Bertelsmann Investments holds almost 200 shareholdings in innovative companies and funds, mainly in our focus areas of education, digital media, fintech, ecommerce and adtech. Already 7 of our portfolio companies successfully carried out an IPO. Furthermore, Bertelsmann Investments achieved more than 40 trade sales. See below for a selection of our portfolio.
17 Mei is a fast growing SaaS based CRM service provider for mid high end plastic surgeons, taking over the whole value chain of branding and consultancy, and taking a service fee for acquiring new customers through different channels.
352 is China’s leading local air purifier brand and total indoor air quality solution provider. The company aims at providing all-round solutions for clean air and water.
Provider of corporate training services in Brazil. The company is engaged in providing human capital management, e-Learning and organizational learning.
Afya is the leading medical education group in Brazil, delivering an end-to-end physician-centric ecosystem that serves and empowers students to be lifelong medical learners from the moment they join medical school through their medical residency preparation, graduation program, and continuing medical education activities.
Agrostar is the leading agri-ecommerce platform addressing the needs of the Indian farmer. Besides selling agri-inputs the company also has an app which is the largest interactive community of Indian farmers and provides farming related guidance through its agronomy experts.
Operator of podcast hosting platform created to offer content creators and advertisers tools that help monetization of the medium catch up with that scale. The company's podcast hosting platform provides new and improved listening metrics.
Careerdream offers online CFA and career tutoring course as well as high-end offline result oriented camp training.
Baca is a personal interest based reading APP currently concentrating in Indonesia mobile market and it intends evolve into the leading news reader APP in South East Asia. It aims to create personal reading experience based on its sophisticated algorithm.
BitAuto is the largest radio syndication and ads network company, covering 200 cities in China focused on the auto industry and car owner audience group.
Black Lake is a leading manufacturing SaaS company in China, building plant floor collaboration tools to digitally transform Chinese factories.
Blossom Capital aims to back consumer and enterprise companies in the sectors financial services, cybersecurity, design, infrastructure/developer tools and marketplaces with a focus on Europe. The fund is beeing build as a global fund from the outset to identify and invest in future global category leaders.
Founded in 2017, Blue Elephant aims to be a leading Chinese online education platform, providing high-quality, interactive online courses for 3-to-12-year-old kids in China. Currently, its main product is Chinese Calligraphy Courses, launched in April 2018.
Developer of a mobile based gay social app designed to connect with the network of guys. The company's gay social app offers a social network for LGBTQ community to shares their pics, go live, chat with local guys, or join groups to plan events thus, providing easy convenient services for the gay community.
Provider of a customer relationship management platform intended to manage advertisement sales process. The company's platform specializes in providing delivery pacing, forecasting, pipeline management, sales activity, revenue management and client and contact management, enabling customers to save time, improve forecast accuracy and close more business.
CarLink ist one of the largest mobile-based auto service platforms in China. It launched 11 apps and aims to become the interface to car owners ranging from driver license test preparation, car purchases and "on-the-road" services
China Distance Education provides online education in China. It focuses on professional education in accounting, healthcare and engineering and construction industries and also other professional education courses such as online test preparation courses for judicial examination, for university students and online language courses as well as courses through its online open learning platform.
The company focuses on providing fintech solutions on car mortgages and car loan products to commercial banks and other traditional financial institutions.
Provider of internet server management services designed to offer cost-optimized system infrastructure. The company's internet server management services include system management, cloud computing, system audits, troubleshooting and configuration optimization, enabling clients to manages back-end servers and infrastructure.
Shiyunji is China’s leading online food delivery infrastructure and service provider, via its shared-kitchen spaces and information system, helping traditional and emerging restaurants brands operate and optimize online food delivery business.
Clique Media is a global media, marketing, and consumer brands company. The company's two key marketing offerings, CMG Studios (an in-house creative agency) and INF Network (representing top bloggers and influencers), deliver integrated and native advertising programs, all while inspiring consumers to discover and shop.
Club Factory’s vision is to become the China-based global leading cross-border online shopping platform, rebuilding the cross-border supply chain using its unique visual intelligence technology and fulfilment model.
Developer of loyalty software services for fan clubs. The company offers a fan club model that allows fans to earn points for the stuff they do online and redeem those points for VIP experiences, packages and special artist promotions and contests.
Dayima launched a successful mobile application which enables menstruation tracking and activates a female centric community. It is currently the No. 1 menstruation healthcare application with largest active user base, and leading position compared with other players in fitness & health category.
