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May 2017

GVO OPENS ITS SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH THE ONLINE PORTAL SMARTHANDS

GVO, a Mountain Partners portfolio company, launches the new brand SmartHands extending its services also to the public. SmartHands provides private households with the perfect helper for daily tasks in the field of gardening, housing and family that can be completed by reliable students without specific qualifications or elaborate training.

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May 2017

simplesurance expands to Great Britain

Simplesurance, a Mountain Partners portfolio company, announced its expansion to the British market. Starting April, the Berlin-based InsurTech founded in 2012 will offer its product insurances in the UK through its platform www.simplesurance.co.uk. Munich Re/Great Lakes UK will be the risk taker for the insurances within the British market.

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April 2017

Ecommerce Alliance and Mountain Partners Join Forces

Ecommerce Alliance and Mountain Partners have decided to join forces. With this step, Mountain Partners becomes one of the leading investors for digital companies and the portfolio of Ecommerce Alliance (ECA) can be substantially increased.

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April 2017

Unternehmertag 2017 – an overwhelming success!

The Unternehmertag 2017 was an overwhelming success! The Annual Mountain Partners Network Event took place at Lake Tegernsee at the end of March. Once more, the Spirit of Lake Tegernsee manifested in entrepreneurial success stories, impressive achievements, innovative business ideas in a one-of-a-kind environment.

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April 2017

Groupon latin america now entirely owned by Mountain Partners

Mountain Partners is forging ahead with its internationalization with an acquisition in Brazil. Mountain Nazca, Mountain Partner’s Latin American Hub, has taken over the e-commerce platform Groupon Brazil. After buying Groupon businesses in five other Latin American markets in March, Mountain Nazca has now also secured access to one of the strongest growing e-commerce markets.

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March 2017

Simplesurance increases Funding

Simplesurance, a Mountain Partners portfolio company, announced the close of a new financing round and increases its total funding to over 30 million Euros. With this, the insurance start-up strengthens its competitive position and expands its digital broker business to become a well-funded market leader in the global InsurTech industry.

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March 2017

Unternehmertag 2017: completely sold out!

The Unternehmertag 2017, taking place on the 23rd and 24th of March, 2017 at Lake Tegernsee, is fully booked! The Annual Mountain Partners Network Event is by invitation only and offers two days of networking on the highest level and an exciting framework program in a relaxed atmosphere.

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March 2017

Crealytics successfully closes series c funding round

Crealytics, a Mountain Partners portfolio company, announced the close of USD 9.3 million in Series C financing from a group of private investors. The raise signals a progressive, mounting movement toward investments outside the typical ad tech hype cycle and supports innovation at the intersection of ad tech and retail business technology. Crealytics, paid search and Google Shopping leader, will use the funds raised to scale rich intersection of ad tech and retail technology.

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March 2017

Mountain Partners acquires Groupon Latin America

Mountain Partners enlarges its base in the e-commerce business segment with the acquisition of Groupon Latin America. The regional Hub of Mountain Partners, Mountain Nazca, handles the acquisition and is now invested in more than 34 Latin American companies. With the acquisition, Mountain Partners expands its global portfolio to over 90 investments and confirms its growth path.

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March 2017

BUSINESS ANGEL CLUB ANGELGATE: REVIEW AND OUTLOOK

ANGELGATE, the leading private club for successful Business Angels in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, invites its members to highly exclusive MeetUps three times a year, where investors, entrepreneurs and family offices can network in an exclusive setting in a relaxed atmosphere. The latest event was held at the end of January in St. Moritz.

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March 2017

C88 in the middle of a promising indonesian fintech sector

C88 Financial Technologies (C88), a Mountain Partners portfolio company, is operating in the middle of the booming Indonesian fintech sector. John Patrick Ellis, CEO of C88 Group, stated that Indonesia is experiencing major growth in the fintech field. A newly published forecast of TheJakartaPost confirms this statement and reveals current data.

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February 2017

Mountain Partners continues to grow; acquisition of DEMEKON

As part of its global growth strategy, Mountain Partners has acquired the Munich-based company builder DEMEKON Holding AG, which focuses on the digital transformation of traditional business models. In the course of the acquisition, Fidor Bank AG, a major shareholder of DEMEKON Holding GmbH, will now become an institutional shareholder of Mountain Partners.

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February 2017

MOUNTAIN PARTNERS INdonesia: Announcing winners FOR ideabox Alpha Accelerator PROGRAM

Ideabox is a joint venture between Mountain Partners, Indosat Ooredoo, and Kejora to elevate Indonesia’s startup scene through early stage investment funds and an award-winning tech accelerator focusing on internet and telecommunication sectors. Ideabox is the most prominent and award winning technology accelerator in Indonesia and it is now opening its doors to the fourth batch of startups to enter a 120-day accelerator program.

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January 2017

JAKOB REHERMANN, MANAGING PARTNER OF DATAPINE IN INTERVIEW

Jakob Rehermann is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of datapine, a Mountain Partners portfolio company. Recently, Rehermann gave an interview in the German online magazine IT-Zoom about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and explained to what extent AI has expanded into Business Intelligence (BI) solutions.

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December 2016

SIMPLESURANCE ENTERS INTO COOPERATION WITH DEINHANDY

Simplesurance, a Mountain Partners portfolio company, began a cooperation with the online platform DEINHANDY. Once again, the online insurance provider simplesurance gains a major partner to promote the company’s expansion into e-commerce.

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December 2016

Volders successfully closes financing round

Volders, a Mountain Partners portfolio company, has successfully closed a financing round of EUR 1.7 million. The start-up supports customers in organizing and managing their paperwork and contracts, such as electricity payments, smartphone rates or gym memberships. With the funds raised, Volders aims to further develop their application as well as the functionality of comparative offers.

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December 2016

PATRONUS SUCCESSFULLY CLOSES FIRST FINANCING ROUND

Patronus, a portfolio company of Mountain Partners incubator Rheingau Founders, has successfully closed their first financing round with a six-figure amount. The vision of the security start-up is to protect companies from cyberattacks.

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December 2016

IDENTIV RECEIVES ASTORS HOMELAND SECURITY AWARD

Identiv Group, a Mountain Partners portfolio company, has been selected as platinum winner with their Hirsch Government FICAM solution in the category Best Integrated System for HSPD-12 FIPS201 Compliance in this year’s ASTORS Homeland Security Awards. The annual competition recognizes the most distinguished vendors in physical entry security, among others, in acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to keep the US country safe.

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December 2016

ANGELGATE MEMBERS MEET IN HAMBURG AND ST. MORITZ

ANGELGATE, the leading private club for successful Business Angels in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, held their latest MeetUp in Hamburg in September 2016. The next MeetUp will be held in January 2017 in St. Moritz.

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December 2016

Sandpiper Digital Payments closes financing round to further boost business development

Sandpiper Digital Payments, a Mountain Partners portfolio company, announces a successful capital increase of 43 million new shares with shareholder subscription rights.

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December 2016

OUTSTANDING SPEAKER LINE-UP AT LAKE TEGERNSEE

We have the honor to count Sebastian Kurz, Foreign Minister of Austria, to our line-up of inspiring keynote speakers at the Unternehmertag 2017. The Annual Mountain Partners Network Event is by invitation only and takes place on March 23rd, 2017 and March 24th, 2017 at Lake Tegernsee and offers two days of networking on the highest level and an exciting framework program in a relaxed atmosphere.

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November 2016

MOUNTAIN PARTNERS LAUNCHES IDEABOX VENTURES

Mountain Partners launches ideabox Ventures as a joint venture with Indosat Ooredoo and Kejora to build Indonesia’s next generation of digital companies. Ideabox Ventures will invest in early-stage or pre-series A technology companies with proven traction in Indonesia – particularly in e-commerce & web services, digital payments & fintech, and technology & security.

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November 2016

PESSL INSTRUMENT PARTNERS WITH HUAWEI TO CREATE SMARTER FARMING

Pessl Instruments, a Portfolio company of Mountain Cleantech Fund II, announces a partnership with Huawei to develop new end-to-end solutions to mitigate farming risks linked to natural disaster and extreme weather. Both companies are convinced that only cross industry partnerships can bring viable solutions to solve these complex problems, allow fast industry uptake and make farming worldwide smarter and more profitable.

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November 2016

KAVAK CLOSES LARGEST SEED ROUND IN LATIN AMERICA

Kavak, a Mountain Nazca portfolio company, raised three million USD in a seed stage financing round with Mountain Nazca as leading investor. The Mexican startup provides an online platform to buy and sell second-hand cars and will use the funds raised for developing new technologies, strengthening their team and increasing the catalog of cars to be sold.

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October 2016

Philipp Hartmann, Managing Partner of Mountain Partners incubator Rheingau Founders in interview

Philipp Hartmann is founding partner at Rheingau Founders and co-founder at Lieferando. Both are portfolio companies of Mountain Partners. Recently, he gave an interview in the online magazine “Horizont” about startups, success and failure and innovative technologies in Germany.

