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November 18, 2014
Earlybird Venture Capital, High-Tech Gründerfonds, BayernKapital and consortium of Business Angels invest in SimScale. More

October 28, 2014
RhodeCode increases enterprise software development adoption momentum. More

September 10, 2014
Open source geospatial platform CartoDB raises $8m to focus on community and data hub
Open source geospatial platform CartoDB raises $8m to focus on community and data hub - making mapping and geospatial analytics accessible to everyone. More

June 19, 2014
Earlybird Venture Capital, Redalpine, Axel Springer Plug and Play and financial service experts fund €2m seed round in NUMBER26. More

May 14, 2014
TjobsRecruit ('Tjobs'), the online, cross-border, blue-collar staffing and recruitment platform has announced a significant investment round led by Earlybird Venture Capital ('Earlybird') and joined by iEurope Capital ('iEurope'). More

May 13, 2014
Fund attracts significant deal flow from underserved Turkey and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). More

November 12, 2013
6Wunderkinder raises $19m Series B from Sequoia Capital, Atomico and Earlybird
Wunderkinder, the maker of the Wunderlist productivity app, today announced that Sequoia Capital has lead a US$19 million series B round to build out the company's US operations. More

October 10, 2013
Earlybird exits BMEYE to Edwards Lifescience Corporation
Earlybird Venture Capital announces that its Portfolio Company BMEYE, a privately held Dutch company that specializes in the development of non-invasive technology for advanced hemodynamic monitoring, has been acquired by Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring. More

July 31, 2013
Fund closes above target, also expanding to later stage venture investments. More

July 17, 2013
Earlybird invests in EyeEm to fuel growth in mobile photographer's community
EyeEm high quality mobile photography community and marketplace raises $6M to disrupt stock photography market More

May 5, 2013
Earlybird invests in VERSUS IO
VERSUS IO, the world’s most sophisticated product comparison platform, today announced it has completed its Series A funding round led by Earlybird Venture Capital. VERSUS IO enables users to compare consumer technology products like smartphones and tablets, cities and more. Using VERSUS IO, consumers are able to view results in a simple and clear format, without ‘information overload’ and ultimately allowing consumers to digest complex product data quickly and efficiently. More

April 18, 2013
World's leading mobile football community with over 3.5m monthly and up to 1.5m daily active users. More

April 2, 2013
BERLIN, NEW YORK, 02 April, 2013 – Earlybird invests in online fine art and auction house Auctionata, joining its team of investors including Bright Capital and Kite Ventures (in December 2012) as well as HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, eVenture Capital Partners and the Raffay Group. With this round of financing the Berlin-based Startup Auctionata has raised $20.2M for global expansion, recruiting and technology platform growth. More

March 19, 2013
Earlybird today announced the closing of a $6 million Series A funding in, the first social marketplace dedicated to fashion. Earlybird, DN Capital, and Piton Capital co-led the round and were joined by Generis Capital. This round of financing will allow Videdressing to further accelerate its growth and increase its market share in France and develop the business internationally, beginning with the launch of an English version of the cult French fashion site. More

March 6, 2013
Focus on shoulder replacement: Earlybird, BVMed and HTGF publish "MedTech Radar 3"
Innovations in artificial joint replacement illustrated by a modern shoulder implant are the focus of the third edition of 'MedTech Radar,' a shared media service provided by Earlybird Venture Capital, BVMed, and HTGF. The publication contains a case study of Topsfield Medical GmbH. Also in the news: The results of the second innovation climate survey among medical technology companies are in. This edition is available at: More

November 19, 2012
Socialbakers, Global Leader in Social Media Analytics, raises additional $6 Million
Socialbakers, Global Leader in Social Media Analytics, raises additional $6 Million to accelerate Growth. More

June 21, 2012
Earlybird Venture Capital leads $4 Million investment in B2B payment provider Traxpay
Traxpay sets sights on redefining B2B online payments
Enterprise software veteran John Bruggeman joins Traxpay as CEO. More

May 16, 2012
LinkedIn Co-Founder Guericke joins Earlybird as a Venture Partner
Earlybird Venture Capital today announced that it has named Konstantin Guericke as a venture partner. More

May 3, 2012
Focus on Stroke Therapy: Earlybird, BVMED and High-Tech Gruenderfonds publish "MedTech Radar 2"
Innovations in stroke therapy are the main focus of the second issue of 'MedTech Radar'. Improvements in acute care mean that today many more patients survive a stroke, yet the damage to the relevant areas of the brain often results in lasting disabilities. Scientists are researching the possibility of repairing brain damage through non- invasive neurostimulation using brain synchronisation. This issue is available at: More

