Author: Subarna Singh

7 Questions with Andreas Franke, Loanboox GmbH

 1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure. As managing director of Loanboox GmbH, I am responsible for running operations in the German market. Previously I worked in the internal consulting department of Zurich Insurance Group. During this time, I had the opportunity to get experience in the areas of […]

Newsletter: 29 Nov 2018

10th FinTech Forum shows the next wave of FinTechs, investments, partnerships and M&A is here The 5th anniversary edition of the event saw a slew of startups taking on large, complex and regulation-intensive market opportunities in capital markets and corporate/ SME banking using blockchain and AI/ ML- a stark contrast to the payments- and lending-focused […]

7 Questions with Dirk Fuchs, Be Think, Solve, Execute

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company. Be Group enables leading financial services organizations across Europe to manage the complexity of business transformation. In the D-A-CH region, Be Think, Solve, Execute GmbH has a long-standing history as reliable partners for financial services organizations to analyse complex requirements, find solutions and implement them […]

Newsletter: 19 November 2018

Meet the Panelists at the 10th FinTech Forum/ 5th Anniversary Edition We talked to some of the panelists that are on stage this Thursday, 22nd Nov. 2018, discussing the topic “German FinTech, Outside Backers- Fast Forward 2023” which looks at the trend of non-banks and foreign investors dominating German FinTech investments and – potentially – […]

Newsletter: 12 Nov 2018

Countdown to FinTech Forum’s 5th Anniversary Edition, 22nd Nov. 2018 We are pleased to announce the panelists for the roundtable discussion German FinTech, Outside Backers- Fast Forward 2023, which looks at the trend of non-banks and foreign investors dominating German FinTech investments. Do check out the agenda, the final line-up of startups as well as […]

5 Questions with Christian Nagel, EARLYBIRD

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your focus areas, overall and within FinTech I am an entrepreneur and passionate for more than 21 years. Fin-tech excites me since our investment into Interhyp in 1999.   2. What opportunities or challenges are FinTechs creating for European Financial Institutions? Internet and mobile have been the […]

Newsletter: 6 Nov 2018

Countdown to FinTech Forum’s 5th Anniversary Edition, 22nd Nov. 2018 With less than three weeks to go to FinTech Forum’s 5th Anniversary Edition, it’s time for a quick update! We are pleased to announce the panelists for the roundtable discussion German FinTech, Outside Backers- Fast Forward 2023 which looks at the trend of non-banks and […]

Countdown to FinTech Forum’s 5th Anniversary Edition, 22nd Nov. 2018

With just three weeks to go to FinTech Forum’s 5th Anniversary Edition, it’s time for a quick update! Do check out the final line-up of startups, and feel free to share this email with contacts who may be interested in the last few remaining tickets: https://fintechforum10.eventbrite.com We are pleased to announce the panelists for the roundtable discussion German […]

Newsletter: 29 Oct 2018

Munich based Insurtech xbAV collects 21 Million Euro Der Wagniskapitalgeber Armada Investment, der Xing-Gründer Lars Hinrichs und 20 weitere Kapitalgeber aus der VC-, Technologie- und Versicherungsbranche investieren 21 Millionen Euro in das Insurtech xbAV. Das 2007 von Martin Bockelmann gegründete Münchner Unternehmen zur Digitalisierung der betrieblichen Altersversorgung will mit der frischen Finanzierung seine Plattform weiter […]

7 Questions with Robert Kröber, ForexFix

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure. I am Robert, Founder and CEO. Before founding Forexfix I worked as a banker at KfW Bankengruppe and as a consultant. I founded by first company in 1996. I hold a diploma in Economics from Witten/Herdecke private university. In my spare time I enjoy climbing […]

Newsletter: 24 Oct 2018

German fintech startup Penta raises €7 million to accelerate the growth of its digital bank accounts for SMEs Business bank account Penta today announced a €7 million investment in a funding round led by Inception Capital. According to the Berlin-based startup, user numbers have increased over 900%, since the company’s last fundraise just eight months […]

7 Questions with Gerald Klein, Growney

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure. Before founding growney in 2014 I was responsible for developing financial products and trading across all asset classes at the Landesbank Berlin. We were around 200 people and active in all german speaking regions. Back then I was already thinking about starting […]

Newsletter: 15 Oct 2018

Startups at 10th FinTech Forum address bigger, more complicated opportunity areas With just over a month to go, we have been talking to some of the 15 startups selected to present at our 5th anniversary event: http://www.fintechforum.de/category/7-questions/ Startups are taking on areas ranging from alternative investment fund-raising, index and data for cryptocurrencies, “commodity” trading of […]

