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Heilemann brothers acquire majority of mobile POS business pepperbill

  • 2013

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.

pepperbill-sky-and-sandWe 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.

About pepperbill

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.

About bm|t

beteili­gungs­man­age­ment thürin­gen GmbH, bm|t, (‑ 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.

Press contact

Sky & Sand GmbH
Mr. Michael Hensch

+49 (0) 30 / 577 007 311


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