Deepexi helps clients build data mid end, a term coined by Alibaba, which focuses applying big data and AI technology to provide retail, manufacturing and customer marketing services.
Ding Dong Fresh is a rapidly growing mobile E-commerce grocery platform that delivers fresh products door to door within 30 minutes from its distribution warehouses.
DotC is a leading mobile utility provider to ride on the mega trend of smartphone penetration DotC offers comprehensive product spectrum of mobile utility including free Wi-Fi hotspot, keyboard and mobile browser.
Provider of online video streaming services intended to distribute international televised content. The company's online video streaming services include broadcasting facilities of movies, documentaries and television shows with professional subtitles enabling viewers avail a range of entertainment contents.
DS Movie is a top professional generated content (PGC) of film/TV sector that focusing on social media platforms. The company is built on the boom of social media development and robust movie industry growth in the recent years.
Eastern Bell Capital, established in 2010, is an ecosystem-based fund focused on investments in logistics & supply chain, retail & branding, data technology and so on. Eastern Bell Capital has established a profound understanding and insight of the efficiency of circulation, and has built an eco-resource system with empowerment capabilities.
EMIE is a creative consumer electronics company aiming to be a lifestyle product e-commerce platform driven by designer community.
Provider of executive education programmes globally. The company offers customized and open business programmes in India, Singapore, Dubai, and other locations. It collaborates with experts from leading business schools to deliver its programmes, which take place in the form of workshops, modular sessions, or online courses.
Provider of an online parenting resource platform designed to advise men and make the parenting process easier. The company's web-based parenting site offers tips in the areas of parenting and childcare needs, enabling men to be great fathers.
Fiture is an AI-empowered, interactive home gym that provides a “mirror-like” screen to show various subscription fitness content, such as customized fitness plans, diets, recorded and livestreaming group courses, and 1 on 1 personal trainer sessions.
FloSports offers a subscription-driven live sports video platform focusing on mid to long-tail events.
Food52 operates an online cooking community, kitchen and home brand, and podcast series designed to support, connect, and celebrate cooks and home enthusiasts. The company provides high-quality recipes and lifestyle features, a line of cookbooks, a shop with more than 2,000 kitchen and home goods, and also hosts a series of offline pop-ups.
FxBox is a checkout-free convenience store operator. Customers can enter the shop through face recognition or scanning QR code, and leave directly by paying via their smart phone. The company is based in China.
G-HCARE provides B2B health insurance data and management platforms for insurance companies.
Galixir is a pharmaceutical technology company that aims to reinvent the industry’s approach to drug research and development with its world-leading AI technologies.
Gohoo aims to be a lifestyle shopping destination for China’s rising middle class that pursues high-quality living at affordable prices, through leveraging its abundant resources in supply chain and deep consumer insights.
The company provides a business data platform which focuses on the formation of a unified data file, reducing the problems caused by data inconsistencies. It's platform integrates data from IT system or Excel into the BDP.
Developer of an online community platform for women. The company develops a digital platform that offers information services on crafting projects, beauty, friendship, pop culture, pets, television and movies.
Operator of a bike sharing platform designed to promote the evolution of travel science and technology. The company's bike sharing platform has bikes which are enabled with smart locks and GPS functions, enabling users to locate the nearest available bike and can take a short trip, reduce traffic congestion and urban pollution and travel with more freedom.
Hellosaurus is an e-learning platform that offers creative programs, fun activities and video classes for kids.
Holokit is an innovative developer of affordable Augmented Reality (AR) headsets and interactive AR software and content.
HuilianJK is China’s leading third-party online direct banking platform and solution provider, via its assets and users acquisition and operation capabilities as well as services and technology architecture, helping traditional banks in China connect with target customers directly through online platform to improve banks profitability and capital adequacy.
Provider of a visual reality headset. The company's visual reality headset provides high resolution, organic light-emitting diode display and 90Hz refresh rate and also offers a positioning system which allows room-scale tracking using laser technology for visual reality and augmented reality industry.
iClick is a leading online performance marketing provider in Asia, headquartered in Hong Kong. iClick pioneers in combining proprietary optimization technology and expert client services to deliver the only buy-side platform integrating search, display and mobile ad demands, with guaranteed results.
Provider of a content platform. The company provides content on an integrated platform across internet, mobile and television channels in the People's Republic of China.
