Newsletter 1 April 2019

Amsterdam-based online pension bank Brand New Day raises €25 million from existing investors

Amsterdam-based Brand New Day is an online pension bank that provides asset management, wealth management, and insurance brokerage services. Founded in 2009, Brand New Day has just raised an investment of €25 million from existing investors.


Berlin-based Donut raises €1.6 million for its investment app for digital assets

Founded in 2018, Donut has just raised a €1.6 million seed round led by early-stage VC Redalpine with participation from EarlyBlock, Entrepreneur First, AngelList’s Philipp Moehring and Andy Chung, N26 Bank board member Marcus Mosen, former N26 CMO Kelly Ford, and other angels.


7 Questions with Sebastian Hoop, MD at Collect AI

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure.

Initially, I planned on studying medicine after graduation. To earn money prior to getting accepted, I began to turn my hobby into a profession: Software Engineering. This was during the big internet hype and lead me to give up my curriculum and focus on programming. I then founded my own web development company together with a partner instead. When the internet bubble bursted, we successfully changed our focus to remarketing and advertising software . After selling the business and being a CTO at the Telekom subsidiary Emetriq for seven years, I joined collectAI as Managing Director. The fintech, part of the Otto Group, provides an AI-based software platform to digitize account receivables.


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First Data Acquires German ayCash

First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, acquired ayCash, a Frankfurt, Germany-based provider of cashless payment terminals and digital merchant services.

The amount of the deal was not disclosed.


Start in summer 2019: Axel Springer and Boerse Stuttgart plan common crypto-portal

Die Gruppe Börse Stuttgart und die Axel Springer SE haben am Mittwoch ein Joint-Venture bekanntgegeben: Geplant ist ein Portal für digitale Währungen. Nutzer sollen sich nicht nur über Kryptowährungen und virtuelle Finanzprodukte informieren, sondern diese auch auf der Webseite handeln können.


Berliner FinTech starts partnership with Signal Iduna subsidiary

Das Zinsportal WeltSparen wird künftig mit der Signal Iduna Bauspar AG zusammenarbeiten um auf der Plattform des FinTechs Einlageprodukte der Bausparkasse anzubieten.

Kunden des Berliner Unternehmens sollen so einen Zugang zu Festgeldprodukte der Signal-Iduna-Tochter erhalten.


The crowd platforms Finnest and Invesdor merge

die österreichische Finnest und die finnische Invesdor Oy ihre Finanzierungsplattformen fusionieren. „Gemeinsam bilden wir die erste gesamteuropäische digitale Investitions- und Finanzierungsplattform für Unternehmen aller Lebensphasen“, sagt Lasse Mäkelä, Chef von Invesdor.



National Payments Council of India  is accepting invitations for the development & implementation of a scalable, resilient & a real-time blockchain solution in the payment domain. If you think you’ve got the best proposal with an appropriate subject matter expertise in the blockchain domain, we’re open to hearing you out.


Upcoming Events:
Looking to connect to the European FinTech & InsurTech ecosystem? Here is a selection of events we are speaking at or attending:

Global InsurTech Summit: 3-4 Apr. 2019, Istanbul
InsurTech Week Cologne: 20-24 May, 2019, Cologne

Money2020 Europe: 3-5 Jun. 2019 Amsterdam

Digital Insurance Agenda: 25-27 Jun. 2019

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