Newsletter: 8 Oct 2018

LIQID announces €33 million financing round led by Toscafund The digital wealth manager LIQID announced a series C financing round about €33 million led by the London-based investor Toscafund Asset Management LLP. LIQID is one of the largest and fastest growing digital wealth managers in Europe that offers its clients access to investment strategies, asset […]

7 Questions with Jamal El Mallouki, CrowdDesk

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure. Together with my co-founder Johannes Laub we are the managing directors of CrowdDesk. We’re a team of 15, creating the infrastructure for the future of capital markets with the vision to digitize how financial products are issued and brokered. Our HQ is […]

7 Questions with Maxim Pertl, DACEBOOK

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure. I grew up internationally in Czech Republic, Germany, near the French border, spent time in the US and China. I started a smart-card company on my 18th birthday, the sale of the firm brought me natively closer to investment topics, initially as a […]

Newsletter: 24 Sep 2018

Announcing the final line-up of startups: FinTech Forum’s 5th Anniversary Edition 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. http://www.fintechforum.de/announcing-the-final-line-up-of-startups-fintech-forums-5th-anniversary-edition/   FinLab invests a seven-digit investment amount in the Frankfurt-based FinTech awamo GmbH FinLab AG […]

Newsletter: 17 Sep 2018

Announcing the final line-up of startups: FinTech Forum’s 5th Anniversary Edition 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. http://www.fintechforum.de/announcing-the-final-line-up-of-startups-fintech-forums-5th-anniversary-edition/   ABN Amro and solarisBank invest $14mn in loan securitisation startup CrossLend ABN Amro and […]

Newsletter: 10 Sep 2018

Announcing the final line-up of startups: FinTech Forum’s 5th Anniversary Edition 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. http://www.fintechforum.de/announcing-the-final-line-up-of-startups-fintech-forums-5th-anniversary-edition/   Munich Re buys IoT middleware startup, relayr, in deal worth $300M Berlin based Internet […]

Newsletter: 3 Sep 2018

Kreditech wants to grant private loans in India Per Knopfdruck wolle Kreditech Privatdarlehen von bis zu 500.000 Rupien – umgerechnet rund 6.000 Euro – verteilen. Mit dem neuen Angebot, das im September starten soll, weitet Kreditech sein Indien-Engagement in einem Segment aus, das auch bei anderen Technologiekonzernen gerade auf großes Interesse stößt. https://www.handelsblatt.com/finanzen/banken-versicherungen/start-up-kreditech-will-in-indien-privatdarlehen-per-knopfdruck-vergeben/22970782.html?nlayer=Newsticker_1985586&ticket=ST-1750632-fWlpXAtEFWfjUzHjxPOX-ap2   Innogy […]

Newsletter: 20 Aug 2018

Deposit Solutions seals new investment round of USD 100 million The Hamburg-based fintech Deposit Solutions, a pioneer of open banking and leading international platform for savings deposits, announced the closure of a new round of funding, according to a press release on August 15, 2018. The round was led by the private equity firm Vitruvian Partner […]

Newsletter: 13 Aug 2018

advinda, Börsen Zeitung and Innogy Innovation Hub  join FinTech Forum’s partner community We are proud to welcome Börsen Zeitung (media partner), advinda Investor Cloud and Innogy Innovation Hub to the FinTech Forum partner community! Congratulations to five new startups selected to present at the 10th FinTech Forum on 22nd Nov. 2018: XTECH, Fractal, RYSKEX, finbc […]

7 Questions with Tatjana Winter, RYSKEX

Tatjana will be presenting at the 10th FinTech Forum/ 5th Anniversary Edition on 22nd Nov. 2018 at The Airport Club, Frankfurt. Learn more/ register here: http://www.fintechforum.de/announcing-the-first-set-of-startups-partners-5yftf/ 1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure. Tatjana is Chief Marketing Officer at RYSKEX, where she is responsible for the worldwide B2B marketing, further development […]

Newsletter: 6 Aug 2018

  FinTech Forum’s 5th anniversary edition- announcing further startups and partners We are proud to welcome Börsen Zeitung (media partner), advinda Investor Cloud and Innogy Innovation Hub to the FinTech Forum partner community! Congratulations to five new startups selected to present at the 10th FinTech Forum on 22nd Nov. 2018: XTECH, Fractal, RYSKEX, finbc and […]

