pepperbill GmbH, one of the leading providers of order and payment management systems for the gastronomy industry, has a new majority shareholder: Fabian and Ferry Heilemann have purchased over 60% of the Erfurt tech start-up through their holding company Sky & Sand GmbH. With this investment, the founders of DailyDeal are aiming to expand the breadth of their business and to build upon Pepperbill´s assets through the expansion of the company´s commercial opportunities.
Marcel Mansfeld, Andreas Stein, and Professor Dr. Volker Herwig founded pepperbill in June, 2012. The company currently has 12 employees at its Erfurt headquarters and until this investment was financed by the founders and beteiligungsmanagement Thüringen GmbH, bm|t. In this transaction bm|t sold a portion of its shares to Sky & Sand GmbH but remains invested in pepperbill.
pepperbill offers restaurant operators a complete mobile order and payment system for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Currently, the software is being used by hundreds of restaurants in over 70 cities across Germany. The pepperbill-App allows restaurants and their workers to place mobile orders, process customer payments at the tableside, and to produce reports for regulatory agencies. pepperbill saves all data directly to the cloud through a secure WLAN connection, and restaurant operators can view these data real-time online in dashboard form.
“We are delighted to have found a strong strategic partner in Fabian and Ferry Heilemann,” stated pepperbill CEO Marcel Mansfeld. “The Heilemann brothers and their team have accumulated valuable Know-How and built up significant assets that will greatly enhance our growth as part of their company.” “In recent months we have examined many mobile payment systems. The team of Marcel Mansfeld and Andreas Stein convinced us because of their strong technology capabilities and innovative product,” explained Ferry Heilemann, who will now become CEO of pepperbill. “With our sales expertise and strong list of contacts to thousands of gastronomy establishments, we will assist pepperbill in securing additional market share.”
“We are delighted that our growth financing from the “Thüringer Gründerfonds” made pepperbill´s growth and development possible, and that with the new majority shareholder Sky & Sand we have found a strategic investor who can take the company to the next level through its sales Know-How, network, and financial support,” said Stephan Beier, the investment manager at bm|t responsible for pepperbill. Through the planned build-out of the company´s capacity in Erfurt, there is also a sustainable positive effect for Thüringen from this transaction.
The Erfurt start-up pepperbill, founded in June, 2012, has the mission of revolutionizing the entire gastronomy order and payments industry. With the professional, iOS-based payments system pepperbill, iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad devices are transformed into complete and efficient payment solutions. The intuitive screens make the work of gastronomy personnel easier and minimize training time. As opposed to other payment systems, with pepperbill the payment data are encrypted and securely stored in the cloud. Through this service, gastronomy operators do not need to worry about data security, data backup, or IT infrastructure. pepperbill´s App already fulfills the more stringent financial and accounting standards that will be required of all payment systems in 2017.
About Sky & Sand
Sky & Sand GmbH was founded in February, 2013 by Fabian and Ferry Heilemann and has its headquarters with 15 employees in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg. Sky & Sand is a holding company with competence in enterprise development and whose current subsidiaries include DailyDeal GmbH and Heilemann & Company GmbH. DailyDeal is an active couponing portal in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and offers its coöperation partners the chance to acquire new customers through couponing, increase their brand recognition, and sustainably increase sales. Heilemann & Co. is an E‑Business Agent from entrepreneurs for enterprises. An interdisciplinary team with many years of experience supports start-ups and grown-ups in the digital industry through practice-tested consulting services across all growth phases and situations. The portfolio of services ranges from sales, salesforce development, and marketing to HR and recruitment and to business intelligence and digital strategy.
beteiligungsmanagement thüringen GmbH, bm|t, (www.bm‑t.de) was founded in 2003 and manages multiple funds that invest in young and established companies in Thüringen with growth potential. Currently, bm|t manages approximately € 230 Mio and is invested in 40 companies. The Thüringer Aufbaubank is the sole shareholder of bm|t.
Sky & Sand GmbH
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