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Newsletter, 06 Oktober – 13 Oktober 2017

Spotcap Raises €22M in Equity and Debt Funding Spotcap, a Berlin, Germany-based online lender, raised an additional €22m in equity and debt funding. Existing investors participated in the funding round which brought total capital raised to €100m. Read More… A British insurtech startup has raised £27 million in its mission to become the ‘Uber of […]

Newsletter, 23 September – 29 September 2017

FinTech Forum’s 4th anniversary event recaps European FinTech’s successes and travails While we were wicked with the timer for all preceding sessions, nobody seemed to mind as the last two spellbinding guest presentations went past the allotted time: Our alumnus Cashboard’s seven year journey that included winning multiple awards, €3mn in VC funding (2016) to […]

Newsletter, 09 September – 22 September 2017

FinTech Forum’s 4th anniversary edition- a reflection of European FinTech’s successes and travails After 5 startup pitches punctuated by a small accident, a networking lunch, 6 more startup pitches, a panel discussion with FinTech, VC and banking veterans, and some networking over coffee, most event-goers would call it a day. But who said our events […]

FinTech Forum’s 4th anniversary edition- a reflection of European FinTech’s successes and travails

22nd Sep. 2017, Frankfurt am Main Samarth Shekhar, Co-Founder, FinTech Forum A dense morning fog and flight delays outside did not seem to effect the day’s schedule as we kicked off the 9th FinTech Forum at The Airport Club, Frankfurt – also our 4th anniversary edition. Frank Schwab (co-founder FinTech Forum), kicked off the event […]

Newsletter, 26 August – 8 September 2017

Announcing the line-up of startups for 9th FinTech Forum: 21st Sep. 2017 Check out the line-up of the startups selected so far to present at the 9th FinTech Forum on 21st Sep. 2017 in Frankfurt. The 4th anniversary edition since our inaugural event in Nov. 2013 kicks off with a scorecard of ca. 250 startups […]

Newsletter, 18 August – 25 August 2017

Check out the line-up of startups for 9th FinTech Forum (21st Sep. 2017) Now in its fourth year, FinTech Forum brings together the most promising FinTech startups with investors and financial institutions on 21st Sep. 2017 in Frankfurt. Startups announced so far include  FinCompare, a digital marketplace for corporate finance solutions; Aigang, powering P2P insurance […]

Newsletter, 12 August – 18 August 2017

First set of startups for the 9th FinTech Forum announced Now in its fourth year, FinTech Forum brings together the most promising FinTech startups with investors and financial institutions on 21st Sep. 2017 in Frankfurt. Startups announced so far include Nitrobox, a cloud platform for order-to-cash processes, Giromatch, an automated loan solution, AuroraX, a loans […]

Newsletter, 01 Juli – 07 Juli 2017

Squirro Completes Financing Round of $10 Million Led by Orange Growth Capital Squirro, the advanced context intelligence & insights solution provider, has completed a $10m Series B funding round led by new investor, Orange Growth Capital. They are joined by another new investor, Salesforce Ventures, and existing investors. Read More… Ayondo opens for business in […]

Newsletter, 24 Juni – 30 Juni 2017

Werthstein closes €10M funding round After a first “Business Angel” funding round in autumn 2016, Munich-based Werthstein GmbH has recently closed a second successful funding round. Around € 10 Million in growth capital available. Media partnership with German publishing house Finanzen Verlag. Full wealth manager’s license according to §32 KWG Read More… Congratulations to Werthstein, […]

Newsletter, 17 Juni – 23 Juni 2017

BlackRock Takes Scalable Capital Stake in Europe ‘Robo-Advisor’ Push BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager, made its first push into Europe’s “robo-advice” market on Tuesday after taking a stake in Anglo-German digital investment manager Scalable Capital. BlackRock, which manages $5.4 trillion across a range of actively managed and index-tracking funds, led a 30 million euro […]

Newsletter, 03 Juni – 16 Juni 2017

FinCompare receives €2.5 million in seed financing FinCompare from Berlin has completed its seed financing, collecting a total of €2.5 million. Investors are two Austrian companies, VC Speedinvest and insurance company Uniqa as well as Business Angel André Bajorat, among others.  Read More… awamo raises EUR 2m in seed funding After awamo’s initial funding round in 2015, […]

Newsletter, 27 Mai – 02 Juni 2017

Exporo raises 8 Million Euro, Holtzbrinck Ventures, Sunstone und BPO Capital investieren weitere 8 Millionen Euro in Exporo, eine Plattform rund um das Thema Crowdinvesting in Immobilien. Gegründet wurde das Start-up von Simon Brunke, Björn Maronde, Tim Bütecke und Julian Oertzen. Read More… Evolute raises 6 million in series A financing round The Zug-based […]

Newsletter, 20 Mai – 26 Mai 2017

Zelig Associates advises additiv on CHF21 million investment led by BZ Bank The investment round, led by Switzerland-based BZ Bank (acting on behalf of clients) and Patinex (Martin Ebner’s private investment vehicle) is the first external equity funding additiv has received since inception. Read More… N26 moves into savings market with Raisin API Mobile-only banking […]

Newsletter, 13 Mai – 19 Mai 2017

Contiamo Receives Investment from Venture Capital Firm Capnamic Ventures  Contiamo, a Berlin, Germany-based provider of a data science platform, received an investment of undisclosed amount from tech venture capital firm Capnamic Ventures. Capnamic joined an existing network of investors, including hub:raum and Vogel Ventures. The company will use the funds to further expand its product […]

7 Questions with Anya Schmidt of Outbank

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure. My name is Anya Schmidt, CEO of the Munich-based banking app Outbank. At work I am passionate about building great products based on Cutting edge technologies with our talented team. In such a fast-moving environment like FinTech that is a great challenge. […]

Newsletter, 06 Mai – 12 Mai 2017

Kreditech raises €110M from Naspers’ PayU in strategic financing partnership Kreditech, the German startup backed by Peter Thiel, Rakuten and the IFC that creates credit ratings and provides finance to people who may not otherwise have credit histories, has raised another round of funding from one of its strategic partners. Read More… Lakestar is investing in Berlin’s […]

Newsletter, 29 April – 07 Mai 2017

Crowdlending pioneer Cashare closes Series A funding Der Zuger Crowdlending Pionier Cashare hat die dritte Finanzierungsrunde abgeschlossen. Zudem unterstützen neu ein ausgewiesener Finanzrechts-Experte und eine Person mit grosser Erfahrung im Börsenwesen und Aufbau von innovativen Handelsplattformen das Unternehmen. Read More… Savedo supported by BNP Paribas und Plug and Play Accelerator Als eines von nur zehn […]

Newsletter, 22 April – 28 April 2017

FinLab AG enters into million euro investment in Fintech-SaaS pioneer FastBill FinLab AG is set to make a seven-figure investment in FastBill, the leading German SaaS tool for small business financial management. Along with FinLab, coparion will also be participating in this investment. FastBill will invest these new financial resources in continued strong growth and […]

Newsletter, 15 April – 21 April 2017

Raisin Fintech Startup raises $3.2 billion, one-third of which raised in the last four months The Raisin fintech startup attracted investors from around Europe and gained funds worth $3.2 billion approximately. Read More… Sparda-Banken cooperate with Die Sparda-Banken bieten gemeinsam mit, Deutschlands größter privater Zahlungsinfrastruktur, den Service „ SpardaBargeld “ an. Mitglieder der Genossenschaftsbanken haben […]

Newsletter, 08 April – 14 April 2017

Lend Closes CHF3.5M Series A Funding Lend, a Zürich, Switzerland-based fintech startup, closed a CHF3.5m Series A funding. Backers included angel investors and Polytech Ecosystem Ventures. In conjunction with the funding, Dr. Stefan Jaecklin, former Head Oliver Wyman Switzerland, the global financial services consulting company, and Dr. Luzius Anderegg, senior software developer at software company Ergon […]

Newsletter, 01 April – 07 April 2017

New Funding for Savedroid Boosts Total Capital to More than $22 Million German startup had picked up funding from investment bank Rhineland-Palatinate and a group of angel investors including Debjit Chaudhuri, founder of Traxpay and former Infosys manager. The amount of the funding was not disclosed (Crunchbase reports €20 million) but savedroid says that the company’s total capital, which includes a million euro seed […]

Newsletter, 27 März – 31 März 2017

ottonova raises 15 Million Euro Tengelmann Ventures, b-to-v und STS Ventures, also Onvista-Gründer Stephan Schubert, investieren neben Holtzbrinck Ventures und Vorwerk Ventures weitere 15 Millionen Euro in ottonova, Deutschlands ersten Online-Krankenvollversicherer – berichtet die “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. Read More… Bitcoin exchange ShapeShift Raises $10.4 Million in Series A ShapeShift is the world’s leading instant exchange for […]

Newsletter, 18 März – 26 März 2017

figo Raises Funding from Berliner Volksbank Ventures figo, a Humburg, Germany-based banking service provider, raised a funding round of undisclosed amount. Berliner Volksbank Ventures made the investment joining a group of investors including angels and DB1 Ventures, the investment vehicle of Deutsche Börse. Read More… Accounting startup Billomat raises multi-million funding Online News Business, ein Tochterunternehmen […]

Newsletter, 11 März -17 März 2017

Japan’s Rakuten invests in Berlin ‘InsurTech’ company Simplesurance, taking funding to €30 million Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has invested in Berlin-based “InsurTech” — insurance technology — company Simplesurance, amid a flurry of interest in the sector. Read More… German fintech startup Solarisbank raises €26.3 million German fintech startup Solarisbank has just raised €26.3 million. Investors include the […]

Newsletter, 04 März – 10 März 2017

MUUME collaborates with European payment service provider Ingenico Swiss fintech MUUME and Ingenico Payment Services team up to support retailers in digitizing the purchasing and ordering processes. Ingenico Group focused on integrated payment solutions across all payment methods is active in 170 countries and has almost 7’000 employees. Read More… Swiss FinTech Awards 2017 an […]

Newsletter, 25 Februar – 3 März 2017

Berlin Fintech-Startup Liqid raises additional €4.5 Million Automatisierte Geldanlagen, etwa durch Robo-Adviser, sollen die Anlageform der Zukunft sein, heißt es immer wieder. Und zumindest auf dem Papier ist das schnell und schlüssig dargelegt: Weil Algorithmen Geld in Fonds investieren, die selbst auch nicht von echten Menschen gesteuert werden, fallen keine nennenswerten Kosten an – und […]

Newsletter, 18 Februar – 24 Februar 2017

SolarisBank scores EUR30m in Series B funding round German Banking-as-a-Platform (BaaP) startup solarisBank has raised EUR30 million in a Series B funding round as it gears up to go live with a host of fintech firm partners, Finextra understands. Read More… German fintech software firm Bexio raises €7 million The German startup Bexio, a provider of […]