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October 2016

Recorrido successfully raises Series B round

Recorrido, a Mountain Partners portfolio company, raised a new financing round with Mountain Nazca participating as co-investor. Recorrido will use the funds raised for further growth in Chile and expansion into new markets.

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October 2016

OPENING NEW OPERATIONS HUB IN MALAYSIA

Mountain Partners announces its new operation hub Mountain Malaysia by acquiring the Malaysian venture capital company Qeerad Holdings Sdn Bhd. For Mountain Partners, this deal signifies the further expansion of the company’s global presence and its Southeast Asia operations, which already span Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.

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October 2016

SIMPLESURANCE DEVELOPS INSURANCES POLICIES WITH MUNICH RE

Simplesurance announces a cooperation with Munich Re, a globally leading player in the reinsurance sector. In the future, the two companies will jointly offer insurance policies for private clients. Simplesurance will take on sales and the claims handling and Great Lakes, a subsidiary of Munich Re, will cover insurance risks.

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October 2016

DRAKE STAR PARTNERS: LD&A JUPITER AND REDWOOD CAPITAL MERGE TO LEADING INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT BANK

LD&A Jupiter, a Mountain Partners portfolio company, announces their merger with Redwood Capital to form Drake Star Partners. The two investment banks join forces to create a leading independent and international investment bank focusing on the technology, media and communication sector, with offices in seven countries around the world.

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September 2016

BIO-GATE REACHES PROFIT ZONE

Bio-Gate AG, a Mountain Partners portfolio company, announced break even. The company achieved a significant growth in the first half of 2016. The company’s revenue grew by almost 30 percent and EBITDA was positive.

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September 2016

HUMAN LAUNCHES REVOLUTIONARY PERSONAL AUDIO DEVICE

Human, a Mountain Nazca portfolio company, launched its pre-sale exclusively through Indiegogo today and has currently reached over 60% of its flexible funding goal within few hours. The company’s first product is a wireless audio-communication device called “Sound”, which is inspired by the human ear and encapsulates it entirely.

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September 2016

SIMPLESURANCE ANNOUNCES COOPERATION WITH HUAWEI

Simplesurance entered into a cooperation with the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei. With this exclusive agreement, simplesurance will now offer a suitable online insurance to customers who buy a smartphone in Huawei’s online shop.

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August 2016

Mountain Philippines – New Operations Hub

Mountain Partners has just opened a new operations hub in the Philippines to scale up its activities in accelerating start-ups in Southeast Asia and to further expand its global presence. Mountain Philippines aims to scout and empower entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas and equip them with the needed skills, information, mentoring and funding support.

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August 2016

Exasol’s analytic database now on Amazon Web Services

Exasol builds further support for cloud platforms and announces the availability of its analytical in-memory database on Amazon Web Services (AWS) via the AWS Marketplace.

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August 2016

Nina Shapiro joins Identiv’s Board of Directors

Identiv has announced a change to its Board of Directors, naming Nina Shapiro as a Class I Director.

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August 2016

simplesurance cooperates with Allianz

Online insurance provider simplesurance has gained Allianz, one of the largest global insurers, as a cooperation and investment partner, enabling simplesurance to distribute Allianz products in 28 countries and more than 1,500 online shops.

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August 2016

ePetworld merges with pets Premium

ePetWorld, a leading provider of food and accessories for dogs and cats, merges with pets Premium. The two e-commerce companies, both based in Munich, join forces to create the largest independent online provider of premium pet supplies in Germany and mutually complement their range with products from the specialist high-quality to premium segment.

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August 2016

Identiv awarded Vendor of the Year 2015

Identiv is awarded as the 2015 Vendor of the Year by Identification Systems Group (ISG) during its Partner Exhibits, Meeting and Charity Event in Dallas, Texas.

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August 2016

Service Partner ONE closes USD 10 Million Funding Round

Service Partner ONE, the digital office management company, has closed a USD 10 million Series A funding round led by EQT Ventures with participation of Mountain Partners Incubator Rheingau Founders among others.

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August 2016

German Institute for Service Quality awards Lieferando.de

Former Mountain Partners portfolio company Lieferando.de won the 1st place in a big test of delivery service portals run by the German Institute for Service Quality on behalf of n-tv. With 88.3 of a possible 100 points, Lieferando.de reached the quality rating of "very good" and won out over nine competitors.

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August 2016

Rheingau Founders invests in humly

Mountain Partners Berlin based incubator Rheingau Founders invests in humly, a recently founded health platform providing anonymous digital self-help resources to overcome psychological challenges.

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June 2016

Unternehmertag 2017

On Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th of March, 2017 Mountain Partners invites 500 business- and network partners to its 11th annual network event “Unternehmertag” at Lake Tegernsee under the motto "Digital Disruption – Patronize or Capitalize?".

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May 2016

Heroleads Ventures closes Growth Financing Round

In April 2016 Heroleads Ventures closed a growth financing round with a strategic investor based in Dubai, which will support Heroleads in its expansion across the Middle East and North Africa. While the 2016 roadmap includes further territorial growth in Indonesia, Latin America as well as South Africa, the Middle East and North Africa provide significant potential too.

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May 2016

Sandpiper Digital Payments AG leaps to Asia by acquiring GoGORILLA

Sandpiper Digital Payments AG, the market European leader in Europe for cashless payment systems and services, announces its acquisition of Singapore-based cashless payment startup, GoGORILLA, for an undisclosed amount.

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April 2016

Mountain Partners Starts Company Builder in Thailand

Mountain Partners starts a company builder in Thailand to leverage emerging market opportunities and to increase its global presence. Mountain Thailand’s focus is twofold: first transferring proven business models from within its global portfolio to Thailand and second scouting for innovative ideas or existing teams with a product vision and a clear monetization model within the region. The identifying characteristic of Mountain Partners’ proven concept is the ability to scale and build companies with low initial capital requirement and thus create value for all stakeholders. The business model contains several steps: identification and incubation of promising ideas, growth and finally internationalization to high growth markets.

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April 2016

crealytics acquires competitor

crealytics, the performance driven online marketing company, is very excited to announce the recent acquisition of deltamethod. Up until the acquisition, deltamethod was their nearest competitor in the German performance marketing space. The deltamethod team brings a unique SaaS technology which will be integrated into crealytics’ existing product suite, camato. The team is also delighted to welcome the expertise of new members. In fact, the merged companies have joined forces in time for the crealytics expansion into the US market.

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April 2016

Payment Solution: NFC Wallet in Handball Stadium

Sandpiper’s “payment solution GmbH” has recently launched the new mobile payment app tap-it in the Flens Arena in Flensburg. After initially launching its NFC-enabled mobile wallet in the Fritz-Walter-Stadium in Kaiserslautern late last year, the app now serves as an additional payment medium at the home stadium of the handball team SG Flensburg-Handewitt.  Using state-of-the-art contactless NFC technology, tap-it provides users with the option of paying at stadium stalls quickly with a single tap, even if the phone is not connected to the internet.

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April 2016

Seven-Digit Funding For Health Platform Medlanes

Medlanes, the Berlin-based online health service platform, recently received a seven-digit amount from the Mountain Partners company builder Rheingau Founders and AXA Strategic Ventures in its second funding round. The startup provides a portal where patients can describe their symptoms, choose a doctor from more than 200 registered professionals and receive a diagnosis at anytime and anywhere. With the fresh capital the two founders Emil Kendziorra and Erik Stoffregen are planning to further improve the performance of the platform by creating an even more attractive customer experience.

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April 2016

Service Partner ONE Wins Commerzbank as Client

Rheingau Founders portfolio company Service Partner One has gained Commerzbank AG as one of its largest clients. The office management service provider now supplies fresh fruits and lunches to 300 Commerzbank branches, nourishing more than 2,000 employees on a regular basis. The company was founded nine months ago by Sven Hock with the support of Rheingau Founders and can already show a constantly increasing number of clients. The start-up adds two new clients per day with a current customer base of more than 200 businesses using the service on a regular basis.

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April 2016

volders Launches iOS-App

Mountain Partners portfolio company volders recently launched an iOS-App to complement the desktop version of its digital personal contract assistant and meet the needs of an increasingly connected society. As smartphones continue to develop into indispensable, always-on companions, the volders app now allows users to check, cancel, renew or change their contracts anywhere and anytime. The app includes all features currently available in the popular desktop version and is available for download for free in the AppStore. Users get a full overview of all currently running contracts, renewal dates and termination deadlines, as well as cost comparisons and the ability to switch or terminate contracts directly from within the app.

