Tyntec early-stage and institutional investors exit in management buyout – source

25 JAN 2017


Tyntec, a cloud mobile communications provider, has received a midrange double-digit investment from Cipio Partners in a management buyout, a source close to the company said.

Cipio bought out previous investors, US-based HarbourVest Partners and French venture capital Iris Capital, which had held stakes in the company since 2008 and 2011, respectively, the source said.

Harvard Management Company also backed the second phase of the management buyout, the source added.
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Tandem is a messaging app where language learners chat


Tandem is the mobile app for learning languages with amazing people. The Tandem language exchange community connects people from all around the world who want to learn new languages. Members form one-on-one Tandem partnerships to teach each other their native languages for free via text, audio and video chat. Tandem has funding from some of Europe’s most prominent investors, including Atlantic Internet, …

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YPO Business Leaders Share Strategies for Startup Success in Berlin


YPO, the premier chief executive leadership organization in the world, hosted a live Twitter chat with two prominent German business leaders discussing the unique advantages that Berlin offers as a thriving hub for startups, entrepreneurs and innovation, and the secrets to startup success.

Featured guests Dominik Matyka (@dominikmatyka) and Ralph Eric Kunz (@RalphEKunz), both members of the YPO Berlin Chapter, discussed how to ensure success for an early startup and offered tips to improve the odds of success. Matyka is Partner at Calvary VC, a leading (pre)seed fund, and Kunz is Managing Director at Catagonia, a venture capital firm investing in mobile internet, social network apps, location and Internet-based services.
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Catagonia invests in Hardscore Games GmbH

(in German only)

Finanzspritze für Mobile Game Pioniere: Catagonia, IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft und Business Angel Andreas Constantin Meyer investieren in die Hardscore Games GmbH

HardscoreGames_Logo2Berlin, 16. Oktober 2014: Die Hardscore Games GmbH, eine der führenden Anbieterinnen mobiler Spiele im Bereich Core Games, hat für die Distribution ihres ersten Titels “Star Admiral” sowie für die Produktion weiterer mobiler Spiele ihre erste Finanzierungsrunde abgeschlossen.  An der Finanzierung beteiligten sich die Catagonia Capital, der von der IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft verwaltete VC Fonds Kreativwirtschaft Berlin und Business Angel Andreas Constantin Meyer.
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CeBIT 2015 is coming up with new offers for founders and investors

(in German only)

Neuer Ausstellungsbereich CeBIT SCALE 11 für das Ökosystem Start-ups

Bereits zahlreiche Partner aus der IT-Branche

Hannover/München. Die CeBIT 2015 weitet ihre Angebote für Gründer, Entwickler und Investoren aus der internationalen IT-Branche stark aus und wird so zur europaweit größten Veranstaltung für junge IT-Unternehmen. Unter dem Titel „CeBIT SCALE 11: The Source of Digital Innovation“ präsentiert sich vom 16. bis 20. März das gesamte Ökosystem rund um Start-ups in Halle 11. Der Ausstellungsbereich führt Jungunternehmer gezielt mit Konzernen, Akzeleratoren sowie Investoren zusammen. Dabei geht es vor allem darum, das kreative Potenzial von Start-ups hervorzuheben, Netzwerke zwischen Jungunternehmen und etablierten Konzernen zu erweitern sowie Investitionsanreize für Finanziers zu schaffen.
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uTest is now Applause – Catagonia Investment Testhub sold to Applause for multiple million EUR

(in German only)
sg-logo• Testhubs Team verantwortet operatives Europa-Geschäft
• Berlin Technologie Holding strategischer Investor
• mehr als 140.000 Tester in Europa und weltweit

Berlin – 5. Mai 2014 – Amerikas führendes Software-Testing Unternehmen uTest übernimmt Europas führenden Crowdtesting-Anbieter Testhub. Beide Unternehmen firmieren ab heute unter dem neuen Namen Applause. Das Testhub-Team wird als Applause EU von Berlin aus das operative Europa-Geschäft des Unternehmens leiten. Die Akquisition im Wert mehrerer Millionen Euro besteht aus einer Kombination von Geld- sowie Unternehmensanteilen. Mit der Berlin Technologie Holding (BTH) wurde ein zusätzlicher strategischer Investor für Applause EU gewonnen.
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Catagonia proudly presents: Venture Capital – Trans-Atlantic Perspectives / May 16, 2014 @ ESMT


Venture Capital: Trans-Atlantic Perspectives

with Monica Dodi, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Women’s Venture Capital Fund

Monica Dodi is one of the U.S.’s leading media entrepreneurs, having cofounded MTV Europe, led Walt Disney/Europe to turnaround success, andsuccessfully founded numerous media ventures. Today, Ms. Dodi continues as a much sought-after advisor to angel investors spanning virtual worlds, music technologies, mobile applications, and social media. Among her many achievements, Ms. Dodi is the cofounder and Managing Director of the Women’s Venture Capital Fund.

