About Us

FinTech Forum is the first and largest hub for FinTech in Continental Europe. Co-founded by Frank Schwab and Samarth Shekhar in 2013, we were recognised by the Wall Street Journal/FN FinTech40 40 Innovators Shaping the Future of Finance in 2014.

On a mission to build the financial services of the future, our events have mentored and brought together 270+ startups with 1000+ investors, financial institutions and corporates.

Several participating startups like have gone on to win key investors, get selected to leading accelerator programs, or win leading awards.

We seek to identify innovators, disruptors and “hidden champions” in the financial services sector, and bring them together with investors and financial institutions: via our network of relationships, research and advisory services, events and online presence (a network of 12000+ newsletter subscribers and social media followers and growing!).

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Founder & MD, TechFluence;
WSJ/FN “40 Leaders in FinTech” (2014)
Inacu Solutions Ltd.
MD TechFluence UK Ltd. Mentor:
moneymeets.com, kapilendo.de;
Margaris Advisory
CEO, Fidor TecS;
Director, Strategy &
Deutsche Bank
HCL/DSL (Deutsche Bank JV);
OrbiTech (Citigroup);
MD, Deutsche Bank;
Board Member,
DWS Investments;
MD, sharewise.com;
Commerzbank Asset Management;
DZ Bank Group
Crossbow Partners;
Credit Suisse;
Aurelius Hedge Fund

Frank Schwab

  • Co-Founder FinTech Forum

Prior to his current role Frank Schwab founded imacor in 2010 – a consultancy focussed on future-proof IT landscape of banks.

Before he was 20 years with Deutsche Bank. Amongst others he was chief architect for retail banking, head of Online Banking, and chief innovation officer. He also set up of the first German laboratory for Banking IT.

Frank is a pioneer of Online Banking, Mobile Banking and Touch Point Banking and a winner of three European Awards for the New Online Banking, Mobile Banking and Touch Banking at Q110 – The Deutsche Bank of the Future.

He lectured „Creativity and Innovation Management“ at Mannheim Business School and “Information Management in Finance & Insurance” at Wiesbaden Business School.

Frank was CEO of Fidor TecS until October 2015.

E-Mail: Frank.Schwab@FinTechForum.de

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Samarth Shekhar

Samarth is the co-founder of FinTech Forum, and the Founder & MD of TechFluence (2012), an award-winning research and corporate development boutique based in Frankfurt.

In June 2014, Samarth was named to the Financial News FinTech 40: “40 Leaders in FinTech” / Wall Street Journal40 Innovators Shaping the Future of Finance“.

Samarth is the author of the Study of FinTech series which tracks FinTech startups and deals in Continental Europe since 2013.

Samarth was nominated a judge and mentor of the Innotribe Startup Challenge (London, 2014) and BBVA Open Talent (Barcelona, 2014), and has been invited to speak at events like SIBOS / Innotribe (2014, Boston), NextBank Europe (2014, Barcelona), FinTechStage (2015, Milan), FN / WSJ.D FinTech Events “Bank of the Future” (2014, London) and “Asset Manager of the Future” (2015, London), Money20/20 Europe: “Unbundling European Finance: The Germany/Continental Europe Opportunity” (Apr. 2016, Copenhagen) and Innovate Finance Global Summit: “Creating a World-Class FinTech Ecosystem” (Apr. 2016, London).

Before founding TechFluence in 2012, Samarth worked at Capgemini Deutschland, HCL Tech / DSL (a Deutsche Bank JV), OrbiTech (Citigroup spin-off), and PwC’s E-Business Practice. He has a degree in engineering (Computer Science, BIT Mesra) and an MBA in Strategy & Marketing from IIM Calcutta.

E-Mail: Samarth.Shekhar@FinTechForum.de






Michael Reinicke

  • Co-founder of INACU Solutions GmbH
  • Senior Advisor to FinTech Forum

Prior to his current role, Michael worked at Deutsche Bank Group for 13 years as a Managing Director in IT and Operations. In his recent position he was a member of the Management Board of DWS Investments GmbH, responsible for IT and Operations.