December 23, 2011
Earlybird increases focus on Berlin and announces promotions
• Berlin to become Earlybird’s core hub
• Earlybird announces promotions to attract and retain fresh talent
• Munich continues operations

December 14, 2011
BVMed, Earlybird und High-Tech Gründerfonds starten "Medtech Radar"
BVMed, Earlybird und High-Tech Gründerfonds starten 'Medtech Radar zu Innovationen in der Medizintechnik More

December 1, 2011
Earlybird portfolio company launches cooperation for further growth
- Strategic cooperation with Germany’s first community bank, Fidor Bank AG, as of today
- Acquisition of Italy’s leading peer-to-peer lending platform, Prestiamoci, late October
- Move was supported by follow-up financing round of 4 million Euro More

October 19, 2011
New social games company Crowdpark secures US$8M in Funding from Target Partners & Earlybird
Berlin-based company to hire new talent & continue development of completely new genre of games called 'social betting' More

October 19, 2011
Azimut enters the venture capital sector with Earlybird Venture Capital
BERLIN, MILAN, OCT. 19, 2011 – The executive committee of Azimut Holding yesterday approved the continuation of negotiations with Earlybird Venture Capital in order to launch a new venture capital fund investing in the technology sector in Italy. Following an in-depth analysis, Azimut and Earlybird have expressed their intention to carry on the discussions in order to finalise binding agreements. More

October 10, 2011
Earlybird portfolio company madvertise closes Series B
- New US investor: Blumberg Capital adds strength in digital media and mobile advertising
- Earlybird significantly ups commitment in Series B
- madvertise well positioned for European market leadership
- madvertise is Europe’s leading mobile advertising technology provider More

September 29, 2011
Earlybird Venture capital invests $2M in Socialbakers
Earlybird Venture capital invests $2M in Socialbakers, the fastest growing social analytics company globally. More

July 27, 2011
Venture Capital report finds performance in Europe outgaining those in the US
Earlybird Venture Capital's 40-page presentation spotlights active investment, improved performance of last 24 months More

May 25, 2011
Earlybird invests $5M in Peak Games
Turkey and MENA's leading social gaming company continues expansion plans thanks to investment by Earlybird Venture Capital More

May 20, 2011
Earlybird Venture Capital exits BridgeCo to SMSC
Earlybird Venture Capital is pleased to announce that its portfolio company BridgeCo Inc, a leader in networked audio technologies, was acquired by SMSC, a leading semiconductor company enabling content rich connectivity systems. More

April 6, 2011
Clean Mobile AG announces follow-up financing
Clean Mobile AG announces follow-up financing in the amount of 7.7 million Euro and strategic cooperation with IWIS, the world market leader for innovative, on budget control drive systems More

December 21, 2010
BIW and conject create world market leader for ILM applications
Earlybird today announces the acquisition of BIW Technologies Ltd (BIW) by German-based conject AG creating the leading global provider of ILM software applications to the engineering, construction and real estate industries. More

December 1, 2010
Earlybird closes growth financing round with nfon AG
Earlybird announces the closing of a growth financing round with nfon AG. Based on this year’s positive business performance, lead investor Earlybird and co-investors High-Tech Gruenderfonds, MIG Fonds and BayBG have committed four million Euros to further fuel the company’s significant growth. More

June 24, 2010
Crowdpark receives series a funding from Earlybird
CrowdPark announces the closing of a series A financing round with Earlybird. More

June 24, 2010
B2X Care Solutions receives growth financing from Earlybird
B2X Care Solutions announces the closing of a growth financing round with Earlybird. More

June 24, 2010
Ubitricity closes series a financing round with Earlybird
ubitricity Gesellschaft für verteilte Energiesysteme mbH, based in Berlin (Germany) announces the closing of its Series A Venture funding of up to 1.8 m Euro from Earlybird Venture Capital. More

April 12, 2010
Clean Mobile AG completes € 6.6 M follow-up financing
Clean Mobile AG announces the completion of a follow-up financing, raising 6.6m Euro, from a consortium of leading venture investors. Leading European Venture funds Capital-E from Belgium and Emertec Gestion from France are joining the existing syndicate of Earlybird, High Tech Gründerfonds and Silicon Valley Technology Group. More

April 6, 2010
Earlybird invests in online marketplace has raised further growth capital from Earlybird Venture Capital. More

March 30, 2010
Earlybird and Team Europe Ventures invest in madvertise
• madvertise closes financing round, aiming to leverage their position in the Germanspeaking
markets and expand internationally
• Investments in technology and sales
• Forecasts predict rapid growth for mobile advertising in Europe More