Please join us for a fascinating & highly informative discussion.

May 16, 2014
17:30 – 19:30 pm
light buffet
European School of Management & Technology
Schlossplatz 1

Seating ist limited. If you want to join, please RSVP to event@catagonia.com, shortly explaining why you would like to participate in the event.

The John F. Kennedy Atlantic Forum expresses its appreciation to the ESMT Entrepreneurs Club, KPMG, & to the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy for their collaboration and support.

“Expanding Entrepreneurship: Capitalizing on German-American Synergy” @ ESMT Berlin

sg-logoLast Monday, the John F. Kennedy Atlantic Forum invited entrepreneurs as well as political and business leaders from the U.S. and Germany to a panel discussion and a networking event with the aim to promote transatlantic ties. After introductory remarks by Senator Cornelia Yzer (Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research), Amb. John Kornblum (Chairman, The JFK Atlantic Forum) and Prof. Jorg Rocholl (President and EY Chair in Governance and Compliance, ESMT), the U.S. Amabassador to Germany, John B. Emerson, gave a keynote speech. The subsequent panel discussion was concerned with the question, in what ways the entrepreneurial communities in both countries can benefit from stronger transatlantic links.

Catagonia was sponsor of the event – in line with companies and organizations, such as KPMG, UPS, NOERR, Bohnen Kallmorgen & Partner, Handelsblatt and the American Council on Germany.


Tweek TV: Now @ Amazon, Watchever, Google Play, Maxdome, Xbox Live, MediaMarkt, Videoload and Videobuster

logo_tweek Tweek TV launched a new version which helps you find your favourite movies and series on the internet faster than ever due to its intelligent recommendation system. Tweek is now connected with Amazon, Watchever, Google Play, Maxdome, Xbox Live, MediaMarkt, Videoload and Videobuster. Check out all the possiblities here:


Eric Berger leads Deutsche Messe Interactive

The German Messe Interactive GmbH in Hanover gets a prominent new Chief Executive: The new CEO as of November 1st is Eric Berger, 45 (photo). The personnel decision has been made by the two shareholders, the German Messe AG and Catagonia Capital GmbH. Berger succeeds Dr. Ralph Eric Kunz, who has held this position since late last year on an interim basis. Dr.Kunz, who is the Managing Director of Catagonia Capital GmbH, remains Chairman DMI´s advisory board.

After his university education in business administration, Berger joined freenet AG as a software developer and consultant. During the 11 years he spent with freenet AG, he held several positions, among them Director of online services and online sales, marketing and mobile internet.

He resigned from freenet´s Board of Directors on September 30th 2009.

Silicon Underground: Berlin’s Tech Revolution

logo_media_bloombergtvTechnology has been exploding outside Silicon Valley in places like London, New York and Tel-Aviv and you can now add Berlin to that list. Bloomberg TV’s Cristina Alesci takes you inside Berlin’s start-up poster child, SoundCloud and explains why young engineering talent is flocking in drones to the hip, underground Capital of Germany. Our founder Ralph Eric Kunz promotes Berlin as a startup hub.


Hilfe bei der B2B Leadgenerierung

logo_media_pandodailyDienstleister wie die Deutsche Messe Interactive unterstützen Unternehmen dabei, vertriebsfertige Entscheiderkontakte zu bilden. Ralph Eric Kunz im Interview.


Venture Capital: Wie kommt man an Geld?

logo_media_tagesspiegelWer keine Sicherheiten vorzuweisen hat, bekommt keinen Kredit. Um als junges Unternehmen trotzdem an Geld zu gelangen, empfiehlt es sich, einen Investor an Board zu holen. Doch nur wenige Unternehmen haben das Zeug, mit Venture Capital finanziert zu werden.


Interview mit einem VC: Catagonia Capital Ralph Eric Kunz im Gespräch

logo_media_tagesspiegelSie sind gemeinsam mit einem motivierten Gründerteam und einer guten Idee der Motor eines jungen Unternehmens: Investoren. Egal ob Venture-Capitalist, Business-Angel oder Inkubator – ohne das nötige Kleingeld gäbe es so manche spannende Business-Idee nur auf dem Papier. Gründerszene hat sich daher einmal die Mühe gemacht und unter dem Motto “Interview mit einem VC” Deutschlands spannendste Geldgeber zu einem Interview gebeten. Dieses mal: Ralph Eric Kunz von der Catagonia.