United Internet and Samwer brothers to invest together in future

Montabaur, (PresseBox) - United Internet AG and the Samwer brothers’ "European Founders Fund (EFF)", Germany’s leading early-phase investor for European internet and technology companies, are to invest increasingly together in future. In this way, the competencies of both partners can be pooled for the good of the founders.

The European Founders Fund, formed by German internet entrepreneurs Alexander, Marc and Oliver Samwer (founders of such companies as alando / eBay Germany, Jamba and investors in Studivz, LinkedIn etc.), regards itself as the "founder behind the founders". As Oliver Samwer explains: "The companies we invest in profit directly from our experience in establishing companies like alando (now eBay Germany) and Jamba. We can therefore lay the foundation as partners for fast and sustainable growth."

The partnership with United Internet AG now aims to provide company founders with additional opportunities for optimal customer access and professional marketing, enabling fast and successful growth. With high-reach portals, such as WEB.DE (11.3 million unique visitors/month), GMX (7.6 million) and 1&1 (3.0 million), as well as over 6.6 million fee-based customer contracts, United Internet is one of Europe's leading internet companies. "With the aid of our high-reach portals, we can provide young companies with very effective support for their national and international expansion and thus significantly accelerate the growth of startups," says Ralph Dommermuth, CEO of United Internet AG. "What's more, our online marketing brands, such as AdLINK Media, affilinet and Sedo, offer excellent opportunities for young companies in the field of online advertising."

Both sides were delighted with the possibility to intensify the cooperation successfully started earlier this year with their joint investment in leading browser game specialist "bigpoint" and have great expectations for the partnership. However, both Samwer and Dommermuth believe that it is the young founders who are the real beneficiaries of the cooperation: they now have a new and powerful partner which can pool outstanding competencies in the field of internet – more so than any other company in Europe.

Interested company founders can present their concepts to the European Founders Fund at any time via e-mail (businessplan@europeanfounders.com) or access further information via the website www.europeanfounders.com.


About EFF
The brothers Marc, Oliver and Alexander Samwer invest in selected technology companies via their company European Founders Fund GmbH. The Samwer brothers are the founders of eBay Germany (alando) and Jamba! (now part of News Corp.). The companies founded by the Samwer brothers today generate sales of over 1 billion euros. The brothers focus their investments on young technology companies from the field of internet and wireless technologies. The Samwer brothers have extensive experience in these sectors and can utilize their tight-knit network of partners to leverage significant added value for the companies they invest in. The Samwers aim to support exceptional business founders and facilitate their sustained development through their investments.

United Internet AG

With over 7.7 million customer contracts, United Internet AG is a leading Internet Service Provider (ISP). In its "Product" segment, the Group's value-added internet services and fast internet connections are directed at private users, small/home offices (SoHos) and small to mid-size enterprises (SMEs). These groups are served by the brands GMX, WEB.DE, 1&1, InterNetX and Fasthosts. In addition to its "Product" business, the Group is also active in the "Online Marketing" sector (via the brands AdLINK Media, affilinet and Sedo).

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