The early stage European FinTech deals this week include EvoState, Movewise, Nude etc. We feature an interview with Hans de Back of Finch Capital as part of our new series Scaling Enterprise FinTech, as well as Q&As with Balkrishna Dubey of Nagarro Germany and Martin Kreitmair of Tangany.
Check out the first set of startups and investors who will be on stage at the 12th FinTech Forum, on 19th Nov. 2020 in Frankfurt and register here http://ftf12.eventbrite.com . If you are a startup- or know one- that is building the next big thing in FinTech, apply to present at the event: email contact (at) fintechforum.de or reach out to us via LinkedIn: Frank Schwab or Samarth Shekhar.
7 Questions with Balkrishna Dubey, MD of Nagarro Germany
1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure.
Empathy and trust have played a pivotal role in shaping my worldview, and the way I engage with my business partners, colleagues, friends and family. I grew up in India and moved to Germany 17 years ago that essentially means that I combine the deep-rooted values in both societies and cultures.
In my leisure time I passionately read German literature, philosophy and learning violin.
7 Questions with Martin Kreitmair of Tangany
1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure.
Hi, my name is Martin, living in Munich, and I am one of the founders of Tangany GmbH. Together with my co-founders Christopher and Alexey we have started Tangany in 2017. At Tangany, I am responsible for the administration – namely finance, investor relation, human resources, marketing and controlling. Basically, that reflects my prior experience as director in a Munich tech-marketing agency. I have led a team of 25 employees for about 6 years, which prepared me for my daily tasks perfectly…
Scaling Enterprise FinTech: with Hans de Back, Finch Capital
Samarth Shekhar: Hi Hans, good to meet you. About a year and a half since we last met. Let’s get right on with the interview. Tell us a bit about yourself, both at work as well as at leisure.
Hans de Back: Sure. Okay, so my name is Hans de Back. I’m a General Partner at Finch Capital. I am Managing Partner at Finch Capital since 2015. I’m based in Southeast Asia. So we as a FinTech VC we invest in two regions, Europe and Southeast Asia. So I’m responsible for our Southeast Asian activities. Radboud is looking after Europe.
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Estonian fintech EvoEstate raises €320K to grow its next-gen investment platform globally
Today Tallinn-based EvoEstate announces a €140K pre-seed extension to close its €320K pre-seed round. The next-gen investment platform has been backed by Lithuanian Startup Wise Guys, a Hong Kong-based stealth investment fund, and business angels from France and the Baltics. Founded in 2019, EvoEstate is a real estate crowdfunding aggregator that makes investing in property easy by offering the lowest investment amount of €50.
British proptech startup Movewise secures €660K from co-founders of Indeed.com, LoveFilm and VC Hambro Perks
UK proptech Movewise has announced landing over €660K funding from venture capital firm Hambro Perks, as well as the co-founder of Indeed.com, Paul Forster, and the co-founder of LoveFilm, Simon Franks. The new round brings the startup’s total funding to around €1.2 million, and will be used to further develop its platform. Founded in 2018, Movewise uses deep technology to help property sellers get the best price for their property.
Scottish fintech Nude raises €3.9 million on Seedrs to make saving for a first home easier
Glasgow-based startup Nude, which helps people save for their first home, has raised around €3.9 million, following the launch of a Seedrs campaign.
Nude was formed in 2019 to stand up for first-time buyers, improve the outdated home-buying experience and change a part of society that they believe is unfair. The new savings account, financial coach and app has been designed to help aspiring home-owners better understand their finances and the home-buying process, so they can save for and buy their home faster.
Hamburg-based Claimsforce secures €7 million to expand its InsureTech claims platform
Claimsforce, a leading German InsureTech company dedicated to delivering a transparent and customer-focused claims experience, today announces it has raised €7 million in Series A funding. The funding will allow Claimsforce to further develop its cloud-based claims management platform, expand its workforce internationally and continue to service major global insurance clients.
UK B2B X-Border Payment Firm Vitesse Notches $8.6M Series A
British international payment FinTech Vitesse has notched 6.6 million pounds ($8.6 million) in a Series A fundraising round, according to a TechCrunch report. Paul Townsend and Phillip McGriskin started Vitesse back in 2014. The company runs a payment and banking infrastructure on an international scale.
UK Proptech Habito, a Digital Mortgage Firm, Acquires £35 Million in Capital via Series C with Backing from Augmentum Fintech, SBI Group
UK-based Habito, an online mortgage firm, has secured £35 million in capital through a Series C investment round. Habito provides several services that are focused on taking the pain out of buying a new home or property. The company’s services include its own mortgage products, an online brokerage service, and an end-to-end or comprehensive home-buying package.
Berlin VC La Famiglia launches second fund at €50 million to fuel B2B startups
Berlin-based and female-led VC firm La Famiglia has announced a €50 million fund for B2B tech startups. This second fund will make initial investments of up to €1.5 million with a vertical focus on logistics and supply chain, industrial tech and insurance. Approximately half of the fund will be used for these first cheques, while the rest is reserved for follow-on rounds.
Meet us at:
Swiss FinTech Fair, Zürich, 7-8 Sep. 2020 https://www.swissfintechfair.com
EY Startup Academy, Frankfurt, 15 Sep. 2020 https://start-up-initiative.ey.com/en/academy/program
South Summit, Madrid, 6-8 Oct. 2020 https://www.southsummit.co/en/home
FinTech Junction, Tel Aviv, 21-22 Oct. 2020 https://www.fintechjunction.com/annual/
Digital Insurance Agenda, Amsterdam, 28-29 Oct. 2020 https://next.digitalinsuranceagenda.com/dia-amsterdam-2020/want-to-attend/
MoneyConf / WebSummit, Lisbon, 2-5 Nov. 2020 https://websummit.com/moneyconf
12th FinTech Forum, Frankfurt, 19th Nov. 2020 http://www.fintechforum.de/events/
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