Newsletter, 11 Februar – 17 Februar 2017

Cembra Money Bank acquires invoice financing provider SWISSBILLING SWISSBILLING is an invoice finance company founded in 2011 with operations mainly in Western Switzerland. The acquisition will enable Cembra to expand the product offering to retailers and merchants. Read More… Hamburg’s Varengold Bank AG supports the Berlin FinTech Startup Grover with a multi-million ABS loan  Das Berliner […]

Newsletter, 04 Februar – 10 February 2017

Klarna to acquire German payments company BillPay for reported £60 million Swedish e-commerce payments company Klarna is acquiring Germany’s BillPay. Sky News is reporting the deal is worth £60 million.The UK’s Wonga had owned BillPay, another online payments company which operated in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Read More… Congratulations to BillPay, an alumnus of the 2nd FinTech Forum (May 2014), as […]

Newsletter, 28 Januar – 03 Februar 2017

Aegon to Invest 1.5 Billion EUR in Auxmoney Loans; Leads €15M Series E Dutch insurance company Aegon, international provider of life insurance, pensions and asset management, intensifies relationship with leading German p2p lending marketplace Auxmoney. Aegon plans to invest 1.5 bilion (!) Euro into p2p consumer loans issued by Auxmoney within the next 3 years. This is […]

Newsletter, 22 Januar – 27 Januar 2017

Raisin raises €30 million European financial deposit marketplace Raisin has closed a €30 million Series C financing with a goal of expanding into new markets and broadening its product based beyond savings accounts to encompass new investment opportunities. The round was led by US-based Thrive Capital …with participation of Raisin’s existing investors Palo-Alto-based Ribbit Capital […]

Newsletter, 13 Januar – 21 Januar 2017

Fraugster, a startup that uses AI to detect payment fraud, raises $5M Fraugster, a German and Israeli startup that has developed Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to help eliminate payment fraud, has raised $5 million in funding. Read More… Neufund raises €2 million to bridge the gap between cryptocurrency and private equity Neufund has landed €2 million […]

Newsletter, 10 Januar – 14 Januar 2017

Swiss fintech Advanon closes second funding round, raises 13.5M CHF Switzerland-based fintech company Advanon announced that it has closed the second round of funding and has raised 13.5 million CHF, Finextra reported. Read More… W&W acquires majority stake in treefin AG German insurer Wüstenrot & Württembergische or better yet W&W has acquired a majority stake in treefin AG; the mobile-first digital insurance […]

Newsletter, 02 Januar – 09 Januar 2017

We hope you had an enjoyable holiday. 2016 marked three years of FinTech Forum, a journey summarized in our blog #3YFTF: 200+ Startups | ~$100M raised | 30+ Funding Rounds. None of this was possible without the startups, investors, financial institutions and partners that have been part of our events and our online community- thank you […]

Newsletter, 10 Dezember – 16 Dezember 2016

The FinTech Forum Team wishes all our community members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We will be back after a short break on 9th Jan. 2017. BillFront raises € 33 million to help digital media companies manage invoicing BillFront is a London and Berlin-based FinTech startup which enables the digital media industry […]

Newsletter, 03 Dezember – 09 Dezember 2016

London savings startup Abaka secures £520,000 investment  ABAKA, an intelligent savings platform powered by Artificial Intelligence, announced today that it has raised £520,000 in seed funding. Anthemis Exponential Ventures, the investment partnership powered by Anthemis Group, a leading venture investment and advisory firm, and Exponential Ventures, the disruptive venture capital arm of MMI Holdings, leads […]

Newsletter, 26 November – 02 Dezember

Deutsche Börse partners Naga Group to build gaming marketplace Deutsche Börse is to create a new marketplace for trading virtual gaming products in partnership with local fintech incubation vehicle Naga. Read More… Partnerschaft erschliesst MUUME Millionen potenzieller Nutzer Das Schweizer Fintech-Unternehmen MUUME und die Deutsche Sportausweis GmbH  kooperieren. Ein Ziel ist es, den physischen Sportausweis […]

Newsletter, 19 November – 25 November 2016

Cashboard closes international Series A round Cashboard (, Germany’s fastest growing online wealth management platform, has secured a series A funding of EUR 3m lead by Digital Space Ventures. The existing investors Redalpine, Earlybird, 500 Startups and renown private investors also participated in the round. Other existing investors include Makers, ProSiebenSat.1 and others. Read More… […]

Newsletter, 14 November – 18 November 2016

FinTech Forum alumni Scalable Capital, Quantoz win awards as Frankfurt opens Tech Quartier …In der Kategorie Seed/Early Stage gewann der digitale Vermögensverwalter Scalable aus München. Sieger in der Kategorie Growth Stage wurde der Anbieter von Online-Identifikationsverfahren WebID Solutions aus Berlin. Im Bereich Late Stage lag CRX Markets aus München vorn, die gerade den Factoring-Markt aufmischen […]

Newsletter, 05 November – 13 November 2016

8th FinTech Forum: the event in tweets Couldn’t make it to the 8th FTF, also our 3rd anniversary edition? Check out the event in tweets to discover startups tackling “risk & compliance as a service”, physical metal trading, media-driven investment etc. For our market update and some interesting numbers about the over 200 startups that […]

Newsletter, 29 Oktober – 04 November 2016

Vienna’s Ixolit invests in FinTech-Startup b4payment Das IT-Unternehmen Ixolit investiert eine sechsstellige Summe in b4payment und eröffnet damit die neue Finanzierungsrunde des FinTech-Startups. Der Investor unterstützt das junge Unternehmen nicht nur monetär, sondern auch durch die Einbindung in sein eigenes Payment Gateway Ixopay. Read More… Congratulations to b4payment, which presented at the 5th FinTech Forum (Vienna, June 2015) […]

Newsletter, 22 Oktober – 28 Oktober 2016

Countdown to 8th FinTech Forum – the third anniversary edition! With just 10 days to go, it is time to check out the (almost final) line-up of startups selected to present at the 8th FinTech Forum. Given that this our “3rd anniversary edition”, we also did some quick stock taking: Of the ~200 startups that […]

Newsletter, 15 Oktober – 21 Oktober 2016

32nd Floor invests again in 32nd Floor, die Beteiligungsgesellschaft der Skjerven Group, investiert erneut in den Maklervergleich Im Zuge der Pre-Serie- A-Finanzierung steigt auch der ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator in das junge Unternehmen ein. Read More… main incubator invests again in Grover Die Commerzbank-Tochter main incubator investiert im Rahmen einer Asset-Finanzierung erneut in Grover, eine […]

Newsletter, 08 Oktober – 14 Oktober 2016

Banking-App Kontist gets 2 mn euros more Kontist sammelt bereits vor dem Launch weitere Millionen ein. Die Idee des Berliner Startups: Ein N26 für Freelancer und Gründer zu entwickeln. Read More… Investment for Factoring Start-up FundFlow Der High-Tech Gründerfonds investiert in das Online-Factoring-Portal FundFlow. Das Berlier Fintech-Start-up kauft Forderungen von kleinen Unternehmen und Freelancern auf […]

Newsletter, 01 Oktober – 07 Oktober 2016

Creathor Venture invests millions in iFunded real estate crowdfunding platform Creathor Venture, one of Europe’s leading venture capital firms, invests a seven digit amount in a pre-Series A round in, a German real estate crowdinvesting platform. Read More… Lendstar raises multi-million euros Nicht genannte Investoren und die Altgesellschafter – darunter DvH Ventures – investieren […]

Newsletter, 24 September – 30 September 2016

German fintech firm Smava scores $34 million to bolster its credit comparison business German fintech pioneer Smava has raised $34 million in fresh funding. The Berlin-based company, which has been around for nearly a decade, has raised the round from Runa Capital, Verdane Capital, and prior backers such as Earlybird. Read More… IDnow Secures […]

Newsletter, 17 September – 23 September 2016

Swiss fintech startup FinanceFox grabs $28 million investment for insurance business FinanceFox is consolidating insurance policies into one app, making the boring and stressful task of organizing your insurance far less of a headache Read More… ‘Robo advisor’ Scalable Capital is getting up to €4 million in new deposits each week Online wealth management startup […]

Newsletter, 10 September – 16 September 2016

Transamerica Ventures and IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft jointly invest in raises Series A funding from Aegon-owned venture capital firm Transamerica Ventures and VC Fonds Technologie Berlin managed by IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft. Saving Global- founders Tamaz Georgadze and Frank Freund also participated in the round, along with other industry insiders and business angels. Read More… Congratulations to […]

FTF on Tour | FinTech meets Travel – in Tweets

A $8tn sector – and the opportunity for FinTech. This was the theme of our inaugural event that brought together 16 promising startups at the intersection of Travel and FinTech with leading corporates and investors in this space. Couldn’t make it? Below is the event in tweets! Among the selected startups were firms employing blockchain technology to help “rescue” the nearly $50bn worth of […]

Newsletter, 03 September – 09 September 2016

Online-Finetrader (tradico) raises 2,5 Million Euro  Earlybird, DvH Ventures und der Frühphasen-Investor Speedinvest investieren 2,5 Millionen Euro in das Fintech-Startup Tradico. Das Unternehmen, das sich als Online-Finetrader für den gewerblichen Bereich positioniert, wurde 2014 von Mario Springer und Manuel Hehle in gegründet. Read More… Payworks receives ($4.5 M) funding  Payworks‘ gateway technology, Pulse, wants to […]

Newsletter, 27 August – 02 September 2016

Ver­da­ne Ca­pi­tal investiert in smava und Searchmetrics Der schwedische Kapitalgeber Ver­da­ne Ca­pi­tal investiert in den Kreditvergleich smava und in die SEO-Dienstleister Searchmetrics. Die “Mit-Kon­trol­le” über Search­me­trics und der Er­werb von An­tei­len an sma­va wurden bereits beim Bundeskartellamt angemeldet. Read More… closes financing round: Zürcher Kantonalbank becomes a significant minority shareholder announced today that […]

7 Questions with Julian Oertzen, co-founder of Exporo AG

1. Who are you? I am Julian, Co-Founder of Exporo, responsible for project acquisition, product and business development. 2. Which services do you sell and who are your competitors? Exporo is a real estate crowdfunding platform acting as an intermediary between interest-seeking investors and capital-seeking real estate companies. Investments are made in form of subordinated […]

Newsletter, 20 August – 26 August 2016

Frankfurt-based fintech startup Ginmon closes financing round to expand internationally  The Frankfurt-based Robo Advisor Ginmon just closed a financing round in the 7-digit Euro range to pursue their international growth strategy. The four-times oversubscribed financing round was led by London based VC Passion Capital. Read More… BLKB takes a stake in Robo Advisor True Wealth  Die Basellandschaftliche […]

