This launch follows the acquisition of creative design marketplace 12designer and the establishment of its European headquarters in Berlin, which provides support in German to both customers and designers via phone, chat and email.
The German offices are led by Eva Missling, General Manager of Europe for 99designs and founder of 12designer.
99designs has also signed a strategic agreement with Hamburg-based global free-website builder Jimdo to cross-promote their complementary services and develop further integrations in the coming year to enable small businesses to launch custom-designed websites.
Co-founded by serial entrepreneurs Mark Harbottle and Matt Mickiewicz, and led by President and CEO Patrick Llewellyn, 99designs has hosted more than 160,000 graphic design contests for small businesses, startups and other organizations around the world since its founding in 2008, paying out more than $40m to its community of 180,000 graphic designers around the world.
The company, which is currently hiring developers, designers and engineers (http://99designs.it/about/jobs), is backed by Accel Partners and angel investors Michael Dearing, Dave Goldberg, Stewart Butterfield and Anthony Casalena.