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April 2016

Lingoda Raises 3.7 million Euro

The online language school Lingoda has raised a 3.7 million Euro funding round to further promote its innovative and promising concept. Several well-known investors, including Grazia Equity and Mountain Partners participated in the round. The Berlin-based start-up was founded in 2012 and offers online language courses in English, German and French. Teachers give virtual classes and are connected to students using video technology. The concept is unique in providing real exchanges with fully qualified teachers, in contrast to many competing services, which rely on pre-recorded videos.

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April 2016

GetLaundry is All Set to Expand

The hippest online laundry service in the United Arab Emirates – GetLaundry, is ready to make the competition even tighter. After closing the first round of investments, the company has now announced its expansion to two new countries – Thailand and the Philippines. Launched with a purpose of delivering convenience to the residents of the UAE, GetLaundry’s unmatched online platform enables placing an order for laundry services such as washing, dry-cleaning, pressing and folding, through their website as well as the mobile application. Since its launch earlier in 2015, thousands of residents have made the most of GetLaundry, with the company almost doubling their customer base month-on-month.

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April 2016

Heroleads Disrupts Digital Economy in South East Asia

The online marketing platform Heroleads has been a success story in the Middle East for the past 3 years, but after launching the service in Thailand in 2015, its growth has further accelerated. Heroleads provides an innovative online lead generation platform helping small and medium sized businesses to increase online customer acquisition by using a mix of innovative tracking technologies, proven online marketing channels and experience. The company is planning to use its latest funding to build out its operations in Thailand and further tackle the expansion into neighbouring countries.

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April 2016

Jualo Receives Series A Funding

Mountain Kejora portfolio company Jualo, Indonesia’s rapidly expanding marketplace for second-hand goods, has recently secured a multi-million-dollar Series A funding round. The fresh funds will help to expand the business, attract prime talent, increase customer satisfaction and help Jualo to become a key player within its sector. Jualo was founded in 2014 by Chaim Fetter and friends and is based in Jakarta with a current team of 15 employees. Developing a wide range of novel products, the business has positioned itself as a hybrid with the functionality of a marketplace and the broad product choice of a e-classifieds platform.

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March 2016

ePetWorld Closes 5 million Euro Round

The Mountain Partners portfolio company ePetWorld has raised five million Euro from existing and new investors. In addition to the existing shareholders Mountain Partners and Venture Stars, other well-known family offices participated as growth partners. The fresh capital will contribute to the expansion of the self-developed brand portfolio and will help to drive the current effort in shifting the market from offline to online sales.

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11 January 2016

Platzi Raises 2.1 million USD 

Mountain Nazca portfolio company Platzi has recently raised USD 2.1 million in a seed funding round. The education technology startup offers online professional skills courses in both Spanish and English. Platzi’s business idea is to help entrepreneurs in developing the skills they need to build and grow their own business idea. The startup caters to people who want to develop new professional skills, such as programming, design, marketing and finance.

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21 December 2015

Recorrido starts bus booking service in Latin America

Last Wednesday the service provider recorrido started a bus ticketing service in Chile. Together with NetStart Systems the company developed an easy to use and customer friendly app to simplify inter-city bus travelling. NetStart Systems is originally a provider of mobility solutions and apps for enterprises. The focus lies on mobile front-end apps and on backend mBusiness Cloud-, API- and managed services. Together with the strong partner NetStart System reccorido is now ready to revolutionize the whole ticketing industry.
By today the brand new recorrido app offers a variety of features like for example push-messaging, secure authentication, GPS-data publishing, app marketing, analytics, in-app purchases and a secure and easy to use online payment system. On top of this, the company is continuously working on a range of other helpful features to simplify the booking industry in Latin America.
Recorrido was founded by a group of former entrepreneurs from Germany, who first discovered the market potential of the segment during their backpacking tour through the Anden. Julian Valentin Deutschle, Tilmann Alexander Heydgen, Simon Josef Narli, Sönke Lennart Ruff and Jan Nietfeld, decided to stay in Chile to found recorrido and help other travellers by offering an efficient way to plan trips around Latin America. With NetStart Systems the adventurous entrepreneurs have found the ideal partner to realize this ambitious project.
„The market launch is our first step to revolutionize the whole booking industry in Latin America: we are working on a booking platform to optimize the booking process and on a real-time update service to minimize delays and waiting time at the terminal“, says Alexander Heydgen, founder of recorrido. “Long waiting hours and inefficient booking platforms with differences between prices belong to the past from now on.”

14 December 2015

Mountain Partners teams up with NAZCA Ventures

Further developing its company building activities in Latin America, Mountain Partners AG has recently acquired a majority stake in one of the leading Latin American investment and company building groups NAZCA Ventures.
NAZCA Ventures is an investment platform based in Latin America with local hubs in Mexico, Chile and Colombia. The firm now operates company builders in Mexico and Chile and can count many popular startups such as BlueSmart, Nubleer, Voxfeed, Petsy, Nubelo and other to its portfolio. Nazca was founded and continues to be managed by a team of seasoned entrepreneurs with a strong track record. Felipe Henríquez is the co-founder of Coffee Origins and Clandescuento.cl, Santiago Caniggia founded the boutique vineyard Plumerillo and co-founded Lighthouse Capital and Héctor Sepúlveda founded several companies that have achieved a combined investment of more than USD 50 million. As part of the acquisition, the newly expanded Latin American activities of Mountain Partners will now carry the brand “Mountain Nazca”.

14 December 2015

Mountain Partners adds new expertise to its Board of Directors

In order to strengthen its basis for becoming a global company builder, Mountain Partners AG expands the competences of its Board of Directors with the addition of new members, bringing extensive know-how and a wealth of experience.
Nina B. Shapiro, former Vice President Finance of the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) is a renowned finance and business development expert with over 30 years of invaluable experience and know-how in the international financing markets. She is a member in different corporate boards and advisory groups, including: Man Group, New Silk Route Growth Capital and Zurich Insurance Group.
Prof. Dr. Tobias Kollmann holds the chair for e-Business and e-Entrepreneurship at the University of Duisburg-Essen and is considered as one of Germany´s most influential e-commerce and internet start-up authorities. As the chairman of the digital media initiative Prof. Kollmann is an important advisor to the German government.
Dr. Hari Sven Krishnan, former COO of ProsiebenSat.1 Media Group, brings extensive knowledge in the strategic and operational development of digital businesses as well as their internationalization to Europe and emerging markets.
Hajo Riesenbeck, is the director of Riesenbeck-IC and brings 30 years of consulting experience at McKinsey & Company, where he was responsible for external and internal communication globally.
Michael Buchen, managing director of Dhabi Holdings, one of the most prestigious investment holdings in the United Arab Emirates. He has an extensive background at Roland Berger Consultants, working on major cross-border M&A transactions and restructuring projects in Europe, China and the Middle East.
Manfred Rietzler, is the founder of the Smartrac Group, a renowned entrepreneur, investor and a proven expert in strategic business analysis and planning, business case modeling, product design and project management in the field of information technology.
Juan Carlos Cerda Celis is an active member of several Boards of Directors in Chile and other countries in Latin America as well as partner at Juan Carlos Cerda & Co. Ltd., a Chilean Law Firm which specializes in legal, economic and financial consulting.
The new board has constituted itself and has appointed Mountain Partners founders Dr. Cornelius Boersch as Executive Chairman and Daniel S. Wenzel as Delegate of the Board.

14 December 2015

10 years of Unternehmertag 2016

Mountain Partners’ signature event Unternehmertag (EntrepreneursDay) will feature an amazing speaker lineup for the 2016, the 10-year anniversary edition which we are starting to publish on unternehmertag.org. Invitations to this “by invitation only”- event will be issued during the next weeks. If you would like to be a part of one of the most recognized events of the European VC and Private Equity- Scene please apply here:
http://www.unternehmertag.org/en/request-for-invitation

14 December 2015

EXASOL presents database solution for startups

The new in-memory Database-as-a-Service offers founders and young companies flexible and low-cost access to the EXASOL Cloud Solution.
EXASOL, Mountain Partners portfolio company and leading provider of analytic in-memory database systems, now offers young and innovative companies from various industries a comprehensive and low-cost startup package to support their big data and data analytics projects. The program was conceived specifically for founders and startups that require fast reporting, analysis as well as data evaluation but only possess a limited budget. In addition to being able to use EXASOL software in the cloud, subscribers to the package can access useful developer tools as well as several other services such as technical support.

14 December 2015

Ideabox awarded at the Asia Communication Awards

Mountain Partners collaboration with Ooredoo IDEABOX wins “Emerging Market Initiative” at the Asia Communication Awards.
A collaboration between Indosat / Ooredoo and Mountain Partners, Ideabox has recently been awarded with the “Emerging Market Initiative” award at the Asia Communication Awards (ACA). Ideabox is a tech business incubator situated in Indonesia. It focuses its investments on early stage startups related to the telecommunication, media and technology sectors and runs 120-day acceleration programs to bring startups from ideas to product. 

