Print Peter: "You Chill, We Print"

As a student, you’ll know that one of the biggest bane of your life is the cost of printing. You pay a certain amount of tuition each year to attend university, in some countries more than others, and you’re still expected to pay money to print off the work for a university you’re paying to attend and eventually graduate from. It has been said that European countries have a higher quality of student life for the tuition fees they ask, compared to those say in the US or in the UK. 

In Berlin, the latest way to make the life of a student even more convenient and frugal is a free printing service, a startup called ‘Print Peter’. Founded by three friends at university, it is a platform where students can upload their university material for free. ‘Print Peter’ prints the pages and binds them within 48 hours, all completely for free. With such a rising demand of dissertations, thesis’ and deadlines, the service has become of great value to the university students of Berlin and beyond. The offer is open to all students enrolled at a German university, and due to it’s success and popular demand, the company is now able to spread internationally, and wants to bring its services to Australia and Switzerland 

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The succes of Dean&David: Healthy Food for the Go

If you live in German, Austria or Switzerland, you are probably familiar with the Dean&David restaurants. This is a company that started as the first salad bar in Munich back in 2007. Nowadays, it is the most successful healthy fast food franchise in Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Everything began in 2005, when its founder, David Baumgartner, went on a long trip around the world, being the USA, Australia and Asia the most remarkable places for what he was planning to do. What he found in those countries was a quick access to healthy food that was also available anywhere.

It was something that he could not find in Germany back then, so when he came back to Munich, he created Dean&David. At the beginning, he had little to no rest from work since he was the one cutting vegetables, the one cleaning the floor and tables, and the one in charge of financial niches and organizing working schedules.

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Green Guru’s: a win-win using the leftovers

Ever since the trend of startups has erupted, the life of a general human being has improved! Even though they are a bit tormenting for the planner and executors, they make life easier for the customers they are serving! One of such startups gaining momentum in Berlin is Green Guru’s. If you are someone who has decided to change your life and start living healthy, Green Guru is here for your help. We all know that taking the New Year’s resolution to live healthy is easy but actually implementing it is quite difficult. Now, who has the time and energy to sit and plan your meal and actually make all the healthy stuff? Also, a lot of people who have a full time job usually do not find spare time to make the healthy food items. Thus is when Green Guru comes to your assistance. It helps you in living a better life by providing you with the most delicious and well-made salads and smoothies!

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The Rise of Recommerce in Germany

Recommerce is, simply put, the recycling method of the Internet and modern technology age. It works by offering a guaranteed repurchase price to the holder of the product, or by organising the logistical return of the product. In 2016 you can pretty much recommerce anything if it fits the guidelines, with companies offering products from jeans, corks, eyeglasses and watches, or cultural goods, to books, CDs and DVDs. It is an access to second hand luxuries, like smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs and cameras. An excellent example of recommerce in 2016 is the company Envirofone, who buy second hand or even damaged phones and recycle them safely and in an environmentally friendly manner.

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Savedo: a European market place for savings

Saving money at a bank hasn’t been that popular among consumers.  Apart from the fact that many alternatives for saving money have become available, yields on savings at the local bank don’t seem appealing to consumers anymore.

Saving abroad

It could very well be that a foreign bank offers a savings account with a better interest rate.  Most banks limit the availability of savings accounts to inhabitants of that country. Even within the European single market -that  seeks to guarantee the free movement of people, goods, services and capital-  it often proves difficult to open a foreign savings account.

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European Food Innovation: Early Taste, Menu Next Door, NaturSnack

Early taste is a dedicated German breakfast delivery service. The company was founded in 2015 by Dominik Senk and Steffen Oldenburg (both 29).

Prices for a one person breakfast that can be ordered from their website range from 10- 14 euro per person.

Gruenderszene recently tested the service. Results: There is not a lot to choose from. The food is good and certainly worth waiting for (more than one hour). The prices are rather high compared to what you get for it.

 

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Rocket Internet's Musical Endeavour

Rocket internet is never sitting still. Among the recent activities of the Germany based incubator, has been the founding of Bandist, an online market place for Musical instruments.   

