according to Bloomberg, despite an earlier announcement they are looking for more investments. Gadget rental service Grover adds 270 m € in venture debt, getting it close to 2 billion €. Our former guest Nuri (formerly Bitwala) had to file for insolvency, now investors jump ship and the company is wound down this year. Volocopter is sued by early crowdfunding backers, Home24 has a takeover offer from a brick-and-mortar furniture retailer and BioNTech takes on cancer. Also, Munich-based travel tech Holidu raises 100 m € in a combination of 75 m equity and 25 m debt funding. Let’s talk startups: Our Enablers Younium Younium is the subscription management and billing platform for B2B SaaS. Younium brings the transformative infrastructure to manage and grow your business while you focus on the things that matter. is an industrial ai startup, that helps companies to reduce rejections by 40%-60% in metal casting, as well as saving up to 18% on energy. Learn more here: show was made possible by Hessen Trade and Invest with their brand Invest-in-Hessen. You can learn more about them here ( We also run a dedicated sub-podcast with all interviews and news in cooperation with them. Find it all here: Tech Startups Germany - Startups and Venture Capital Startupraven.com The best way to identify investors and cooperation partners for early stage startups. Sign up for early access here: Startup Raven Top News Europe’s Largest Cannabis Funding To Date Europe’s largest cannabis funding to date: Snoop Dogg-backed German cannabis startup gets $37.6M Series B led by British American Tobacco learn more about the Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 (German Startup Awards) founder Finn Age Hänsel in our interview Gorillas May Soon Be Bought By Getir Delivery Startup Getir in Advanced Talks to Buy Gorillas (Bloomberg). They write: “Proposed deal for Gorillas would be a mix of cash and equityThe combination would give Getir, which is backed by Mubadala Investment Co. and Sequoia Capital, scale in key European markets including the UK and Germany.Gorillas had previously held talks with a number of competitors about the prospects for a merger or sale of its business, people familiar with the matter said previously.Chief Executive Officer Kagan Sumer said earlier this year that he planned to look for new financing to recalibrate the company to work toward profitability.”  Grover Takes Home 270 m € As consumer spending tightens, yet appetites for tech remain the same, Berlin-based Grover sees an uptick in rental interest and is now bringing its debt funding to close to €2 billion to meet demand. Grover takes on more debt funding, this time €270 million from London-based M&G Our Former Guest Nuri (Bitwala) Will be wound down. Despite seeing interest from investors, they could not get one to sign up. So the company will be shut down until the end of the year. The last day one can use a Nuri account is in mid-December. Neobank Vivid makes
Meet Tvarit - Hidden Industrial AI Champion Making MJanufacturing Sustainable
Oct 19 2022
Meet Tvarit - Hidden Industrial AI Champion Making MJanufacturing Sustainable
Executive Summary The industrial ai startup Tvarit is focused on optimizing the process of casting metals. This process is abundant for parts in robots, cars, all kinds of machines, and heavy equipment. With their approach they help their clients save up to 18% of their energy bill, increase production quality and lower the wastage of the process. Tvarit has raised almost 3 million in funding since our 2019 interview and is looking for Series A funding. Suhas founded 17 startups prior to Tvarit, with this being startup №18, for which he sees the potential to become a unicorn. We’re excited to see how Tvarit will develop industrial ai further and help factories across the world save money and produce better quality products. Subscribe Here We are always sharing new resources with you. Find all of our options below. We want to make sure that we provide what’s best for your growing team, so please take a look at these additional ways in which can help! The Authority on German, Swiss and Austrian Startups | Linktree Our Enablers Our Sponsor Younium Younium is the subscription management and billing platform for B2B SaaS. Younium brings the transformative infrastructure to manage and grow your business while you focus on the things that matter. show was made possible by Hessen Trade and Invest with their brand Invest-in-Hessen. You can learn more about them here ( We also run a dedicated sub-podcast with all interviews and news in cooperation with them. Find it all here: Tech Startups Germany - Startups and Venture Capital The Founder Suhas is a serial entrepreneur who has founded 18 startups, including his last one Tvarit in Frankfurt. Tvarit is an industry 4.0 AI startup that Startuprad.io has been following since 2019. Suhas is an engineer by training (ISEP in Paris). Suhas has worked for more than 12 years for Qualcoom and other companies before becoming an entrepreneur. He has been (co)founding industrial companies and startups in Europe and India already in the past, so this is nothing new for him. In this interview we focus more on the development of Tvarit, for everyone who likes to learn more, we will also link the October 2019 interview in our blog post. The Startup As industry 4.0 and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) continue to evolve, so too does