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DGAP-News German Startups Group Berlin AG:

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31.07.2014, 11:51  |  2132   |   |   

DGAP-News: German Startups Group Berlin AG / Key word(s): Investment
German Startups Group Berlin AG:

31.07.2014 / 11:51

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+++ Press Release +++

Acquisition of Further Shareholdings
- German Startups Group builds a stage-agnostic portfolio of the most
promising German startups representative for the German startup scene

- Nikolas Samios named Chief Operating Officer

Berlin, 31.07.2014: German Startups Group Berlin AG, entrepreneurial
holding company and provider of venture capital for Germany's flourishing
startup scene, has acquired shares in the following companies within the
last eight months: Ayondo, Book a Tiger, Customer Alliance, Dalia Research,
Dr. Z, Exozet, FanMiles, Friendsurance, Juniqe, Lingoda, meinKauf, Pyreg,
Returbo, Solar Tower Technologies, SoundCloud, Urbanara, and WunderCar.
German Startups Group has also acquired shares in another prominent German
startup, which it will publish details of soon. Within two years of its
inception, German Startups Group already possesses a broad, stage-agnostic
portfolio that serves as a representative sample of the German startup
landscape and the - in their view - best "start-ups made in Germany".
German Startups Group still pursues the goal of acquiring 'secondary
shares' to attain shares in attractive, more mature startups. At the same
time, the provision of liquidity for shares in startups prior to an exit is
frequently rewarded with significant discounts.

German Startups Group has also named Nikolas Samios, an experienced Berlin
venture capital expert, Chief Operating Officer (COO). He will be
responsible for investment activities and investment management alongside
the founder and CEO, Christoph Gerlinger. Nikolas Samios will at the same
time become both a shareholder in German Startups Group Berlin, which is in
the process of changing its legal form into GmbH & Co. KGaA, as well as a
partner in the general partner entity with unlimited liability, the
Komplimentär-GmbH. "I'm looking forward to continued, intensified, and
fertile cooperation," comments Christoph Gerlinger, "we have already worked
closely together with him in his role as MD of the VC service provider and
family office Cooperativa for one and a half years."

A brief summary of the new portfolio companies of the German Startups -

Seed Stage

- Book a Tiger is an online platform on which professional cleaners can
be found quickly, conveniently, and for a low price. Whether for the
home or the office, the most experienced cleaners can be booked in less
than a minute for a one-off clean or a more regular arrangement. The
selection process for the cleaners is tailored and strict, ensuring a
high-quality service for customers. Book a Tiger was founded in April
2014 by Claude Ritter and Nikita Fahrenholz, co-founders of Delivery
Hero, a startup in which German Startups Group is also invested.

- Dalia Research develops cloud-based technology solutions for market,
social, and opinion research on smartphones and tablets. The vision of
the company, founded in October 2013, is to facilitate access to views
and opinions and to filter for their customers the most relevant data
on what billions of people think from an ocean of information. Dalia
Research also offers the research industry solutions in reaching
specific target groups on mobile devices, decreasing workload,
streamlining data acquisition, and tying consumers more closely to
their products.

- Juniqe the online shop for low-priced, fresh, eclectic art, apparel,
and accessories. It offers a handpicked selection of artworks by
independent artists printed on various products, such as posters,
canvases, acrylic glass, T-shirts, sweaters, tech cases, stationery,
and home accessories. The platform enables artists to share their
talent with a larger audience and thus provide customers with the most
original artworks available. Juniqe ships to 12 European countries and
plans to increase its international standing to become the number one
destination for eclectic art across Europe. The founders were
previously responsible for the strategic orientation and logistics of
FAB's European operations.

- Lingoda is a Berlin-based online language school active in more than 60
countries worldwide. Founded in October 2012, the company offers
language courses with native speaking teachers online via
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