Provider of education programs intended to strengthen the employability quotient across the complete spectrum of adult learning. The company's education programs offer courses, in the online as well as offline formats, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the across sectors including information technology, mobile applications, creative industries, financial services and animation and special effects in joint partnership with well recognized universities and colleges.
Jike is an instant push-based information distribution platform. The company is to capture the opportunity to reach massive user base via increasingly important first screen attention.
Jiliguala aims to be a leading mobile-based English education company targeting kids of 0-6 years old in China. Through its app, the company provides a comprehensive mobile English learning service to its users through digital lessons, mobile learning tools and materials and online 1-1 video tutoring.
JOJO aims to be a leading Chinese online education service provider for children by mainly offering short recorded AI digital classes combined with light services across various subjects.
Aggregator and licenser of viral UGC video clips. The company's Web videos build content brands, partners with channel creators on social sites and also provides media licensing services.
A SaaS application that enables business to offer share certificates in electronic format to their shareholders.
Keep is the leading and fast growing mobile fitness guide and community in China. The app has main features of course recommendation, training modules, detailed video guidance, photo sharing and data center.
Developer of a video-based cooking application designed to offer videos and photo guides for iOS devices. The company's video-based cooking application provides step-by-step help with recipes for spare-time cooks and ambitious amateur chefs, enabling user to follow recipes and prepare meals at home.
Provider of educational mobile applications for children in China. The company offers mobile platforms designed to help students and teachers to manage their homework.
Operator of an online recruitment platform designed to offer recruitment services. The company's platform connects job seekers with potential employers, enabling job seekers to find jobs suitable for them.
Operator of an online lending platform designed to provide working capital finance for small and medium enterprises. The company's online lending platform utilizes technology tools based on big data analysis which facilitates lenders to evaluate borrower's credit worthiness and provides other related services, enabling small and medium businesses to avail short term business loans in order to grow their business operations.
LetsTransport is a technology-enabled managed marketplace which operates on an asset-light model wherein it partners to bring in operational efficiency for truck owners to cater to the within city logistics requirements.
Provider of online financial platform designed to offer micro-loan services. The company's online financial platform is committed to serving more borrowers and online investors and relying on modern information technology, enabling consumers to receive loan with principal and interest protection mechanism.
Licious is an end-to-end business which entails procuring, processing, storage and delivery of fresh meat fresh fish and marinated products for Indian market.
Linklogis is China’s leading online supply chain finance and credit service provider, currently focusing on providing accounts receivable financing service to the suppliers of core enterprises, as well as granting credit to SMEs based on structured big data analysis.
Provider of an ad tech platform designed to revolutionize the way publishers create, optimize and monetize mobile websites. The company's ad tech platform develops a proprietary technology that analyzes publishers' unique audience, user habits, behavior and usage patterns and dynamically adjusts the mobile site layout, to address these.
A New York and Beijing-based start-up providing cross-border wealth management platforms for high-net-worth individuals.
Mena Mobile is an early stage advertising & payment solution provider in MENA region for Chinese companies. This company is riding on the trend of Chinese internet companies going overseas, potential of MENA region mobile internet potential and structural demand for local solutions.
The company runs a fast growing easy-to-use picture editing, album creation and sharing platform on WeChat. The main product is a multimedia album creation mini program in WeChat. It is the company's first attempt to leverage WeChat's mass user base, ecosystem and priority in transforming into an operating system through mini prgrams.
Provider of a travel application. The company offers an application that gives users a database of information and allows the application-based artificial intelligence algorithm to optimize and create a travel itinerary.
MOGU is a leading online fashion and lifestyle destination in China with the mission to make fashion accessible to everyone.
Developer of an AI based semantic HD mapping for autonomous driving created to empower self-driving cars to become a reality. The company's semantic HD mapping offers autonomous driving technology with deep-learning-derived software in perception, semantic HD mapping and data-driven path planning, with a trained deep-learning engine which locates the vehicles, pedestrians, roads and positions them into a 3D reconstructed map in real time by covering all driving scenarios.
Provider of an advertising technology platform. The company offers an advertisement network for brand advertisers and publishers to scale, automate and measure native ads.
NFQ is a leading rural finance service provider in China, focusing on the financing need of sizable farm owners along with the trend towards concentrated cultivation and agriculture mechanization in China.
