Venture News

Newsletter, 29 Oktober – 04 November 2016

Vienna’s Ixolit invests in FinTech-Startup b4payment

Das IT-Unternehmen Ixolit investiert eine sechsstellige Summe in b4payment und eröffnet damit die neue Finanzierungsrunde des FinTech-Startups. Der Investor unterstützt das junge Unternehmen nicht nur monetär, sondern auch durch die Einbindung in sein eigenes Payment Gateway Ixopay.

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Congratulations to b4payment, which presented at the 5th FinTech Forum (Vienna, June 2015) and 7th FinTech Forum (Frankfurt, Apr. 2016)

German fintech Cringle raises €800 000 on crowdfunding site Companisto

Cringle, a German fintech company developing a mobile application for money transfers, has raised €800 000 from 1487 investors on the German equity crowdfunding site Companisto.

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City of Zürich invests in non-profit offering microcredit to founders

Die Stadt Zürich unterstützt die Non-Profit-Organisation GO! Ziel selbstständig für die nächsten vier Jahre mit 850‘000 Franken. Der Verein bietet seit 2009 Beratung und den Zugang zu Mikrokrediten bis maximal 40’000 Franken für Personen, die sich selbstständig machen wollen.

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Final line-up: 8th FinTech Forum / 3rd anniversary edition on 10th Nov. 2016

The final line-up of the startups selected for FinTech Forum’s 3rd anniversary edition is announced, and we crunched the numbers for the 200+ startups that have taken part at our 11 events so far, as well as the funding and deal trends 2016 YTD– learn more and register!

Deutsche Bank opens its data store to external software developers

Deutsche Bank is giving ambitious software developers from Germany and abroad the opportunity to create digital solutions for bank clients that go far beyond traditional financial services. The address developer.db.com provides access to the Bank’s proprietary development environment, allowing programmers to test their ideas for digital services of the future.

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Berlin fintech startup Spotcap launches in UK

Spotcap, a Rocket Internet fintech startup, is launching in the UK after it raised €31.5 million earlier this year to fuel its growth.

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Friendsurance touches down in Australia

A European disruptor arrives in Australia to offer friendly peer-to-peer (P2P) insurance products and cash-back bonus to claims-free customers.

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Swiss railway operator to sell Bitcoin at ticket machines

Travelers on Switzerland’s railways will soon be able to buy Bitcoin at more than 1000 ticket machines.

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How peer-to-peer payment app Cookies imploded

Only a couple of months after the official launch, German startup Cookies announced on its blog that it is filing for bankruptcy.

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Groenen verlässt massUp und will eigenen Versicherer gründen

Dominik Groenen nimmt beim InsurTech-Unternehmen massUp seinen Hut: Der Mitgründer des Unternehmens werde operativ nicht weiter für das Unternehmen tätig sein und sich ab dem 1. November neuen Aufgaben widmen, heißt es in einer Mitteilung des StartUps.

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Crowdhouse unter den drei Finalisten des NZZ Real Estate Trend Radars

Zum zweiten Mal werden an den NZZ Real Estate Days Innovationen aus der Immobilienwirtschaft ausgezeichnet. Dies Jahr gehört die Crowdfunding Plattform crowdhouse zu den Finalisten.

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Wirecard and awinta Agree Collaboration for Payment Solutions at Pharmacy POS

Wirecard, the leading payment service provider, and awinta, the market leader for pharmacy software in the German healthcare industry, are collaborating on payment solutions at the POS (Point of Sale): Wirecard is to provide hardware, processing and credit card acceptance to awinta and will additionally assume responsibility for payment processing as an acquirer.

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Switzerland looks to ease rules for fintech firms

As Switzerland bids to catch up with fintech leaders such as London, the council – a seven member group that serves as the country’s collective head of government – has set out a three point plan designed to reduce barriers to market entry and increase legal certainty.

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Germany’s real estate finds comfort in the crowd

For Hermann Tecklenburg, head of a family-run construction firm in western Germany, the country’s property boom was double-edged: while orders kept growing, he ran out of cash to back loans for new projects, prompting him to look for alternatives.

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EXCELLENCE in DIGITAL FINANCE | 24th – 25th November 2016 | Vienna, Austria

Participants will explore the ultimate trends in the Digital Age, the next big breakthroughs that should be expected from the fintech world, while meeting the brilliant minds in the industry and expand business networks.

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Why next wave of ‘robo’ advice will be much bigger deal

Henry Ford famously said “if I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses'”. In essence, people are really bad at thinking about things that don’t already exist.

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Große Ehrfurcht vor den großen Versicherungen!?

Grundsätzlich liegen die Interessen von Digital Health Start-ups und Krankenversicherungen gar nicht so weit auseinander und der Wille zur Kooperation ist von beiden Seiten groß. Schließlich können beide voneinander profitieren. Bestimmte Voraussetzungen müssen dabei erfüllt sein.

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Passend zum Weltspartag: 5 Alternativen zum Sparbuch

Früher hieß das: Sparschwein leeren und die gesammelten Münzen aufs Sparbuch bringen. Zur Belohnung gab es für Kinder noch ein Stofftier oder Malbuch, die Zinsen waren dabei eher Nebensache. Diese Zeiten sind längst vorbei. Und bei den Banken gibt es im besten Fall Nullzinsen.

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3 Anzeichen dafür, dass Fintech salonfähig wird

Fintechs bewegen sich irgendwo zwischen Disruption und Anpassung. Die jüngsten Entwicklungen zeigen vor allem eins: Sie werden erwachsen.

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Fintech firms making inroads with consumers

More than half of all banking customers have turned to fintech startups to cater for their financial needs, according to a global survey by Capgemini. But despite the considerable momentum enjoyed by niche providers, overall trust remains a key barrier to more widespread adoption.

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Trending: RegTech Reality Check, Blockchain Bandwagon, and IBM’s New Wallet

Deloitte recently asked what we should make of regtech in a new report titled, “RegTech is the new FinTech: How agile regulatory technology is helping firms better understand and manage their risks.”To the extent that regtech represents technologies, strategies, and solutions designed to help firms better meet regulatory obligations, remain compliant, and/or secure their processes, there may be less new here than meets the eye.

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