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Axel Springer

1 Disclosed Funding Rounds $551,674,830

43 Participating Investments $467,407,038


Marketing, Digital Media, Publishing, Advertising, Web Apps, Brand Marketing, News

Axel Springer is a media company engaged in publishing newspapers, magazines, and digital sales channels.

Berlin, Berlin, Germany, Europe (DE)

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European Union (EU) (0 Investors) (0 Startups)

Founded date 01, 1946

Founders Axel Springer

Operating Status Active

Funding Stage IPO

Last Funding Type Post-IPO Equity

Also known as Axel Springer SE

Company Type For Profit


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Axel Springer is a media company engaged in publishing newspapers, magazines, and digital sales channels. Axel Springer founded the publishing house in Hamburg in 1946; the editors spent the first year working above a warehouse for tea and spices, often without electricity, and using borrowed typewriters. As a result of consistent internationalization and digitization, Axel Springer SE today is not only market leader in the German print business, but is also active in more than 40 countries through subsidiaries, joint ventures and licenses. Now it is a question of pressing ahead with digitization even faster and more vigorously. For Axel Springer SE, informative and entertaining journalism is a viable business model also in future on the Internet, along with marketing and classifieds, the other two business segments in which the company is traditionally strong. In the tradition of its founder, who fostered journalistic and technological innovations in his time, Axel Springer SE is breaking new ground. The company is consistently pursuing the objective of building up a fast-growing and profitable digital portfolio and for this reason is networking today more than ever before with the current generation of founders: digital start-ups. Along with the transformation of their established strong media brands, their own new developments online and strategically-oriented acquisitions of web companies, this network is one of the building blocks of the company's international digitization strategy: Axel Springer SE wants to become the leading digital publisher.

Date Round Raised Lead
October, 15, 2019 Post-IPO Equity $551,674,830 Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Axel Springer Participated In the Following Investment Rounds (43)

Organization Name Lead? Round Partners Participating Raise Date
FRAMEN GmbH Yes Series B ------- Undisclosed January, 02, 2021
Homeday Yes Venture - Series Unknown ------- $45,358,005 June, 15, 2020
RealFriend No Seed ------- $4,400,000 March, 01, 2020
OZY Media No Series C ------- $35,000,000 November, 01, 2019
Group Nine Media No Corporate Round ------- $50,000,000 September, 09, 2019
Anzu.io No Series A ------- $6,500,000 August, 06, 2019
Wunderflats No Series B ------- $8,971,999 July, 08, 2019
GetYourLawyer No Undisclosed ------- Undisclosed July, 04, 2019
Housell Yes Venture - Series Unknown ------- $13,468,194 June, 17, 2019
PurpleBricks Yes Post-IPO Equity ------- $55,107,820 June, 03, 2019
Tokabot No Pre-Seed ------- Undisclosed June, 01, 2019
Fineway No Series A ------- $6,791,094 November, 30, 2018
Lamudi Yes Corporate Round ------- Undisclosed November, 21, 2018
Scroll No Series A ------- $7,000,000 October, 25, 2018
Homeday Yes Series B ------- $23,166,166 October, 15, 2018
Zumper Yes Series C ------- $46,000,000 September, 18, 2018
nextmarkets No Series A ------- $6,938,341 June, 14, 2018
PurpleBricks Yes Post-IPO Equity ------- $177,000,000 March, 26, 2018
Homebot No Seed ------- $4,500,000 October, 11, 2017
DIPAT No Undisclosed ------- $3,567,877 September, 04, 2017
AdMobilize No Series A ------- $5,000,000 August, 01, 2017
Zizoo No Venture - Series Unknown ------- Undisclosed May, 05, 2017
Uber Yes Venture - Series Unknown ------- Undisclosed April, 19, 2017
WayUp No Series B ------- $18,500,000 March, 23, 2017
QWANT No Venture - Series Unknown ------- $19,906,921 February, 02, 2017
Kapilendo No Series B ------- $13,589,612 December, 25, 2016
Scroll No Seed ------- $3,000,000 November, 16, 2016
Bonial.com No Private Equity ------- $90,000,000 November, 15, 2016
Clark No Series A ------- $14,810,659 September, 29, 2016
Spectrm No Seed ------- $1,500,000 August, 08, 2016
nextmarkets No Series A ------- $3,860,152 July, 21, 2016
NowThis Yes Series D ------- $16,200,000 December, 08, 2015
Thrillist Media Group Yes Undisclosed ------- $54,000,000 September, 30, 2015
Jaunt No Series C ------- $65,000,000 September, 21, 2015
Mic No Series B ------- $17,000,000 June, 03, 2015
Mic Network No Series B ------- $17,000,000 June, 02, 2015
Retale No Venture - Series Unknown ------- Undisclosed May, 04, 2015
laut.ag Yes Series A ------- Undisclosed April, 10, 2015
Vicomi No Seed ------- $2,300,000 February, 01, 2015
OZY Media Yes Series A ------- $20,000,000 October, 06, 2014
embraase No Venture - Series Unknown ------- $821,990 May, 20, 2014
Retale No Venture - Series Unknown ------- Undisclosed October, 28, 2013
CarWale No Series A ------- $7,000,000 October, 06, 2008

Axel Springer Investors (2)

Investor Lead? Round Participating Raise Date Partners
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts No Post-IPO Equity $551,674,830 October, 15, 2019 -------
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Yes Post-IPO Equity $551,674,830 October, 15, 2019 -------