the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) in manufacturing. Manufacturers are already using AI-powered robots for tasks like welding and fabricating, and the technology is quickly being adopted across the industrial sector. One area where AI is making a big impact is in metal casting. By analyzing data from the casting process, Tvarit can help to optimize production and improve quality control. As a result, factories that adopt AI-powered metal casting solutions are able to produce parts more efficiently and with fewer defects and less energy. Tvarit is one company that is leading the way in this area, and its industrial AI software is helping manufacturers around the world to improve their operations. All Links and Show Notes Here is our blog post: Discussed in this Interview In this interview we are talking about metal casting, metal casting parts, industry 4.0, industrie 4.0, industrial internet of things, ai, artificial intelligence, manufacturing,...
Berlin-based Green Startup Trilleco is on a Mission to help Businesses Analyze and Manage their Environmental Impact
Oct 13 2022
Berlin-based Green Startup Trilleco is on a Mission to help Businesses Analyze and Manage their Environmental Impact
Executive Summary Berlin-based green startup Trilleco is on a mission to help businesses analyze and manage their environmental impact, with their industrial IoT data platform. The startup's non-code data platform makes it easy for companies to see how they can reduce their carbon footprint and make positive changes for the environment. Female co-founder Miriam Janke is passionate about helping businesses operate in a more sustainable way and contribute to the goal of limiting global warming. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Trilleco is also working towards a circular economy where resources are reused instead of being thrown away. Through its innovative platform, Trilleco is helping businesses make meaningful progress towards a more sustainable future. This interview is part of our female entrepreneurship track, where Joe is sick leave cover for Johanna. Subscribe Here We are always sharing new resources with you. Find all of our options below. We want to make sure that we provide what's best for your growing team, so please take a look at these additional ways in which can help! Sponsor Startupraven A startup's journey can be a tough one, but it doesn't have ́to feel like you're alone on your quest! Invest in others' success with us by joining our community of entrepreneurs who are building amazing things every day - no matter how big or small their ideas may seem at first glance. The best way to find investors and cooperation partners for early-stage startups. Sign up here: Sponsor Younium Younium is the subscription management and billing platform for B2B SaaS. Younium brings the transformative infrastructure to manage and grow your business while you focus on the things that matter. Founder Miriam Janke ( is an inspiring young female founder who has co-founded green startup trilleco to work on a better future. She is currently with her startup in the Paris TechStars accelerator, where she is working on developing her green business goals. Miriam is a TEDx speaker on environmental protection and has spoken widely about the need for more female entrepreneurs in the green business space. Her work with trilleco is helping to make the world a cleaner and more sustainable place, and she is an inspiration to other young women who are looking to make a difference in the world. We can all learn from Miriam's example and be inspired by her commitment to making a difference. The Startup Trilleco ( is a green startup based in Berlin that has developed a data platform to help industry 4.0 become more sustainable. The platform makes data from the company accessible and makes the environmental impact visible to enable the company to manage it. The company's goal is to help reduce the environmental impact of industrial IoT by making it easier for companies to adopt green practices. Trilleco is one of the first companies to offer a no-code data platform that makes it easy for companies to get started with green practices. The company has ion the EIT Manufacturing program and is currently part of the TechStars Accelerator in Paris. Trilleco is Hiring They have offices in Finnland, Germany and Spain. They also operate in Austria, Switzerland and Italy. You can learn more about them here:
Meet Monite - They Make the Life of CFOs Easier
Oct 6 2022
Meet Monite - They Make the Life of CFOs Easier
Executive Summary Monite is a Berlin-based embedded finance startup, which is already active in the US, UK, and major European economies, despite being at Seed Stage. With their API partners like B2B neobanks, SaaS companies & marketplaces can embed Invoicing, AP Automation, and more in 3–5 weeks. They are looking for next year for their next funding and start to offer contract management. We really want to make sure, that anyone who wants to offer workflows with financial documents … can integrate it with us. Ivan Maryasin, CEO & Co-Founder Monite Subscribe Here We are always sharing new resources with you. Find all of our options below. We want to make sure that we provide what’s best for your growing team, so please take a look at these additional ways in which can help! revolution is yet to happen for CFO tools.Ivan Maryasin, CEO & Co-Founder Monite Our Sponsor Younium Younium is the