This Month in German Startups – June 2020

This Month in German Startups – June 2020


Today we are going to talk about German startups, in the process of producing vaccines for Covid19, the potential accounting fraud at Wirecard, startups in Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne and Berlin, and the 110th Birthday of Konrad Zuse, the inventor of the modern-day computer.

Welcome to this month in German Startups by – in a transatlantic news recording with Chris in New York City.

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Housekeeping – Time to brag 

Now it is official, passed several milestones. 

  1. We reached more than 200.000 subscribers for our podcasts alone! 206.014 as of today! We count subscribers, who return at least once in 7 days to our RSS feed over 90 days.
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  3. We now scored with PR China, Croatia, and Singapore in three more countries and now we made it in 33 countries in their respective podcast charts. We are also a steady member of’s science and tech podcast charts, for the US as well as globally.

And again we have several interviews and blog posts for you. We will also have on July 1st our first live stream after corona.


Coronavirus / Covid19 


Wirecard – This month’s top news in Germany


Wirecard is a company processing payments. The company works as an intermediary and guarantor between buyers and sellers and takes a commission on all transactions. They have about 5,000 employees and actually replaced Commerzbank (we will talk about them later) in DAX 30 (Germany’s equivalent of the Dow Jones Industrial Average 30). They are the first “fintech” to achieve this.

The big problem now is that there are accounts missing, which should hold 1.9 bn Euros in cash. So these 1.9 billion are in their balance sheets, but they probably basically don’t exist. Let’s back up a bit, though.

Find all the details in our dedicated Podcast recording (Audio, Video, and Blogpost):

PODCAST News Wrap-up developing Wirecard story


  • VC investments have declined by 20 percent worldwide due to the Corona crisis shows the latest report by Startup Genome 
  • There are approximately 900 fintech startups in Germany, of which almost 35% are headquartered in Berlin. No 2 are Hamburg and Frankfurt with 10.6% of the fintechs 
  • Ridepooling services are not looking good in Germany and the #coronavirus does not help. With a few exceptions no service provider generates profits and many backers may reconsider after the crisis 


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  • Commerzbank is not really known across Germany as a big fintech investor. But this story tells how they invested in Marqeta via CommerzVentures. They invested in a 25 mn US$ round and now own (yes, there is some guesswork involved) approx. 3.5% of the company, now valued at 4.3 bn US$ – which leads to their share being valued at approx. 150 mn. This assumes CommerzVentures did not sell any shares in the meantime
  • Bryter, a software toolbox – with locations in #Frankfurt, #Berlin, and #London raises 14 min Euros #VentureCapital 
  • Wingcopter Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum – sUAS News – The Business of Drones 




  • Ford-owned Spin scooters head to Europe, starting with Germany with Cologne, Essen, and Dortmund – TechCrunch



  • Researchers find exposed data on millions of users of #Berlin-based quiz app, TVSmiles – TechCrunch 
  • Klarna partners with Raisin to open savings accounts in Germany
  • Former Rocket Internet Managers start 468 Capital, a 170 mn Euros #deeptech #VentureCapital fund
  • There is still life in the German-speaking startup scene. Proof here the #VentureCapital investments (in chronological order)
    • Homeday raises €40 million from Axel Springer and others for its hybrid real estate brokerage service – @tech_eu
    • Berlin-based Contentful secures €71.3M funding to accelerate expansion; ropes in new CMO | @SiliconCanals 
    • 83North, Microsoft|s M12 and Next47, Paua Ventures, EQT Ventures and Atlantic Labs invest 26 million Euro #VentureCapital in Wandelbots, a startup which has a tool to code for industrial robots #manufacturing #Germany #startups 
    • Berlin-based #fintech scale-up @smava secures €57 million in financing to maintain growth through economic downturn – @tech_eu 
    • German #Healthcare #Jobs Startup Medwing Wins $30m Series B Round — Red Herring
    • Swiss SME Lending Startup Teylor Closes CHF 8 Million Funding / Expands to Germany
  • Sennder, a #Berlin-based logistics company, has acquired French rival Everoad to create one of the largest digital platforms for road shipments in Europe. 
  • Vivid Money: How this new German #mobile #banking startup plans to challenge fintech moguls | @SiliconCanals


Happy 110th Birthday to Konrad Zuse

Konrad Zuse was born on June 22nd, 1910. His greatest achievement was the world’s first programmable computer; the functional program-controlled Turing-complete Z3 became operational in May 1941. His company built more than 250 computers between 1949 to 1967 in Hessen. It was sold to Siemens in 1967.

Zuse died on 18 December 1995 in Hünfeld, Hesse (near Fulda) from heart failure.


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with a summer news wrap-up end of September 2020. Enjoy your summer!


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