7 Questions with Rune Brunborg, Co-Founder of Tribe

1. Who are you? I’m Rune Brunborg, co-founder at Tribe – the Tinder for Insurance customers. At Tribe we’ll make simple and fair insurance solutions for responsible people and their friends, utilizing their social network. Before joining Tribe I’ve headed – the largest online financial aggregator in Norway, I’ve been head of strategy at […]

Newsletter, 13 August – 19 August 2016

Peer-to-peer payment app Cookies launches in Germany If you’re reading this article and live in the U.S., you might not realize that Venmo, Square Cash,Facebook Messenger payments and other similar services only work in the U.S. In many countries, such as Germany, most people still have to rely on wire transfers and IBANs to send money to their […]

Newsletter, 06 August – 12 August 2016

FinTecSystems closes Series A funding round and announces expansion in Europe FinTecSystems, the German startup that provides critical data and analysis to the financial services industry, announced that it has closed a Series A investment round. The round is in the seven-figure range and is led by VC’s Littlerock and Ventech. Previous investors MenschDanke Capital and […]

7 Questions with Paul Becker of LIQID

1. Who are you? I am a co-founder and head of marketing at LIQID. 2. Which services do you sell and who are your competitors? LIQID is a digital wealth management service for private investors with liquid assets in excess of 100.000 €. We offer a range of “core” investment strategies developed in partnership with […]

Newsletter, 30 Juli – 05 August 2016

German insurance startup Clark closes €13.2M Series A Enter one of FinLeap’s existing portfolio companies, Clark, which operates in the insurance space with an app to help you stay on top of your various insurance products. Today the Berlin/Frankfurt startup is announcing it’s closed €13.2 million in Series A funding, made up of both equity and […]

Newsletter, 23 Juli – 29 Juli 2016

France’s BPCE to buy fintech Fidor Bank The old and new worlds of banking came together on Thursday as Fidor Bank, the German online bank, said it had agreed to be acquired by Groupe BPCE, the large mutually owned French lender. Fidor is one of the best-known names in the German fintech scene. Founded by […]

Newsletter, 16 Juli – 22 Juli 2016

Renowned Investor Peter Thiel Increases Investment in Leading European Fintech, Deposit Solutions Prominent venture capital firms today announce they have invested €15 million in European fintech company Deposit Solutions GmbH, a fast growing fintech innovator operating in the €9 trillion market for retail deposits in Europe. Read More… Decimo raises 500.000 Euro from IBB and […]

Newsletter, 09 Juli – 15 Juli 2016

Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Exporo Raises €8.2M in Series A Funding Exporo, a Hamburg, Germany-based real estate crowdfunding platform, raised €8.2m in Series A funding. Backers included, Holtzbrinck Ventures, Sunstone and BPO Capital. The company intends to use the funds to expand its hiring, product development and marketing efforts. Read More… Swiss PostFinance and […]

7 Questions with Jonas Piela from Avuba

1. Who are you? I am Jonas, CEO at Avuba. For European smartphone users who have become accustomed to a superior digital experience Avuba is the next generation of mobile banking. It delivers a category defining user experience providing, simple sign-up, high levels of security, payment cards, full banking services and easy to use features […]

Newsletter, 02 Juli – 08 Juli 2016

Spotcap raises millions yet again, to finance Dutch companies They might not be swimming in it, but there certainly doesn’t seem to be a shortage for money at fintech scale-up Spotcap. For the second time this year they raised millions in an investment round. This week they announced they closed yet another funding round of […]

Newsletter, 25 Juni – 01 Juli 2016

FinTech-Startup Smacc raises 3.5 Million Euro Cherry Ventures, Rocket Internet, DvH Ventures, Grazia Equity und einige Business Angels investieren 3,5 Millionen Euro in Smacc. Das Postdamer Start-up will die “Buchhaltung für immer verändern”. Read more… Digital Asset Management Company Liqid Raises Venture Capital Funding Liqid Investments GmbH, a Berlin, Germany-based digital asset management company, raised […]

Newsletter, 18 Juni – 24 Juni 2016

Number26 raises $40m Berlin-based smartphone-only bank Number26 is set to expand its presence across Europe after closing a $40 million Series B funding round led by Horizons Ventures. Battery Ventures, R obert Gentz, David Schneider and Rubin Ritter also joined the round alongside existing investors Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, Earlybird Ventures and Redalpine Ventures. Number26’s […]

Newsletter, 11 Juni – 17 Juni 2016

German fintech company builder FinLeap raises €21M at €121M valuation Berlin-based FinLeap, which is a German-style company builder specialising in fintech, has raised €21 million in new funding. Backing is said to come from original investor HitFox Group along with institutional investors from the insurance industry, including Hannover Re, the third largest worldwide reinsurer. Read […]

Newsletter, 04 Juni – 10 Juni 2016

Muume closes CHF 2.2 million Series A financing round Muume, a Cham based social mobile payment provider with enhanced loyalty, couponing and merchant point of sale, has received CHF 2.2 million in series A for growth financing. The company will use the funds to foster further market entry and international expansion. Read More…  FinTech Forum […]

FinTech Forum On Tour | Robo Advice in Tweets

FinTech Forum ‏@FinTechForum_DE The mass retail customization challenge in pensions – Fahd Rachidy of Abaka, looking for Pension Provider partner           FinTech Meetup FFM ‏@FinTechFFM @FundamentalCap is the first #roboadvisor for active portfolio management and searches #vc money #FTFRobo           FinTech Forum ‏@FinTechForum_DE “First active investment platform- […]

Newsletter, 30 Mai – 03 Juni 2016

JDC Group acquires ‘’ in way of an asset deal Acquires ‘’, one of the leading online comparison platforms in the German insurance market Read More… Raisin launches platform for France Today Raisin, the Pan-European online deposit marketplace, has launched for customers in France, in French language and with dedicated French customer support. Read More… European […]

Newsletter, 21 Mai – 29 Mai 2016

The DAO bricht Crowdfunding-Rekorde und sammelt fast $160 Millionen ein Ein Unternehmen bricht gerade alle Crowdfunding-Rekorde: The DAO hat in den vergangenen drei Wochen fast 160 Millionen US-Dollar eingesammelt. Die Organisation ist in jeder Hinsicht ungewöhnlich. Read More… Ten times more funding for German Fintech Startups Jede Menge Geld für Deutschlands Fintech-Startups: Eine Gesamtsumme in einer Höhe von […]

Newsletter, 14 Mai – 20 Mai 2016

New platforms drive strong growth in Swiss Crowdfunding market Im Jahr 2015 ist der Schweizer Crowdfunding-Markt erneut stark gewachsen. Dies zeigt das Crowdfunding Monitoring Schweiz 2016. Im Vergleich zum Vorjahr stieg das Volumen der vermittelten Gelder um 73 Prozent auf 27,3 Millionen Franken. Insbesondere Crowdlending für KMU und Real Estate Crowdfunding werden haben dazu beitragen, […]

Newsletter, 07 Mai – 13 Mai 2016

iPad POS startup orderbird secures €20 million in Series C round Orderbird, an iPad point of sale system for the hospitality industry, has raised €20 million in a Series C round led by Digital+ Partners along with German retailer Metro Group and payment provider Concardis. Read More… Raphaels Bank partners Avuba for alternative payment account Demonstrating its growing reputation […]

Newsletter, 30 April – 06 Mai 2016

7th FinTech Forum in Tweets For all those who missed the 7th FinTech Forum, here is a fast-forward through the day in tweets and pictures, including “Please mind the gap! Dr Alexander Kihm disrupts pensions, offering a flexible, customer-focused pension service @Fairrde #FTF7 #fintech “, @Moneycircles The first decentralised p2p lending marketplace” and of course “At #FTF7, […]

FTF 7 in Tweets

investify_lu Retweeted Frank Schwab We are happy to participate at the #FTF7. Coming to Germany again.investify_lu added, Frank Schwab @FrankJSchwab 9 days to go. Line up: @GetHufsy @scaledrisk @investify_lu @kapilendo_AG  … #FTF7 @FinTechForum_DE / 21Apr16 … Michael Mellinghoff ‏@Mellinghoff  Apr 21 .@investify_lu presents their feel right investment solution at #Fintech Forum #FTF7 #RoboAdvisory #Frankfurt […]

Newsletter, 23 April – 29 April 2016

Savedo closes international funding round successfully Savedo, der erste internationale Online-Finanzmarktplatz für Sparanlagen im EU-Ausland, erhält in einer erneuten Finanzierungsrunde umgerechnet weitere 5,6 Millionen US-Dollar Wachstumskapital.  Gesamtfinanzierung nun bei über 10 Millionen USD. Kapital von neuen Investoren aus Deutschland, Frankreich und Großbritannien. Read more… Bitwala receives €800k in seed funding The Bitwala team is proud to announce that we […]

Newsletter, 16 April – 22 April 2016

Startups with bold FinTech bets and a clued-in audience: an intense 7th FinTech Forum! With startups addressing robo-advisory and cool banking apps, but also “boring but big” pieces of European finance like pensions, credit unions, SEPA payments and financial risk modeling, FTF7 rocked. With “what exactly are you looking for” to very specific questions on […]

Newsletter, 09 April – 15 April 2016

Countdown 7th FinTech Forum (21s April): Line-up shows bolder FinTech bets The line-up of startups – with players taking on business banking, pensions and credit unions – shows how far we have come from our first event back in Nov. 2013. With investments of over $1.3 bn in the region in 2015 second to none […]

7 Questions with Christian Tiessen from Savedo

1. Who are you? My name is Christian Tiessen. I studied Business in Germany, Singapore and Spain. After working a few years for consulting and corporates, I founded my first startup in e-commerce. The business grew quite rapidly, and was finally acquired by an American company.  Since March 2014 I am working with and on […]

Newsletter, 02 April – 08 April 2016

Two reasons to be in Frankfurt on 20th & 21st April : TheFINTECHBook launch & 7th FinTech Forum Reason #1. TheFINTECHBook Launch in Germany:  Frankfurt on 20.4.16 at Deutsche Börse, Zuschauergalerie Reason #2. 7th FinTech Forum, Frankfurt  on 21.04.16. at The Airport Club, Frankfurt Airport. Read on for more…   TheFINTECHBook Launch in Germany:  Frankfurt […]

Newsletter, 18 März – 01 April 2016

Countdown to the 7th FinTech Forum: 21st April 2016 in Frankfurt. The startups on stage will include an IBM Watson powered Cognitive Customer Engagement platform, the only startup in the world to offer a life long pension, and a WhatsApp-meets-PayPal remittance solution. The line-up of investors includes Xange, Ventegis, FinTech Group etc. and several leading […]