January 14, 2010
EBS Technologies completes € 3 M financing round
Electrical Brain Synchronisation Technologies (EBS Technologies) completes € 3 M financing round with lead investor Earlybird and BC Brandenburg Capital More

October 8, 2009
BMEYE B.V. completes € 6 million Series B financing round
BMEYE B.V. completes € 6 million Series B financing round. New Investors Earlybird and 360 Capital Partners led the round More

August 18, 2009
Scoreloop closes second financing round with Earlybird and Target Partners
Scoreloop, Earlybird Venture Capital and Target Partners today announce the closing of a €2m (approx. $2.8m) financing round by new investor Earlybird and existing investor Target Partners. More

July 20, 2009
Light Blue Optics raises US$15 million in Series ‘A’ extension
**Extension to accelerate product development roadmap across multiple markets**
**Paul Goodridge, former Financial Director of CSR plc, joins Company as CFO** More

October 7, 2008
smava successfully closes second financing round
Earlybird and Neuhaus Partners invest 4 Million Euro in social lending marketplace. smava invests in product development, marketing and internationalization. More

September 2, 2008
Earlybird and Seventure Partners invest five million Euros in Munich based software house conject AG
Munich, Germany – September 2, 2008 – conject AG, a Munich based software house, has successfully concluded a financing round of five million Euros. The round was led by Seventure Partners with participation from existing investor Earlybird. More

August 12, 2008
Earlybird closes new fund with 127 million Euros
Hamburg/Munich, 12 August 2008. Earlybird today announces the final closing of its new fund Ealrybird IV. More

June 30, 2008
Earlybird Venture Capital leads investment in Miracor
Hamburg, Munich, June 30, 2008. Earlybird announces the completion of a Series A financing round of € 6 million in Miracor GmbH based in Vienna. More

June 24, 2008
MergeOptics Raises €5.3 M / $8.5 M – in Fourth Round Led by KTB
Berlin, June 24th, 2008 MergeOptics GmbH, a leading supplier of low power, fiber optic components and subsystems for data rates of 10Gbit/s and beyond, announced today that the company has raised €5.3 M / $8.5 M in its fourth round of financing led by KTB along with the existing investors Earlybird, Target Partners and DVC. More

June 19, 2008
Earlybird invests in children's community
Hamburg, Munich, 19th June 2008. Earlybird today announced an investment in just us & friends GmbH located in Munich and Kirchheim unter Teck, operator of More

June 5, 2008
Earlybird Venture Capital agrees to sell
Hamburg, Munich, 5 June, 2008 – Earlybird is pleased to announce that an agreement has been found for the sale of dooyoo AG, Berlin to, S.A., Paris, the leading e-commerce shopping guide in France. More

May 27, 2008
Earlybird Venture Capital exits Amaxa
Lonza Group Ltd. (SWX: LONN) and amaxa GmbH jointly announced that Lonza, the leading supplier to the life sciences industries, acquires amaxa and all its activities. More

March 31, 2008
Earlybird leads investment in Clean Mobile AG
Earlybird announces the completion of a Series A financing round of € 3,3 million in Clean Mobile AG, Unterhaching (Munich). More

March 31, 2008
Earlybird leads investment in Clean Mobile AG
Earlybird announces the completion of a Series A financing round of € 3,3 million in Clean Mobile AG, Unterhaching (Munich). Clean Mobile AG designs and builds fuel cell powered drives for small vehicles like city scooters, wheel chairs and small delivery vehicles. More

November 6, 2007
Two more successful exits for Earlybird: Tipp24 and AbaXX
Hamburg, Munich, November 6, 2007. Earlybird is pleased to announce two more successful exits: Tipp24 AG and AbaXX Technology AG. These two exits follow the sale of Alantos Pharmaceuticals to Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) for $300m in June 2007 and the sale of the
remaining shares of Interhyp at the beginning of this year - Interhyp returned more than 50x the
original Earlybird investment. More

October 18, 2007
Venture Capital Exit of the Year: Earlybird is winner with Interhyp
Hamburg, Munich (October 18, 2007). Earlybird was announced winner of the
Deutsche Unquote Private Equity Awards in the category “Venture Capital Exit of
the Year” recognising venture capital firms that completed an exit in 2006 with
clear leadership in this particular segment of the market. More

October 1, 2007
$26 Million Investment in Light Blue Optics - Earlybird co-leads
Munich, Hamburg– 1st October 2007 – Earlybird has co-led the Series A venture capital financing of up to $26m USD in Light Blue Optics Ltd., the leading developer of holographic laser projection technology. This funding round which marks one of the largest Series ‘A’ funding round in European electronics sector for the past 5 years will enable Light Blue Optics to accelerate its product development and commercialisation programme. More

September 25, 2007
€10.5 Million for Purple Labs – Earlybird´s first investment in France from its 2007 Fund
Earlybird is participating as a joint-lead investor in the €10.5 Million ($14.5 Million USD) initial round of venture capital financing of Purple Labs, a leading supplier of embedded Linux solutions for the wireless industry.

