German Startup Flink Raises 240M, Partners with Rewe

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BERLIN Reuters Grocery delivery startup Flink said on Friday it had raised 240 million from investors, just six months after the Berlinbased company was founded, and struck a strategic partnership with the Rewe Group supermarket chain.

Flink is one of a crop of firms including Gorillas, Getir, and Weezy that have grown explosively during the COVID19 pandemic with their promise to deliver groceries within minutes of an order being placed via a smartphone app.

Its Series A funding round was led by Dutchbased consumer internet investor Prosus, San Francisco technology investor BOND, and Mubadala Capital, which is part of Abu Dhabis sovereign wealth fund.

Flink said it has set up more than 50 local hubs in its first four months of operation, and is opening a new hub every two days and can already reach more than three million customers directly.

The order growth we have seen over the past weeks has been explosive and we attribute that to the excellent service we are providing to our consumers, said founder Oliver Merkel.

With global player Delivery Hero announcing a return to its German home market, attention is being focused on whether establishing a standalone operation or partnering with supermarkets will be the better strategy.

Flinks capital raise rounds off a record week for investing in German startups, with software company Celonis raising 1 billion, and online insurer Wefox and transport app Flixbus both pulling in 650 million.

Reporting by Douglas…

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