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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Contagt Combines NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy For Indoor- Navigation

Mannheim, Germany: “World’s simplest Indoor-navigation” this is how Contagt describes its own Location based solution. The Mannheim-based Start-up, uses NFC-Bluetooth Hybrid Beacons to facilitate in-door navigation.

By activating NFC-Tags with their Smartphone, users are navigated through a building. “Because of the combination of NFC and Bluetooth, we can locate people with up to 1 meter precision, also in places where GPS satellite location is lacking.”

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Hamburg Based Fashion Start UP Jan ‘N June Plans to Create Sustainable High Street Fashion

Hamburg, Germany: One of the most annoying things about going ‘organic’ when it comes to clothing is that ‘green’ outfits are simply not fashionable enough. Let’s face it, no one wants to wear an ugly dress, just for the sake of the environment, no matter how important is, for all of us, to become more aware of environmental challenges happening around.

Since hedonistic human nature cannot be changed, and pushing people towards wearing ‘green’ clothes is highly unlikely to work, a new fashion start up based in Hamburg, called Jan ‘N June is taking on the great challenge to make high street fashion using the principles of sustainability.

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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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Paying with Real Money for Online Purchases? German Start Up Barzahlen Makes It Possible

Berlin: Online shopping continues to grow year after year, but paying with virtual cash – that will be deducted from your very real credit card – is something that makes a large category of buyers jittery. No matter how enhanced and evolved security systems are, there is always a possibility for your credit card information to land in the wrong hands. German start up Barzahlen or, better said its founders, Florian Swoboda, Achim Bönsch and Sebastian Seifert, decided that it is time for consumers and retailers alike to have an alternative.

How does Barzahlen work? Just like any online shoppers, consumers go to online shops and decide what they want to purchase. When the checkout has to be finalized, they only need to choose Barzahlen from the payment options, and a payment form is delivered as a text message to their phones.

 

 

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European Food Startups - Meal Kits Delivered to Your Door

Good food means tradition, but this does not mean that venture capitalists and innovative startups founders mind a bit of technology in their sandwich. With a European population more and more concerned with eating healthy, while cooking at home, new food startups pop everywhere like mushrooms after rain. Some offer quick delivery of meals, others offer meal kits (all the ingredients you need along with recipes), for a small fee. New names emerge, including the German startups Marley SpoonHello Fresh, and KptnCook. Berlin based businesses are not the only taking place at the table; Rocket Internet has also launched EatFirst, its fast food delivery app, in the City of London. On the other hand, FoodPanda, Rocket Internet’s fast delivery service, is grabbing all the attention and plenty of funds, while expanding on its traditional markets and beyond. Delivery Hero, one of the top international mobile food ordering providers, gets new funding, as well, and acquires pizza.de, the German market leader for pizza delivery.

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Exklusiv München Helps Smartphone Users Gain Information and Instant Access to Hip Locations via Beacon Technology

Munich, Germany: Exclusiv München has just taken technology coverage in Munich a bit further, combining the information that is usually provided through their lifestyle magazine with beacon technology. Their app allows users to receive information on shops, restaurants, galleries and museums as they walk around the city, in search of something interesting to do or see. What Exklusiv München aims for is better coverage for their app and the technology involved, and their efforts are targeted on getting more local businesses to join the system.

According to the magazine’s representatives, the app has already been downloaded over 10,000 times and expansion is underway. Any local business can rent a beacon transmitter for 75 Euros monthly, and, in exchange, users of the app can be attracted to the stores and shops with special offers.

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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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