NIO Capital Fund II is a private equity fund that focuses on investments within the electric and smart automotive sector, namely Electric Vehicles and Key Components, New Energy Network, Autonomous Driving and Intelligent Systems, Connected Vehicles and Services and Manufacturing Innovations.
Opay aims to be an Africa-focused super app, an one-stop mobile-based platform for payment, transportation, food & grocery delivery, and other services.
PalFish intends to lead the mobile-based English education industry targeting kids between the age of 0 and 12 years in China.
Partech Africa is one of the largest dedicated African VC funds to bridge the early-growth gap for African startups and supported by a global VC partnership with ties in Europe and the US.
Provider of digital advertising intelligence platform designed to bring transparency to digital advertising. The company's digital advertising intelligence platform provides data analytics to advertisers regarding how their audience is being targeted, enabling publishers to take action to increase their revenues and defend their user-base.
Pepperfry is an online marketplace designed to offer home decor and furniture. The company's online marketplace offers products from more than 10,000 partners, including its own brand, across verticals such as furniture, home decor, kitchen, dining and pet supplies, enabling users to get unlimited choices at an unbeatable price and with free shipping facility.
PingCAP is a world leading, open-source distributed database provider. Based on the open-source TiDB community, PingCAP provides the next-generation open-source, cloud-native, and one-stop database solution for global, fast-growing clients to focus on business development.
Founded in 2018, Powerup aims to build a leading digital bank in Mexico, offering convenient mobile banking services to consumers neglected by traditional banks. Its main product going forward is subprime credit cards (Storicard) for offline and mobile use, was first launched in Mexico in Q4 2019.
Developer of a mobile application for serialized fiction designed to gather the great serial fiction from the world's best authors. The company's serialized fiction platform has >700 authors spanning romance, fantasy, young-adult, paranormal, mystery and sci-fi genres and its app has a built-in way for writers to make money from their content, enabling writers to get paid immediately while retaining the copyright.
Rupeek is an asset-backed online lending marketplace currently focused on lending against gold as collateral for individuals and business proprietors.
Provider of an online music streaming application designed to offers digital music services. The company's mobile music streaming application offers music search and streaming supported by a paid subscription, as well as combines internet radio and on-demand music streaming to provide features like music tagging, enabling consumers to access music and audio content by downloading the application on their smartphones.
Secoo is Asia’s largest online integrated upscale products and services platform,currently providing the customers a wide selection of authentic upscale products and lifestyle services on its integrated online and offline shopping platform.
See is a fast growing data driven e-commerce service platform which empowers KOLs with highly merchandise strategy and supports them with efficient supply chain service to provide seamless and highly engaging experience to targeted customers.
Developer and supplier of a SaaS platform that turns every contact an agency or advertiser has with internet users into profile data. The company provides a platform that relies on statistical modeling and machine learning to allow media agencies and advertisers to build and evaluate a database containing the profiles of their users.
Shiprocket is the provider of an eCommerce software platform created to empowers SME's, small retailers & entrepreneurs to start their own business.
Provider of an affiliate marketing tool. The company offers SkimLinks that converts existing links into affiliate marketing links and SkimWords recognizes product references in editorial and user generated content and turns these into shopping links that can earn the publisher money.
The company aims to provide leading applications for VR/AR users worldwide. Ist first product, VR video player SkyBox, makes users' VR video experience smooth and engaging.
Provider of online video network for style, fashion, beauty and shopping. The company provides fashion and beauty network on YouTube, helps to curate style-centric programming designed for the 18 to 34 year-old female demographic and content across all of the social platforms.
Styling AI is an AI-powered SaaS solution provider focused on developing cutting-edge technology that supports the design process in fast fashion, with the goal of re-defining the global fashion industry. It applies AI algorithms based on Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) to apparel enterprises.
Supreme Treasure is a social commerce platform for unique jewelry and antiques related to Chinese traditional culture, which aims to be the leading market place for all unique and creative goods, from unique handcrafted pieces to vintage treasures.
Suzy is a real-time market research platform that uses collective insights from millions of consumers worldwide to deliver real-time intelligence.
TC Life is one of the fastest growing "Community Pick up" grocery E-commerce platforms in China, aiming to be a leading retail channel that caters to all daily grocery shopping needs and delivers to local communities at a more cost effective way than traditional E-commerce.
Owner and operator of a sports media company. The company offers a subscription-based online sports information portal that provides sports and athletics based news, reports, events and updates to their users.