June 6, 2007
Amgen to acquire Earlybird Portfolio Company Alantos Pharmaceuticals
Hamburg, Munich, Menlo Park (June 6, 2007) – Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) announced today that it has agreed to acquire Earlybird portfolio company Alantos Pharmaceuticals Holding Inc., a private company developing drugs for the treatment of diabetes and inflammatory diseases. Alantos´ lead drug candidate, ALS 2-0426, is a DPP-IV inhibitor in clinical development (Phase 2a) for the treatment of type II diabetes. Under terms of the agreement, Amgen will pay $300 million in cash to acquire Alantos. More

May 14, 2007
Earlybird lead investor in online credit marketplace smava
Hamburg, Munich, Menlo Park, 14 May 2007. Earlybird announces the successful completion of a financing round of some EUR 4 million in smava, Germany’s first online marketplace for person-to-person lending. This was Earlybird’s second investment from the next-generation fund Earlybird IV. More

May 7, 2007
Earlybird and Investor Growth Capital lead Series B financing
May 7, 2007. Earlybird and Investor Growth Capital (IGC) announced today the closing of a € 7,4 M series B financing round for Sidec Technologies AB. Sidec has developed a unique technology called Protein Tomography™ that provides structural 3D information of individual proteins or protein complexes in solution as well as in their natural context. The funding will enhance the commercial exploitation and international market penetration of Protein Tomography. More

May 7, 2007
Earlybird and Investor Growth Capital lead Series B financing for Sidec Technologies in Sweden
Earlybird and Investor Growth Capital (IGC) announced today the closing of a € 7,4 M series B financing round for Sidec Technologies AB. It is Earlybird´s first investment out of it´s new fund generation Earlybird IV. Sidec has developed a unique technology called Protein Tomography™ that provides structural 3D information of individual proteins or protein complexes in solution as well as in their natural context. More

February 20, 2007
Earlybird names new Partners and strengthens its Technology Team
Earlybird is pleased to announce that it has promoted Wolfgang Seibold and Thom Rasche to Partner, and strengthens its technology team with Gayathri Radhakrishnan. Earlybird is bringing the total number of Partners to six and thereby is further strengthening its complementary and highly experienced investment team. More

November 13, 2006
EARLYBIRD portfolio company Wilex successfully floated at Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Hamburg, Munich, Menlo Park, November 13, 2006. Earlybird announces the successful floatation of Munich based Wilex AG at Frankfurt Stock Exchange’s Prime Standard at an issue price of € 13.80. More

June 13, 2006
Earlybird Portfolio company BridgeCo Raises $23M in Latest Venture Finance Round
Earlybird Portfolio company BridgeCo Inc., a leading provider of digital home networking solutions, announced the closing of its $23M series D venture financing round this week. More

May 17, 2006
Earlybird scores sixth exit event in 9 months and is marketing its third fund generation
Early stage investor Earlybird reports 6 exit events in the last 9 months. NoemaLife is the newest of five successful IPOs out of the Earlybird portfolio at four different European stock exchanges. More

April 12, 2006
Earlybird Portfolio company Entelos announced first day of trading on the AIM
In 2005 three Earlybird portfolio companies were listed (Interhyp, Tipp24; Prime Standard Frankfurt and Esmertec; SWX Switzerland). On April 12th Entelos a US life sciences company developing predictive computer models of human disease, announced the first day of trading of its Common Shares on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. This is another sign of the further improvements of the exit situation in Europe for venture backed companies.
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March 28, 2006
Market Leader BMC Software to acquire Earlybird portfolio company Identify Software Ltd.
'Identify´s unique solutions for application problem resolution will strengthen the market leader for Business Service Management. Founded and headquartered in Israel, Identify has build strong relationships with blue chip customers both in North America, Asia and Europe where it also operates a branch in Munich to serve continental European clients' explains Roland Manger, Managing Partner at Earlybird Venture Capital. More

March 27, 2006
Market Leader BMC Software to Acquire Earlybird Portfolio Company Identify Software Ltd.
HOUSTON and TEL AVIV - (March 27, 2006) - BMC Software, Inc. today announced that it has offered to acquire 100 percent of Identify Software Ltd, a leading global provider of application problem resolution (APR) software. Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, BMC will pay approximately $150 million in cash for the shares. More

October 12, 2005
Earlybird exits: Three successful IPOs in two weeks
Earlybird's success adds momentum to European venture capital market maturation More


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