In previous roles at Deutsche Bank Group, Michael was responsible for Core Banking Applications globally and he was appointed to regional CIO for Continental Europe.

Before joining Deutsche Bank, Michael spent 5 years at Commerzbank AG where he was responsible for the IT environment of the International Business Division.

He started his career at KPMG Peat Marwick Consulting, managing projects and leading consulting assignments in the financial services industry.

E-Mail: Michael.Reinicke@BankITX.com

Samarth Shekhar

Michael Mellinghoff

  • Senior Advisor to FinTech Forum
  • Managing Director, TechFluence

Michael is a seasoned investment professional with over 15 years of experience, spanning both the traditional banking and fintech world. His career covers 10+ years in traditional banking, where he held a variety of managerial positions in asset management and investment banking in Germany and abroad, including management board and supervisory board appointments in Commerzbank Asset Management and DZ Bank Group.

Since 2010, Michael has been working in the Fintech area, including 3+ years as Managing Director with German Fintech pioneer sharewise.com, a stock centric community for investors.

Michael’s experience gives him unique insights into the financial markets scene and ability to scout new trends in the financial sector.

At TechFluence Michael heads the firms activities in the UK as well as spearheading the initiatives in digital investment management globally. He acts as a mentor to several startups as well as FinTech accelerators (Startupbootcamp Fintech and Level39). He launched the FTF On Tour | InvestTech event (London, Sep. 2015) and co-initiated the DVFA FinTech Forum series of the German Association of Investment Professionals. His focus areas are: startups in InvestTech & digital assets.

He has written various articles on Fintech related topics, is a speaker and contributes regularly to conferences, awards and publications. He is an author of @TheFINTECHBook and member of the editorial board of The Journal of Digital Banking.

Michael has a degree in business administration from the University of Bayreuth, and holds a number of non-executive director or advisory board positions in Fintech firms

E-Mail: Michael.Mellinghoff@FinTechForum.de

Chris Berger 

  • MD of Finnoconsult
  • Senior Advisor to FinTech Forum

Christian is freelance consultant for digital innovation and transformation in banks and insurances.

As Senior Advisor at FinTech Forum DACH he screens and consults and FinTech Start-Ups in the DACH region.

For several years he was CEO of BeeOne, the digital innovation lab of Erste Group. In this function he was a pioneer in building the first digital banking lab oft his kind in Central Eastern Europe.

Before this assignment he worked as manager in different international functions and Retail & IT divisions at Erste Group and Bank Austria.

LinkedIn: at.linkedin.com/pub/chris-berger/63/9b6/887/

Johannes Weidelener

  • Lawyer / Partner at Heussen Law
  • Senior Advisor to FinTech Forum

Over 15 years of advising tech companies in the financial service industry with deep experience in internet banking and corporate financing

Core focus in corporate and corporate finance issues and banking, e.g. IPOs, VC/PE investments, management participation, mezzanine finance, banking/financial services licence, international joint ventures, M&A

Approach: Focus on customer needs, combine different competences and find straightforward solutions

E-Mail: Johannes.Weidelener@Heussen-Law.de

Johannes Weidelener

Dr. Aline Vedder

  • Director Communications, Acton Capital Partners
  • Senior Advisor to FinTech Forum


Aline Vedder is a start-up professional with more than 5 years experience in Communications and Journalism with a strong focus on technology. Aline is Director Communications at the VC firm Acton Capital Partners.  Prior to her current role she headed the global communications team for financial technology start-up Spotcap, and managed PR activities for a portfolio of Rocket Internet start-ups.

As Senior Advisor at FinTech Forum she consults FinTech Start-Ups in the DACH region on effective communication and branding strategies.