14 December 2015

Ideabox reveals participants of next startup acceleration program

Indonesia-based tech incubator Ideabox has recently announced the five winning startups of its next acceleration program. A partnership between Indosat and Mountain Partners, the initiative will provide startups in their growth stage with intensive support and funding.
After an extensive selection process spanning 8 cities and culminating in a two-day boot camp for the 25 finalists, five local startups were selected to participate in Ideabox’s accelerator from November 2nd. The winning startups are: Socialbuzz, a marketplace for online influencers; Lakuin, a platform to empower SMEs to expand their business online; Dheket, a mobile business directory with location data; Karental, a real-time car rental platform; and Ripple, an integrated online payment gateway system. The startups now gain access to a four-month acceleration program, which will include Mountain Partners-supported training in marketing, business model optimization, product development and company building. In addition, the startups receive a USD 50,000 cash allowance, as well as over USD 300,000 in office facilities and other perks. At the final stage of the program, the startups have the chance to pitch to investors for an opportunity to raise additional funding.

14 December 2015

Service Partner One raises seed round

Rheingau Founders newest company building project Service Partner One completes its soft launch and raises its seed round.
The office management service provider Service Partner One has collected fresh capital in the form of a seven digit financing round from Mountain Partners company builder Rheingau Founders, external family offices, Business Angels as well as Sven Hock, the startup’s CEO. The investment will be used for developing its core service as well as supporting sales and distribution. The Berlin-based startup, which was founded earlier this year, provides small- and medium-sized companies with various essential office management services, such as the cleaning of office spaces, small repairs or the delivery of general office supplies.

14 December 2015

Schutzklick announces cooperation with Hertie

Online insurance innovator and Mountain Partners portfolio company Schutzklick / Simplesurance enters into a strategic cooperation with the Hertie Kaufhaus AG and expands its comprehensive product offering to include the online shops hertie.de, telefon.de, telefone.de as well as telido.de.
The four shops offer a wide variety of products, including technology, appliances, toys, sport, DIY, hobby- as well as fitness equipment. Customers will now be able to make use of Schutzklick’s extensive insurance offering and insure their new purchases immediately upon checkout. As pioneers in the digitalization of a mostly traditional industry, Schutzklick’s partnership with the consumer goods giant exemplifies the direction in which modern digital trends are heading and represents a milestone for the insurance provider.

14 December 2015

volders wins the readers’ vote of the Wirtschafts Woche founders competition

Mountain Partners portfolio company and online personal contract assistant volders has won the reader’s vote and reached the finals of the Wirtschafts Woche startup competition.
Organized by the Wirtschafts Woche magazine and its partners, the “Neumacher Gründer Wettbewerb” gives startups the chance to win up to EUR 300,000 worth of non-cash benefits as well as starting capital of EUR 10,000 The yearly competition is now in its ninth iteration and is judged by a competent jury of 12 renowned entrepreneurs and business personalities. Over 300 startups submitted their ideas but only six could reach the final. Five startups were chosen by the jury while the last finalist was elected by the readers of Wirtschafts Woche. volders convinced the readers with its idea and has won the readers’ vote.

14 December 2015

Mountain Partners launches Heroleads Thailand

The rapidly growing lead generation startup Heroleads has recently expanded into Thailand with the support of Mountain Partners’ newest regional subsidiary Mountain Partners Thailand.
Heroleads Thailand has hit the ground running and is already expanding its operations at pace. With a current team of nearly 20 employees, the company has won over nearly 50 local clients in its first months and continues to show promising monthly revenue streams. The company enables small and medium-sized businesses to acquire new clients through online lead generation. Founded in the UAE in 2013, it quickly became one of the leading providers of online performance marketing and lead generation in the local market. Heroleads’ recent expansion into Thailand now highlights its consistently strong performance and the existence of demand for its product across international markets.

14 December 2015

reBuy on track for further expansion

Re-commerce innovator reBuy is moving into an additional location in central Berlin and plans to add more than 100 new jobs in the coming year.
Currently employing around 500 people, Mountain Partners portfolio company reBuy continues to show strong growth. The company specializing in the resale of used goods now holds 2.5 million items in its 10,000 square meter logistic-center, grouped in 11 different product categories. Looking to expand further throughout Europe in the coming months, the company was also represented at the recent NOAH 2015 conference in London. Users of the site can buy and sell used items online quickly and with minimal hassle, reducing the amount of waste created and countering the creation of a throwaway-society. reBuy has now set further ambitious growth targets for the future. To ideally position itself for the new year, the company is moving its management into a new centrally located site in Berlin. To meet additional manpower requirements, it is already eagerly recruiting new hires.

Read a full interview with reBuy founder Lawrence Leuschner in German here: http://www.gruenderszene.de/allgemein/rebuy-lawrence-leuschner-startup-helden

View the ReBuy Pitchdeck from NOAH 2015 here

14 December 2015

Mountain Cleantech Invests in Pessl Instruments


Mountain Cleantech Fund II (MCF II) has invested in Pessl Instruments GmbH (www.metos.at) one of the leaders in the fast growing precision agriculture industry.
Headquartered in Austria, Pessl Instruments develops and distributes climate monitoring, agricultural risk and irrigation management technology solutions for its farming customer base. Pessl Instruments´ products are helping farmers to increase crop yields, save energy, water and fertilizer costs. In emerging markets, Pessl Instruments’ products can improve rural connectivity and provide farmers and stakeholders with cost effective specific real time information tailored to their daily challenges in farming. Pessl Instruments is further developing a number of additional, potentially disruptive, products, such as mobile onsite soil nutrient analysis devices, which will enter the market shortly. The company aims to become the leader in Internet-of-Things solutions for the agriculture sector. Jürgen Habichler, managing director at Mountain Cleantech AG comments: “The global precision agriculture industry is poised for significant growth. With its extensive product range and installed base of 15,000 weather stations, Pessl Instruments is well positioned to address the growing technology needs of farmers around the globe.”

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11 November 2015

Successful First 10 Months for Recorrido


Since its launch in January of this year, Chile-based bus travel booking platform recorrido.cl has already shown exceptional growth.
Now offering bus journeys with 28 different bus companies in Chile, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia, Mountain Partners portfolio company recorrido has continued to expand its operations at pace. In the period from January to October alone, 1.8 million unique users browsed the site and booked more than 24,000 bus tickets, travelling a total of 15 million kilometers. Underlining its prominence in Chile, the bus travel search provider has recently secured a partnership with the Chilean Ministry of Transport and expanded its team. A statement to its ambitious vision and motivated team, the startup was further awarded with the first place at the IE Venture Day in October. In the coming summer months, recorrido expects a further surge in traveller numbers in December.

For a quick overview of how recorrido works, watch the following video (in Spanish): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFj73pAy_ag

3 November 2015

Mountain Partners opens EBSpreneurship founders conference 2015

On October 23rd and 24th, more than 600 students, investors and entrepreneurs gathered at the EBS European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel for the EBSpreneurship conference.
Mountain Partners’ founder Dr. Cornelius Boersch and Rheingau Founders managing partner Philipp Hartmann, both graduates from EBS, gave the opening speech of the congress together. They spoke about the impact of the digital revolution, illustrating the challenges an increasingly digital future will bring to businesses, but also the potential this provides to start new companies. Conny Boersch and Philipp Hartmann inspired the young audience and provided unique insight into the international startup scene.

5 October 2015

Business Angels Summit 2015 with Dr. Cornelius Boersch

On October 1st and 2nd, around 100 German business angels gathered at the German Business Angels Association’s (BAND) Business Angel Summit 2015, hosted by Mountain Partners’ founder Dr. Cornelius Boersch. 
The event commenced on Thursday evening with a wine tasting and exquisite dinner at beautiful Schloss Johannisberg, the oldest Riesling vineyard in the world. On Friday, the host invited to his former university, the EBS European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, for the Business Angel Summit. Various high-caliber speakers, including Christian Lindner, Chairman of the German Liberal Party (FDP) and Prof. Dr. Tobias Kollmann, expert on the German e-commerce market captivated around 100 active German business angels, who enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere to debate, inform and network with a fantastic view over the Rheingau-scenery.

26 August 2015

Mountain Partners invests in TopCheck


Mountain Partners is the lead investor in a recent seed-financing round of TopCheck, the Nigeria-based financial product comparison service. 

The investment is a direct result of the consistent execution of Mountain Partners’ strategy to become a global company building group. The entrepreneurial team comprised of Christian Wiesner, Thomas von Pilar and Maciej Taranienko founded the startup earlier this year and was now able to raise a seven digit seed financing. The four entrepreneurs have transferred a business model that has traditionally been very successful in Europe and the US to the growth market Africa. Initially launching in Nigeria, TopCheck currently offers the most comprehensive car insurance comparison service in the country. Consumers can compare prices and services provided by the best national insurers using a single, transparent tool. Beyond car insurances, TopCheck is planning to add comparison services for several other financial products. In response to its initial success, the startup is currently preparing additional markets as well as verticals and is already expanding its team of ten in Lagos / Nigeria.

