#EXCLUSIVE OneFootball goes up to Unicorn – Valar invests in Mondu – Razor Group acquires Factory14


The #DealMonitor, our investment and exit overview, features all the deals of the day on business days. Today it’s OneFootball, Mondu, Vaayu, Planetary, Tangany, Greenforce, Heimladen, Synsor, Straffr, Faircations, Razor Group, The Plant Box, BBQ Rescher and WireStyle.

in the #DealMonitor for April 20, we take a look at the biggest, exciting and interesting investments and exits of the day in the DACH region. All offers from previous days are available in big and clear #DealMonitor archive.


+++ The American Liberty City Ventures, which focuses on topics such as Web 3.0, gaming, metaverse and NFT, as well as According to our information, existing investors are investing around 150 million euros in OneFootball. The valuation of the company has risen to around 1 billion euros – and thus to unicorn level for the first time. The Berlin Grownup or the application of the same name, founded by Lucas von Cranach in 2008, provides football fans around the world with numbers, data and facts as well as exciting content. The company’s investors to date include backers such as Union Square Ventures, Lakestar, Earlybird and Daniel Hopp. In the 2020 financial year, OneFootball achieved a turnover of 14.5 million euros. The loss was 14.2 million. The company generates revenue primarily through advertising. Now, entry into the subject of the NFT boom is imminent. More information in the Insider podcast #EXCLUSIVE

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+++ According to our information, Valar Ventures and Co. is investing around 40 million euros in Mondu. Valuation (before cash) is approx. 145 million euros. The Berlin FinTech, which was founded in 2021 by Dafiti founders Philipp Povel and Malte Huffmann, relies on a “buy now, pay later” model for corporate clients. The concept of the young company is aimed at market place operators – their professional customers can then pay in installments via Mondu. Cherry Ventures has already invested US$14 million in the company with FinTech Collective.Discovery Ventures and well-known angel investors such as Forto founder Michael Wax, zalando founder Robert Gentz ​​and SellerX founder Malte Horeyseck are already on board Mondu. More information in the Insider podcast #EXCLUSIVE

+++ Atomico, CapitalT, Seven Seven Six and angel investors such as Cristina Stenbeck and Bryant Chou invest $11.5 million in Vaayu. The Berlin startup, founded in 2020 by Anita Daminov, Luca Schmid and Namrata Sandhu, offers a CO2 monitoring platform specifically aimed at retailers. CapitalT, Atomico’s Angel Program, NP-Hard Ventures and Co. recently invested US$1.6 million in the company. “With the help of the funding money, Vaayu wants to expand the software’s benchmarking capabilities so that retailers can also measure their emissions against their competitors,” the company said. Find out more about Vaayu

+++ Astanor Ventures, Blue Horizon Ventures, Xange and Nucleus Capital invest 7.5 million Swiss francs in planetary. The Geneva startup, founded in 2022 by Peace of Meat maker David Brandes, bets on the production of food by microbial fermentation. “This technology enables the sustainable manufacturing of a range of products at competitive prices compared to manufacturing of animal origin, such as meat products, whey products, cheeses and eggs”, the company said.

+++ Nauta Capital, Creator Collective Capital (C3 VC) and High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) invest 7 million euros in Tangany – see FinanceFWD. The Munich startup, founded in 2019 by Martin Kreitmair, Christopher Zapf and Alexey Utin, offers a blockchain crypto custody solution for businesses. “Now the people of Munich want to use the external funds to significantly expand their team – by the end of the year to 50 people,” the article says.

+++ Football world champion Thomas Müller invests in Greenforce. The Munich food company, founded by Thomas Isermann in 2020, relies on meat and milk substitutes. “Müller’s investment is primarily intended to promote the growth of the climate-neutral company and strengthen the future-oriented research and development center in Munich,” the company announced. Institutional investors, whose names the startup does not mention, as well as host Joko Winterscheidt and artisan caterer Michael Käfer recently invested 15 million euros in Greenforce. Learn more about Greenforce

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+++ Business angels – including gridX founders David Balensiefen and Andreas Booke – are investing a six-figure sum in Heimladen. Randersacker’s startup, which was founded in 2020 by Max Wojtynia, Niklas Slatin, Christian Arians and Philip Haverkamp, ​​relies on “charging infrastructure for real estate” and charging in your own place of car park. “Users have a charging station in their own parking space with a complete and carefree service from 35 euros per month”, reports the company.

+++ Startup financier APX invests EUR 400.00 in Synsor. The Munich startup, founded in 2021 by Nico Engelmann and Benjamin Gosse, deals with optical quality control in the production chain. The startup’s system can learn an individual product “in a very short time” and “make reliable statements about the occurrence of anomalies of any kind.”

+++ Hessen Kapital invests again in Straffr with Business Angels and the Investors Club Nordhessen. The young company from Kassel, which was also looking for investors as part of the Vox show “Die Höhle der Löwen” in 2020, offers an elastic training band with integrated sensors. This is intended to provide users with real-time feedback and accurate training analytics. The startup was founded by Stefan Weiß, Torben Hellmuth and Hanno Storz.

+++ Software development and consulting company Prodyna invests 100,000 euros in Faircations. The Munich company, founded by Sonja Karl and Stefan Seibel, deals with “sustainable and fair travel”. The team writes of the concept: “The aim is that each fair trip has the least possible impact on nature, flora and fauna”.


+++ The buyer from the Amazon store in Berlin Razor Group, founded in 2020 by Tushar Ahluwalia and Jonas Diezun, acquires its competitor Factory14. The Luxembourg startup, which has offices in Madrid, London, Shanghai and Taipei, was founded in 2021 by Founded by Guilherme Quarry, Marcos Ramírez and Gianluca Cocco. Dmg Ventures, DN Capital, VentureFriends and Victory Park Capital (VPC) invested approximately $200 million in the company in May 2021. Victory Park Capital (VPC) is also a lender to Razor Group. Together with BlackRock and existing investors VPC invested approximately US$400 million in the young Razor Group in May 2021. In November 2021, the Razor Group became a unicorn. More information in the Insider podcast #EXCLUSIVE


The Plant Box
+++ In the third episode of the eleventh season, sales lion Carsten Maschmeyer and beauty lioness Judith Williams invested 150,000 euros in The Plant Box and obtained 20% of the company. The Berlin startup, founded in 2020 by Anne Baltes-Schlueter and Alice Sare Özserin, sells “creative, already arranged plant creations” in the form of so-called refills for planting flower boxes on urban balconies. Additionally, Hanse Ventures also invested in the young company.

BBQ Grill
+++ In the third episode of the eleventh season, the reigning lion Ralf Dümmel invests 50,000 euros in BBQ Rescher (still playing as Bavarian Rescher) and obtains a 25% stake in the company. With the young company founded by Alexander Feilen and Tobias Daniel, “charred meat or charred fish are a thing of the past”.

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+++ In the third episode of the eleventh season, the pharmaceutical lion Nils Glagau invests 200,000 euros and obtains a 17.5% stake in the company. The Karlsruhe startup, founded in 2020 by Thomas Willberger and Andre Gall, relies on images made of thousands of nails and a single kilometer-long wire. The deal fell through after the show.

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