Business model

Selling musical instruments solely online, has already proven itself as a valid business model by for example Siccas Guitars (Karlsruhe, Germany).  Bandist will however offer its services as a market place: Music shops and private sellers are enabled to open a shop on Bandist and benefit the market place promoting and selling features. According to the Bandist - FAQ, advertising on Bandist will be free of charge. A 5% fee will be imposed on transactions however. 

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Zalando tests same-day delivery in Germany

European online fashion giant Zalando, is testing same-day delivery in Cologne and Berlin.

At this moment a randomly selected group of German clients, receives some sort of upgrade when they buy online: orders made before 4 pm, will be delivered beteween 7 and 9 pm of that same day.  The client will not be charged for the additional speed. 

 

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Shoepassion.com goes brick-and-mortar

Munich, Germany: German online men’s shoe-retailer Shoepassion.com recently opened its second brick-and-mortar store in the city of Munich. Although their first store was opened in Berlin’s trendy Mitte neighbourhood, the new shop is located in Munich’s old and posh city center, which better fits the Brand’s classic character.     

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Grocery Shopping in the 21st Century: Metro Intends to Introduce Emma’s Enkel Across Germany

Düsseldorf, Germany: Innovation knows no boundaries when it comes to shaping up the world we live in today. Food startups are popping up around the globe, with a certain more positive evolution in Germany, where Emma’s Enkel makes grocery shopping a breeze. Concept stores are no longer a novelty, and shopping with your smartphone using QR codes to have your online order delivered by your door later the same day is not unusual. Emma’s Enkel offers this possibility for grocery shopping, the Dusseldorf startup already being present in their native city and Essen.

With the help of a shopping app that connects users’ smartphones with the virtual stores belonging to Emma’s Enkel, the mom and pops shop model that takes grocery shopping to the 21st century, consumers are basically using the so called ‘dead’ times like when they are commuting back home, or waiting in line, to order all their food ingredients.

 

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Westwing ready to take the world

Munich, Germany: It is usually difficult to make a stand against the competition coming from the US when talking about the large domain of home and living products. Westwing is a success story in this regard, as, at the moment, is considered the leading ecommerce platform for home and living outside the States.

Born from an original idea, in 2011, that came to one of the founders, Delia Fischer, when she was still working for Elle, Westwing continues to develop. The Munich startup thrives on the great loyalty of its clients; with over 75% of their sales coming from repeat customers every month, it is clear where the focus of this company is standing.

 

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Foodvibes Offers Delicacies with Background Stories, Launches New Website

Hamburg can be easily considered one of the biggest business incubators in Germany, as many startups begin here, only to expand all over Germany and then across Europe. FoodVibes is a new addition to the long lineup of small enterprises looking to offer consumers an alternative to the usual online shopping.

Healthy eating is the principle behind Foodvibes, a company started by Gordian Mansen, a Hamburg local with a master’s degree in International Business Administration and Management. Mansen speaks of long conversations with his mother who runs a pudding course as being his main inspiration for creating Food Vibes.

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iBeacons for Directories: German Yellow Pages' App Update

Frankfurt, Germany: Beacon technology seems to be here to stay, as more and more businesses are running tests to experiment with the new way of attracting customers living in a digital era to brick and mortar venues in the real world. The last to jump the band wagon seems to be the German Yellow Pages that has recently updated the directory’s apps for all devices, to prepare the upcoming implementation of ibeacon.

The last previous major update for the German Yellow Pages apps was operated in February 2014. In their quest of offering a solid experience to end users, the directory is trying to make more up to date information available, so that users are not mislead in regards to where certain businesses or venues are located and what they offer.

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Rush Hour Made Easy for Munich Locals with Scoo.me, a Scooter Sharing Service

Munich, Germany: Mobility is a big issue in today’s world, especially in overcrowded urban areas, where squeezing your car through rush hour can be close to impossible. For this reason, young urban professionals prefer more environment friendly means of transportation that are easy on their budget.

