Author: Samarth Shekhar

Q&A with Manuel Silva Martínez of Santander InnoVentures, Sandro Matter of vlot, Standard Cognition, Genesis, Creditgate24, Spaceti etc.

The early stage players raising funding this week include Standard Cognition, Genesis, Creditgate24, Spaceti etc. We also feature a Q&A with Manuel Silva Martínez of Santander InnoVentures and Sandro Matter of vlot. Meet the first set of startups and investors who will be on stage at the 12th FinTech Forum, on 19th Nov. 2020 in Frankfurt: (Click on the hyperlinked names […]

7 Questions with Sandro Matter of vlot

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure. Having lived the first childhood years in Nigeria (my father in that time was heading up the marketing activities of the pharmaceutical company Roche for the African and Middle East region), I spent my entire school time in the area of Basle […]

Q&A with Manuel Silva Martínez of Santander InnoVentures, Nitesh Srivastava of Datawok, Omocom, Slimmer AI, Pennylane, Hello Customer etc.

The early stage players raising funding this week include Omocom, Slimmer AI, Pennylane, Hello Customer etc. We also feature a Q&A with Manuel Silva Martínez of Santander InnoVentures and Nitesh Srivastava of Datawok. Meet the first set of startups and investors who will be on stage at the 12th FinTech Forum, on 19th Nov. 2020 in Frankfurt: (Click on the […]

7 Questions with Manuel Silva Martínez of Santander InnoVentures

Manuel Silva Martinez is among the investors who will be on stage sharing insights and investment trends in European FinTech at the 12th FinTech Forum, 19th Nov. 2020 in Frankfurt: 1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure. I am Manuel Silva Martínez and run the Investments team at Santander InnoVentures. At […]

Q&A with Astrid Freier of Vidici Ventures, Brian & Zbi of Finteum, Funding for Pricefx, FLEEP Technologies, Figopara

The early stage players raising funding this week include FLEEP, Figopara, askRobin, Banked etc. We also feature a Q&A with Brain Nolan and Zbi Czapran of Finteum and Astrid Freier of Vidici Ventures. Meet the first set of startups and investors who will be on stage at the 12th FinTech Forum, on 19th Nov. 2020 in Frankfurt: (Click on […]

7 Questions with Brian Nolan and Zbi Czapran of Finteum

Photo: Brian Nolan (left) and Zbi Czapran   Finteum is among the first set of startups selected to present to leading investors like InnoCells (Banco Sabadell), Santander InnoVentures, Universal Investments and Vidici Ventures at the 12th FinTech Forum, 19th Nov. 2020 in Frankfurt: 1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure. […]

7 Questions with Paula Blazquez Solano of InnoCells (Banco Sabadell)

Paula Blazquez Solano is among the investors who will be on stage sharing insights and investment trends in European FinTech at the 12th FinTech Forum, 19th Nov. 2020 in Frankfurt: 1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure. My name is Paula Blazquez, I lead the Corporate Investment Vehicle of Banco […]

Q&A with Wladimir Huber of Klickown, Funding for Strise, One Utility Bill, Precursive etc. New VC funds Tomahawk, Icebreaker, Partech etc.

If you read through this week’s newsletter, things don’t seem that bad – startup funding rounds seem to continue trickling in, new funds still getting announced, and there is some hope that parts of Europe will reopen in the coming weeks. If you are in the midst of a funding round, or would like to understand […]

7 Minute Pitch Template Essentials

In the past 7 years we at FinTech Forum have evaluated over 3,500 pitches and given a lot of feedback. More than 350 FinTech startups have presented their business models in 7 minutes each.From this we developed a template. We recommend that all founders cover at least the following eight themes in their presentation.1. Elevator pitch: the […]

Newsletter 24th Apr. 2020

After over a month of lockdowns – no matter where you are based in Europe – we are heading into May with some hope as some countries plan a phased reopening. In our conversations with startups, we continue to hear about delays or a complete stop to fundraising discussions (especially where the sub-sector is negatively impacted by […]

7 Questions with Carl v. Halem of CommneX

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure. Born in Munich and raised near Frankfurt, I did my high school diploma in a boarding school close to Bonn. After graduating, I decided to absolve a two-year reserve officer training with the mountain troops in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria and then to start […]

Newsletter 6th Apr. 2020

We are back after a short hiatus, talking to several startups in our network as they figure their way around the current crisis. Market sentiments range from a complete lockup of money, to the impact varying based on FinTech sub-sectors or business models, as well as whether the investors have long-term, institutional capital at their disposal. Last week’s webinars by […]