Aline has a PhD degree of Ludwig Maximilian University Munich and a Masters degree in Media and Communications of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

E-Mail: av@actoncapital.com

Samarth Shekhar

Nadja Schlössel

  • Global Strategy and Brand @ figo
  • Senior Advisor to FinTech Forum

@figo, Nadja Schlössel is responsible for Global Strategy and Brand. Providing „Banking as a Service“ for banks, fintechs & Co. – driving the next generation financial services. She has a background in consulting and is experienced in advising banks e.g. in customer-centric innovation management or digitization of business models.

As a Senior Advisor at FinTech-Forum she consults FinTechs in optimizing online-processes, business and marketing strategy, innovation management, communication and presentation skills.

Nadja finished her Master degree in Industrial Sales and Innovation Management as best in class and has a Bachelor in Business Administration specialized in marketing at Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) in Berlin.

E-Mail: nadja.schloessel@gmail.com

Tel: +49 170 5730637

Nadja Schlössel

Dr. Michael Rundshagen

  • Vice President, Head of CBC DACH & BFS Germany
  • Senior Advisor to FinTech Forum

Michael has 20 years of experience in Management Consulting and Financial Services.

Prior to his current role he co-founded the award-winning B2B dynamic payments company Traxpay. At Traxpay he gained first-hand experience how Digitalization can change an entire industry.

Before starting Traxpay Michael spend 14 years at Accenture where he led the Strategy Consulting Practice for Financial Services in Continental Europe as well as the Banking Industry team in DACH.

Michael holds a PHD from University of Mannheim, where he led a research program on object oriented software engineering. He graduated in Business Administration and Industrial Engineering at University of Karlsruhe.

E-Mail: Michael.Rundshagen@cognizant.com

Michael Rundshagen

Spiros Margaris

  • Founder of advisory boutique Margaris Advisory
  • Senior Advisor and Investor at moneymeets.com and kapilendo.de
  • Senior Advisor to FinTech Forum

Spiros ranks as the world’s No. 1 Fintech Influencer by Onalytica (July 2016). Furthermore, he is ranked No. 9 on the InsurTech 50 Influencers by InsurTech News (July 2016).

More than 20 years of national and international experience in investment management/research for family offices, UHNWIs, HNWIs, institutional clients and innovation and technology management.

Some of my innovation proposals: FinTech Supermarket, FinTech Agent, Win-Win Fee Model and My 3 Choices.

I have been chosen as an author of @TheFINTECHBook (2016, Wiley), which will explore the future of FinTech.

I also participate in the Fred Alger Management creative program called “Think Further.” In this program, Alger connects some of the best thinkers in the world to discuss disruptive technologies that will impact a multitude of fields in the next 5 to 10 years.

Investment committee member of one of the leading multi-family office fund advisory firms in Switzerland and Europe. Its 10-year return placed the firm within the top 5 percent among its peers.

Co-founder of an innovative financial software company based in New York.

Founder of one of the first expert websites (innovative search engine) based in New York.

MBA Toronto University & EMBA Universität St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland.
Sotheby’s ‘Styles In Art’ Course, London.

Website: www.MargarisAdvisory.com

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/spiros-margaris/b/735/57b

E-Mail: contact@margarisadvisory.com

Ufuk S. Ergün

  • Senior Advisor to FinTech Forum
  • Advisory VP EMEA, Datomia – Cloud Crowding Corp.
  • Executive Partner, OST Operation Systems Technologie GmbH

Ufuk has more than 25+ year’s experiences in senior positions with startups and software technology companies such as EDS, VMware, Citrix, Novell, NetMotion Wireless.

He developed and managed strategic alliances, partner sales, enterprise sales and global accounts in Central EMEA with a strong focus on software technologies and solutions for the verticals financial services and telecommunications.

Some of his most strategic enterprise clients are Deutsche Bank, Postbank, Commerzbank, German Federal Bank, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, HP and IBM.

Prior to his current role, he held the position as Country Manager Germany, End-User Computing Business at VMware and led the -desktop, mobile, cloud- business with sales partners and enterprise customers.

