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b-to-v Newsletter May 2016
Dear Readers
The etymology of “Europe” comes from the Greek Eurṓpē, „the far-sighted [women]“. We Europeans can be full of gratitude for the education based on our old history, grateful for how and where we live and confident that our continent is indeed far-sighted. More than that - we do not only have a population with a clear vision of how we want to live and how we will get to the future but already can see the direction.
Years ago, all of us in the Venture Capital industry were complaining about the huge gap of the development in the US and Europe. The gap prevails and Silicon Valley continues to produce a company as large as SAP, today the most valuable German company, each and every year.
Do you know how many start-ups worth more than a billion Euro exist in Europe? More than you think. And most of the founders and CEOs of those companies come to NOAH Berlin and London. If you have doubts about the European Start-up Eco-System - have a look and come to that conference (register here and use that invitation N16BER-BtoV for a 20% discount). You will be amazed to see the sheer number of strong and fast growing tech companies. What will be their status in ten to twenty years? A large number of them will be listed. There are good reasons to think so: According to Will Gornall, University of British Columbia and Ilya A. Strebulaev, Stanford University and National Bureau of Economic Research, only about 1% of all listed companies back in 1974 in the US were VC backed was nearly nil. Both numbers have grown up to about 20% of all listed companies and about 20% of total market cap, which since the mid 90ies seem to be steady state – market value even growing further since. Healthy self-confidence without crossing the line of arrogance is what we need in Europe.
Our dear Berlin based tech company Data Artisans (find an insightful article about them here) is led by Kostas Tzoumas – our Greek CEO. What a private and European pleasure. And: If you want to cheer with a first class Red Wine from Italy – here the recommendation of our Executive Chairman Jochen Gutbrod to purchase via our portfolio company Wine in Black. Last but not least: Beethoven worked on “Ode to joy” – the anthem of Europe – more than a decade. Let us take our time and do it well.

On behalf of the b-to-v Team
Alexander & Florian
Deals Done
Check out the latest investments b-to-v has closed.


Azimo Ltd. raises USD 15mio from E-Commerce Giant Rakuten
The London-based b-to-v portfolio company, Azimo Ltd. has just raised USD 15mio from Viber owner and leading internet services companies, Rakuten. Azimo is an online international money transfer company that challenges traditional and expensive ways of moving money around the world. Most transactions across Europe come in the form of remittances from migrant workers sending money mostly to family back home. The funding will likely be used to help Azimo integrate into messaging apps like Viber but also to expand further into Asia. For a more comprehensive snapshot of the market and how Azimo is positioned within this segment of the fintec environment, have a look at the article below.


b-to-v Partners invests in Spanish financial comparison portal Bankimia
b-to-v Partners is investing in Bankimia, the leading comparison portal for financial products in Spain. Existing investor Cabiedes & Partners is participating in the financing round as well.
Check out the latest news about b-to-v and its portfolio companies.


b-to-v portfolio company Blacklane GmbH presents at the DLD in New York
Dr. Jens Wohltorf from Blacklane GmbH spoke at Digital-Life-Design conference in New York about how to facilitate travel and make it a wonderful experience for the user. See the full video at the button below.


b-to-v portfolio company CoMatch GmbH featured on SPIEGEL online


Back in 2015, b-to-v invested in Comatch GmbH, a freelancer platform for top management consultants and industry expert. This article featured on SPIEGEL online describes very nicely why the platform is so popular amongst former consultants.



Exosome Diagnostics discovers World’s First Kidney Transplant Rejection Signature from a Simple Urine Test

b-to-v portfolio company, Exosome Diagnostics is a developer of revolutionary biofluid-based molecular diagnostics. In cooperation with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, the team has identified a unique signature to predict acute kidney rejection in patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD), 20% of whom experience acute kidney rejection after transplantation. The signature, derived from a liquid biopsy test, has the potential to avoid the complications of repeated needle biopsies. For more information, please click the link below for the full press release.


b-to-v portfolio company Azimo Ltd. raises attention for International Day of Family Remittances
In case you didn't know 16/6 has been designated as the International Day of Family Remittances by IFAD (and hopefully soon by the whole of the United Nations). A day to thank and remember all those who work so hard to send money home to their loved ones. More information can be found at the button below.
Check out the latest job opportunities that b-to-v and its network have to offer.
b-to-v portfolio companies are looking for some talents:

Electrochaea GmbH:
Project Manager (f/m): Electrochaea is seeking a fulltime Project Manager to strengthen our team based in Planegg, Germany. The PM will primarily oversee the planning, implementation, and tracking of a specific multi-year project which has been funded by the Company and the EU Horizon 2020 Programme.
For further information, please have a look here and submit your resume via email.
Project Manager for the United Kingdom (f/m): Our crowdtesters do the testing, you are responsible for making the project a success: How? You are the key contact for clients and our crowdtesters during projects. You are responsible for quality assurance and the evaluation & reporting of the results.
Account Manager for Sweden (f/m): Testbirds is growing fast. Our next step will be the opening of a new office in Stockholm. Therefore we need you: a passionate sales manager to acquire and develop customers in Sweden.
Marketing & PR Manager for Sweden (f/m): To make our product popular in Sweden we need you to write inspiring and easy to read texts. By using social media channels you will also try to find new testers for our testing community.
International Social Media & Community Manager (f/m): You draw a high affinity to Social Media and Gamification? Then become part of our ‘Nest’ and be the contact person for our international tester community and their inquiries.
Country Manager Sweden (f/m): You like working hands-on? You are energetic as well as entrepreneurial? And you have work experience in sales with a large network in the Swedish industry? Then you are the right country manager for our new office in Sweden.
Senior Online Marketing Manager (f/m): SaaS models, SEA campaigns and advertisement strategies are your specialty and on top you are creative and open for new ideas? Let’s start rocking the online world!
If you are interested to become our next ‘Bird’, please apply here.
Software Engineer (f/m): We are looking for passionate software developers that enjoy solving challenging problems and are excited about open source, helping us build world-class data streaming technology. As a software engineer at data Artisans, you will take a dual role: being involved in both the open source Apache Flink project, as well as data Artisans' products. You should be comfortable with taking responsibility for designs and features, and be able to work both self-supervised and in cross-functional teams. As a citizen of the Flink open source community, you will be in direct touch with Flink users and participate in the day-to-day open source work.
Executive Assistant/Director of Operations (f/m): We are looking for a full-time executive assistant / director of operations to support a fast-growing team and its operations across two geographies (Berlin and San Francisco). You are the glue that ties the office together!
Community Evangelist/Training Coordinator (f/m): This role is all about communicating Apache Flink to the community and training developers on the technology. You should have a deep technical understanding of Apache Flink and related technologies (e.g., Apache Kafka), and be passionate about educating other software developers and promoting the technology.
Technical Support Engineer (f/m): As a support engineer, you will help open source users and customers to build applications and solutions on top of Flink. Your tasks span a wide spectrum of support: answering questions and providing recommendations to the open source community, helping users debug problems, reproducing and diagnosing issues, or on-site troubleshooting with customers. You will play an active role in shaping the support structure of data Artisans.
All positions are located in Berlin, Germany. Please apply online here.
Raisin is looking for an experienced Java Developer and System Administrator to join our great team in Berlin. Please apply by sending us your CV and earliest start date via email.
Sales Operation Manager/Salesforce Administrator (f/m): As a Sales Operation Manager you will help build and maintain tools and processes to ensure the successful achievement of strategic business goals. You will customize Salesforce and integrate it with other tools to streamline our sales and customer success processes. You will help to surface business metrics and reporting of the entire global sales operation.
If you are interested, please apply here.
Content Marketing Manager (f/m): As a Content Marketing Manager you will be responsible for all content which is the backbone of our inbound marketing. We are looking for a talented content creator who creates high-quality, valuable content to attract, inform, and engage our audience. This role requires a high level of creativity, attention to detail, and project management skills.
If you are interested, please apply here.
Data Scientist (f/m): As a ZipJet data scientist based in Berlin, you will play a key role with the different interfaces of the operations, marketing and management teams. You will use deep algorithmic methods to bring new insights to the mentioned teams and help them take reliable, data-driven decisions.
Do you want to become part of our team? Apply here.
Head of Retention Marketing (f/m): We are looking for an expert in Customer Relationship Management with several years of experience who is very familiar with CRM Software such as Exact Target, Mailchimp, Emarys for our Berlin based office.
Does this hit your professional experience? Apply here.
Senior Product Manager (f/m): Wine in Black built a successful and established online shop for premium wines in the last years. Anyhow, we’re bold enough to start again and build a new platform with top-notch technology. We’re searching for a foresighted Senior Product Manager who accompanies us on our mission. At the earliest possible starting date, we’re searching for you having passion about wine and technology at our location in Berlin-Mitte. 
Senior PHP Developer (f/m): Wine in Black built a successful and established online shop in the last years. Anyhow, we’re bold enough to start again and build a new platform with top-notch technology from the scratch. Therefore we are searching for a Senior PHP Developer as a new team member! At the earliest possible starting date, we’re searching for you at our location in Berlin-Mitte.
UX/UI Designer (f/m): Wine in Black built a successful and established online shop in the last years. Anyhow, we’re bold enough to start again and build a new platform with top-notch technology from the scratch. Therefore we are searching for a UX/UI Designer as a new team member! At the earliest possible starting date, we’re searching for you at our location in Berlin-Mitte.
Please send your application to our HR Manager Mandy Howald via email.
Product Manager / CPO (f/m): We are seeking an experienced Product Manager (m/f) with the necessary passion and expertise to help us forge a new path along the intersection between Digital Health and InsurTech. Join us and help develop an innovative mobile platform which combines a gamification approach with intuitive digital health services to assist users in living a healthier, more active life.
Please send your application to Anne-Kristin Langner.
Check out the next b-to-v events and events in b-to-v's network.
b-to-v events are exclusively reserved for b-to-v Investors.
Interested in a b-to-v membership? Please contact Alexander Stoeckel


