Initial situation

Zalando was founded in 2009 by the German company incubator, Rocket Internet, as an online shoe retailer. The first-mover’s concept of selling shoes online was widely unknown in Germany at the time.


Innovative advertising spot to explain the concept and increase sales as part of a highly efficient campaign. Mass market stimulation with commercials partly adapted towards different target groups.


Establishment of a mass market for online shoe retailers. Market leader with over 95% brand recognition. Successful IPO.

"Without the help of SevenVentures, we would never have been able to gain such quick access to a totally new market and to build this up in a sustainable manner. Along with the operational and strategic support provided by SevenVentures and the whole Multi Channel Network offered by the group, the flexible Media for Equity investment model was exactly the right instrument for us!"