27. April 2017

Internations’ Malte Zeeck: “Patron of Business Nomads”

Ten years ago, Munich resident Malte Zeeck founded the international expat network Internations. Today, it is present in 390 cities around the globe. Compared to its competition, it is rather small, but in its niche it is leading, and growing substantially. Read more (in German)…

15. November 2016

Urbanara opens flagship store in Düsseldorf

By connecting customers of hand-made, fair traded furniture and home accessories directly with the manufacturers, Urbanara has already become successful in online world. Since starting in 2011, the Berlin-based company has grown annually by 50-100%. Today Urbanara makes a two-digit million EUR turnover and has a team of 70 employees. Now the founders Claire Davidson and Benjamin Esser have opened the companies’ flagship store in Düsseldorf. In the new store environment, customers can from now on experience the product quality first-hand, before the purchase.

Read the article in the Urbanara magazine here.

24. August 2016

Stylelounge closes new financing round

Stylelounge, the Hamburg-based shopping portal for fashion, closes a new financing round, amongst other investors with Rocket Internet, TA Ventures, Axivate and ASTUTIA. Founded in 2015, Stylelounge is today active in Germany, France, Netherlands and Switzerland. With the new financing, CEO Johannes Heinen and his team want to develop new features and expand the business further.

Read the related article on Gründerszene here

2. June 2016

Bettenriese launches own brand BUDDY

With the own brand BUDDY, Berlin-based bed and mattress specialist Bettenriese extends the product offering even further. Besides the high quality, the product line offers the new Easy-Zip technology, which turns the mattress into a real piece of furniture.

Click here to read the related article on Deutsche Startups

3. March 2016

99chairs Company Portrait

Berlin-based interior design specialist 99chairs and the company’s successful development is featured in the latest company portrait on Gründerszene. Moreover, the co-founders Frank Stegert and Julian Riedelsheimer provide insights into the business model and the early beginnings.Read the article

21. January 2016

2 Million Users: InterNations with Strong Growth

InterNations, the worldwide network for people who live and work abroad, reports strong growth. In early January 2016 the Munich-based company has recorded its two millionth member. In 2013 the company had the first 1 million members and has successfully continued on the expansion path. The network now organizes activities in 390 cities around the world. In 2015, over 1,25 million members attended almost 40.000 events and local activities. Read the related article in the Epoch Times here.

New Investment: Asanayoga

To improve health and find relaxation, an increasing number of people in Europe practice the originally Indian Yoga techniques. With Asanayoga, the founders Robin Pratap and Pascal Klein provide the community with a specialized shop, an online studio with exercises, selected travel offerings and a dedicated magazine. They focus on selected high-quality products which are manufactured sustainably and traded responsibly. We are happy to welcome Asanayoga as new company in our portfolio.

28. September 2015

Successful Exit with Fashionette

With the sale of the stakes Fashionette, ASTUTIA has just realized another successful exit. The company’s new majority stakeholder is GENUI. In 2009 ASTUTIA invested together with NRW.Bank and other private investors in the Duesseldorf-based online retailer for luxury handbags and accessories. Today, with over 5.000 products by over 100 luxury and premium brands, Fashionette has one of the most comprehensive product ranges and a strong position in the market. Including the core market in the D/A/CH region, the company is now operating in 13 European countries.

9. September 2015

Bettenriese: New Investment

BettenRiese is the new entry in ASTUTIA’s portfolio. The Berlin-based start-up offers mattresses, bedclothes and accessories from many renowned brands. The virtual online consultant helps customers find the right product within a few simple steps. Part of BettenRiese’s service is the so called “feel-good-warranty” comprising 100 days of test sleeping with full return option, along with attractive prices and free shipping. We are looking forward to the partnership with the founders Alexander Stelmaszyk und Stefan Zundel and their team.

7. September 2015

New Investment: Logistics-Platform Coureon

Logistics is a critical factor in E-Commerce – especially for small and medium-sized companies. Coureon as a specialised platform connects online businesses and logistics providers and matches supply and demand. Through the transparent and specialised service of Coureon, E-Commerce companies can save money and valuable time when looking for the right partner, while the forwarding companies can better work to their capacity. And better logistics improve the customers’ shopping experience. We are looking forward to working with Coureon’s founder Nicolas Löber and his team.