Newsletter 31 July 2018

Growney, Aazzur and Innogy Innovation Hub set to join the 10th FinTech Forum We are pleased to announce that Growney and AAZZUR join the line-up of startups selected to present at #5YFTF, FinTech Forum’s 5th Anniversary Edition taking place on 22nd Nov. 2018. We are also proud to welcome Innogy Innovation Hub to the FinTech […]

Newsletter: 23 July 2018

Scout24 AG acquires FINANZCHECK.de, one of the leading consumer finance platforms in Germany Scout24 AG , a leading operator of digital marketplaces specializing in the real estate and automotive sectors in Germany and other selected European countries signed an agreement yesterday evening to acquire all shares of FFG FINANZCHECK Finanzportale GmbH (“FINANZCHECK.de”), a German online comparison portal for consumer […]

Newsletter: 16 July 2018

kapilendo secures renowned investor Axel Springer The Berlin-based FinTech startup kapilendo (www.kapilendo.de) announces the successful conclusion to the Series B round of financing. Together with the existing shareholder, the Berlin Dental Association pension fund, the new investor, Axel Springer Media for Equity GmbH, is investing 6 million euros in the company. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/kapilendo-secures-renowned-investor-axel-springer-veith-riebow/   Congratulations and […]

7 Questions with Bernd Wendeln, Miles & More

Bernd will be presenting at the 10th FinTech Forum/ 5th Anniversary Edition on 22nd Nov. 2018 at The Airport Club, Frankfurt. Learn more/ register here: http://www.fintechforum.de/announcing-the-first-set-of-startups-partners-5yftf/ 1. Tell us a bit about yourself. I am with the Miles & More longer than most Fintechs exist: More than seven years now. And it’s still far from being […]

Newsletter: 10 July 2018

Mobiles Bezahlen: Die ersten acht Sparkassen sind live Die ersten acht Sparkassen starten mit dem Mobile Payment – mit girocard mobile und Mastercard. Die Sparkassen Aachen, Baden-Baden Gaggenau, Hannover und Nürnberg, die Förde Sparkasse, die Nassauische Sparkasse sowie die Kreissparkassen Ludwigsburg und Rhein-Hunsrück bieten seit gestern die App „Mobiles Bezahlen“ für Android-Smartphones an. https://www.it-finanzmagazin.de/mobiles-bezahlen-acht-sparkassen-live-73035/ Earlybird closes €175 million fund to invest in early-stage European startups Berlin-headquartered VC firm Earlybird has closed its €175 million “Digital West” fund […]

Newsletter: 3 July 2018

Check out the startups and partners for FinTech Forum’s 5th Anniversary Edition 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: ForexFix,BITA,CrowdDesk, Imburse Payments and Neon Banking. We are also proud to welcomeMiles & More to the FinTech Forum partner community. Read more about them and their […]

Newsletter: 25 June 2018

Check out the startups and partners for FinTech Forum’s 5th Anniversary Edition 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: ForexFix,BITA,CrowdDesk, Imburse Payments and Neon Banking. We are also proud to welcomeMiles & More to the FinTech Forum partner community. Read more about them and their […]

Newsletter: 18th June 2018

Check out the startups and partners for FinTech Forum’s 5th Anniversary Edition 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: ForexFix,BITA,CrowdDesk, Imburse Payments and Neon Banking. We are also proud to welcomeMiles & More to the FinTech Forum partner community. Read more about them and their […]

Miles & More

Miles & More is Europe’s leading frequent flyer and awards programme. 25 years of experience and cooperations with 300 partners across the globe make Miles & More GmbH, the operator of the programme, an expert in approaching individual customers and ensuring their loyalty. Members have the opportunity to earn and redeem Miles & More award […]

Newsletter: 11th June 2018

Check out the line-up for FinTech Forum’s 5th Anniversary Edition 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: ForexFix, BITA,CrowdDesk, Imburse Payments and Neon Banking. We are also proud to welcome LH Miles & More to the FinTech Forum partner community. http://www.fintechforum.de/announcing-the-first-set-of-startups-partners-5yftf/ FinCompare raises €10 Million during […]

Newsletter: 28 May 2018

Announcing the first set of startups & partners for #5YFTF FinTech Forum 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: BITA, CrowdDesk, Imburse Payments and Neon Banking. We are also proud to welcome LH Miles & More […]

Newsletter: 21 May 2018

PayPal agrees $2.2 billion deal for iZettle PayPal has reached an agreement to acquire Stockholm-based iZettle in an all-cash deal valued at $2.2 billion, it’s biggest ever transaction in a dynamic and fluctuating payments environment. The timing of the agreement comes just weeks after iZettle announced plans to float on Nasdaq Stockholm in a bid […]