24 August 2015

Mountain Cleantech sells its stakes in Gruenspar, generating a strong return for investors

Mountain Cleantech Fund II has announced the acquisition of its portfolio company Gruenspar GmbH, a leading German provider of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions to the utility industry and online distributor of resource-and energy-efficient products, by EWE AG. „We are extremely pleased with the progress Grünspar has made over the last 2.5 years. The company has delivered significant topline revenue growth and is now a reliable partner of more than 100 utility companies in Germany and Austria. We have generated a strong return and still see considerable unrealized value in our portfolio”, said Alexander von Hutten.

28 July 2015

Urbanara completes financing round

Urbanara, the online brand for home textiles and accessories, has successfully completed a financing round.
The company has secured growth financing by means of a capital increase. A new, strategic investor has invested approximately EUR 3 million, while existing shareholders contributed the remainder. The newly raised capital will allow Urbanara to expand its product portfolio, develop its multi-channel marketing strategy and strengthen its IT functions.

24 July 2015

ePetWorld completes financing round and acquires “Meine Strolche”

Munich-based e-commerce company ePetWorld has successfully completed a seven-digit series B financing round and acquired premium dog-food producer “Meine Strolche”.
ePetWorld, operator of the portals www.hundeland.de and www.katzenland.de, has successfully expanded its 2014 series B financing round with a seven-digit amount. In addition to existing shareholders, Mountain Partners, Venture Stars and other investors participated. With the funds raised, ePetWorld wants to strengthen its position in the market for pet supplies and expand its portfolio of store brands. The acquisition of “Meine Strolche” now presents the first step in this growth strategy.

14 July 2015

New Big Data solution for mainframe environments

Technology partnership between the Mountain Partners portfolio company EXASOL and BOS Software Service und Vertrieb GmbH opened mainframe customer’s fast and cost-effective way to Big Data. EXASOL AG, leading manufacturer of analytical, in-memory database systems, announce the technology partnership with BOS Software, a specialist in data integration for heterogeneous computing environments with IBM mainframe architectures. The common big data solution package uses the integration platform of BOS for the real-time exchange of data between operational systems and the mainframe database from EXASOL.
Mainframe customers can now benefit from the ability to analyze large amounts of data from various origins and to use the resulting knowledge based on customers, partners and market trends profitably. Through this partnership EXASOL expands its service portfolio consistently and provides companies an efficient as well as cost effective solution for the processing and the exchange of bulk data across heterogeneous architectures with mainframe servers.

30 June 2015

The Mountain Partners portfolio company Clovia names new leadership team

The Mountain Partners portfolio company has named a new leadership team that will lead the company into its next stage of growth. A Clovia press release informed that Pankaj Vermani has joined the company as its chief executive officer. In his previous role, he was heading the Incubator Mountain Apollo India, that incubated Clovia a couple of years ago. Aditya Chaturvedi joins as its Chief Technology Officer. Clovia’s current CEO and founder Neha Kant will continue to sit on the company’s board and take on the role of chief revenue officer. She will be responsible for driving the company’s sales and operations across channels as well as geographies. Clovia is a premier lingerie brand by Mountain Partners, Ivy Cap Ventures and a group of private investors. The company designs, manufactures and distributes premium fashion lingerie, innerwear, nightwear as well as shapewear and is available online.

26. Juni 2015

Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland, BAND und Dr. Cornelius Boersch laden zum Business Angels Summit 2015 auf Schloss Oestrich-Winkel

Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland e.V. (BAND) veranstaltet den diesjährigen Business Angels Summit mit Dr. Cornelius Boersch als gastgebenden Business Angel. Auf dem Summit treffen sich Deutschlands aktive Business Angels dieses Jahr im Forum der EBS Universität (European Business School) im Schloss Oestrich-Winkel zum Networken. Dr. Cornelius Boersch ist Alumnus der EBS, international aktiver Business Angel sowie Member of the Board of Directors und Gründer von Mountain Partners. BAND engagiert sich für den Aufbau der Business Angels Kultur in Deutschland, organisiert den Erfahrungsaustausch und fördert Kooperationen.

23 June 2015

Exasol available in Microsoft cloud

Mountain Partners portfolio company Exasol now provides the first analytic database available in Microsoft Azure.
Exasol’s high performance in-memory analytic database is now available in Microsoft Azure, an open and flexible cloud platform. This facilitates greater access to fast, flexible and cost-effective data analytics to help businesses secure actionable data insights that drive profit. Companies can now get started with analytics within a few minutes to accelerate business intelligence and reporting projects at the touch of a button and at a price that matches their budgets. Exasol is a leading manufacturer of analytical, in-memory database systems.

23 June 2015

Ströer Media Group acquires RegioHelden

Mountain Partners successfully sold its shareholding in the online marketing company RegioHelden. Through active support of the startup a significant value appreciation was achieved in just four years. Mountain Partners was the first institutional investor in RegioHelden in 2011 and acquired a significant shareholding in the course of capital increases. With its investment, Mountain Partners brought in Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI) as well as the German government bank KfW as further investors for the Stuttgart-based company and international joint ventures were initiated. As part of the company building process, Mountain Partners further successfully introduced RegioHelden into Brazil (OndaLocal), the Middle East and Thailand (Heroleads).

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“With our investments we always reach the goal to create added value for the selected startups. We have achieved this goal well with RegioHelden. Besides own capital we could gain other investors and with that we pushed growth as well as internationalization. With Ströer we have now found the right buyer for RegioHelden. Within three months we realize the second successful exit in 2015“, says Ingo Drexler, CIO of Mountain Partners and council member of RegioHelden. In April Mountain Partners has sold his ten percent shares of the voice and translation portal “bab.la”.

RegioHelden supports regional ventures with search engine marketing and improvement. In the meantime it is also listed as one of the top 3 premium-partners for Google in the DACH region. Subject to the approval by the Federal Cartel Office the company for outdoor advertising Ströer takes over 90 percent of the online advertising marketer RegioHelden. The other shares remain with the founder.

About RegioHelden
The company RegioHelden is specialized on local as well as regional online advertising and it is also listed as one of the top 3 premium-partners for Google in the DACH region. As “external marketing department” RegioHelden acquires small and medium-sized enterprises as clients. Their goal is the increase of the local online presence and customer acquisition via measurable online advertising. The portfolio includes search engine marketing and improvement as well as web design and call measurement. Additionally the company has successful and tested technological solutions in regional online marketing. RegioHelden has a highly motivated startup Team with about 100 employees and the founder is Feliks Eyser.

15 June 2015

Mountain Partners appoints ProSiebenSat.1 COO Dr. Hari Sven Krishnan to the Board of Directors

St. Gallen, 15th June 2015 – Effective from the 25th June 2015, Dr. Hari Sven Krishnan (46), Chief Operating Officer at ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, will be appointed to the Board of Directors of Mountain Partners AG. Mountain Partners, as an internationally active investment- and company-building group, will concurrently also intensify its operative collaboration with ProSiebenSat.1. The objective is to use the complementary strengths of both companies to build leading platforms for digital businesses and to expedite their internationalization in Europe and the emerging markets. Emphasis in this regard is placed on topics such as scouting for ‘digital leaders’ and the import of young, successful companies into the German-speaking markets.

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10 June 2015

Philipp Hartmann on “Tagesschau” of ARD at NOAH15 conference in Berlin

Philipp Hartmann, Managing Partner of the Mountain Partners incubator Rheingau Founders and their Portfolio Company Schutzklick with the Founder and CEO Robin von Hein where followed by German television ARD at the NOAH15 Conference in Berlin giving insights to the analog search for investors for their digital business. The NOAH Conference provides a platform for leaders of the digital economy to meet and interact. The target audience spans from entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, networkers to leading industry journalists.

9 June 2015

Clovia raises series A funds

Lingerie and sleepwear brand Clovia raises series A funds from IvyCap Ventures.
Mountain’s Delhi-based portfolio company Clovia has raised a series A funding from IvyCap Ventures. Formerly known as Cloe, the startup was built by Mountain Partners’ Indian subsidiary Mountain Apollo India. Currently focusing on the online sale of its lingerie and sleepwear product lines, the company aims to expand into offline sales in the future as well. Clovia was founded by Neha Kant and Pankaj Vermani, along with Suman Choudhry and Aditya Chaturvedi in 2013. Kant had earlier headed digital marketing at Smile Group’s Bestylish.com.

