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 to connect to any of our fintech rising stars.

Top 10 European FinTechs attracting Funding 

Kreditech among the top 5 in this list of the ten largest European FinTech funding rounds in 2014 so far – apart from Klarna (GBP 67.8 mn), borro (GBP 65.4 mn), Funding Circle (GBP 65 mn) and iZettle (GBP 36.3 mn)

7 Questions with Benedikt and Philipp of Biometric Credit Bureau

BCB Biometric Credit Bureau offers services tailor-made to microfinance institutions and Savings and Credit Co-operatives in sub-Saharan Africa. BCB collects and analyzes personal loan/credit information using a unique, low budget IT solution.

Commerzbank und Sutor Bank machen ernst in Sachen Start-ups

Die Commerzbank, die bereits den Main Incubator startete, plant den Aufbau eines eigenen Risikokapitalablegers. Details sind noch nicht bekannt. Eine weitere Bank, die sich derzeit an Start-ups ranmacht, ist die Sutor Bank. Sie stellt Jungfirmen eine Start-up-Plattform zur Verfügung.

Rethinking fintech innovation at Next Bank Europe – Barcelona 18-19 Sep 

Re-think the future of finance at our Partner Event, Next Bank Europe in Barcelona on 18 and 19 September: innovators from within and outside financial services institutions come together at Next Bank Europe to explore the digital transformation of the industry.

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German Equity Crowdfunding Platform Bergfürst Gets Banking License

Bergfürst, a German investment crowdfunding platform that also incorporates an electronic trading platform as a secondary market, has received a banking license from  Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin).

Amazon Could Be Working On A Square Competitor

Rumors have been coming in that Amazon is readying a mobile payments product that could compete with Square, Intuit GoPayment and PayPal Here.

FinTechs zwingen Banken zum Umdenken

Marktanalyse von Horváth & Partners stellt die Top 12 Geschäftsmodelle vor

Die Bankfiliale der Zukunft wird das Handy sein: Number26

Mit dem Slogan “Banking aber besser” startete im vergangenen Jahr Number26, eine Anwendung, die das verstaubte Image der Bankgeschäfte aufpolieren will.

Payfriendz seeks to innovate P2P payments with messaging, social features

Newcomer Payfriendz wants to innovate mobile peer-to-peer payments with a unique messaging feature, but whether social is enough to compete against the likes of PayPal is questionable.

Exclusive Q&A with Traxpay CMO & SVP of Product Management, David Descharnais

Traxpay uses data and logic to facilitate real time payments for the enterprise business.

Hacking Finance @ business innovation and technical workshops at Next Bank Europe (17 Sep.)

Hacking Finance Tech @ is a technical workshop aimed at developers & designers and Hacking Finance Biz @ is a business workshop for fintech innovators in general.

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