Newsletter 16th Mar. 2020

As most European countries moved to enforce lockdowns, close schools, businesses and borders, startups braced for an uphill battle in the months ahead. Startups who have raised and closed their round recently are revisiting their budgets and spending, while those in the middle of a round (or planning one) are getting prepared for turbulence. We are talking to some […]

Newsletter 5th Mar. 2020

We’ve been on the road- perhaps for the last week of travel here in Europe as Coronavirus threatens events and (physical) meetings. FinTech funding and deal activity however, seems to be unaffected. Catching up on a couple of weeks of news took the better part of a train ride from Munich to Frankfurt, with Seed […]

Newsletter 14th Feb. 2020

Laka’s latest funding from Creandum and LocalGlobe is a great confirmation of its “back to the roots”, community-based model for bicycle insurance: we will be watching this space! The round raising eyebrows is Saudi Aramco’s bet on blockchain-based oil-trading platform Vakt. Rimilia and SteelEye both represent bets on serious enterprise-grade solutions, automating and reducing complexity in the payments and compliance space […]

7 Questions with Wladimir Huber of Klickown

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure. My name is Wladimir Huber. I am a Tech-Entrepreneur with focus on FinTech, Real Estate, Blockchain and data driven companies with an extensive knowledge in founding and scaling companies. I have a M.A. in finance & information technology from Leuphana University. I’m […]

8 factors why crypto currencies are here to stay

User numbers and investments in cryptocurrencies and blockchain projects are increasing. In the Swiss Crypto Valley, 800 companies with 4000 employees are working on the digitalization of assets. The regulators are also taking up the issue. In the digital age, cryptocurrencies are the next logical stage in the development of money. 1. Users, volumes, transactions […]

Newsletter 31st Jan. 2020

For the second week in a row, our panel discussion topic at the 11th FinTech Forum “When Finance becomes an Add-on/ the Era of Backstage Banking“ gets some more validation: Estonia’s Pocosys, an alumnus of our “FinTech meets Telecom” event in Mar. 2017, announced its exit to Opera (the Norwegian browser company), while Belgium’s Settlemint […]

Newsletter 25th Jan. 2020

7 Questions with Max Lautenschläger of Iconic, Funding for Secfi, Grover, Qonto etc., 12th FinTech Forum announced… Get ready with a glass of wine- or smelling salts- as this week’s going to be a long read with some jaw-dropping funding rounds, acquisitions and expansions. European FinTech has been on the prowl, with a seemingly pent-up barrage […]

Newsletter 17th Jan. 2020

The biggest news in the FinTech space- the acquisition of Plaid by Visa for $5.3 billion- comes from the US this week, but it should be music to the ears of several European FinTechs in the area of APIs, Open Banking and PSD2, and to the sector in general. French payment app Lydia’s $45m Series […]

Newsletter 9th Jan. 2020

Happy New Year! While we hope you had a quiet time during the holidays, we can assure you there was plenty going on in the European FinTech scene, so this will be a longish newsletter- including an interview with blockchain and crypto investor Max Lautenschläger of Iconic Holdings, a wrap-up of key FinTech M&A deals in 2019, tips on raising […]

Newsletter 18 Dec. 2019

The FinTech Forum newsletter – covering the latest thinking from European FinTech founders, investors and financial institutions, as well as key funding rounds and M&A – turns six years old next month. For a glimpse of FinTech history, check out our year-end newsletter from Dec. 2014. Last month we wrapped up our 11th FinTech Forum event, and – while we can’t promise to keep our eyes off the European FinTech […]

Rise of payment service providers – the pointers to the future of the retail banking industry

Whether PayPal, Adyen, stripe, transferwise, PayU, Wirecard or PAYONE – years ago the first startups of the still young FinTech industry, they have now developed into serious financial services companies. The development of the payment industry is already showing where the journey of the retail banking industry is going. It is surprising that while payment is one […]

Newsletter 11 Dec. 2019

11th FinTech Forum is a wrap With twelve startups pitches, a “journey to exit” by our alumnus, insights from leading VCs and a panel discussion if finance will become an add-on- here is the 11th FinTech Forum in tweets.   7 Questions with Ben Shaw of InsurTech Hub Munich This week we posted […]

Aufstieg der Payment Dienstleister – Wegweiser für die Zukunft der Retail Banking Industrie

  Ob PayPal, Adyen, stripe, transferwise, PayU, Wirecard oder PAYONE – vor Jahren die ersten Startups der noch jungen FinTech Industrie haben sie sich inzwischen zu ernstzunehmende Finanzdienstleistungsunternehmen entwickelt. Die Entwicklung der Payment Industrie zeigt bereits heute wohin die Reise der Retail Banking Industrie geht.   Es ist erstaunlich, Zahlungsverkehr ist eine der wesentlichen Aufgaben […]