23 May 2015

bDigital launches in Indonesia

bDigital Indonesia, a Mountain Partners portfolio company and online marketing and business-growing platform for small and medium enterprises, is now live in Indonesia.
bDigital Indonesia provides businesses with everything to find and keep customers online – all in one unique online platform. As the first one-stop software that empowers small- and medium-sized businesses in Indonesia, bDigital helps build websites, provide performance marketing, manage online business listings and oversee social media channels. Many of the basic services are free and additional services can be purchased for a monthly fee.

April 2015

Identiv enters into partnership with Cisco Systems

Identiv has entered into a partnership agreement with Cisco Systems, Inc. to provide next generation of solutions for the Internet of Everything (IoE). The IoE is the intelligent connection of people, processes, data and things to the Internet, bringing unprecedented economic opportunities to both the private and public sectors. Utilizing 61 real-world use cases, Cisco consultants have calculated that IoE-based solutions can deliver US $19 trillion in economic value worldwide over the next decade. Identiv is initially delivering a next-generation, networked physical access control system (PACS) solution that interacts with other IoE elements, such as Cisco virtual supervisor module (VSM) cameras and Cisco voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephony products.

April 2015

Simplesurance cooperates with American Fortune 500 Insurer and expands further into Europe

Berlin-based fintech and Mountain Partners portfolio company Simplesurance, recently signed a key software license agreement with a major US Fortune 500 corporation. Robin von Hein explains the importance of the license agreement: “A strategic partnership like this is of enormous benefit for us and shows the importance of our software solutions for companies of all sizes – even in the transatlantic market. It is planned to implement our e-commerce-software in the existing systems of the billion- dollar US company as part of the agreement. This means that our cross-selling technology will already be in use this year in the USA on an area-wide basis within the B2B-Online-Business.” In addition to this new cooperation, the up-and-coming start-up also continues to grow organically, and now offers its insurance solutions in Italy and Poland. The market launch in these countries is planned for mid-March, with the brands Cliccasicuro and Klikochron.

April 2015

Oxford Dictionaries acquires multilingual online language portal bab.la

Oxford University Press (OUP), home of Oxford Dictionaries and the renowned Oxford English Dictionary, has recently acquired the online language portal and Mountain portfolio company bab.la, a multilingual dictionary and translation website based in Hamburg, Germany. Casper Grathwohl, President, Oxford Dictionaries states: “When we looked at bab.la, we saw a company that shared our mission to support communities around the globe, working to maintain and enhance language. By bringing bab.la under the Oxford Dictionaries umbrella we’re in a much stronger position to promote the connection between digital languages, and serve up the best language experience for users around the world.” bab.la will complement OUP’s content with its 39 dictionaries for 25 languages, a language forum, vocabulary lessons, language games, quizzes, verb conjugation for 11 languages, phrase books for university, business or travel, and an internship platform among many other language-related products. “It has always been bab.la‘s ultimate goal to provide the most useful content to language lovers around the world,” said Patrick Uecker, Managing Director of bab.la. “We are delighted to be joining OUP, where the investment and expertise from the largest and most prestigious dictionary publisher in the world will take bab.la to the next level in achieving its goals of enabling users to share their love of language.”

April 2015

“Simply awesome!”

On March 19th and 20th, 470 selected exponents of the Mountain Partners network such as entrepreneurs, investors, representatives of influential families, business angels, CEOs, as well as personalities of economy, politics and entertainment, representing 23 nations, gathered for the ninth time at Lake Tegernsee to celebrate the incomparable Spirit of the Unternehmertag (Entrepreneurs Day). The Unternehmertag surpassed itself once again; best reflected in the overwhelming participant feedback: “The best event of the year! – Best in class! – Outstanding, in every aspect. – A conference for friends – I love Unternehmertag! I´ll attend the next 30 years! – Best event of its size in Europe – not to be excluded in the agenda!! Keep it up!! – By far the best entrepreneur conference I´ve ever visited – How can that be improved? – The best event of the German speaking technology startup world!! – Simply awesome!”. Visit www.unternehmertag.org for the videos of the inspiring speeches, picture impressions or to request an invitation for the Unternehmertag 2016 celebrating the 10-year anniversary on March 10th and 11th, 2016 at Lake Tegernsee.

April 2015

Unternehmertag Charity: Support the Elephant Crisis Fund

We would like to highlight once more the charity-project of the Unternehmertag 2015: The “Elephant Crisis Fund“. Africa’s elephants are in a crisis. Every year, tens of thousands are being killed – poached for their tusks. The surging ivory-market in Asia – prices for raw-ivory have tripled in just four years – is a death-sentence for these iconic animals. If we don´t stop the demand and the poaching, elephants will disappear from the wild within a generation. The sole purpose of the Elephant Crisis Fund is to provide a future for elephants in Africa. At the “Unternehmertag 2015” over EUR 50.000 were donated in favor of the „Elephant Crisis Fund“. A hearty thank you to all donors! Please contact Frank Böhnke (frank@elephantcrisisfund.de) to make a contribution. Thank you for your support!

April 2015

Mountain Partners acquires 100% of netSTART Venture

Mountain Partners has acquired 100% of the Cologne based venture capital holding netSTART Venture GmbH in March 2015. netSTART was initiated by Prof. Dr. Tobias Kollmann, a well-known business angel, leading researcher in the area of e-business and consultant of the German Federal Government and Chancellor Angela Merkel. The transaction includes holdings in more than 10 technology and digital media companies. netSTART will be rebranded into “Mountain Digital Media GmbH”. With this transaction, Mountain Partners increases its stake in two existing portfolio companies (RegioHelden and Customer Alliance). Further highlights are the aspiring ventures TVSmiles, NFC21, INCENT and fruux. Mountain Partners also became a major shareholder in “netSTART Systems GmbH” which will serve as an IT service provider in the Mountain Partners System. This strategic module increases Mountain Partners value added services for portfolio companies in its global company building activities.

April 2015

Club Deal acquires strategic shareholding in Venturate

Club Deal AG has acquired a strategic shareholding in the Munich-based Venturate AG. Venturate AG has established itself as a leading platform matching investors and startups in Germany since its inception in 2013. The takeover will further result in the creation of a new investment platform, allowing crowd investors to invest side by side with professional investors. Crowd investors will now be able to invest in carefully selected deals under the same conditions as professionals, while existing Club-investors benefit from a wider distribution of risk.

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April 2015

DemoUp received investment from German Startups Group

German Startups Group, an entrepreneurial holding company and venture capital provider for German startups has invested in business solutions provider and Mountain portfolio company DemoUp. DemoUp offers B2B software for the creation and distribution of video content. Its main goal is to improve the e-commerce experience through the use of video to help customers better understand the functionality of a product. It allows a company to address customer questions and therefore significantly improve conversion rates.

April 2015

Identiv supports U.S. President Obama’s plan to increase cybersecurity

Identiv, a global security technology company that provides trusted identity solutions for premises, information, and everyday items, today announced strong support of President Obama’s plan to increase cybersecurity. The company calls for a U.S. Congress mandate for all organizations to properly secure their IT systems, protecting business, employee, and customer data. “At Identiv, we echo President Obama’s concerns and clearly recognize the threat that continual security breaches pose to the U.S. economy. All U.S. organizations must acknowledge the vulnerabilities of the connected world and take specific steps to protect and remediate threats to devices, information, and premises,” said Jason Hart, Identiv CEO. “Now is the time to move to the post­password era.”

April 2015

LD&A Jupiter advises Acute3D on its sale to Bentley Systems

Mountain portfolio company LD&A Jupiter advised Acute3D (Sophia Antipolis, France), a software editor, on its sale to Bentley Systems (Exton, USA), a global provider of software solutions for the entire lifecycle of infrastructure. Acute3D offers a unique software solution for automatic 3D modeling, surveying and mapping from photographs. Its high performance and unlimited scalability make it possible to map an entire city from aerial imagery. It generates 3D models from photographs taken with a variety of devices. Bentley Systems is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner­operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure.

April 2015

LD&A Jupiter advises Etix Everywhere for its EUR 15m fundraising

Etix Everywhere raised a EUR 15 M international growth equity round with OFI Infravia (FR) and Tiger Infrastructure (USA). Founded in 2012, Etix Everywhere provides a highly innovative solution of carrier neutral and smart datacenters (which can be sold or leased). Based on three years of R&D and tried and tested with tier­1 clients, Etix Everywhere’s approach is extremely disruptive for the datacenter market, which is a €80bn market, forecasted to grow steadily in the next 5 years. Matthieu Rosset, Managing Partner of LD&A Jupiter adds “This transaction is the last of a series of large international financing rounds completed by LD&A Jupiter over the past 12 months. Led by a very ambitious team of entrepreneurs, Etix Everywhere is about to radically transform the datacenter economy for years to come thanks to its very unique product and knowhow.”