Newsletter: 14 May 2018

Simplesurance raises $24 million in Series C funding Berlin-based startup simplesurance, a leader in the InsurTech industry developing an insurance service platform, receives 24 Million Dollars in the final Series-C Round. Rheingau Founders, Rakuten Capital, the investment arm of Rakuten, Inc., and Allianz X have announced further investment. Lead investor is Allianz, who has started a […]

Newsletter: 7 May 2018

Kreditech appoints David Chan as CEO Kreditech announced the appointment of David Chan as Chief Executive Officer. Alexander Graubner-Müller will stay with Kreditech in his role as founder and Deputy CEO. Alongside with Chan, Kreditech has also been appointing top talent across several other roles in its leadership ranks. Mariusz Dabrowski, former CFO and financial […]

Newsletter: 29 April 2018

Clark collects 29 million dollars In its second round of financing of the Frankfurt Insurance Clark collects 29 million dollars – a record for a Series-B in Insurtech area in Europe! Investors include the Finnish investor Portage3Ventures and White Star Capital. Clark aims to help clients manage insurance contracts, identify insurance gaps, and close deals with mutually […]

Newsletter: 20 April 2018

Apply for the 10th FinTech Forum / 5th Anniversary Edition! Apply to pitch at the 5th Anniversary Edition of the event that kicked-off the FinTech scene in Germany / D-A-CH: exactly 5 years since the inaugural FinTech Forum held on 22nd Nov. 2013. http://www.fintechforum.de/apply-for-the-10th-fintech-forum/ Second largest German stock exchange brings its own app for crypto […]

Newsletter: 13 April 2018

Swiss fintech startup Contovista makes banking data driven – now also internationally Contovista is renowned in the Swiss banking industry. The startup’s solid reputation meanwhile reaches across borders with Raiffeisen Banking Group, Austria counting on Contovista technology when launching their finance portal Mein ELBA. Already for years the startup successfully collaborates with different banks helping […]

Newsletter: 9 April 2018

Event Summary: FTF On Tour | UK FinTech meets Germany In partnership with the Department of International Trade, the British Embassy Berlin and Frankfurt Main Finance, TechFluence organises the FTF On Tour | UK FinTech meets Germany, bringing together top-notch UK FinTech startups addressing “real and present” challenges and opportunities for German banks. Read the event report   Employee benefits startup […]

Newsletter: 2 April 2018

Event Summary: FTF On Tour | UK FinTech meets Germany In partnership with the Department of International Trade, the British Embassy Berlin and Frankfurt Main Finance, TechFluence organises the FTF On Tour | UK FinTech meets Germany, bringing together top-notch UK FinTech startups addressing “real and present” challenges and opportunities for German banks.  Read the event report Giroxx collects capital The Frankfurt […]

Event Summary: FTF On Tour | UK FinTech meets Germany

22nd March 2018, Haus Metzler, Frankfurt am Main   In partnership with the Department of International Trade, the British Embassy Berlin and Frankfurt Main Finance, TechFluence organized the event FTF On Tour | UK FinTech meets Germany on 22nd March 2017 at Haus Metzler in Frankfurt am Main. The event in pictures The event brought together 10 top-notch UK FinTech startups addressing “real […]

Newsletter: 27 March 2018

Building FinTech bridges between London and Frankfurt  On March 22, 2018, promising entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and others interested in FinTech, gathered in Frankfurt for the FinTech Forum on Tour. The future cooperation between FinTechs and banks, as well as the UK and Germany were at the core of the event. Snowy weather and delicious earl grey tea created a […]

Newsletter: 19th March. 2018

Kreditech and PayU launch instant cardless EMI with PayU Monedo in India Global online payment service provider PayU and Kreditech, the leading group for digital consumer lending using machine-learning based underwriting, launched the beta phase of PayU Monedo in India. PayU Monedo will provide cardless EMIs (equated monthly installments) to finance the online purchases of consumers in India. The new offering […]

Newsletter: 12th March. 2018

Banking platform SolarisBank closes €56.6M Series B from BBVA, Visa, Lakestar, and others SolarisBank, the Berlin-based “banking platform” co-founded by fintech company builder Finleap, appears to be on quite a roll. The company, which now claims nearly 60 corporate clients who offer various financial services powered by solarisBank,  has closed €56.6 million in Series B funding in […]

