KIZOO Technology Ventures

KIZOO helps young start-up teams grow. We provide seed and early stage financing with a focus on SaaS, Internet & Mobile Services and Social Applications. Apart from our financial resources, we are happy to share our longtime experience in development, marketing and product management in those markets.

 

Early Stage Financing

We are looking for committed entrepreneurial teams with a clear focus to build high growth products. If you are looking for financing please feel free to send a presentation, a prototype login or anything else you think might be appropriate to highlight your venture to ventures@kizoo.com.

Mentoring

A bit more early? We are happy to work with a few selected teams prior to financing on their case to develop a plan forward regarding market, product, organization and financing strategy. Take your chances to win us as a mentor and apply here.

 


 

Ventures

 

Hojoki_logo_small_160.jpgHojoki aims at solving the problem of information fragmentation by providing a unified inbox to cloud apps like Google Docs, Dropbox, Highrise and more. Hojoki looks for activities in connected apps and builds a Facebook-like activity stream. It supports individuals in-tracking their apps and provides a place for team collaboration in projects, with support for microblogging and comments. 

 

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Mambu enables any financial institution to easily deliver state-of-the-art banking through its software-as-a-servcie cloud solution. Agile, flexible and open, Mambu eliminates the complexities typically associated with core banking software, at a fraction of the cost. Established in 2010, the Berlin­based company works more than 100 institutions in 26 countries worldwide, servicing a portfolio of more than $100M. 

 

Umbono_logo_small_160.jpgUmbono is a technology startup incubator for South Africa launched by Google and a selected group of experienced Angel Investors including Michael Greve, the CEO of KIZOO. The incubator is aimed to provide seed-financing and an ideal workspace in Cape Town to founders with support from experienced angels and mentors to transform ideas into reality.

 

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MegaZebra GmbH is developer and publisher of Social Games. Its platform allows users of social networks to play online games against their friends. This has made MegaZebra one of the fastest growing European social applications. Millions of games are already being played by its users. Founded in 2008, MegaZebra has launched several category-leading titles, such as Mahjong Trails and Solitaire Castle.

 

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The German-French company Advertory help sales and marketing teams to target the best SMB leads by providing content-rich, fresh and accurate data of SMBs to achieve higher conversion rates. 

 

 

Tamyca_logo_small160.jpgTamyca is Germany's first and leading peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace, connecting car owners whose vehicles are sitting idle for most hours of the day with people who need a car. Providing a fully comprehensive insurance as well as all legal forms and documentations there is no hassle or risk for owners and renters.

 

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Babbel is a new language learning website where users are worldwide participating in diverse interactive multimedia lessons and community features. Babbel is unique in its innovative combination of language instruction and online social networking. Users can team up with partners all over the world to teach each other their native languages, upload images for use in the lessons, chat and message with other users.

 

keebitz_logo_small.jpgKeebitz automates referral marketing programs to fully leverage the power of referrals to get new customers. The service allows to track referrals and manages the complete e-gift card handling to send, monitor and payout rewards to the customers.

 

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CatchApp is the easiest way to catch up with everything your team is working on. Wherever you are. The native iOS App connects to the productivity apps, including Dropbox, Google Drive, Github, Trello, Basecamp, Evernote, Highrise, Yammer and many more. 

 

 


 

Management

 

Michael Greve

Michael and his brother Matthias are probably two of the most successful founders in the German-speaking Internet industry. Among numerous ventures they founded Flug.de and grew the site into one of Germany´s most successful flight booking destinations. (Sold to Otto Group). They launched Lastminute.de and turned the service into the largest German last-minute travel site in Germany. (Sold to Lastminute.com). Most notably the brothers founded WEB.DE and, after successful IPO, grew the company to become one of Germany's largest Internet portals and online media businesses (sold to United Internet).

 

Matthias Hornberger

Matthias is CFO of Kizoo. He has been part of the senior management team since the IPO of the AG in 2000. With his long-standing experience in the investment sector and his comprehensive knowledge of typical features of successful business models on the Internet, he is a competent reference person for young founders. Matthias has extensive contacts in the high-tech industry and numerous local and national networks.

 

Frank Schüler

Frank is Managing Director of Kizoo. He has had top positions within the company for more than 10 years. Among his leads were the IPO of WEB.DE, the foundation of the WEB.DE Club, Web telecommunication and the WEB.DE premium pay offerings. His field of competence is in business models, product, marketing and distribution strategy.