April 2015

Lieferando and Hallo Pizza sign cooperation agreement

As of February 2015, German food delivery service Lieferando and delivery specialist Hallo Pizza are working in cooperation. Customers can now access the entire Hallo Pizza range of products through the Lieferando service. This makes Hallo Pizza the largest chain of stores currently available on the Lieferando portal. Hallo Pizza is an established name in the German home-delivery market and will further expand Lieferando’s existing offer.

April 2015

Indonesian jobs site Qerja raises series A from SoftBank Indosat Fund

Mountain portfolio company and Indonesian jobs information site Qerja announced that after just eight months in operation, the company has secured a series A funding round from the SB ISAT Fund, a collaboration between SoftBank and Indonesia`s major telecommunications company Indosat. Within this financing round Qerja could achieve one of the highest series A valuations of any Southeast Asian startup and puts Qerja at an eight digit valuation. Previously, Qerja was incubated and financed by Mountain Kejora.

April 2015

Recorrido celebrates successful launch in Chile

Mountain portfolio company and the largest bus comparison platform in Chile, recorrido has recently officially launched its web-service. Already 200.000 visitors per month are looking up recorrido.cl, after only three month of service. The website, which allows users to compare prices, schedules and book bus fares for all major bus operators in Chile, was widely featured in local news and is quickly gaining popularity. In addition, the company is celebrating a further 100,000 USD investment from Start-up Chile, adding to the previous investment from Wayra Chile.

April 2015

Simplesurance successfully completes series B funding with more than USD 8 million

The Berlin based Mountain portfolio company simplesurance (“Schutzklick”) kicked off the year 2015 with a successful financing round. The company has now been funded with over USD 11.5 million since its inception in May 2012. In addition to new investments of current shareholders, including Rheingau Founders, the company was able to win two new US investors: the venture capital firm Route 66 Ventures and a NYSE-listed insurance company that ranks among the Fortune 500. “We’re really proud that that our software solutions are generating such a strong interest from the United States. Not only were we able to convince traditional venture capitalists, but we were also able to team up with a strategic investor from the insurance industry” said Simplesurance founder and CEO Robin von Hein.

April 2015

Secusmart featured in bloomberg segment on high-security tablets

A recent Bloomberg report on BlackBerry’s new, modified, high-security Samsung tablet featured a discussion with Christoph Erdmann, CTO at Secusmart. The novel technology allows corporate users of secure devices to view consumer websites while keeping all company information, which may potentially be connected with the device, safe.

April 2015

Gruenspar offers green energy solutions for energy suppliers

Gruenspar, Mountain portfolio company and provider of green energy solutions for energy suppliers, has recently expanded its product offering. As can be gleaned from a brand new video, the company offers a unique 4-phase strategy, allowing energy suppliers to become full energy service providers with little effort. Gruenspar provides fully customizable, individually branded e-commerce shops as well as customer communication campaigns and several further tools. The green energy solutions provider specializes in preventing customer attrition, winning back previous customers and attracting new customers. A further insight into the company can be gleaned from a short video from German television.

December 2014

Mountain Partners Greeting: The Year in Review

Mountain Partners looks back at an exciting and outstanding 2014. In the past year, we have managed three successful exits and were the leader on Secusmart’s sale to Blackberry. Mountain Partners’ flagship cashless payment company, Sandpiper Digital Payments, successfully closed a significant capital increase in November. Promising ventures were also initiated in South America, Indonesia and Thailand – further increasing the scale of Mountain Partners’ overseas reach. We look forward to a great year 2015 with many more opportunities to seize! Mountain Partners wishes a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

December 2014

BlackBerry acquires Secusmart

The smartphone pioneer BlackBerry has acquired the German high security specialist Secusmart, a Mountain Partners portfolio company. This alliance will open the global market in secure mobile communications for Secusmart and the German company will profit of the worldwide BlackBerry “Security Unit” sales and support team. BlackBerry has received the German government’s approval to acquire Secusmart under condition of signing a ‘no-spy’ agreement. The German ministry of foreign affairs was initially cautious about the transaction in light of potential threats to security interests, since Secusmart is renowned for protecting the phones of German chancellor Angela Merkel as well as other members of the German government. The ‘no-spy’ agreement specifies that Blackberry will not recognize any obligations to provide sensitive information to foreign governments and allows the German government to control the source code of Blackberry operating systems. Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, CEO of Secusmart GmbH: ”With this strategic step we got access to new possibilities as a company with anti-eavesdropping security solutions offering “Security Made in Germany” to governments, mobile operators and companies worldwide.”

December 2014

Axel Springer acquires MeinProspekt

The consumer information portal kaufDA (www.kaufda.de), part of Axel Springer, recently announced the acquisition of 100 per cent of the shares of Mountain Partners’ portfolio company MeinProspekt (www.meinprospekt.de). kaufDA thus expands its leading position in the field of mobile, site-specific digital prospectuses in Germany. “As MeinProspekt’s seed investor we are very happy to have generated a great success with this exit. We believed in the scalability and the potential of digital prospectus advertising from early on”, emphasizes Volker Rofalski of Mountain Partners.

December 2014

takeaway.com acquires Lieferando

Mountain Partners portfolio company and online food delivery service Lieferando has been acquired by takeaway.com, one of the world’s largest food delivery websites. The transaction is one of the largest deals ever in the history of food delivery websites globally. The Dutch based online food delivery giant aims to conquer the German market. Takeaway.com previously bought the German Lieferservice.de.

December 2014

“Jetzt geht’s los!?”

On March 19th and 20th, 2015 Mountain Partners is proud to host over 400 high-profile investors, business angels, CEO’s and entrepreneurs in the exclusive resort Althoff Seehotel Überfahrt at the beautiful Lake Tegernsee in the Bavarian Alps near Munich in Germany to its signature event “Unternehmertag” (Entrepreneurs Day). We are excited to present Prince Luitpold von Bayern, Dr. Gregor Gysi, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Matthias Horx, Prof. Dr. Max Otte, Jochen Schweizer, and many more speakers on stage.

December 2014

Identiv closes USD 30 Million public offering

Identiv, a Mountain Partners portfolio company and global security technology expert, recently announced a capital increase of USD 30 million. Identiv intends to use the proceeds for working capital and other general corporate purposes, including the strategic acquisition of, or investment in, companies, technologies, products or assets that complement Identiv’s business.

December 2014

Identiv wins Security Products Product of the Year Award for NFC Devices

Global security technology provider and Mountain Partners portfolio company Identiv recently won the Security Products 2014 New Product of the Year Award for Near Field Communication (NFC) Devices for its first in class Giant NFC tag. “As the adoption of NFC-enabled mobile devices continues, solution designers are demanding a broader range of NFC form factors,” said Jason Hart, Identiv CEO. “We are seeing an increasing demand from multiple industries to extend their Internet of Things strategy to include NFC — which in reality delivers secure remote computers that are momentarily connected to the internet”.

December 2014

GVO provides staff for Air Berlin

Mountain Partners portfolio company GVO Personal is known for the excellent service staff it provides to hotels, catering companies and event venues. The company recently announced it has expanded its competencies in cooperation with the German airline, Air Berlin. GVO Personal and Air Berlin will train and form young university recruits to top service flight attendants, who will experience the world of air transportation during the high seasons.
These short simple videos (in German) explain how GVO works:
Watch video: GVO Personal – Frau Neumann
Watch video: GVO Personal – Herr Schmidt

December 2014

Sandpiper Digital Payments AG completes placement of CHF 12 million

Sandpiper Digital Payments AG, the Mountain Partners technology holding focused on digital cashless payments, has successfully completed a placement of CHF 12 million. Mr. Andreas Gordes, Chief Sales Officer of Sandpiper Digital Payments, comments on the successful placement: “The interest shown by investors indicates, that we are on the right track. With the extra funds available, we are able to implement our “Buy and Build” strategy consequently.”

December 2014

Itembase secures investment from UPS

Itembase, the personal inventory platform and Mountain Partners portfolio company, recently received an investment from UPS. “We are excited to welcome UPS as a new investor,” said Stefan Jørgensen, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Itembase. “This confirms that we are pursuing the right strategy in fulfilling our mission to become the online inventory for everyone and everything.” Itembase is an online platform for hosting, enriching and providing product identity data, helping sellers deliver post-purchase products and transaction information, as well as allowing buyers to easily access important information about their purchased products. As of the end of November 2014, only three years after inception, Itembase has more than 100,000 registered shops. The company’s further successes are the 20% adoption rate of its premium solution within only 6 months and the first brick and mortar POS solution in the US which allow Itembase to capture offline purchases as well.

December 2014

Financing round for Crealytics

The pay-per-click (PPC) advertising technology provider and Mountain Partners portfolio company Crealytics has successfully secured additional financing for expansion. Crealytics received a mid- 7-digit investment from ALSTIN as well as all existing investors, including Mountain Partners. The fast growing and internationally oriented company will use the new funds for the further development of the semantic PPC advertising technology “camato”, as well as for international expansion. Its average annual growth rate of over 145% since 2010, makes Crealytics the fastest growing PPC specialist in Europe. “With unique technology, international expertise and very positive references, we believe that Crealytics will continue to thrive and grow and will bring lasting change to the market”, stated Dr. Jörg Goschin, Managing Director of ALSTIN.