Final Agenda & Line-Up: 11th FinTech Forum

Two days to go for the 11th FinTech Forum this Thursday- check out the final line-up of startups and register here for the last few places:   Looking forward to the sessions from our guest speakers: Assaf Shamia (G+D Ventures) on trends in digital currencies (Libra & Co.), M2M payments and tokenisation Jens Jennissen (’) […]

Announcing the second set of startups & investors: 11th FinTech Forum (21st Nov. / Frankfurt)

We are proud to announce that BizBot (Norway), iCEIBA (UK), Remipay (Germany), Trality  and Nodeventure (both Austria) are joining the exciting line-up of startups and investors presenting at the 11th FinTech Forum (21st Nov. 2019 in Frankfurt): Nodeventure (Austria): stores digital assets safely and profitably by reducing the entry barriers for blockchain systems. Trality (Austria): Making the tools of Wall […]

Announcing the first set of startups & investors at 11th FinTech Forum

The first set of startups selected for the 11th FinTech Forum include: Ybanking (Poland)- a virtual bank offering multiple products via a Platform-as-a-Service Lingua Custodia (France)- AI for high-end translations in finance e.g. fund prospectus, equity research etc. BizBot (Norway)- helps entrepreneurs and investors manage their cap tables, via an easy-to-use use and connected platform We are also […]

The European FinTech Zeitgeist: FinTech Forum @Money2020 Europe

Now in the fourth year of our media partnership, FinTech Forum was at Money2020 Europe, 3-5 June in Amsterdam.  Apart from bumping into friends and acquaintances, FinTech Forum Co-Founder Samarth Shekhar talked to some of the participants to get a pulse of European FinTech and financial services trends, as well as tips and learnings for other founders. Whether digital banking (Georg […]

Newsletter 25 March 2019

Barcelona-based fintech Pagantis raises €65 million for its e-commerce financing platform Barcelona-based startup Pagantis, which offers financing for e-commerce customers, has raised €65 million Series B in one of the biggest fintech rounds in Spain to date. The investment came from Prime Ventures, SPF Investment Management, and Rinkelberg Capital Group, and will be used to […]

Newsletter: 10 Dec 2018

Regtech startup Alyne raises €3 million to help organisations manage their data privacy and compliance Regtech startup Alyne has raised €3 million in a Series A financing round led by Alstin Capital, with participation from Hannover Digital Investments GmbH. Founded by Karl Viertel, Stefan Sulistyo, Manuel Reil, and Matthias Danner in 2015, Alyne is headquartered […]


10th FinTech Forum shows the next wave of FinTechs, investments, partnerships and M&A is here

Check out the 10th FinTech Forum in pictures, and save the date/ register for the 11th FinTech Forum on 21st Nov. 2019:! The 5th anniversary event at The Airport Club, Frankfurt, kicked off to a full house, with FinTech Forum co-founder Frank Schwab reflecting on the first event in 2013- and how the event series […]

Announcing the final line-up of startups: FinTech Forum’s 5th Anniversary Edition

After an application and selection process that started in May, we are pleased to announce the 15 startups selected to present at FinTech Forum’s 5th Anniversary Edition, taking place on 22nd Nov. 2018 at the Airport Club, Frankfurt.  Reading through the “startups in tweets” below, we are amazed to see how far the FinTech scene has come […]

Newsletter: 27 Aug 2018

FinLab investment AUTHADA secures well-known FinTech investor main incubator and finalizes seven-digit financing round AUTHADA GmbH, a portfolio company of FinLab AG, is a technology company based in Darmstadt that offers BSI certified products for secure and user-friendly identity verification…The technology underlying the software uses the features of the electronic identity card, as the data […]

Announcing the first set of startups & partners for FinTech Forum #5YFTF

We are pleased to announce the first set of startups selected to present at #5YFTF, FinTech Forum’s 5th Anniversary Edition taking place on 22nd Nov. 2018 (scroll down for further info). We are proud to welcome InvestHK, HK FinTech, Börsen Zeitung (media partner), advinda Investor Cloud, LH Miles & More, Be Think, Solve, Execute and Innogy Innovation Hub to the FinTech Forum partner community! Here […]

Newsletter: 4th June 2018

Meet FinTech Forum at Money2020 Europe! Money20/20 Europe has landed in Amsterdam with AI, collaboration and open banking high on the agenda over the next three days. Interested to connect to the German / D-A-CH FinTech scene? Connect to FinTech Forum’s Samarth Shekhar (Day 1) and Michael Mellinghoff (Day 1-3): do reach out to us […]