Newsletter, 12 März – 18 März 2016

Hertha sammelt eine Million Euro in nur neun Minuten via Eigentlich war die Aktion auf 60 Tage angelegt: Nun sammelt Hertha BSC via in Windeseile eine Million Euro bei Anlegern ein. Read more… Congratulations to Team Kapilendo, who are among the startups selected to present at the 7th FinTech Forum on 21st April […]

Newsletter, 05 März – 11 März 2016

7th FinTech Forum (21st April 2016): first set of selected startups announced Selected startups include a British and Dutch trio connecting the $1 trillion credit union market (Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken), a PayPal-meets-Whatsapp money transfer and chat platform from Munich, a Finnish startup using blockchain tech for cross-border banking for businesses. Check out the “Startups in a Tweet” and their […]

Newsletter, 27 Februar – 04 März 2016

Auxmoney Raises Series D from Seven Ventures Auxmoney, one of the oldest German p2p lending marketplaces, has completed a Series D round with Seven Ventures as lead investor. The specifics were not disclosed, only that Seven Ventures along with Index Ventures, Union Square Ventures und Foundation Capital invested a double digit million Euro amount. Read […]

Newsletter, 20 Februar – 26 Februar 2016

The bank that fintech built: Number26 and TransferWise team up to re-invent banking Two European fintech startups are teaming up to give a glimpse of what the bank of tomorrow could look like. Number26, a Peter Thiel-backed German startup that’s setting out to create the bank account of the future, has announced a tie-up with London-based […]

Newsletter 13 Februar – 19 Februar 2016

SumUp + payleven = nearly €100 Mn VC Investment In SumUp flossen bisher 50 Millionen Euro. payleven, das aus dem Hause Rocket Internet stammt, sammelte bisher umgerechnet rund 46 Millionen Euro ein. Knapp vier Jahre nach dem Start sind payleven und SumUp somit gut aufgestellt. Ein Überflieger sind beide Unternehmen aber nicht. Read More… The […]

Newsletter, 06 Februar – 12 Februar 2016

Mobile Payments Startup Payleven Raises Another $10M … Payleven, a mobile payments startup originally incubated in 2012 at Berlin’s Rocket Internet, says it has raised a $10 million growth round from a selection of existing investors — Holtzbrinck Ventures, ru-Net, B Cinque, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and MePay — as well as new backer Seventure […]

Newsletter, 30 Januar – 05 Februar 2016

Online lending platform Spotcap raises EUR 31.5M in funding Online lending platform Spotcap successfully closes its third financing round. The Berlin-based financial technology company raises EUR 31.5 million in new funding led by international private equity firm, Finstar Financial Group, with participation from previous investor Holtzbrinck Ventures. Spotcap intends to use the funds to expand […]

Newsletter, 23 Januar – 29 Januar 2016

Nanopayments Software Developer SatoshiPay Seals €360K Seed Round Bitcoin nanopayment platform SatoshiPay has announced the completion of its seeding round that raised a total capital investment of €360,000, with blockchain-startup investor Coinsilium bringing in €150,000 to the round. WeltN24 invests in Clark WeltN24 investiert mittels Medialeistung in den Versicherungsmakler Clark. “Das Investment von WeltN24 […]

Newsletter, 16 Januar – 22 Januar 2016

Deutsche Börse takes a stake in US FinTech Digital Asset Die Deutsche Börse drückt bei ihren Investitionen in Start-ups aus der Finanztechnologie-Branche aufs Tempo. Das Unternehmen habe sich im Rahmen einer gut 50 Mio. Dollar (46 Mio. Euro) schweren Finanzierungsrunde am New Yorker FinTech Digital Asset beteiligt, erklärte Deutschlands größter Börsenbetreiber. Applications open for […]

Newsletter, 09 January – 15 January 2016

Mambu, The SaaS Banking Platform, Picks Up €8 Million Funding Mambu, the SaaS banking platform, has raised a further €8 million in funding. The round was led by Acton Capital Partners and CommerzVentures, with participation from existing investors. FinanceFox raises $5.5 million Berlin-, Zurich- and Barcelona-based FinanceFox was founded in Switzerland lets users manage their insurances […]

Newsletter, 26 Dezember 2015 – 08 Januar 2016

Happy New Year! Team FinTech Forum wishes our community a great new year ahead! We are back after a two week break, but things weren’t quiet in the European FinTech scene, with over $30 mn pouring in. Stay tuned for further updates and analysis on FinTech in 2015. Also check out: Money20/20 Europe – Hear […]

Newsletter, 19 Dezember – 25 Dezember 2015

Season’s Greetings from Team FinTech Forum There was plenty going on this year – here is a quick wrap-up of the highlights. Our newsletter will be back after a short break in the second week of January. The FinTech Forum team wishes you and your family a great holiday season, and an excellent start into […]

Newsletter, 12 Dezember – 18 Dezember 2015

Blockchain Startup Everledger Joins Allianz Backed FinTech Accelerator Blockchain startup Everledger has joined a startup accelerator owned by insurance and financial services company Allianz France…London-based Everledger uses a blockchain implementation as a diamond verification registry, which, as described by CEO Leanne Kemp in an August interview with CoinDesk, is akin to “putting bling on the blockchain”. These Fintechs […]

Newsletter, 4 Dezember – 11 Dezember 2015

Star-Manager Rolf Elgeti invests in Fintech Startup Creditshelf Der ehemalige Immobilienmanager Elgeti beteiligt sich an Creditshelf. Das Fintech-Startup vermittelt Kredite an Mittelständler. Rocket Internet invests in Smacc Berlin-based bookkeeping software Smacc raised a seed round last month. While the amount is unclear, the investors are not: Rocket Internet’s Fonds Global Founders Capital, Horizon Ventures and Cherry Ventures as […]

Newsletter, 28 November – 04 Dezember 2015

€1.5 million for peer-to-peer money transfer startup Cookies Former Number26 employees launched the peer-to-peer money transfer startup Cookies earlier this year. Today, the fintech startup announces a €1.5 million investment. The seed round comes from  StudiVZ founder Ehssan Dariani, Holtzbrinck Ventures and business angels such as Auxmoney’s CEO Ra­ffael Johnen, StudiVZ founder Dennis Bemmann, Chad Fowler, Benedikt Lehnert  and Stef­fen Kiedel. Interhyp-founders invest in Savedo […]

Newsletter, 21 November – 27 November 2015

FinTech Start-up Novofina raises €1m Ungenannte Investoren pumpen in der zweiten Finanzierungsrunde 1 Million Euro in das Wiener FinTech-Start-up Novofina. Loyalty card startup 10stamps now belongs to Wirecard Das Münchner Start-up 10stamps, das die Stempelkarte aufs Handy gebracht hat, gehört nun zu Wirecard, einem Unternehmen rund um White-Label-Lösungen für den elektronischen Zahlungsverkehr. Money20/20 […]

Newsletter, 14 November – 20 November 2015

6th FinTech Forum in Tweets: Blockchain, InsurTech & InvestTech Startups on Stage The event – marking two years since the first event in Nov. 2013 – included highlights from the Bankathon 2015. Presenting startups included „no limits capacity“ hardware for blockchain, a digital copyright solution, a „connected insurance analytics platform“ and several approaches to automating […]

6th FinTech Forum in Tweets

FinTech Forum ‏@FinTechForum_DE Kicking off the 6th #FinTech Forum with a view of Finance in 2035 @FrankJSchwab           Nadja Schlössel ‏@Ypsilon_Zett The #FinTech Zeitgeist presented by @techfluence_eu smarth @FinTechForum_DE there is lots of money in the Zeitgeist         Spiros Margaris ‏@SpirosMargaris I am at a great event @FinTechForum_DE ! @FrankJSchwab @techfluence_eu @Ypsilon_Zett       […]

Newsletter, 07 November – 13 November 2015

FinTecSystems gets Seed Round from Heilemann Ventures, MenschDanke Capital and Business Angels Die FinTecSystems GmbH will das eigene Unternehmenswachstum vorantreiben und wirbt dafür im Rahmen einer Seed-Finanzierung frische Mittel ein. Das Wagniskapital wird durch Heilemann Ventures GmbH (, MenschDanke Capital GmbH und Business Angels bereitgestellt. Zur Höhe wurden keine Angaben gemacht. MKS and Alex […]

Newsletter, 31 Oktober – 06 November 2015

Compeon raises €2.5 million Emsdetten-based fintech startup Compeon also announces an investment: €2.5 million round. Besides already existing investor Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures, B-to-v and Tengelmann Ventures invested. The investment will be used to hire new staff, increase marketing activities, and extend IT functionality. FinTech API startup Figo raises seven-digit amount Hamburg-based Fintech startup Figo announces […]

Newsletter, 24 Oktober – 30 Oktober 2015

Swiss Mobile-First Insurance Broker Knip Picks Up $15.7M Series B The digitisation of legacy industries shows no signs of slowing and nor does the enthusiasm of VCs for startups doing just that. Knip, the Swiss ‘mobile-first’ digital insurance broker, has closed a $15.7 million Series B round led by U.S.-based Route 66 Ventures. Germany’s […]

Newsletter, 17 Oktober – 23 Oktober 2015

Aegon expands investment in Germany’s leading consumer loan platform (auxmoney) Germany’s leading online peer-to-peer loan marketplace, auxmoney, has entered a partnership with Aegon Bank….In addition to the equity stake Transamerica Ventures owns in the company, Aegon Bank has committed to provide €150 million funding for loans on the auxmoney platform. (Congratulations to Auxmoney, which […]

Newsletter, 10 Oktober – 16 Oktober 2015

Germany’s Finpoint Makes Move to UK, Joins Forces with PwC and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership The newly announced partnership between Finpoint, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and PwC allows for the expansion of Pinpoint’s service into the UK. Finpoint has already been supported by 70 lenders across the UK, including among others Loyds Bank, […]

FinTech Forum on Tour in Tweets (London, September 2015)

FinTech Forum ‏@FinTechForum_DE Innovationen im Finanzsektor: London lockt Fintech-Firmengründer – NZZ #FTFInvestTech #FinTech Forum On Tour … Efi Pylarinou ‏@efipm  @FinTechForum_DE FTF on Tour – InvestTech: Insurgents, Incumbents, Investors & FCA innovation hub  by @efipm Scalable Capital ‏@ScalableCapital .@Mellinghoff presents his findings on #Investtech More investtech firms in the EU than in US #FTFInvestTech #Fintech     […]