subscription management and billing platform for B2B SaaS. Younium brings the transformative infrastructure to manage and grow your business while you focus on the things that matter. Sponsor Startupraven A startup’s journey can be a tough one, but it doesn’t have ́to feel like you’re alone on your quest! Invest in others’ success with us by joining our community of entrepreneurs who are building amazing things every day — no matter how big or small their ideas may seem at first glance. The best way to find investors and cooperation partners for early-stage startups. Sign up here: tool could be build by bigger players in 12–18 months, but we give them an API with which they can start earn revenue in a few weeks.Ivan Maryasin, CEO & Co-Founder Monite The Founder Our guest is today Ivan Maryasin the CEO and Co-Founder of embedded finance startup Monite. He worked in Moskow, Boston, and the Bay Area, and finally ended up in Berlin in the early team of Penta, as head of growth. He left Penta, when he saw the opportunity for embedded finance tools, especially for CFOs, in order to set up Monite. The Startup Monite is an embedded finance startup, that enables non-financial companies to add financial functions without holding a license. The tool of Monite helps startups and SMEs automate some of their finance workflows. They enter the market another way, they are not offering their services to the clients directly, but enable the service providers to offer accounting and financial services, e.g. Qonto, and Penta. They currently offer payables automation and receivables automation. Monite is currently available in the US, UK, and major countries of the EU. In 2023 they will focus on contract management, to integrate in their functions. Find all the Links and Show Notes here: discussed in this interview: finance, treasury, embedded finance, treasury function, financial management, startup financial management, integration, saas, api, accounts payables, usa, uk, eu, germany, france, venture capital, hiring, open positions This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podcorn - -
This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups - September 2022
Sep 28 2022
This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups - September 2022
Our highlights: Germany is preparing for a potentially rough winter, in many ways. Now Environmental Action Germany (Deutsche Umwelthilfe): Asked Germans not to put up any Christmas lights this season. Startups in GSA keep laying off staff, but also raising significant funds. We have our usually shortened list a bit longer this month, to show that it is not all gloom and doom here. You will also notice that the M&A activity is up, totaling 55 bn US$ in summer 2022 (for all of Europe), and is still going strong. Let’s talk startups:  Subscribe Here Find all options to subscribe to our newsletter, podcast, YouTube channel, or listen to our internet radio station here: The Authority on German, Swiss and Austrian Startups | Linktree Our Enablers Invest-in-Hessen This show was made possible by Hessen Trade and Invest with their brand Invest-in-Hessen. You can learn more about them here ( We also run a dedicated sub-podcast with all interviews and news in cooperation with them. Find it all here: Tech Startups Germany Startupraven.com The best way to identify investors and cooperation partners for early-stage startups. Sign up for early access here: Startup Raven Blog Post Find all links, news and show notes here:   Top News Berlin’s Everphone extends Series C to $232M Everphone started with their first fundraising for Series C in December 2021 and now make an additional closing of 32 mn Euros, which totals — according to PitchBook 232 m US$ Series C for their device-as-a-service model Crypto Boom is slowing European crypto app downloads have almost halved from 2021 amongst the biggest drops are Blockchain.com and unicorn Bitpanda. Sifted writes “Beleaguered Austrian crypto trading platform Bitpanda saw a 65% decrease in app downloads from 563k in H1 2021 to 197k in H1 2022. In June, the company laid off a third of its employees, admitting that it had hired too fast and needed to cut back expenditure amid the crypto market rout.” VCs keep an eye on their investments and the app downloads are a proxy for growth here for them. Insolvencies hit household names Yes, they are not startups, but it gives you a great overview of the current environment, also for the startups Automotive supplier Dr. Schneider has to file for insolvency with 4000 people employed thereShoe retailer Ludwig Görtz is a staple in German shopping streets founded in 1875 with their big stores and 1.800 employees, now they have to file for insolvencyGerman toilet paper producer Hakle is a household staple in Germany. Now they have to file for insolvency, due to high costs of raw materials, energy, and transportationTraditional Austrian lighting company Kolarz, founded in 1918, has to file for insolvency    Podcast monetization is getting serious with international involvement Lots of mergers in monetizing podcasts, the first Julep from Munich was bought by Libsyn and now London-based Auddy buys Vienna-based Audiomy  More firings :-( Keep in mind here, that most startups are likely not in financial trouble, but they rather try to extend the money they have already raised. The consensus seems to be cutting 15–20% of the workforce for most startups. Berlin-based escooter company Tier...