Before VMware, Ufuk founded OST Operation Systems Technologie GmbH in 2013 – a German sales and technology advisory company with focus on investors, startups and software technology vendors. OST assists his clients to establish their business and to develop new markets.

He began his career as an IT outsourcing consultant and software systems engineer at Electronic Data Systems.

Ufuk has an advanced degree in communications engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden, Germany and a postgraduate degree in software systems engineering from EDS in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

E-Mail: mail@operationsystemstechnologie.de

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FinTech Forum in the news

40 Innovators Shaping the Future of Finance (Wall Street Journal)

There’s a new dawn breaking in finance. That’s the hope that’s fueling the groundswell of interest in financial technology, with companies being founded almost daily that aim to overhaul the way financial institutions and their clients operate.

Financial News 40 Leaders in FinTech (Financial News)
… “The FinTech Forum’s first event, in Frankfurt in 2013, involved 20 start-ups – including Open Bank Project, an open-source APi and app store for banks – presenting to investors and potential buyers such as Credit Suisse. It has since hosted an event in Frankfurt and is planning a third.”

Financial News Publishes Inaugural List Of The Best And Brightest In Fintech With Fintech 40 (Dow Jones)
Financial News, the leading publication for the European investment banking and securities industry, has published its first ever FinTech 40; a list of the top 40 people in Europe’s burgeoning fintech industry.

The time is ripe to change the banking system (Financial Services Club Blog)
There are plenty of innovations taking place in the world of finance and technology, and yet most appear to be London-based after the creation of the London fintech City…In fact Germany, Austria and Switzerland are a relative hotbed of fintech innovation too, as the FinTechForum.de demonstrates.

Fintechs: Die jungen Wilden (Bankmagazin)
Die Wettbewerb in der Finanzbranche verschärft sich weiter. Neben der etablierten Internetunternehmen entstehen immer mehr hochinnovativ Start-ups, die sich auf einen Teilbereich des Bankings spezializieren.

FinTechs erobern Nischen in der Bankenbranche (Bankmagazin)
Wenn sich junge Start-ups aus der Bank-IT zum Austausch treffen, kann das nur eines bedeuten: Hier geht es um Innovation kurz vor der Marktreife. Was das für etablierte Banken bedeutet.

Gefangen in Altsystemen (Bankmagazin)
Banken modernisieren derzeit ihre Infrastruktur. Doch oft entscheiden sie sich für teure Lösungen, die nur wenig flexibler sind als die bisherigen Systeme, mahnt IT-Experte Frank Schwab.

FinTech Startups liegen im Trend (Der Bank Blog)
… Vor kurzem hatte ich die Gelegenheit, an einer Tagung teilzunehmen, bei der sich 20 Startups mit Innovationen aus dem Bereich Finanzdienstleistungen einem professionellen Publikum aus Banken und Venture Capital Unternehmen vorstellten. Besonders bemerkenswert war, dass die Veranstaltung nicht in London, Singapur, San Franzisco oder New York stattfand, sondern in Frankfurt. Veranstalter war das FinTech Forum DACH, gegründet von Frank Schwab und Samarth Shekhar.

Bericht über das 2. FinTech Forum DACH (Finance ZweiNull)
…Die Veranstaltung war sehr kurzweilig und durchweg gelungen. Über den Veranstaltungsort könnte man vielleicht nochmal nachdenken. Er symbolisierte eher „old school banking“ statt moderner „startup Kultur“ Ich werde also wieder kommen, wenn ich darf.

Fintech Forum DACH – klein und anders (Next Finance Blog)
…fand jedoch mit wesentlich weniger Teilnehmern in einer privat-exklusiven Atmosphäre des Frankfurt Airportclub statt – das übrigens bereits zum zweiten Mal, insofern war man mit dieser Art des Start-up-Casting der Vorreiter in Deutschland.