Vienna Summer Summit
On June 6, 2016, b-to-v Members and selected guests will meet in Vienna for the second Vienna Summer Summit with Kobza Media and SpeedInvest. The event will feature 4 live presentations of start-ups which are in the process of raising capital for their business. Moreover, there will be time for networking and discussions amongst participants. For private investors who are not yet familiar with b-to-v, the event is a good opportunity to get to know our organization as well as our members a little better.

Interested b-to-v Members and guests are kindly invited to contact Andrea Rogg for further information.


Pre Pitching Event for NOAH 2016 in Berlin
Our friends from the Swiss start-up organization venturelab are hosting an exclusive event on June 7th, 2016, in the Swiss Embassy in Berlin. This is the evening before NOAH 2016 starts in Berlin. The event will feature internationalization workshops and a pre pitch event with international investors. More information is available here.
If you would like to attend this event, please apply directly on the website or contact Mr Stefan Steiner from venturelab.


Attend the EBAN E-Xcelerator FinTech Investor Day on 9 June in Luxembourg!
Attend the first EBAN E-Xcelerator FinTech Investor Day, organised in cooperation with lux luture lab on 9 June in Luxembourg.

Investors will meet: some of the most innovative later-stage Luxembourgish and European FinTech startups with financing needs above EUR 500'000.
Startups will meet: a broad selection of business angels from the EBAN network as well as investors from Luxembourg & the Greater Region, HNWIs, venture capitalists, corporates and regulatory experts.
The event will focus on major sub-sectors of the FinTech industry among which: Payment systems, Regulatory, Compliance & security, Fund management and administration, Asset management, Social finance & impact investment, P2P lending, …

We innovate by structuring the pitching around main FinTech themes. A panel of specialists will introduce those main themes followed by the pitching of the start-ups (including each time 3-4 start-ups) thus providing VCs, angels and industry leaders with insight and exposure to the most interesting latest developments.

Confirmed registrants for this invite-only event will also receive information prior to the event regarding the selected companies that will be pitching and the exact agenda. We look forward to seeing you at this unique opportunity to invest in some of Europe’s best FinTech.

To register for the event, please follow the below link:

If you would like to submit to pitch at the event, please follow the below link and apply by Friday 20 May:

For more information, please contact: and

Kind regards,
lux future lab team


Bayerische Venture Capital Akademie
The Bayerische Venture Capital Akademie is organized by b-to-v, in close cooperation with BayStartUP and supported by the Bayerisches Staatsministeriums für Wirtschaft und Medien, Energie und Technologie and BakerTillyRoelfs. The event is hosted in German.

The Bayerische Venture Capital Akademie is designed to support and foster the start-up eco-system in Bavaria and, more generally, in Central Europe. In particular, the Akademie addresses private and corporate investors who plan to do direct investments in start-up companies or young growth companies.

Interested b-to-v members and guests are kindly invited to contact Nadja Bulgheroni for further Information.


1st Dresdner Startup Summit 2016
KSI International GmbH and Lovoo GmbH are presenting the 1st Dresdner Startup Summit. The event will feature presentations of four startups, namely Cinector, Laviu, Staffbase, and Sneedle.
b-to-v supports the event and will be on location. The event takes place on June 7th, 2016. Kick-off is at 10am in the premises of of Lovoo, Prager Strasse 10, 01069 Dresden.
If you would like to attend this event, please refer to this newsletter entry (“b-to-v newsletter invitation”) and send an email to Ms Lilly Graf of KSI.
If you know a strong team of entrepreneurs who would like to receive capital for the dynamic future of their company, please forward this newsletter to them.
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