Fintech Opportunities in Central Bank Digital Currency - Part 1
Sep 21 2022
Fintech Opportunities in Central Bank Digital Currency - Part 1
Executive Summary This episode is part of our Subject Matter Expert Interviews. It will be one in a series over time, keeping up with the development of the central banks and their digital currency. This episode is just the start! We talk to Kimmo, a regtech entrepreneur, who formerly worked at the central banks of Finland, Norway, the Bank of England, ECB, and the Fed in New York City. This episode is a starting point for us, from which we will dive deeper, keeping up with the developments on CBDC. At the Federal Reserve in New York I siumlated attacks on critical infrastructure on the back of the 9/11 attacks.Kimmo Soramäki, Founder and CEO of FNA Subscribe Here We are always sharing new resources with you. Find all of our options below. We want to make sure that we provide what's best for your growing team, so please take a look at these additional ways in which can help! work with a lof of clients with three letter acronyms. So we decided to name our company financial network analytics, FNA.Kimmo Soramäki, Founder and CEO of FNA The Expert This episode is part of our Subject Matter Expert Interviews. It will be one in a series over time, keeping up with the development of the central banks and their digital currency. We talk to Kimmo, a regtech entrepreneur, who founded with FNA a company that helps banks, central banks and financial institutions. He has already advisde the central banks of Finland and Norway, been a visiting researcher at the Bank of England and expert at ECB. He also spents a year as research economist at the Fed in New York City. His first software simulated for finish banks the impact of joining the euro zone. When the financial crisis 2008 came, we realized that we don’t need an outside attack on the symstem to destabilize it. Kimmo Soramäki, Founder and CEO of FNA Our Sponsor Startupraven A startup's journey can be a tough one, but it doesn't have ́to feel like you're alone on your quest! Invest in others' success with us by joining our community of entrepreneurs who are building amazing things every day - no matter how big or small their ideas may seem at first glance. The best way to find investors and cooperation partners for early-stage startups. Sign up here: Post Find all links and show notes here: Discussed in This Episode: central banks, central bank digital currency, digital currency, bank of english, federal bank, federal bank of new york, bank of england, currency, timeline, cbdc, stable coin, usd coin, us dollar stable coin, euro stable coin, cny, chinese yuan, chinese stable coin, yuan stable coinThis podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podcorn - -
Meet Hidden Giant in Shoppers Rewards: Global Savings Group
Sep 15 2022
Meet Hidden Giant in Shoppers Rewards: Global Savings Group
Executive Summary The Global Savings Group (GSG) is not a fintech. They are a hidden champion as Europe’s leading shopping rewards company, founded in 2012. They are offering an alternative to the GAFA channels and are active in 20+ countries under different brands. Amongst their clients are small merchants and well-known global companies. “We try to offer an alternative to the GAFA [Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon] channels, but we don’t do classical advertising”Gerhard Trautmann, CEO and Co-Founder GSG  Subscribe Here We are always sharing new resources with you. Find all of our options below. We want to make sure that we provide what’s best for your growing team, so please take a look at these additional ways in which can help! Startuprad.io - Global Top 125 Tech Podcast | LinktreeGlobal Top 125 Tech Podcastlinktr.ee Our Sponsor Startupraven A startup’s journey can be a tough one, but it doesn’t have ́to feel like you’re alone on your quest! Invest in others’ success with us by joining our community of entrepreneurs who are building amazing things every day — no matter how big or small their ideas may seem at first glance. The best way to find investors and cooperation partners for early-stage startups. Sign up here: Startup RavenWelcome! We know the time-consuming process of approaching investors and