Aka-aki's growth in Europe and the creative product development have exceeded our expectations. We are convinced that aka-aki will able to realize its enormous international potential with the fresh money
Bad Homburg/Berlin/Paris (PRWEB) October 25, 2009
Creathor Venture and Innovacom provide Berlin-based mobile social community aka-aki with expansion capital.
Aka-aki runs an internet-based mobile community and has developed software for mobile devices, which enables people to find others with similar interests by using proximity detection technologies and get in touch with them. Hereby, aka-aki transfers virtual social networking from the web into the real world.
With the new financing round of several million Euros the company is well equipped for further expansion. Besides previous investor Creathor Venture, Innovacom, the leading French VC fund in IT, is joining the round. The aka-aki management team remains the biggest shareholder.
Stefanie Hoffmann, co-founder and CEO of aka-aki, is excited about the repeated commitment of lead investor Creathor Venture in particular: "This shows that we have more than lived up to the expectations. On our path, we have always received great support from Creathor Venture, including the initiation and realization of the new founding round."
"Together with Innovacom we now have two strong partners for aka-aki's growth, which means an enormous impetus for the future", says aka-aki co-founder and CEO Gabriel Yoran.
Christian Stein, Investment Manager at Creathor Venture is very satisfied with aka-aki's favorable development since the seed round: "Aka-aki's growth in Europe and the creative product development have exceeded our expectations. We are convinced that aka-aki will able to realize its enormous international potential with the fresh money".
About Creathor Venture
CREATHOR VENTURE invests in technology-oriented companies and entrepreneurs from the fields of life science, IT, telecommunication, new media, new materials, electronics, nanotechnology and clean tech.
CREATHOR VENTURE's management team includes Dr. Gert Köhler, the founder of the former Technologieholding VC GmbH, as well as Ingo Franz and Karlheinz Schmelig. The team has been working in early-stage venture capital for 20 years. During that time more than 200 technology companies have been financed and over 20 IPOs as well as numerous trade sales have been conducted.
Extraordinarily successful companies that the partners have managed from the first round of financing to IPO include Micronas (SMI), SEZ (SMI), Intershop (Prime Segment), Infovista (NASDAQ, Nouveau Marché) and ITN Nanovation (Prime Segment).
Creathor Venture Management GmbH
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Created in 1988, Innovacom has helped launch innovative telecommunication and information technology start ups since 1988, such as Business Objects, Cobalt Networks, Gemplus, Infovista, Intershop, LastMinute.com, Soitec, Kelkoo, Inventel and Netcentrex.
With 600 million Euros under management and offices in Paris, Stockholm, and San Francisco, Innovacom is an active investor in Europe and North America
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Aka-aki evolved from a thesis project of the founders at the Berlin University of the Arts. Aka-aki shows profile information of the people around, immediately on the mobile phone. The free software is available for almost every phone model including iPhone and helps to find interesting people everywhere.
Until October 2009 the mobile community has won more than 350,000 members worldwide and two Webby Awards, the Oscars of the Internet industry.
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