7 Questions with Victor Hugo Gomez, Founder of BITA

BITA is one of the startups selected to present at the 5th Anniversary Edition of FinTech Forum on 22nd Nov. 2018- more information for startups is here. Registration for investors / financial institutions is here. 1.     Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure. A Venezuelan native, I’m one of those perhaps “irrational […]

Register / Apply for the 10th FinTech Forum

The 5th Anniversary Edition of the event that kicked-off the FinTech scene in Germany / D-A-CH takes place at The Airport Club, Frankfurt on 22nd Nov. 2018, exactly 5 years since the inaugural FinTech Forum held on 22nd Nov. 2013. The event series puts the most promising startups from D-A-CH/ Continental Europe on stage, and has become a reflection of the region’s […]

Newsletter: 12th Jan. 2018

Best wishes from Team FinTech Forum for a successful 2018! FinTech deals were alive and kicking in the last few weeks in Continental Europe, so we are back from the break with a round up of the key news you may have missed. Also note: Money2020 Europe, Europe’s biggest #FinTech event is moving to #Amsterdam […]

Newsletter: 15th Dec. 2017

Ngdata Raises $19M in Series C Funding Ngdata, a Gent, Belgium-based customer experience management solutions company, raised over $19m in Series C funding. Led by Luc Burgelman, CEO, and Michel Akkermans, chairman, Ngdata provides data-rich companies in financial services, telecom, utilities, hospitality, etc., with a customer data platform, called Lily™…The round was led by HPE Growth […]

Q&A with Maximilian Kempken of b2v Partners

1. Tell us a bit about yourself. Investment Manager at btov Partners, the European venture capital firm, managing about EUR 330m in institutional funds, partners funds and direct investments of private investors. 2. What is your investment focus/thesis, and which FinTech firms are in your portfolio? Investment Focus: We have two investment teams. One is focusing on […]

Journey to Exit: with Mathias Wegmüller of Qumram

Our new series “European FinTech Journeys” showcases European FinTechs’ journey to a funding, exit or closure – and the blood, sweat and tears in between! We are proud to launch this series with Qumram, a FinTech Forum alumnus which was acquired last week by Dynatrace. Qumram was selected to present at the FTF On Tour | InvestTech event in London (Sep. 2015), […]

Newsletter: 11th Nov. 2017

FTF alumnus Qumram acquired by Dynatrace, Monzo raises $93M, N26 announces expansion to US and UK, WeWork Frankfurt exclusive offer etc. Check out the latest German FinTech Scorecard (status: 31st Oct. 2017) Digital performance firm Dynatrace acquires Qumram Digital performance management company Dynatrace has acquired Qumram, a digital interaction audit solutions provider, for an undisclosed […]

German FinTech Scorecard: 31.10.17.

German FinTech scorecard Our Scorecard (BETA) has been tracking FinTech funding rounds and M&A deals across Europe since 2013. Below is the scorecard for Germany for 2017 YTD, based on disclosed deals only – we do not take any liability for incomplete or incorrect data. Your deal is missing? Email FinTech Forum alumni scorecard Alumni […]

Newsletter: 3rd Nov. 2017

TransferWise raises $280M, ING launches €300M fund, Natixis takes 50% in Dalenys, FinTech Forum alumni shine: BondIT raises $14.25M, LiqEase wins Slush Shanghai etc. TransferWise announces whopping $280M investment as early shareholders cash in TransferWise, the international money transfer company and one of Europe’s better-known unicorns, has announced $280 million in new investment today. The […]

Newsletter: 27th Oct. 2017

Shift Technology raises another $28 million to prevent fraudulent insurance claims Shift Technology is raising a Series B round of $28 million from Accel and General Catalyst. Accel had already led the company’s previous round. Existing investors Elaia Partners and Iris Capital are also participating in today’s round. App-driven trading startup BUX raises EUR10.6 million in Series C funding BUX […]

Q&A with Frank Seehaus of Acton Capital

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your focus area(s) within FinTech? My name is Frank Seehaus  and I’m Managing Partner at Acton Capital, a European late-stage venture capital firm. We back internet-startups with the potential to become market leaders…Within fintech, my focus areas are lending (Iwoca – SME lending, Finanzcheck – Consumer lending marketplace), […]

Q&A with Ragnar Jongen, DN Capital

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your focus area(s) within FinTech? Dutch, lived across Europe. Done academic research on blockchain and crowdfunding.DN investments in remittances, instalment loans, factoring. 2. What are your three key takeaways from the last 3 years in the European FinTech space? Things always go slower than you think 3. […]