The Look is an e-commerce subscription company whose users receive boxes of clothing, shoes and accessories based on their personal style and clothing preferences at affordable price.
Tomato Mart aims to be a community based online and offline daily fresh grocery market for Chinese consumers who pursue daily fresh grocery at affordable prices, by leveraging its abundant resources in fresh foods supply chain and deep consumer insights.
Treebo operates a hotel room-booking platform designed to book hotels and restaurants. The company's hotel room-booking platform works on a full inventory model of selecting hotel properties, prescribing quality standards and providing staff training for hotel operators, providing users with information on both budget and premium hotels in India.
Turbot Insurance is an InsureTech company that directly sells insurance products to customers on mobile, through its omni-channels including WeChat account, Tik-Tok account, Kuaishou and Xiaohongshu (RED).
Provider a cloud infrastructure-as-a-service platform designed to offer Chinese internet enterprises with cloud computing resources. The company's cloud computing services range in research, development and operation of IaaS products, which cover cloud storage, cloud acceleration and cloud database, enabling online gaming and e-commerce operators to get proper data storage and content delivery network along with infrastructure as service.
Operator of a second-hand car online auction platform created to provide the most time-sensitive second-hand car trading services. The company's online auction platform for second-hand automobiles enables car dealers, car rental agencies, car rental companies, second-hand car operators and car owners to buy and sell used cars.
Developer of a VR video platform designed to connect VR video creators to their audience globally. The company's virtual reality application gives its users the platform, tools, support and know-how necessary for creating immersive VR videos and also features a global VR video content network, providing video contents, enabling users to to express their creativity, promote their works and engage in community.
Developer of digital publishing technologies. The company provides a cloud-based video distribution and content discovery platform for publishers.
Vertex Ventures South-East Asia is an investment fund which focuses on the South-East Asian and Indian Market.
Provider of subscription-billing services for online merchants. The company helps enterprises to acquire, retain and expand their digital business by building subscriptions and recurring revenues through application of customer-retention technologies.
Provider of AI powered video creation. The company provides a text-to-video technology that can automatically turn any text based news article, posts and media feeds into a video.
Wondery, a network of storytellers, creates and curates immersive podcasts including Sword & Scale, Dirty John, American History Tellers, Business Wars, Hollywood & Crime, Something You Should Know, and over 50 others.
XianLife transformed its business model from cross-border ecommerce service platform to offline outlets fullfilling online orders from its cooperation partners.
Xiaobu is a mobile platform providing educations content to parents of children from 0 to 6. Using step-by-step lesson plans and daily play guide, it engages parents via in-app interactions and WeChat activities, with the aim to create a parent community for early childhood education.
XiaoZhan is a leading online education platform which provides 1-on-1 overseas test preparation courses via instant voice platform. The courses now cover TOEFL, IELTS and SAT. The company is riding on the growth of Chinese overseas study student volume, user base of online education and user demand for small class tutoring service.
Xiaozhu is an online short-term rental platform that enables users to rent out their spaces on the platform to host travellers, who can discover various types of rooms and experiences at competitive price over hotel offerings.
XO is positioned to be an instant messaging communiction product for close friends to share daily life and aims to be the next generation camera-based social platform.
Yixin aims to provide Chinese automobile consumers with one-stop finance solutions. Yixin’s services include loans for new and used vehicles, automotive insurance and car owner’s loans.
YJP is a leading mobile liquor distribution platform serving liquor stores. To replace the inefficient local wholesale market, the company aims to become the largest online liquor distribution network in China. It is riding on China’s massive spirits market, growth from consumption upgrade and it is serving the wide-spread retail terminals demanding disintermediation efficiency.
Zaozuo is established as a first-mover of China’s self-owned home and furnishing brand. Zaozuo produces top-tier design home furnishing products with global standard and trend, and bridges the product design with highly efficient and respondent China manufacturing system. Zaozuo also ensures high standard of quality and customer satisfaction.
Zephr is a customer journey orchestration and subscription flow software for media companies to grow their subscription revenue.
Developer of an editorial recommendations platform designed to promote contents and links on various partner sites. The company's editorial recommendations platform develops a software for publishers which allows them to publish their content on various sites as well as offers content recommendation services, enabling digital publishers generate revenue from their website traffic.
Provider of an online platform designed to connect consumers to manufactures directly. The company's online platform provides a range of computer hardware and other gadgets directly from the product designers and manufacturers, enabling members to purchase products at exclusive prices.