Newsletter, 03 Oktober – 09 Oktober 2015

Target Global invests in FinLeap InsureTech Startup Clark Target Global investiert gemeinsam mit dem ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator sowie Karl-Heinz Flöther und Thomas Noth in den Versicherungsmakler Clark. Das Start-up, ein Ableger der Berliner FinTech-Fabrik Finleap, ist das erste Seed-Investment von Target Global in Deutschland. Rocket Internet’s Zencap: exit to British FinTech Unicorn Funding Circle? Die […]

Newsletter, 26 September – 02 Oktober 2015

Kreditech Nabs $92M To Build Financial Services For The ‘Underbanked’ Another startup out of Europe focused on finance has raised a hefty round of funding. Kreditech, a German company building a suite of credit and banking products for consumers who have little or no credit history, has raised €82.5 million ($92 million) to continue adding more products and geographies […]

Newsletter, 19 September – 25 September 2015

kapilendo gewinnt neuen Investor Spiros Margaris, Geschäftsführer der Beratungsboutique Margaris Advisory, investiert in das Berliner Fintech-Startup kapilendo. “In meinen Augen ist kapilendo eines der vielversprechendsten deutschen Top-Fintech-Unternehmen. HTGF investiert in Skoove und isaac10 Der High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) investiert in Skoove, eine Internetplattform mit interaktiven Klavier-Kurse, und in isaac10 (ehemals Liquid Payment), einen Paymentdienst. […]

Newsletter, 12 September – 18 September 2015

FUSION, Switzerland’s first fintech accelerator, selects its first intake Fusion, Switzerland’s first fintech accelerator, announces the selection of its 10 start-ups, drawn from all of the world, which will enter its 12-month acceleration programme starting on 5 October. Finpoint to help SMEs gain vital access to funding Finpoint will connect companies with a network […]

(Traditional) Online versus Digital Banking

Is „digital” just another word for „online”? Or is there a difference we need to understand? Over the last 2 weeks more than 150 people provided feedback regarding my generic high level thoughts about (traditional) online banking versus digital banking. This post reflects the feedback I got and an updated thinking. While there are more […]

Newsletter, 05 September – 11 September 2015

FinReach raises 700,000 Euro funding Im Rahmen des ProFIT-Programms der Investitionsbank Berlin fließen 700.000 Euro in FinReach, ein Start-up aus dem Hause FinLeap. FinReach ermöglicht Banken etwa einen digitalen Girokontowechsel-Service anzubieten. Decimo raises 6-digit funding Startkapital: Ein “Intershop-Co-Founder”, den Namen will die Jungfirma nicht verraten, investiert einen sechsstelligen Betrag in Decimo. Das Berliner Start-up […]

Newsletter, 28 August – 04 September 2015

Record Deal for German (FinTech) Startup: Zencap German online lender Zencap received a record $230-million cash injection from a U.S. investor, the most ever for a continental European startup. The CEO told Handelsblatt the money will propel Zencap into the big leagues. SumUp Raises Another €10 Million to Boost Their mPOS Growth A provider […]

Newsletter, 15 August – 21 August 2015

moneymeets raises €3.5mn in VC funding Cologne-based FinTech startup Moneymeets announces a €3.5 million round. It was led by Swiss Woodman Asset Management AG. DvH Ventures, John Werner Madaus and Thomas May also joined the round. Being founded in 2012, Moneymeets is a platform that lets its clients manage their accounts, insurances and depots, as well as […]

Newsletter, 8 August – 14 August 2015

Fintech startup awamo raises $550k in funding for Uganda launch Fintech startup awamo, which offers tech solutions to microfinance institutions, has closed its first funding round, raising EUR500,000 (US$550,000) in order to launch its mobile and biometric all‐in‐one‐solution for lenders in Africa, with Uganda the first port of call. (Congratulations to Team awamo (then […]

Newsletter, 01 August – 07 August 2015

SavingsGlobal, an Amazon for EU savings, raises EUR20 million in funding SavingGlobal, a German startup that enables savers to access the best deposit rates across Europe, has closed €20 million Series B financing led by Palo Alto-based Ribbit Capital and Index Ventures with participation from Yuri Milner and Tom Stafford, bringing the total amount raised […]

Newsletter, 23 Juli – 31 Juli 2015

Commerzbank venture fund invests in iwoca The venture capital arm of Germany’s CommerzBank has joined in a $20m funding round for UK-based SME lending platform iwoca. The $20m series B round,  which also included participation from Acton Capital Partners and Redline Capital, will support the fast-growing credit provider’s European growth. Visa investiert in Bezahldienst […]

Newsletter, 17 Juli – 22 Juli 2015

Cashcloud announces additional financing commitment Cashcloud AG announces that it has received binding commitment from investor to provide company with new equity capital in amount of 1 million euros ($1 million) The success story of 360T- Germany’s highest-valued FinTech Begonnen hat alles auf einer Bierkiste. Dort steht nach der Gründung im Jahr 2000 der […]

Newsletter, 11 Juli – 17 Juli 2015

Rocket Internet invests into Australian Robo-Advisor Stockspot Fintech start-up Stockspot raises an additional $1.25 million to manage more Australians’ money smarter online. Stockspot, Australia’s first ever online, automated investment adviser and fund manager, has raised an additional $1.25 million to help it reach more Australians and enhance its product. Mobile payments startup Muume among […]

Newsletter, 4 Juli – 10 Juli 2015

Rocket Internet’s GFC Backs Yet-To-Launch Real Estate Investment Platform BrickVest In a move that feels fairly unusual, Global Founders Capital (GFC), the venture capital arm of German startup factory and e-commerce behemoth Rocket Internet, has invested in a startup before it’s even launched. The company in question is BrickVest… First funding round for Payever […]

Newsletter, 27 Juni – 3 Juli 2015

Peter Thiel invests in Kreditech Der deutschstämmige Paypal-Gründer und Multimilliardär Peter Thiel investiert wieder in seinem Heimatland: Laut einem Bericht der Nachrichtenagentur Reuters beteiligt sich Thiel an der aktuell laufenden Serie-C-Finanzierungsrunde für das umstrittene Hamburger Scoring-Startup Kreditech mit einem zweistelligen Millionenbetrag. CEO Sebastian Diemer bestätigte das Investment auf Facebook mit den Worten: „Gut: Peter Thiel steigt bei Kreditech ein. Schlecht: Sollte […]

Newsletter, 20 Juni – 26 Juni 2015

UBS and easySYS announce partnership in the Corporate Financial Management UBS und easySYS haben eine Zusammenarbeit im Bereich Corporate Financial Management (CFM) vereinbart. Buchhaltungsdaten werden bald automatisch mit Saldo- und Transaktionsdaten abgeglichen. 5th FinTech Forum, Vienna: what do telcos, tech and travel sectors think about FinTech? The 5th FinTech Forum kicked off with some […]

Newsletter, 06 Juni – 12 Juni 2015

WealthArc Raises USD 300’000 The USD 300,000 seed funding from U.S.-based venture capital firm Novit LP will be used to continue research and development on artificial intelligence for portfolio management as well as cyber-security for cloud based financial services. WealthArc, Inc. is an early stage FinTech startup offering a cloud based platform for financial data […]

Newsletter, 30 Mai – 05 Juni 2015

SafeCharge Invests €10 Mln in German Fintech Group …As part of the agreement between the companies, SafeCharge will acquire 5% equity of FinTech for roughly €10 million…The deal involves the banking subsidiary of FinTech. BIW Bank is a full service bank boasting over €1.3 billion of customer deposits…The platform which BIW Bank provides will be […]

E-Payment made in Germany – Paymill is the backend of Europe’s eCommerce

Since 2012 the startup Paymill from Munich is offering an online payment solution “made in Germany”, which is staying in the background unlike their customers. Paymill is serving customers like Doodle, Freeletics or Flixbus, with the technical infrastructure for processing payments on their website and mobile application. Paymill is available in 34 countries accross Europe […]

Newsletter, 23 Mai – 29 Mai 2015

Cashboard buys out crowd-investors Im November 2012 schaffte Refined Investment für seine Trading-Plattform den Europarekord im Crowdfunding: 100.000 Euro kamen in 53 Minuten zusammen…Um den Buy-out der Crowd zu stemmen, hat Cashboard Kapital von externen Investoren aufgenommen…die VCs Earlybird und Heilemann Ventures aus Berlin sowie Redalpine aus der Schweiz, Business Angel Heiko Hubertz – und nicht zuletzt der legendäre Silicon-Valley-Accelerator […]

Newsletter, 16 Mai – 22 Mai 2015

Bitbond Raises €600,000 to Grow its Global Bitcoin Lending Platform Global bitcoin lending platform Bitbond today announced an angel funding round of €600,000. Led by Bitbond’s earlier seed investor Point Nine Capital, a number of business angels contributed significantly to the round. (Congratulations and best of luck to Bitbond, which presented at the 2nd […]

7 Questions with Pawel Turczynowicz of Ybanking

1. Who are you? I am an ex-executive banker who left a top management position in BNP Paribas to start Ybanking. I am an innovator and contrarian. I joined banking by accident after my first startup exploded in the bubble. Surprisingly I made some career in banking challenging bosses and questioning conventions. Ybanking was too […]

Newsletter, 09 Mai – 15 Mai 2015

Check out the line-up of startups presenting at the 5th FinTech Forum, 22nd June, Vienna FinTech Forum goes on tour: check out the line-up of startups from D.A.CH, Central & Eastern Europe presenting at our 5th Event, this time in Vienna on 22nd June. Warsaw-based yBanking „cuts banks’ cost of sales, so they can pay […]

Newsletter, 1 Mai – 8 Mai 2015

Londoner Hedgefonds Arrowgrass investiert in Berliner Kreditmarktplatz Lendico Nach einer Schrumpfkur und mit angepasstem Geschäftsmodell stockt Rockets Lendico nun finanziell auf. 20 Millionen Euro sollen das Wachstum ankurbeln. Bitcoin-friendly Fidor Bank Expands to the United Kingdom Fidor Bank, the innovative German bank that is bringing Bitcoin and digital fintech to mainstream banking, is now […]

Newsletter, 25 April – 30 April 2015

Social trading gets more investment – Ayondo raises CHF 6 million There is an interesting piece of news from ayondo group, the provider of social investment solutions, which illustrates the increased allure of social trading companies for investors. The company announced today that it has received extra CHF 6 million (USD 6.27 million) in funding […]

Newsletter, 18 April – 24 April 2015

German Online Loans Platform Smava Raises $16M Here comes some more funding for a European financial tech company specialising in online loans. Germany’s Smava — a peer-to-peer lending platform where investors provide the funds to loan money to borrowers — has raised $16 million in funding led by Phenomen Ventures, along with existing investors Earlybird and Neuhaus Partners. Peter […]