Newsletter: 5th March. 2018

Billomat receives seven-digit investment The accounting start-up Billomat from Nuremberg receives a capital injection from  Online News Business (ONB). The company intends to use the money to expand into Scandinavia and Spain, among others. http://gruender.wiwo.de/billomat-siebenstelliges-investment-fuer-nuernberger-fintech/ BNP Paribas launches fintech investment fund BNP Paribas has launched a new investment fund to take direct minority stakes in innovative startups that are […]

Newsletter: 25th Feb. 2018

Zuger Startup is collecting $ 25 million in two days  The Zug startupProxeus has collected $ 25 million from 795 donors in just two days through an initial coin offering. The maximum amount per investor was limited to $ 80,000. Proxeus offers an extremely easy to use product, empowering anyone to create blockchain applications that are affordable and […]

Newsletter: 19th Feb. 2018

SDK.finance supercedes Visa in terms of API endpoints SDK.finance, the European Core Payment Platform, supersedes Visa and other major players in terms of API endpoints. The company was established in 2013 in the Czech Republic. SDK.finance is the Core Payment Platform wrapped into 280+ APIs.  It enables payment providers, FinTech entrepreneurs, and banks to launch […]

Newsletter: 10th Feb. 2018

Blockchain Project Raises $61 Million from A16Z, Polychain Capital A blockchain project based in Switzerland has raised $61 million from a group of investors that includes venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz and token hedge fund Polychain Capital. DFINITY Stiftung said the funding would go toward development of its blockchain protocol, aimed to support a public decentralized […]

Newsletter: 4th Feb. 2018

Scalable Capital to break through the one billion mark Digital asset management in Germany is about to break out of the niche. According to calculations by “Finanz-Szene.de”, the market leader Scalable Capital is approaching the € 750 million mark and is expected to break the billion mark in the spring. This is mainly due to […]

Newsletter: 28th Jan. 2018

Lendix Receives €200M Debt Institutional Financing Lendix , a Paris, France-based loan marketplace for European SMEs, received a €200m institutional debt financing. Backers included The European Investment Bank Group (EIB) via the European Investment Fund (EIF), CNP Assurances, Eiffel IM, Groupama, Zencap AM, Matmut and Decaux Frères Investissements. http://www.finsmes.com/2018/01/lendix-receives-e200m-institutional-financing.html Paris-based cryptoassets security startup Ledger closes €61 million Series B […]

Newsletter: 19th Jan. 2018

Two million euros for the InsurTech startup Covomo  The Frankfurt-based FinTech Covomo focuses on the comparison of special and supplementary insurance for, for example, travel, pets, electronic devices and sports equipment. In a new round of financing, the startup has now taken more than two million euros. https://www.gruenderszene.de/allgemein/insurtech-covomo-finanzierung Millions in investment for Cologne Fintech startup Entrafin The fintech startup Entrafin gets […]

Newsletter: 8th Dec. 2017

Savedroid launches ICO to enable crypto savings for everyone The FinTech startup savedroid, which specializes in artificial intelligence,launches the first German ICO (Initial Coin Offering) for blockchain inclusion: in the future, savedroid users can easily exchange their savings amounts in Bitcoin or Ethereum and save them securely. In the future, savedroid will also allow Otto normal […]

Newsletter: 1st Dec. 2017

FinTecSystems raises €4.5M, Deposit Solutions closes $20M, PikcioChain raises $6M, Credit Suisse takes stake in TradePlus24, Journey to Funding with FinTecSystems etc. FinTecSystems scores EUR4.5 million investment FinTecSystems, specialist for digital credit assessments and banking API provider, completed its series B financing round with a transaction volume of 4.5 million euros. The round is led […]

Newsletter: 24th Nov. 2017

AIB invests €30mn in TransferMate, Scalable Capital worth over €150mn, WeChat Pay starts in Germany, last chance to avail WeWork Frankfurt’s -15% discount, AIB invests 30m Euros in TransferMate AIB has invested €30m in cross-border B2B payments player TransferMate, in a move aimed at reducing international payments costs for business customers. https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/aib-invests-30m-in-clune-payments-firm-transfermate-36332203.html Scalable Capital worth over […]

Newsletter: 17th Nov. 2017

EclectIQ raises €14M, Treasury Intelligence Solutions raises $12M, Last chance to avail WeWork’s 15% discount,  Interviews with FinCompare, Qumram etc. Amsterdam-based EclecticIQ secures €14 million  EclecticIQ, the global provider of Cyber Threat Intelligence technology solutions and Fusion Center operator today announced a Series B investment of €14 million. The current investment makes EclecticIQ one of the best-funded cyber security scale-ups in Europe. […]