However, a bicycle is limited when it comes to speed, so going places can be a bummer if your destination is too far away. For Munich locals, the issue is about to receive at least one solution with the implementation of a scooter renting service that allows users to get around the city, using such small vehicles.

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Berlin’s Bikini Concept Mall Welcomes New Pop-up Stores

Berlin: Bikinihaus, the name of the building housing the modern Bikini concept mall, was erected in the 50s, its role being to promote a certain ‘Berlin attitude’. Consumers today may still relate to the chic air of the place, especially since the renovation of Bikinihaus and transformation into a concept mall has already managed to attract more than half a million people through its doors.

The main idea behind Bikini concept mall is to offer consumers living and shopping in a digital era a new way of doing what they love best, without dull ads or seizure inducing flashing panels. What the concept mall aims at is to create a space for people to come and relax, populate the area, without being pressured into buying something.

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Rakuten's Wuaki.tv enters German market

Rakuten, owner of Wuaki.tv is quietly fortifying its position in Europe. It has been active in Europe for 3 years now, after a few strategic acquisitions in ecommerce and media. (eg Kobo that sells e-readers ).

Another purchase was Spanish online videowall Wuaki.tv , that was purchased by Rakuten in 2012.  The company has expanded  its services to the UK, France and Andorra since. It is also available on Xbox360/One.

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Small Fashion Stores in Germany Get a Solid Online Future with Kleidoo

Hamburg, Germany: At first glance, Kleidoo seems to be a regular online marketplace for high street fashion, featuring items from famous brands and offering customers a wide range of fashionable wear. However, Kleidoo aims to be much more than this. Founded in 2012 by Aranga Rahim, the company aims at providing small fashion stores with an online identify to help them overcome extinction.

This is quite a sensitive matter when it comes to brick and mortar stores selling medium to high end fashion. The online environment is a competitive one, and small shops are threatened to be engulfed by the biggest players, as they do not have the same means to advertise and market their products.

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Orderbird and Airfy Get Together and Step Up the Game for Small Businesses with New and Clever WiFi Hotspots

Berlin: There are fewer and fewer people who do not use their smartphones or other mobile devices to replace mundane activities that used to be tributary to the analogue world. Smartphones are not just for talking or texting; they are designed to go online and they can also serve as a mobile wallet from which no one can actually steal your cash. With the takeoff of mobile technologies, the need for faster, sleeker, more secure Internet has appeared.

This is the reason why Orderbird, the known iPad POS system now used by many bars and restaurants for taking order from clients, decided to get together with Airfy, the Berlin startup famous for its crowdfunding campaign for making the world’s “sexiest WiFi router”, as it was described by John Biggs from TechCrunch. Their purpose is to install WiFi hotspots in businesses operating in the hospitality field, from restaurants and hotels to bars and eateries.

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Rocket’s Credit Platform Spotcap Receives 13 million Euros for Its Expansion from Access Industries and Holtzbrinck

Berlin: The need for alternative financial solutions is there. As more and more people follow the path of entrepreneurship or self employment, they find that traditional credit solutions are out of their reach, which means only one thing: getting a loan, even a small one, can make a difference for this growing category of business owners.

This is what the credit platform Spotcap offers; so far, available only in Spain, the service provides small businesses and entrepreneurs with the chance to borrow any amount they want between 500 and 50,000 Euros. A project developed by the FinTech startup Rocket Internet, which also grew up in a business incubator sponsored by institutional investors, Spotcap hopes to contribute more to the development of small businesses.

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Review Website Yelp Buys Popular German Start-up Restaurant-Kritik to Expand Its Presence in Europe

Berlin: The latest financial figures may not look too good for Yelp, and the fact that their share price registered a 15% drop is not good news either, but this does not mean that one of the biggest players on the review site market is going down. Actually, Yelp is planning to expand in Europe, being already present in 29 different countries.

Recently, Yelp bought Restaurant-Kritik, an ambitious startup dealing with the same line of business as its acquirer. With over 330,000 reviews from users on over 94,000 restaurants spread all over Germany, it is quite obvious that Yelp does not aim at treading lightly with its European expansion.

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