European FinTech deals this week include i2invest, neon, Monidor etc. We feature Q&As with Gustas Germanavicius of EVOESTATE and with André M. Bajorat, Harald Brock und Simon Oberle, the editors of the newly published book „Köpfe der digitalen Finanzwelt: Persönliches, Meinungen, Utopien“.
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 Gustas Germanavicius of EVOESTATE
1 Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure.
Hi, my name is Gustas, I’m a co-founder of EvoEstate. I could say I’ve started my entrepreneurship journey relatively young when I raised my first VC funding at the age of 18 for an AI company, which I’ve exited a few years later. I enjoy investing in real estate, stocks, alternative finance and startups.
In spare time I greatly enjoy reading books, training for a triathlon and playing basketball daily. Prior to COVID-19, I used to travel a lot and live in different countries, while spending most of the time in Spain or Lithuania. Due to great passion for sports and learning of new cultures, I’ve spent some time living and training with Shaolin Monks in a mountain monastery in Western China.
7 Fragen an André M. Bajorat, Harald Brock und Simon Oberle, die Herausgeber von „Köpfe der digitalen Finanzwelt: Persönliches, Meinungen, Utopien“
1 FTF: Wer seid ihr? Bitte stellt Euch kurz vor …
André M. Bajorat, 48 Jahre verheiratet 2 Kinder.
Ich bin seit fast 25 Jahren in der deutschen Digitalwirtschaft zu Hause. Über die Stationen SK Online, Star Finanz, giropay und Number Four kam ich 2012 als Business Angel zu figo. Das Unternehmen führte ich von 2014 bis August 2018 als CEO von einer b2c App zu einem von der BaFin regulierten Banking as a Service Provider. Seit Anfang 2020 bin ich Managing Director bei der Deutschen Bank und dort als Head of Strategy Teil der Corporate Bank. Ich bin zudem Gründer und Herausgeber des erfolgreichen Branchen-Portals paymentandbanking.com(http://paymentandbanking.com/), Podcaster, Investor (figo, finleap, fincompare, Vantik, Loanlink, meine Studentenfinanzierung, Sparkdata, Weddyplace, nufin, portify, getVanta), Mitglied im FinTech Rat des Bundesfinanzministeriums und international gefragter Speaker.
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.
Zurich-based fintech i2invest raises €1.2 million and launches first investment products
Today Swiss fintech i2invest has announced closing a seed investment round of approximately €1.2 million. The funds will be used to further develop the startup’s software, expand their team and boost two new projects. i2 invest was founded in 2015 with the goal of developing a software solution that collects, standardises and evaluates investment data from marketplace lending platforms. The fintech startup now starts to offer innovative investment and software solutions for professional investors that want to invest in marketplace lending or implement their own investment strategy.
Swiss challenger bank neon raises €4.6 million for faster growth
One of the first independent Swiss challenger banks neon has completed a financing round in parallel to its rapid growth in customers. Founded in 2017, neon offers a simple, user-friendly and secure account solution as an app for all smartphones.
Reykjavík-based GRID raises €10.1 million to make spreadsheets more beautiful, dynamic, and interactive
Icelandic startup GRID, the SaaS platform revolutionizing the way people work with data and numbers, today announced that it has closed a Series A funding round of approximately €10.1 million. his financing will enable the company to bring its product to market and will power accelerated product development.
EUREKA! Venture SGR Holds First Closing of Eureka! Fund I – Technology Transfer, at €38M
EUREKA! Venture SGR, an Italian venture capital firm focused in deeptech investments, held the first closing of Eureka! Fund I – Technology Transfer, at €38m. The final target of the fund is set at €50m.
EUREKA! is a venture capital firm focused on deeptech investments, i.e. in start-ups, spin offs and SMEs connected with Research Centers and Universities and which have the aim of enhancing the results of their scientific research activities on the market, promoting innovative and often frontier technologies that can have a deep impact on people’s lives, in the environment and in the society.
Meet us at:
B2B Rocks Paris, 7-11 Sep. 2020 https://b2brocks.co/paris/
EY Startup Academy, Frankfurt, 15 Sep. 2020 https://start-up-initiative.ey.com/en/academy/program
FinTech Germany Award, Frankfurt, 17 Sep. 2020 http://fintechgermanyaward.de/?lang=en
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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