November 13, 2013
The Axel Springer Plug and Play accelerator has launched its second round of eight start-ups. 1o1Media, blogfoster, embraase, Get2play, Jobspotting, CartMi, Socius and VINTAGEHUB are now working for three months at Axel Springer Plug and Play in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The program comprises seed investment, comprehensive mentoring, workshops and access to Axel Springer and Plug and Play Tech Center’s international network in Silicon Valley.
The participants will benefit for the first time from the wealth of foundation expertise brought in by Jörg Rheinboldt, the successful founder of a number of companies and promoter of numerous founders as a Business Angel, who came on board as an additional managing director in the middle of October alongside Ulrich Schmitz and Saeed Amidi.
Jörg Rheinboldt: “The founders fully convinced us of their approach during the selection process. We are looking forward to working together and jointly stepping on the gas in order to establish these business models successfully on the market.”
The American video artist Katie Armstrong (Galerie EIGEN + ART) can be found alongside the eight start-ups in the rooms in Markgrafenstrasse. She is using the area as a temporary studio. Katie Armstrong creates hand-drawn animated films in which she links pop culture with personal experiences.
Axel Springer AG and Plug and Play Tech Center, a leading startup investor and accelerator based in Silicon Valley, have teamed up to form Axel Springer Plug and Play. Its goal is to promote media-related business ideas. The first round was recently successfully completed. Three of the start-ups, Asuum, Papayer and Zenguard have already received follow-up financing from external investors. Further funding is expected in the near future.
Here are the participants in the second round…
1o1Media is developing a Video On Demand Marketplace for film and videos. With 1o filmmakers can sell and distribute their videos directly to the end consumer.
blogfoster is a software for the self-determined monetization and analysis of blogs worldwide. blogfoster‘s Live-Preview enables the definition, the format selection and the styling of every adslot. The user is able to monetize their blog individually, by dragging and dropping campaigns on these adslots via one future friendly interface. blogfoster takes care of delivering the campaigns, the invoicing, and the creation of reports. For advertisers, there are topic-oriented blog networks that enable targeted advertising on blogs.
embraase is about instant content distribution for apps & mobile games based on behavioral data and without the regular update cycle.
Get2play is an e-learning platform for music where learning an instrument becomes easier and more convenient than ever before – via online live sessions and multimedia courses.
Jobspotting is a discovery engine that takes the hassle out of job hunting. Founded by 3 ex-Googlers, Jobspotting employs smart classifiers, linguistic analysis, and modern graph technology to resolve major shortcomings with traditional job search. Instead of narrow keyword matching, Jobspotting delivers personalized job recommendations based on users’ skills and professional experiences.
cartmi makes online shopping easy. The personal cartmi wishlist allows users to save products across devices and channels. They can then buy selected products with just 1click. Therefore, cartmi as an independent platform helps partner shops to get additional sales and customer insights.
Socius is a social media curation and publishing platform for brands, events and publishers. With Socius it’s easy to create beautiful and engaging social hubs, combining your own content and sponsor messages with the best of what your fans are saying across the social web.
VINTAGEHUB is a mobile fashion marketplace which enables users to shop share and sell pre-owned fashion through real-time virtual Style Parties.
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