companies can be tedious, so we do it for you…startupraven.com  The Founder This time Gerhard Trautmann is our guest, the CEO and co-founder of Munich-based Global Savings Group. If you have not heard of them, they are active in 20+ countries under different brand names. He met his co-founders while still working in management consulting, and they decided to make their Powerpoint slides reality. “Oliver Samwer said he did not like our ideas, but we could be a cool team.”Gerhard Trautmann, CEO and Co-Founder GSG The Company Global Savings Group ( is not a fintech company, they are working in the affiliate marketing space. They call themself a lead generation company, including couponing pages. They are active in 20+ countries with multiple websites across Europe. They won the German Deliotte Fast 50 Award.They own several commerce content portals. Some of their largest markets are the UK and France, even though they are headquartered in Munich. The company was started in cooperation with Rocket Internet. Amongst their clients are small merchants and adidas, Just Eat, IKEA, dyson, Lenovo, SAMSUNG, ebay, Nike, H&M, Booking.com, O2, Sephora and Ray Ban. They are also working with large media companies including Focus, CNN, El Pais, IG.com (Brazil), Le Express (France), Business Insider and One India on deals, discounts and coupons. “We funded our acquistions as a combination from our profits, loans and exchange of shares”Gerhard Trautmann, CEO and Co-Founder GSG  Venture Capital Funding The company raised in total M 79 US$ in funding since interception in 2012 up to Series D. They did not disclose the amount of their last funding in 2021. Amongst their investors are General Global Capital, TRP Global, HV Capital, Groupe M6, Rocket Internet, DTCP, New Enterprise Associates and Headline. Open to Talk to Takeover Targets GSG wants to grow organically, but is open to talk to companies that feel like they could add to their journey.  Learn More Find our blog with links and show notes here...
Meet COMPREDICT, the Startup Where Blackberry and Michelin Invested
Sep 8 2022
Meet COMPREDICT, the Startup Where Blackberry and Michelin Invested
Executive Summary COMPREDICT is a Darmstadt, Germany-based deep tech startup, offering virtual sensors for cars. They already convinced Michelin and Blackberry to invest, so we thought it would be about time to catch up with the team around Rafael. Virtual sensors in a car take data from physical sensors and fuse them to generate additional measurements. Rafael Fietzek, MD and Co-Founder COMPREDICT  Subscribe Here We are always sharing new resources with you. Find all of our options below.We want to make sure that we provide what’s best for your growing team, so please take a look at these additional ways in which can help! Startuprad.io - Global Top 125 Tech Podcast | LinktreeGlobal Top 125 Tech Podcastlinktr.ee Our Enablers Invest-in-Hessen This show was made possible by Hessen Trade and Invest with their brand Invest-in-Hessen. You can learn more about them here ( We also run a dedicated sub-podcast with all interviews and news in cooperation with them. Find it all here: normal car has four physical wheel speed sensors to measure each wheel. With us, you need only two physical sensors and save money.Rafael Fietzek, MD and Co-Founder COMPREDICT  Feedback We are always looking for ways to make the show better. Please take this opportunity and share your feedback with us! You can also suggest topics or interview partners that you’d like featured on future episodes by leaving a comment below — we would love to hear from YOU!!!   Blog Post with Links and Show Notes Find it here:  This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podcorn - -
Startup News GSA - Summer Wrap-Up (July & August '22)
Sep 4 2022
Startup News GSA - Summer Wrap-Up (July & August '22)
