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 to the FinTech50 2015

Five startups from the Germany / D.A.CH region were among the FinTech City’s FinTech50 2015 list of “fifty hottest FinTechs in Europe”, announced at the launch event in London on 29th Jan.

[Guidants is among the startups presenting at the 4th FinTech Forum event on 19th March, 2015. Register here for the few remaining places.]

Number26, a smartphone-only banking service, launches in Germany

Dubbed ‘the Simple for Europe’, after the US-based banking startup now owned by Spanish Bank BBVA, online-only bank Number26 has begun taking deposits from pre-invited customers in Germany and Austria.

AutoScout24 and CashSentinel announce partnership

AutoScout24 and CashSentinel, the company commercializing an innovative mobile payment solution to facilitate and secure important financial transactions, entered into a partnership agreement to offer the CashSentinel service to AutoScout24 customers.

Apply for the Innotribe StartupChallenge 2015: just a month to go!

FinTech Forum is a partner of the Innotribe StartupChallenge, which introduces fintech startups to top industry experts, VCs & bank decision-makers. BitBond, Moneymeets, Lendstar and Mambu were among the startups from the D.A.CH community selected to the 2014 challenge.

MasterCard invites European startups to join Start Path programme

MasterCard is inviting innovative startups from across Europe to apply for the second edition of its Start Path Europe accelerator.

Cashcloud with positive results for 2014 / Cashcloud zieht positives Fazit für 2014

…Ziel für 2015: Größter Kundenzuwachs aller mobile eWallet-Anbieter Europas. Geschäftsführer Olaf Taupitz: “Ein gutes Jahr liegt hinter uns, ein sehr gutes vor uns!”

The online-finance advice startup started public beta-test

The digital consultation platform has started the public beta-test in December 2014. The portfolio includes more than 40 different types of investments. Based on the questions and their answers, investors get advice on several forms of investment. With the next step the customer is proposed specific financial products.

Social Currency PayOrShare – Zahlen mit Reichweite oder mit Geld

Reichweite und Bekanntheit im Social Web werden zunehmend zur Währung. Nichts zeigt das deutlicher als neue Start-ups, deren Geschäftsmodell auf genau diese These setzt: Auch PayOrShare will das Teilen als Währung etablieren – und außerdem seinen Kunden den Paywall-Prozess abnehmen.

Take the hassle out of splitting the bill with Payfriendz

Payfriendz allows you to transfer cash between friends using a slick new mobile app, so you don’t get lumbered paying for dinner all by yourself. Founded by Volker Breuer and Christian Ritosek with Howard Allen, they aim to make splitting the bill as easy as sending a WhatsApp message.

Banks set blockchain/Internet of Things challenges for SBC hackathon (13-15 Feb. in London)

The future of the blockchain and the use of the Internet of Things in financial markets are among the challenges set out by banks participating in the next Startupbootcamp hackathon in London.

Data sovereignty, access rights key regulatory issues for cloud services users: Mambu CEO

Financial firms of all sizes grapple with the challenge of demonstrating to regulators that they have appropriate controls in place to mitigate risks to their businesses. For financial firms operating from cloud-based platforms, data sovereignty and data access rights are increasingly emerging as key issues of regulatory compliance, one provider says.

Pay with a Tweet gewinnt Aaron Keilhau als neuen Geschäftsführer

In den “Personalien” gibt es Neuigkeiten zu Personalwechseln in Kurzform. Weniger wichtig sind diese Neuigkeiten deswegen aber nicht. Heute gibt es Personalnews bei Pay with a Tweet, mydays, tolingo und Co. John-Christopher Waack etwa verstärkt die Geschäftsführung von tolingo.