Newsletter, 03 April – 17 April 2015

Number26 Grabs $10.6 Million To Bring Its Bank Of The Future To Everyone It feels like Number26 opened its doors yesterday, but the young startup just raised a $10.6 million Series A round (€10 million) from Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, with Daniel S. Aegerter and existing investors Earlybird and Redalpine also participating. Die (bisher) […]

Newsletter, 28 März – 02 April 2015

UBS makes blockchain move Swiss banking giant UBS is to open a technology lab in London to investigate how blockchain technology can be used in financial services. Mapping fintech investments in Europe (and the Middle East) Financial News this week published a special issue of its fintech magazine, Fintech News, assessing the opportunities and […]

Newsletter, 21 März – 27 März 2015

Kreos Capital injects €5m into Spotcap Kreos Capital has invested €5m in Berlin-based online credit platform Spotcap’s series-B funding round. The fresh capital will be used to finance the company’s lending activities in Spain and the Netherlands, and to expand its operations globally. FN Fintech Focus: Disruptors’ $4trn fortune How much do finance incumbents […]

8 Questions with Jonathan Prince of DigiCash

1. Who are you? I am Jonathan Prince, co-founder with Raoul Mulheims, Georges Berscheid and Mike Sergonne, of Digicash Payments SA which provides a digital payments platform and apps designed for banks & PSPs. 2. Which services do you sell? Our company provides a white-labelled digital payment authorisation platform and App, fitting neatly into banks’ […]

Newsletter, 14 März – 20 März 2015

FinLeap launches Online Pawnbroker Valendo / Online-Pfandleihhaus Valendo geht an den Start Der Fintech-Inkubator Finleap startet heute sein neues Startup Valendo: ein Online-Pfandleihhaus. Es soll schnelle Sachwertdarlehen ermöglichen, vor allem für kleinere Unternehmen und Selbstständige, aber auch Privatleute. Damit ist Valendo neben Savedo und Billfront das dritte gelaunchte Finleap-Startup seit dem Start des Inkubators im Dezember 2014. […]

4th FinTech Forum Event on the Twittersphere

FinTech Forum ed Jonathan Prince @princejonjon · Mar 19 On my way to @FinTechForum_DE event in Frankfurt. Excited to meet the DACH Fintech community. FinTech Forum @FinTechForum_DE · Mar 19 Kicking off the 4th #FinTech Forum @FrankJSchwab. Thanks to all for making it inspite of the chaos here in Frankfurt! Marina Vukovic @vukovima · Mar 19 Today @FinTechForum_DE! @giromatch and @in2experience presenting their startups! Hoping for […]

Newsletter, 07 März – 13 März 2015

Samwer slips up as banker / Samwer patzt als Banker Apparently it’s not so easy for Internet companies to attack the banks on their turf. Oliver Samwer, creative destroyer and CEO of Rocket Internet, has a setback now anyway. His lending platform Lendico withdraws from three countries. VC firms zero-in on FinTechs / Wagniskapital […]

Newsletter, 28 Februar – 06 März 2015

Lendstar wins funding from DVH Ventures / Lendstar gewinnt DvH Ventures als neuen Investor DvH Ventures, die Beteiligungsgesellschaft der DvH Medien (Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt, Tagesspiegel Gruppe und Die ZEIT Verlagsgruppe), investiert zusammen mit bestehenden Investoren in das Münchner Start-up Lendstar. Gemeinsam stellen sie dem jungen Unternehmen aus dem Bereich digitaler Finanzdienstleistungen Mittel in siebenstelliger Höhe zur […]

7 Questions with Lauri Karp of TreasuryView

1. Who are you? We are Lauri and Margo Karp, founders of TreasuryView 2. Which services do you sell and who are your competitors? 2009 we startet with cloud-based risk analytics for public sector loan and hedges portfolios. We were pioneers in moving rather mature financial abstainers to cloud and offer new type of user […]

Newsletter, 21 Februar – 27 Februar 2015

FinLab acquires crowdfunding platform Venturate / Finlab übernimmt Venturate FinLab AG is pleased to announce that it has acquired a majority stake of 60% of Munich-based crowdfunding platform Venturate AG. 4th FinTech Forum: line-up of presenting startups announced The startups presenting at the (sold out) 4th FinTech Forum event on 19th March in Frankfurt […]

7 Questions with Jens Jennissen of

1. Who are you? My name is Jens Jennissen and I am the founder of GmbH. offers savers innovative and transparent retirement solutions. 2. Which services do you sell and who are your competitors? We currently offer one retirement product, the fairriester, with the aim of broadening the product line this year with […]

Newsletter, 14 Februar – 20 Februar 2015

Silicon Valley Bets on European Money-Transfer Companies / 100 Millionen US-Dollar für FinTech-Startup Worldremit Silicon Valley is making big bets on European currency-transfer companies. London-based WorldRemit plans to announce on Wednesday it has raised $100 million in funding from investors including Silicon Valley-based Technology Crossover Ventures. Lendstar collaborates with comdirect bank / Lendstar kooperiert […]

7 Questions with Michel Jacquemai (meetinvest AG)

1. Who are you? meetinvest is a free financial social media platform that empowers retail investors with a toolkit to invest like a professional. meetinvest links individuals with like-minded people to exchange ideas, share experiences and connect on the topic of investing. 2. Which services do you sell and who are your competitors? meetinvest services are […]

Newsletter, 07 Februar – 13 Februar 2015

German Startups Group invests in FinTech startups/ German Startups Group beteiligt sich an fünf weiteren Startups Mit fünf neuen Investments will die German Startups Group ihre aktive Rolle in der Startup-Szene unterstreichen. Diesmal im Fokus: FinTech. Kreditech competitor Ferratum going for IPO / Kreditech-Konkurrent Ferratum geht an die Börse FinTech boomt in der Startup-Szene, […]

Newsletter, 31 Januar – 06 Februar 2015

FinLeap incubates Billfront to enable quicker access to app developer revenues The international FinTech company builder Finleap today announces the launch of BillFront Inc, a company that accelerates growth for app developers and publishers by providing faster and easier access to their revenues. Polytech Ventures teams up with Temenos to launch first Swiss fintech […]

Newsletter, 24 Januar – 30 Januar 2015 sammelt zweistelligen Millionenbetrag ein Highland Capital Partners Europe (HCPE) has invested more than €10m in credit comparison portal The capital injection will be used for further product development and marketing, as well as to finance a move to bigger offices in Q1 this year. Germany’s Traxpay, Kreditech, Fidor, Mambu and Guidants named […]

Newsletter, 17 Januar – 23 Januar 2015

Kreditech Gets $200M Credit Line To Fuel Its Big-Data Based Consumer Lending Business The consumer finance startup that focuses on lending money to “unbanked” consumers with little or no credit rating…is getting a $200 million credit line from Victory Park Capital, one of the largest in the history of online lending services. [ Congratulations […]

Newsletter, 10 Januar – 16 Januar 2015

Kreditech acquires Kontomierz from Poland Kontomierz from Warsaw, founded in 2009 and employing 16 people, was acquired by Hamburg’s most known FinTech startup Kreditech for an undisclosed amount. With Kreditech’s help Konotmierz to expand to Brazil, Mexico, Spain and Russia. SWIFT Innotribe opens its 2015 StartupChallenge for fintech startups Innotribe Startup Challenge introduces fintech […]

Newsletter, 06 Januar – 09 Januar 2015

cashcloud wins millions in latest funding round “We started very successfully with our eWallet,” said Cashcloud Holdings AG chairman Sven Donhuysen, noting that his company’s eWallet offering won the Banking IT Innovation award this year in a category that included Yapital and PayPal. [Congratulations and best of luck to CashCloud, who presented at our 2nd event […]

Newsletter, 29 November – 05 Dezember 2014

HitFox Hatches FinLeap, A New Startup Factory Targeting Fintech …Dubbed FinLeap, the German-styled ‘startup factory’ will be targeting fintech and plans to hatch 4-6 startups per year with a focus on “new technologies and scalable business models” that provide cheaper, simpler and more transparent digital services to both businesses and consumers. Wirecard Partners With […]

Newsletter, 22 November – 28 November 2014

Lending and payments startups in Germany / D.A.CH lead record $175 mn in funding Meantime FinTech startups in Germany, Austria and Switzerland raised over $175 mn in 2014 as per initial results of a study shared at the 3rd FinTech Forum event in Frankfurt last week. Lending and payments startups like Kreditech and Traxpay accounted for nearly 80% […]

3rd FinTech Forum Event (20th November 2014) in Tweets

We scraped the Twittersphere to get a Zeitgeist of the 3rd FinTech Forum event at the Airport Club in Frankfurt. Enjoy! FinTech Forum @FinTechForum_DE · Nov 18 3rd #FinTechForum – 2 days to go! Check out the line-up of 20 #fintech #startups from Germany / Central Europe .  FinTech Forum retweeted Bastiaan Burgwal @PBBurgwal · Nov 19 German Kaffee entlang der Autobahn […]

7 Questions with Daniel Bödger from BankingCheck

1. Who are you? My Name is Daniel Boedger [CEO & Founder of BankingCheck], 33, Dipl.-Ing. IT. After my studies I worked with Robert Bosch GmbH & SIEMENS as a project leader and development engineer for server systems in the process automation industry. Already in 2007 I have founded my first FinTech platform in the daily allowances and fixed deposit sector – […]

Newsletter, 08 November – 14 November 2014

Maschmeyer und BTH investieren Millionen in Barzahlen “Mit seiner einzigartigen Lösung und dem hoch skalierbaren Business Model als solider Basis, glauben wir, dass Barzahlen weiterhin stark wächst“, sagt Joern-Carlos Kuntze, Geschäftsführer der BTH – Berlin Technologie Holding. Gemeinsam mit Altinvestor ALSTIN investiert BTH deswegen “mehrere Millionen” in das Start-up. “Das war die Belohnung, die […]

Newsletter, 1 November – 7 November 2014 und Co. investieren in Zinspilot und namhafte Business Angels wie Stefan Wiskemann, Christoph Linkwitz und Stefan Glänzer investieren in Zinspilot, ein Fintech-Start-up aus Hamburg. „Zinspilot ist der Single-Account-Service, auf den viele Anleger gewartet haben: Bessere Zinsen ohne ständige Bankwechsel….“ EN: and prominent business angels invested in Zinspilot, which offers better interest […]

Newsletter, 04 Oktober – 10 Oktober 2014

Insurance app Knip secures Series A funding The Zurich based Knip AG raised a Series A round led by the Dutch fintech fund Orange Growth Capital (OGC), with participation from Redalpine, a Swiss venture capitalist, and two business angels from Germany and Switzerland. (Meet OGC Founding Partner Reinier Musters at the 3rd FinTech Forum […]

