9flats is an online marketplace for private accommodation that facilitates smarter and locally authentic travel. Through the site, members can rent private places worldwide or let out their own place. 9flats launched in February 2011 and currently lists more than 25,000 private accommodations in more than 100 countries, ranging from private rooms to apartments and houses. 9flats.com was founded by Stephan Uhrenbacher, one of Germany’s leading Internet entrepreneurs, who was part of the management of travel booking site lastminute.com and founded Europe’s popular local review site Qype.com. Investors in 9flats include Redpoint Ventures (Palo Alto), eVenture Capital Partners (Hamburg) and T-Venture. The company’s headquarter is in Berlin and it currently employs 50 people.
JustBook is an innovative mobile app for last-minute hotel reservations. For every available city, three top quality hotels are made available daily in four clearly differentiated categories. A room for the same night can be booked starting at 12 noon until 2 am. In addition to flexibility and convenience, justbook.com users can save up to 50% off the normal price. Hotels in 20 major European cities can currently be reserved with JustBook. The free app is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices. JustBook was founded in 2012 by Stefan Menden, Ognjen Zeric, Dr. Sebastian Fallert, and Florian Waldmann and is based in Berlin, Germany.
A part of the MediNavi AG group, MediKompass GmbH, operates reverse auctions for patient’s medical services. It combats rising costs of health care in the interests of the three major stakeholders in the health system: Patients, doctors and public insurance companies. MediKompass is responsible for the web platforms www.MediKompass.de, www.ZahnGebot.de, www.SchoenheitsGebot.de and www.TierarztKosten.de. After registering free-of-charge, interested patients can request a specific medical service and compare incoming offers from doctors and clinics. In the interests of transparency and quality, doctors are rated by patients on the platform. On average, patients and medical insurance providers save approximately 33% on total costs and publicly insured patients around 50% on their own private payments.
pauldirekt is a leading Online Shopping-Club in Germany. Founded in 2008, pauldirekt today has more than 1.3 million members, who can choose out of a range of daily exciting products at a preferential price, the „paul-price‟. pauldirekt offers quality brand-name products in electronics and lifestyle products at greatly reduced prices. Awarded with the S@fer-Shopping seal from German TÜV, pauldirekt is able to realize these prices and to pass them on to their members by buying large batches and by entering successful partnerships with manufacturers.
TopTarif is a leading German consumer web portal and price comparison engine. With a simple and easy to use interface, consumers can compare attractive offers in the categories energy, gas, insurance, financial products and broadband. TopTarif, which is available under the web address www.toptarif.de, also allows consumers to switch providers directly on its platform. For personal and professional advice, the TopTarif Service Center is available under the free telephone number 0800 – 10 30 49 800. Since it was founded in Summer 2007, TopTarif has helped several hundreds of thousands of consumers to save money and switch providers. The company is majority owned by the publishing group Georg von Holtzbrinck and currently employs approximately 80 employees in Berlin.
twago is the largest pan-European marketplace for online-based work. It helps businesses source work worldwide to freelancers, contractors and agencies from the fields of programming, (web) design and translation services. Businesses today already have access to more than 150,000 experts from 177 countries. twago was founded in 2009 and offers a German, English, Spanish and Italian version of its marketplace.
URBANARA is an online shop for urbane, high-quality home textiles and interior accessories at affordable prices. URBANARA places top priority on the use of natural raw materials. The origin of the products and first-grade processing are of utmost importance to the company as well. These factors alone determine the price. Maintaining direct trade relations with the best manufacturers all over the world enables URBANARA to offer its products up to 60% lower in price than the regular retail industry. The company was founded in 2010. URBANARA is managed by Benjamin Esser, Claire Davidson and Martin von Wenckstern and has headquarters in Berlin and Shanghai.