December 2014

Crealytics awarded third place in Technology Fast 50 Competition

Crealytics, the AdTech specialist and Mountain Partners portfolio company, ranks among the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Germany. It was awarded the third place in Deloitte’s Fast 50 Technology Competition, based on its outstanding revenue growth of 2919% from 2009 to 2013. An essential factor for this growth was the SEA technology camato, which Crealytics developed in-house and aided some of the world’s largest online retailers in generating more than 170 million EUR revenue in 2013 alone.

December 2014

Ideabox launches second round of accelerator programme in Indonesia

The Indonesia-based accelerator programme Ideabox has recently announced its second startup cycle. In under a year, Ideabox which is backed by Ooredoo, Indosat and Mountain Partners has taken great strides to establish itself as the leading startup accelerator in Indonesia. Kicking-off its second cycle in September, Ideabox invited 18 finalists to a rigorous 48 hour boot camp in Jakarta. These were selected from a pool of 300 applicants, triple those received for the first cycle. Following the conclusion of the accelerator bootcamp the winning startups were placed in Ideabox batch #2 and started in November this year. This follows a successful graduation for the first batch, which saw all participants secure strong commercial contracts, and two startups attract funding from foreign investors within a couple of months of graduating. To raise the local awareness of immense opportunities for start-ups in the region, the Ideabox founding partners and the Ideabox support team ran roadshows and seminars on building million dollar companies in 7 major Indonesian cities attracting hundreds of participants from local startups and developer communities. The participants from Ideabox batch #1, Ngomik!, Shoop, Dealoka and Unyu also accompanied the roadshows to share their experiences with budding startups.

December 2014

Recorrido becomes first Mountain Partners investment in Chile

Recorrido “La Revolución del Booking”, is Mountain Partners first investment in Chile. The start-up is aiming to revolutionize the current public transportation sector within Chile, as well as South America by providing a Software-as-a-Service solution for bus operators. Recorrido has been awarded “Winner of Start-up Generation10” in May 2014.

December 2014

Heroleads looks back on a heroic 2014

Heroleads is a rapidly expanding lead generation company headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Launched in mid 2013 under Mountain Partners Middle East, Ben Kühn (Co-Founder and CEO Heroleads) and Pawel Iwanow (Co-Founder Heroleads and Managing Director of Mountain Partners Middle East) grew Heroleads – within 18 months – to a team of 15 “heroes” serving currently 70 client campaigns. With a tailored go-to-market strategy and strong partners (e.g. Google Middle East) Heroleads was able to break-even in Dec 2013, 9 months after project kick-off. From the very beginning Heroleads’ processes & infrastructure along with its holding structure were designed for fast internationalization and expansion into emerging markets. In 2014 the team launched “Heroleads India” (in Partnership with Mountain Apollo India and based in Delhi) and “Heroleads Thailand” (based in Bangkok) serving first clients and on-boarding city teams. With market tests in various other territories Heroleads is set to execute an ambitious growth plan for 2015.

December 2014

Rheingau Founders establishes 20 million Euro fund

Mountain Partners’ German company builder Rheingau Founders will be expanding its later stage financing facility ‘Rheingau Investors Club’ and accumulate up to 20 million Euro. Investors range from family offices over business angels to institutional investors. In combination with the Rheingau Investors Club, Rheingau Founders will be investing 250,000 Euro into a novel business idea and up to 2.5 million Euro growth financing into the resulting startup. The expansion of the later-stage fund comes at a time when Rheingau Founders has just successfully completed the exit of Lieferando to Takeaway.com and secured further financing for Itembase from UPS.

December 2014

Rheingau Founders invests in medicine portal Medlanes

The medicine advice portal Medlanes recently received seed capital from Mountain Partners Berlin-based company builder Rheingau Founders. Medlanes is a portal which allows for the sharing of symptoms and pains with qualified doctors. The site gives a first expert-diagnosis within a few hours, saving patient the time of a classical doctor visit. The company, founded in Berlin in June after successfully completing a Microsoft startup accelerator program, has secured an expert doctor base to cover eight medical specialties.

December 2014

Successful closing of Series A for Datapine

Datapine, a Rheingau Founders backed database analysis provider, has successfully closed its Series A round. This financing round comes along with on-boarding of Datapine’s first Key Accounts such as Osram and HP and international resellers such as YDigital. The SaaS provider opens up to promising new market sectors through its enterprise connectors with SAP for example. This lays the basis for a strong growth performance.

December 2014

Online insurance provider Schutzklick expands its international presence and product range

Schutzklick, the provider of transparent, convenient online insurance products and Mountain Partners portfolio company, is now also represented in Austria (schutzklick.at) and the Netherlands (klikzeker.nl). The representation in two further countries will follow soon. With this big step towards internationalization, Schutzklick is further progressing its strong growth and now employs 45 people from 10 nations. Additionally, the company expands it product range, offering insurances products in the categories of “Vehicles” and “Musical Instruments”. Car part suppliers and musical instrument retailers can now allow their customers to insure their valuable purchases immediately, transparently and conveniently. These new product categories stand alongside the existing offering of insurance packages for mobile and other electronics, furniture, glasses, bikes and pets.

 

December 2014

A strong start for DemoUp

DemoUp, a product video provider for online retailer, has joined the Mountain Partners backed Rheingau Founders company builder. The company reinvents eCommerce by significantly enhancing online shoppers experience with attractive product videos. It successfully ran its test version with key customers Aigner, Palmers and Shoepassion and is already integrated in five online shops.

December 2014

Exasol awarded as world’s fastest database solution

Exasol, a Mountain Partners portfolio company and esteemed provider of database solutions has again been established as provider of the world’s fastest database solution according to the TP-H Benchmark 2014. The TPC-H Benchmark is the industry’s leading test and awards the best decision support systems with the greatest industry relevance. Exasol receiving this award underlines the company’s product excellence and strong position on the market.

December 2014

Geppert Hydropower releases new image film

Geppert Hydropower (www.geppert.at) a provider for complete electromechanical equipment for hydroelectric power plants– and a Mountain Cleantech portfolio company – has recently released a new image film, showcasing the company’s innovative products and depicting its mission. Geppert is an active player in the clean energy sector with its expertise in building small hydro power plant. The company currently aims to expand significantly its international reach in Central and South America as well as in Eastern Europe.

December 2014

ePetworld receives series B funding

Mountain Partners portfolio company ePetworld (www.hundeland.de and www.katzenland.de) the online provider for pet food and accessories successfully completes a Series B growth financing round. As lead investor, Heliad Equity Partners invests a seven-digit Euro amount, while established investors as well as the strategic media-investor GMPVC German Media Pool supplied further capital. This financing will allow the further development of ePetworld’s leading role in the expert segment through the expansion of the premium product line, the improvement of usability and the intensification of the digital advisory service for the customer through the “Pet food finder”, as well as the expansion to mobile devices.

December 2014

Bio-Gate wins distribution partner in the area of antibacterial additives and successfully closes capital increase

Bio-Gate, Mountain Partners portfolio company and leading provider of antimicrobial products and multifunctional surfaces for medical technology, continues the international expansion of ‘Microsilver’ through renowned distribution partners in South and Central American regions as well as Bulgaria and Greece. One of the new distribution partners for Bio-Gate’s ‘Microsilver’ is the Mexican distributor SUANFARMA, which is present with branches in over 60 countries – on 5 continents. Additionally, Bio-Gate won national partners in Bulgaria and Greece. Bio-Gate has already received first revenue contributions from its co-operations in 2014. Karl Richter, CEO of the Bio-Gate AG states: “With these new distribution partnerships, we are continuing our strategy to globally grow in all markets relevant to us with distributers and direct customers.” Bio-Gate has successfully closed a capital increase, in which Mountain Partners participated.

December 2014

New LD&A Jupiter Netherlands office offering international investment banking services

LD&A Jupiter, a leading international technology corporate finance firm and Mountain Partners portfolio company, joined forces with IMPROVED corporate finance in launching LD&A Jupiter Netherlands. This new corporate finance office enables Dutch growth companies within the digital sectors to expand in the Netherlands and abroad. The firm offers Dutch entrepreneurs, corporates, venture capitalists and private equity investors the complete spectrum of corporate finance services. Through the Amsterdam team, all Dutch clients will have access to the knowledge, expertise and reach of LD&A Jupiter. With over 120 digital sector transactions completed and offices in Germany, France, UK and the USA, LD&A Jupiter Netherlands will unleash the international potential within Dutch growth tech firms.

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