7 Questions with Stephane Dubois of Xignite

1. Who are you? Xignite is the leading provider of financial market data via cloud-based APIs. 2. Which product or service do you sell and who are your competitors? Our main line of products is a family of APIs that provide anything from real-time, to historical and reference financial data. We cover every financial asset […]

Newsletter, 27 September – 03 Oktober 2014

SWIFT Innotribe announces the winners of the 2014 Startup Challenge Epiphyte and MatchMove won the title of “Top Startups” (including a $50,000 cash prize) and “Top Innovator” respectively. (Startups from the D.A.CH region that pitched in the finals included Lendstar– which presented at our 1st event in Nov. 2013- and Mambu. Moneymeets (also from […]

Newsletter, 20 – 26 September 2014

TraxPay closes $15 million Series B Round to transform B2B payments and financial transactions Traxpay, the leader in B2B Dynamic Payments, today announced that it has closed $15 Million in series B funding. This oversubscribed round was led by main incubator, corporate incubator of Commerzbank and Software AG. Early investors, Earlybird Venture Capital and former […]

7 Questions with Aleksandar Cetkovic and Predrag Micic, co-founders of tradegear

1. Who are you? Aleksandar is Head of Technology and Products and Predrag is Head of Marketing and Operations with tradegear gmbh, Swiss fintech startup. We bring combined 40 years of experience in software engineering, international business development and business analysis in financial industry. In last 5 years we have been working intensively with quantitative […]

Newsletter, 13 – 19 September 2014

BBVA OpenTalent announces winners at Next Bank Europe We had a great couple of days at Next Bank Europe in Barcelona, which included the finals of the BBVA Open Talent 2014 Europe. Lendstar and Cashboard from the FTFD community were among the ten “new banking” startups, with ClauseMatch and TransferGo declared winners. Samarth Shekhar, Co-Founder […]

Newsletter, 06 September – 12 September 2014

Meet us at NextBank Europe (18th-19th Sep.) and at Innotribe / Sibos (29th Sep. – 02nd Oct.) We are a judge of the BBVA Open Talent and will be on the panel discussion “Fintech startup ecosystems in Europe” on Day-2 of our partner event NextBankEurope this week (Barcelona, 18-19 Sep.)  We are a judge and […]

Newsletter, 30 August – 05 September 2014

Lendstar, Mambu, Cashboard and milliPay take to the global FinTech Stage German startups Lendstar (which presented at the 1st FinTech Forum D.A.CH event in Nov. 2013), Mambu (featured on our 7 Questions series) and Cashboard are among the FinTech trailblazers selected to present at the BBVA Open Talent / Next Bank Europe (18-19 Sep. in […]

Newsletter, 23 August – 29 August 2014

BBVA unveils European startup contest finalists Spanish bank BBVA has named the 20 finalists for the European leg of its startup competition, whittling down the chosen few from more than 400 entrants. Two of the ten ‘new banking’ finalists are from the D.A.CH. region: (The whole investment world with tailored, diversified and automated […]

Newsletter, 16 August – 22 August 2014

BBVA names Next Bank Europe startup finalists Spanish bank BBVA has named the 20 finalists for the European leg of its financial services startup challenge, BBVA Open Talent, which will feed into the Next Bank Europe conference in Barcelona next month. FinTech Forum DACH is a judge at the BBVA Open Talent and will […]

Newsletter, 09 August – 15 August 2014

Funding for FinTech Forum DACH alumni BitBond and moneymeets  moneymeets, which presented at our first event in Nov. 2013, and BitBond from our second event announced funding rounds this week. Moneymeets and BitBond were also among the 15 startups selected to present at the Innotribe Startup Challenge London showcase in May 2014. Congratulations and all […]

Newsletter, 02 August – 08 August 2014

Hacking Finance @  Next Bank Europe, Barcelona 17. Sep. 2014 Hacking Finance Tech @  ist ein Fintech-Hackathon, der Programmierer, Designer und Geschäftsleute am 17. September in Barcelona versammelt, um Software-Ideen im Bereich Retail Banking, Kapitalmarkt, Payments und Big Data zu entwickeln. Hacking Finance Biz @  ist ein Business Innovationsworkshop, der sich zum Ziel gesetzt hat, […]

Newsletter, 26 Juli – 01 August 2014

FinTech Forum D-A-CH turns one! Presenting the FTFD Class of 2013. We turned a year old in July, and decided to celebrate with our community of startups- this week we showcase the FTFD Class of 2013: with plenty of opportunities for partners, investors, banks, new hires etc. Drop us a line if you would like […]

Newsletter, 19 Juli – 25 Juli 2014

London-based fintech accelerator: a place for milliPay Startupbootcamp has just announced the first cohort of 10 start-ups that will participate in the 2014 programme of its London-based fintech accelerator. The start-ups that have made the cut for the inaugural three-month mentoring program include teams from Europe, Africa and the US. From Switzerland, milliPay Systems will […]

Newsletter, 12 Juli – 18 Juli 2014

Next Bank Europe bringt Finanzinstitutionen und Fintech Innovatoren zusammen, um die Zukunft der Finanzindustrie neu zu denken Next Bank Europe  findet vom 18-19 September in Barcelona statt und bringt Innovatoren der Finanzindustrie zusammen, um die digitale Transformation der Branche zu thematisieren. Im Rahmen der Konferenz findet auch das europäische Finale des Startup Wettbewerbs BBVA Open […]

7 Questions with Eugene Danilkis from Mambu

1. Who are you?
 Mambu is a cloud banking platform provider. We enable innovative banking providers to rapidly create, launch and service loan and deposit products through our agile, flexible and affordable cloud banking platform. An alternative to legacy core banking software, our goal is to accelerate time to market for new consumer and SME […]

Newsletter, 5 Juli – 11 Juli 2014

7 Questions with Eugene Danilkis from Mambu Who are you? Mambu is a cloud banking platform provider. We enable innovative banking providers to rapidly create, launch and service loan and deposit products through our agile, flexible and affordable cloud banking platform. An alternative to legacy core banking software, our goal is to accelerate time to […]

Newsletter, 28 Juni – 4 Juli 2014

Two FinTech Startups among the eleven biggest Financing Rounds in Germany in 2014 so far   Auxmoney ($16 mio.) and Kreditech ($40 mio.) appeared in Gründerszene’s article covering 8-digit financing rounds in Germany in the first half of 2014, joining the likes of SoundCloud and Delivery Hero. Das waren die größten Finanzierungsrunden im ersten Halbjahr. […]

Newsletter, 21 Juni – 27 Juni 2014

FinTech Forum DACH Co-Founder Samarth Shekhar among Financial News / Wall Street Journal’s FinTech 40 “40 Leaders in FinTech”   Aimed to identify “the most important 40 people based in the broader European region who display influence or innovation in the emerging financial technology ecosystem”, the list includes “40 innovators shaping the future of finance” […]

Newsletter, 14 Juni – 20 Juni 2014

FastBill erhält Internet Startup Award 2014 für erfolgreiches Bootstrapping   FastBill stellt ein für die deutsche Startup-Szene hervorragendes Beispiel innovativer und erfolgsorientierter Gründer dar, die sich trotz des Hypes um die allgemeinen Finanzeirungsstrategien erfolgreich im Markt durchgesetzt haben.  

Weltweite Suche nach innovativen Startups um zwei Wochen verlängert

Unsere Freunde von Next Bank haben uns erzählt, dass die Bewerbungsfrist zu BBVA Open Talent, ein weltweiter Wettbewerb für Startups und Unternehmer, verlängert wurde. Bisher sollten Projekte bis zum 10. Juni angemeldet werden, aber die Bewerbungsfrist wurde bis Mittwoch, den 25. Juni verlängert. Next Bank sucht nach innovativen FinTech Startups mit  Potenzial die Finanzindustrie zu […]

Newsletter, 7 Juni – 13 Juni 2014

BBVA OpenTalent: Wettbewerb für FinTech Startups- bis 25.06. bewerben!   FinTech Forum DACH in Partnerschaft mit NextBank Europe lädt FinTech Startups in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz zum BBVA Open Talent Wettbewerb ein. Anmeldung bis spätestens 25. Juni auf Bei Fragen melden Sie sich gerne unter: Bis zu zehn Bewerber haben die Chance […]

Newsletter, 31 Mai – 6 Juni 2014

Wikifolio sichert sich sechs Millionen Euro – und wird zur AG  Das Wiener FinTech-Startup Wikifolio bekommt sechs Millionen Euro, um international zu expandieren – und wird in eine Aktiengesellschaft umgewandelt.   Finanzchef24 raises €4M in funding   Finanzchef24 GmbH, a Munich, Germany-based provider of an independent small business insurance comparison portal and a […]

Newsletter, 24 Mai – 30 Mai 2014

Zobito und Target Partners finanzieren Cloud-Plattform für Smart Payments   Die TIS erhöht ihre Kapitalbasis um vier Millionen Euro. Mit Zobito (, einem auf Unternehmenssoftware spezialisierten Investor aus Schweden, findet sich ein neues Mitglied im Gesellschafterkreis. Weiterer Beteiligter an der Series B-Finanzierungsrunde ist die Münchner Venture Capital-Gesellschaft Target Partners (, die vor drei Jahren bereits […]

2nd FinTech Forum „as it happened“ in Tweets

For those who missed our 2nd event on 9th May 2014, here is a run through the startup pitches and the roundtable in tweets, e.g. “#Banks appointing Head of #Digital? Google Head of Digital is the CEO!   FinTech Forum DACH ‏@FinTechForum_DE  May 9 #fintechforum takes off at Airport Club, Frankfurt First up is Artur Grabowski […]

Newsletter, 17 Mai – 23 Mai 2014

2nd FinTech Forum “as it happened” in Tweets   For those who missed our 2nd event on 9th May 2014, here is a run through the startup pitches and the roundtable in tweets, e.g. “#Banks appointing Head of #Digital? Google Head of Digital is the CEO!”     Innotribe 2014: update and invitation to New […]

5 Fragen an Christian Hoppe, Founder Director des main incubator

1. Erzählen Sie uns etwas über sich und main incubator.
 Der main incubator ist der erste Inkubator für FinTech-Startups mit einem führenden Finanzinstitut als Anker-Investor – der Commerzbank. Die Großbank möchte über den main incubator als hundertprozentiges Tochterunternehmen den Wandel in der Finanzdienstleistungsbranche aktiv mitgestalten. Wir fördern und investieren in Startups mit innovativen Lösungen mit […]

Newsletter, 10 Mai – 16 Mai 2014

Event Summary & Blogs: 2nd FinTech Forum DACH (Frankfurt, 9th May, 2014)   Who will dominate the financial services of the future: banks, non-banks, or FinTech startups?   Around twenty startups looking to transform how we pay, lend, borrow, manage wealth, trade etc. made their intentions clear with their pitches (7 minutes + 3 minutes […]