Bericht vom zweiten FinTech Forum D-A-CH (Bankstil)
Wie wichtig Veranstaltungen wie das FinTech Forum D-A-CH für ein Land wie Deutschland sind, wird deutlich, wenn man sich volkswirtschaftliche Bedeutung von (FinTech-) Startups in Ländern wie den USA, Großbritannien sowie in Skandinavien vor Augen führt. Dank an die Ausrichter und mehr davon!

“FinTech” steht für Revolution im 20. Jahrhundert: Beispiel Online Banking (FastBill Blog)
Zwar merkte Samarth Shekhar von Finextral letztes Jahr in seinem viel beachteten Artikel über die FinTech-StartUps richtigerweise an, dass in Deutschland in diesem Bereich im Vergleich mit Großbritannien oder den USA noch viel Entwicklungsbedarf besteht: Deutschlands Anteil betrug damals gerade mal 0,6% (im Vergleich: Großbritannien 30%, USA 70%).

Digtal Finance: Noch geringes Investitionsvolumen in die Finanzdienstleister der nächsten Generation
In einem Post auf FinExtra wies Samarth Shekhar vom FinTech Forum deutschsprachiger Länder DACH gestern darauf hin, dass derzeit weniger als 2% des globalen Investitionsvolumen für neue Finanzunternehmen in den DACH-Staaten verwendet werden…Immerhin konnte Shekhar zusammen mit Frank Schwab, Vorstandssprecher der Fidor Tecs AG, 100 Startups mit Bezug zum Banking identifizieren. Eine Zusammenfassung der Studie ist hier zu finden.

Der Venture Capital-Markt in Deutschland aus Sicht der FinTech – Startups (BankStil)
Der Markt für Wagniskapital in Deutschland hinkt nach allgemeiner Auffassung dem vergleichbarer Länder hinterher. Das gilt vor allem für den Bereich der FinTech-Startups, wie Samarth Shekhar vor einigen Wochen herausgearbeitet hat. Inzwischen mehren sich jedoch die Zeichen, dass sich daran etwas ändert. So hat der bereits erwähnte Shekhar zusammen mit Frank Schwab das FinTech Forum DACH ins Leben gerufen.

FinTech Forum sucht „neue Hasen“, die die Finanzwelt verändern wollen (Rhein-Main-Startups)
Das FinTech Forum DACH ist die erste Initiative, die FinTech Startups und KMUs im deutschsprachigen Raum mit interessierten Investoren, Mentoren, Banken und Partnern zusammen bringt.

Events Diary 18 – 24 November – Our pick of the hottest startup events this week (VentureVillage)
FinTech firms use innovative technology (e.g. social media, mobile, big data) to transform traditional banking services such as lending, payments or trading. The FinTech Forum is the first conference for FinTech startups, investors and banks in the German-speaking region. The event brings more than 20 innovators together with high-profile investors and banks.

Ein Potpourri von Events quer durch alle Themenbereiche (Gründerszene)
FinTech Firmen benutzen Technologien wie Social Media, Mobile und Big Data mit dem Ziel das traditionelle Bankgeschäft zu revolutionieren. Das FinTech Forum ist der erste Hub für FinTech Startups, Investoren und Banken in der DACH-Region. Die erste Veranstaltung dieser Art in Deutschland bringt mehr als 20 Innovatoren mit hochkarätigen Investoren und Banken zusammen.

Samarth Shekhar from FinTech Forum: “4th FinTech Forum event sold out a month in advance”  (Crowdbiz)
Samarth Shekhar is Co-Founder of the FinTech Forum and one of the “40 Innovators Shaping the Future of Finance”. FinTech Forum is the first and largest Fintech-community in Continental Europe. As a hub for Fintech-Start-ups/SMEs, investors and banks in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Central Europe they scout innovators, disruptors and “hidden champions” in the D-A-CH financial services sector and connect them with investors and banks.

“FinTech Forum – Seit 2013 Nukleus eines FinTech-Ökosystems in Frankfurt” (FMF Jahrbuch)