Our Highlights Startups in GSA did better than expected. We had a few insolvency filings, but also amazing fundraisings like Celonis 1 bn US$ combination of equity and debt funding. Insuftech Wefox raises 400 m. One can already see the signs of a downturn, M&A activity going up, as well as the news about insolvencies or job cuts/ hiring freezes. But — according to a Bikcom survey — 8 out of 10 startups are still hiring. Deal time our recent guest Qonto buys former guest Penta and there was more in a B2B neobank deal week. Even Allianz had to learn, that one can not buy fintech success and there is more news on Wirecard. We will also bombard you with funding data on Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, as well as global numbers. Keep in mind you can read all our news on our blog News Celonis Secures 1 bn US$ Funding Celonis remains a success story with a 400 million Series D extension and a 600 mn US$ credit facility, at a valuation of nearly 13 bn US$. They are cementing their spot as Germany’s most valuable startup as well as its only decacorn. They do process mining and help to identify unrealized efficiencies. Right now, they’re helping with supply chain issues, for example. Despite Market Conditions, WeFox Closes 400 m US$ Funding Wefox, the Berlin-based insurtech, closes USD 400 million Series D round at 4.5 bn Dollar valuation One Former Guest Has to File for Insolvency German crypto startup Nuri had a streak of bad luck. First, they announce to cut almost 20% of their headcount, then millions of their client’s money is frozen with Celsius and now a blog claimed it all hit during fundraisingEventually followed by an insolvency filing crypto neoborker Nuri had to file for insolvency. Now the insolvency administrator says there are parties interested in buying the company Neobrokers Facing Headwinds Neobrokers close to the edge: No good news from the SEC report on the poster child of all neo-brokers. Unfortunately, there is no report for Germany mentioning e.g. Trade RepublicRobinhood almost imploded during GameStop meme stock chaos — TechCrunchBankman-Fried’s FTX Is Seeking a Path to Buy Robinhood — BloombergWhat does this mean for BitPanda, Trade Republic, Scalable Capital, and N26? Do they also need to look for a strategic buyer rather than an IPO? B2B Neobanks Had a pretty big Deal Week Qonto Announces Plan to Acquire Penta as we have predicted two weeks before we have extensive coverage of Penta from the past linked in the article, as well as an interview with Qonto’s head of Germany. Also Kontist was selling itself at a pretty hefty discount of Quick Delivery Business Model still Questioned After only one year: Gorillas is closing shop in Belgium. Efarmz is taking over partsGorillas wants to save itself with advertising from consumers and food giants of the world, the producer of the products they are delivering every dayMore signs of the current economic environment for startups: Munich-based quick delivery startup arive delivers tech gadgets and lifestyle products. They just had...
Asvin Provides Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things
Jul 27 2022
Asvin Provides Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things
Starwars fans may remember that death star was destroyed due to a data leak.Mirko Ross, Founder and CEO ASVIN, Podcaster Hackwerk Executive Summary We interview Mirko, CEO of Asvin a cybersecurity startup. During the interview, we touch on data leaks in Star Wars, vulnerabilities in IoT, IoT devices, software, supply chains, and even in space (think cube satellites). ASVIN provides many tools to uncover and fix these vulnerabilities. Mirko is also a cybersecurity podcaster at Hackwerk, which you can also hear on our internet radio station www.startup.radio. Subscribe Here We are always sharing new resources with you. Find all of our options below. We want to make sure that we provide what's best for your growing team, so please take a look at these additional ways in which we can help! operators can take over millions of devices by simply scanning the internet and following up with a brute force attack.Mirko Ross, Founder and CEO ASVIN, Podcaster Hackwerk Our Sponsor Startupraven A startup's journey can be a tough one, but it doesn't have ́to feel like you're alone on your quest! Invest in others' success with us by joining our community of entrepreneurs who build amazing things every day - no matter how big or small their ideas may seem at first glance. The best way to find investors and cooperation partners for early-stage startups. Sign up here: all Links and Show Notes on our Blog  This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podcorn - -