Newsletter, 3 Mai – 9 Mai 2014

Bericht vom zweiten FinTech Forum D-A-CH: von Ralf Keuper, Bankstil    Gestern fand in Frankfurt das Zweite FinTech Forum DACH statt. Eingeladen hatten Frank Schwab von  BankITX  und Samarth Shekhar von  TechFluence. Dem Ruf gefolgt waren 50 Teilnehmer, die Mehrzahl von ihnen Gründer von FinTech-Startups, aber auch Investoren, Berater sowie Vertreter der Presse und einige […]

Innotribe Startup Challenge: Germany‘s cloud banking startup Mambu in the finals

While most of Germany was enjoying the day off on 1st May, three Germany-based startups were in London competing with fifteen semi-finalists for a place in the finals of the Innotribe Startup Challenge 2014: Berlin-based Bitbond (peer-to-peer Bitcoin lending) Köln-based moneymeets (financial decisions driven by life goals) which had also presented at FinTech Forum’s first […]

Newsletter, 27 April – 2 Mai 2014

Our 1st Study of FinTech Startups in Germany, Austria and Switzerland: now online!   Our first study (published in February 2014) is a quick overview of the emerging FinTech Startup scene in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, is now online. We are now working on a second edition of our study: if you would like to […]

Newsletter, 23 April – 26 April 2014

FinTech Events Round-up: May 2014   Inspite of several long weekends and holidays, FinTech revolutionaries, investors and banks can look forward to plenty of FinTech action in May. We will be attending the Innotribe Startup Challenge (we are a partner and judge), the Finextra Future Money as well as Finance 2.0 in Zürich and look […]

7 Questions with Daniel Bödger, Founder & CEO of BankingCheck

1. Wer bist du? Hi – mein Name ist Daniel Bödger und ich bin der Gründer und Geschäftsführer von BankingCheck.   2. Welche Dienstleistung verkauft ihr und wer sind Eure Wettbewerber? BankingCheck ist eine unabhängige Bewertungsplattform für Banken, Versicherungen und Finanzdienstleister. Unsere Idee ist ganze einfach – früher wurden Banken und Konten von Familie und […]

7 Fragen an Mark van den Arend von WIR Finanzierer

1. Wer bist Du? Christ, Optimierer, Ex-Handwerker, Ex-Wall-Street Banker und hoffentlich ein „Zeichen-der-Zeit-Erkenner“. Mein Name ist Mark van den Arend und ich bin Gründer und geschäftsführender Gesellschafter der WIR Finanzierer GmbH.   2. Welche Dienstleistung verkauft ihr und wer sind Eure Wettbewerber? WIR stellen mit der KMU-Anleihe gesunden Unternehmen des gehobenen Mittelstands einen neuen, langfristigen […]

Newsletter, 5 April – 11 April 2014

7 Fragen an Mark van den Arend von WIR Finanzieren   1. Wer bist Du?   Christ, Optimierer, Ex-Handwerker, Ex-Wall-Street Banker und hoffentlich ein „Zeichen-der-Zeit-Erkenner“. Mein Name ist Mark van den Arend und ich bin Gründer und geschäftsführender Gesellschafter der WIR Finanzierer GmbH.     Germany-based FinTech startups Bitbond, Moneymeets and Mambu make it to […]

7 Questions with Anna Voronina of quirion

1. Who are you?
 quirion is Germany’s first web presence for asset management and fee-based advisory services. quirion offers professional asset management strategies that are based on latest scientific research in finance. At quirion, we share the vision that professional asset management should be made available for everyone in an easy, accessible and web-based way. […]

Newsletter, 29 März – 4 April 2014

7 Questions with Anna Voronina of quirion   quirion is Germany’s first web presence for asset management and fee-based advisory services. quirion offers professional asset management strategies that are based on latest scientific research in finance.     SevenVentures schließt Media-Deal mit Online-Banking-App Numbrs    Der ProSiebenSat.1-Investmentarm Seven Ventures beteiligt sich über einen Media-for-Equity-Deal an […]

Newsletter, 22 März – 28 März 2014

Traxpay Wins Innovation Award For B2B  Payments   Traxpay, a pioneer in business-to-business (B2B) dynamic payments, was selected as the best B2B payments innovation by The company provides a platform capable of executing secure payments and final settlement with rich data in real-time, anytime, anywhere.     Commerzbank gründet Inkubator für […]

7 Questions with John Bruggeman, CEO of TraxPay

1. Who are you?
 Traxpay transforms the way that businesses pay and get paid with the world’s first and only B2B Dynamic Payments platform. Our patent pending platform uniquely combines secure, flexible, real-time 24/7/365 electronic payments with any and all structured and unstructured data related to the transaction. What further sets Traxpay apart from all […]

Newsletter, 15 März – 21 März 2014

LaterPay sammelt 3 Millionen ein Frisches Kapital: Ein ungenannter Privatinvestor aus der Schweiz und einige Bestandsinvestoren investieren in einer zweiten Finanzierungsrunde 3 Millionen Euro in LaterPay. LaterPay ist ein MicroPayment-Anbieter, dessen Technologie sich an Anbieter von digitalen Inhalten richtet.     Kreditmarktplatz Lendico startet in Österreich Die Plattform für die Vermittlung von privaten […]

Newsletter, 8 März – 14 März 2014

Mobile Payment-Lösungen von Post und Vodafone   Vodafone startet bundesweit die Vermarktung seiner mobilen Geldbörse und seiner Bezahlkarte. Die Deutsche Post lässt ihre Kunden über eine App mobil bezahlen – vorerst aber nur im Raum Köln/Bonn.     Companisto Goes Pan-European   Berlin-based equity-based crowd investing company Companisto,  is taking things to a […]

1st Study of FinTech Startups & Innovators in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Von Ralf Keuper In der o.g. Studie über 100 Fintech Startups aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz zeichnet Samarth Shekhar vom FinTech Forum D-A-CH das in dieser Form erste Gesamtbild der auch im deutschsprachigen Raum lebendiger werdenden Gründerszene im Banking-Umfeld.  Im September 2013 äußerte Shekhar in einem Beitrag auf finextra seine Verwunderung darüber, dass der Anteil der […]

Newsletter, 1 März – 7 März 2014

Jens-Uwe Sauer, Seedmatch: „Vor drei Jahren hat fast niemand an Crowdfunding geglaubt“   48 erfolgreich finanzierte Startups, 11,5 Millionen Euro vermitteltes Kapital, über 22.500 registrierte Nutzer und einen Marktanteil in Deutschland von 49 Prozent – so die Zahlen der Crowdfunding-Plattform Seedmatch bis dato. Als das Startup 2011 gegründet wurde, glaubte allerdings kaum jemand daran, dass […]

Newsletter, 22 Februar – 28 Februar 2014

RapidMiner, Knime leaders in Gartner MQ for Advanced Analytics Platforms Gartner, a leading technology research company, has published a new Magic Quadrants(tm) for Advanced Analytics Platforms, separating Advanced Analytics from its previous category for “Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms”.   Wirecard Expands Bluetooth Low Energy Payment Technology to Include Mobile Value-Added Services At […]

Newsletter, 17 Februar – 21 Februar – 2014

Funanga sammelt ProFIT-Geld ein   Fördergeld: Funanga erhält mit Rahmen des ProFIT-Programms der IBB einen hohen sechsstelligen Förderkredit. “Wir freuen uns, mit der IBB auch weiterhin einen starken Partner an unserer Seite zu haben, mit dessen Hilfe wir das Cash to Code Prinzip verwirklichen können.     PAYONE GmbH & Co. KG-Neue strategische […]

Newsletter, 08 Februar – 14 Februar 2014

Deutsche Börse buys minority stake in Bondcube –   Deutsche Börse’s push into emerging areas of the market shows little sign of slowing down, with Europe’s largest exchanges operator buying a minority stake in Bondcube, a UK start-up fixed-income trading platform. Zusammenschluss Klarna und SOFORT abgesegnet Die schwedische Finanzaufsichtsbehörde hat am 12. Februar […]

FinTech Forum DACH is a Partner and Judge at the Innotribe Startup Challenge 2014

We have recently partnered with the 2014 Innotribe Startup Challenge, an extraordinary opportunity for FinTech and Financial Services startups and innovators to meet potential investors, customers and partners. Sponsored by SWIFT (, the Innotribe Startup Challenge ( fosters collaborative between emerging FinTech and Financial Service innovators and SWIFT’s member community of over 9,700 banking organizations, […]

Newsletter, 1 Februar – 7 Februar 2014

DACH FinTech Startups: Bewerben Sie sich für die Innotribe Startup Challenge (Anmeldungsfrist: 23.02.14.) Die 2014 Innotribe Startup Challenge ist der beste Weg, um Ihre FinTech oder Financial Services Innovation potenziellen Investoren, Partnern und Kunden aus über 9.700 Finanzinstituten und Unternehmen vorzustellen. Regional-Halbfinalisten treffen auf  handverlesene Entscheidungsträger in London (1. Mai 2014), Singapur (15. Mai 2014) […]

Ten Must-Read FinTech Stories of 2013

Our pick of the ten must-reads: in no particular order, and with some focus on the German / European FinTech scene.   1. Klarna Acquires Germany’s Sofort For $150M To Build A Formidable European Payment Network
 Biggest FinTech deal in Germany in 2013, creating a major force in online payments giant with 10% of Continental Europe’e […]

Update on FinTech Forum D A CH on 22nd of November 2013

As on date we have identified over 100 FinTech startups in the German-speaking region. More than 20 of these innovators have registered and will be pitching to high-profile investors from Germany, Spain, UK, Russia and Australia. The roundtable discussion on the topic “FinTech Startups: Opportunity or Threat?” will have participants like Steffen Seeger, Board Member, […]

7 Questions with Dieter Fromm and Johannes Cremer, Founders and Managing Directors of moneymeets

1. Who are you?
 We are Dieter Fromm and John Cremer, the founders of moneymeets. In our previous lives we were bankers and consultants for banks. In both functions, we gathered extensive experience in the retail operations of banks and savings banks. We were thereafter advisors to banks and held several management positions – including […]

Buchempfehlung: The Lean Startup von Eric Ries

Im Jahr 2011 hat Eric Ries das Buch „The Lean Startup“ geschrieben. Er beschreibt wie man Unternehmen und Produkte von Grund auf entwickeln kann. Das Buch basiert auf eignen Erfahrungen, die er beim Aufbau von Startups im kalifornischen Silikon Valley in den USA gesammelt hat. Im Kern zeigt Eric Ries auf wie man schnell, nah […]