Newsletter 5 March 2019

Bafin Approves Bitbond to Issue Digital Securities “Tokenized Bonds”

Bafin, Germany’s securities regulator, has given the green light to Bitbond to issue digital bonds. Bitbond is an online lending platform that operates globally. In business since 2013, Bitbond provides access to capital for small businesses…Since platform launch, Bitbond has funded over 3200 loans for more than USD $15 million…The Bitbond Token (BB1), which uses Stellar, aims to make business lending globally accessible.


Congratulations to Bitbond , an alumnus of the 2nd FinTech Form (Frankfurt, May 2014).


10 million euros for Michael Brehm’s AI startup

Vor einem Jahr startete der Ex-StudiVZ-Chef Michael Brehm ein neues Projekt: I2x. Das Berliner Startup will die Qualität von Sales- und Service-Telefonaten verbessern. Jetzt hat das Unternehmen in der aktuellen Series-A-Runde zehn Millionen Euro eingesammelt. Das Geld kommt von den deutschen Wagniskapitalgebern UVC Partners und Btov Partners sowie dem US-Frühphaseninvestor MS&AD Ventures und dem Potsdamer KI-Investor Asgard. Brehm selbst habe sein Unternehmen zunächst mit einem „signifikant sechsstelligen“ Betrag aufgebaut. Anschließend gab es fünf Millionen Euro von Holtzbrinck Ventures.


Invyo and FinTech Forum publish the European FinTech Briefing 2018

We are pleased to announce the publication of the European FinTech Briefing 2018, in partnership with Invyo. The Briefing provides a crisp, data-driven overview including the European FinTech Funding Map, leading investors, funding trends and top rounds by business areas, notable M&A transactions etc.


FinLab AG Participates Together With Existing Investors in a High Seven-Digit Investment in ONPEX’s Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) Platform

As part of a series A financing round, ONPEX Holding GmbH has closed a high seven-digit investment with FinLab AG (ISIN: DE0001218063; Ticker: A7A.GR) and several notable business angels. ONPEX will use the growth capital to expand the team and to broaden and market their existing product offering. ONPEX is an award-winning, global cloud-based account and payment solution that combines SEPA and cross-border SWIFT transactions via a white label Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) platform.


Agora Innovation Raises €750K in Funding

Agora Innovation, a Frankfurt, Germany-based blockchain powered fintech startup, raised €750k in funding. High-Tech Gründerfonds made the investment…Founded in 2017 by Phong Dao, Evgeny Matershev and Robert Malec, Agora Innovation develops the platform-independent software solution IVE (Identity Verification Engine), which enables regulated and legally compliant security token transactions in different countries by linking digital identities with anonymous cryptowallets.


German digital bank N26 to open office in Brazil

German online banking startup N26 will open a subsidiary in Brazil next week, marking its first move to enter Latin America, the company’s head for Brazil said on Wednesday.


Meet us at the following upcoming events:

Hacknext, the InsurTech Hackathon and Conference: 7-9 Mar. 2019

Hacknext, the InsurTech Hackathon and Conference will bring together the most creative and passionate technologists to team up and showcase their talent. Developers, designers and creators are invited to build groundbreaking software solutions that solve real-world problems; and for non-hackers, Hacknext offers keynote speakers and workshops that cover upcoming technological trends and industry insights.


The Global InsurTech Roadshow: 19-20 Mar. 2019

The GIR is straight on its way towards it’s second edition on March 19-20, 2019. It is the right moment to share some great news with our friends & InsurTech-family. We are proud to present Frankfurt’s famous digital-hub, the TechQuartier as main carrier of this academic InsurTech event. Still supported by Goethe Business School, this swift towards TQ will open numerous additional options to focus on early-stage startups and on new digital developments, mainly tech-driven. Last tickets can be purchased for only 750 EUR (single ticket) or 2000 EUR

(company ticket for 4 persons).


Money2020 Europe is back in Amsterdam:

An unmissable event for the smartest visionaries and innovators, Money20/20 is the destination where the payments, FinTech and Financial Services communities come together to connect and build the future of money. From industry institutions to up-and-coming innovators, everyone is here, every time. Businesses come together to explore unique regional insight and trailblazing enterprise, seizing the opportunity to meet the person or land the deal that will change the trajectory of their business. Join us in Amsterdam this June.

RGAX Big Ideas competition- calling InsurTechs on 27th Mar. in Berlin

How would Europe’s top start-ups and boldest entrepreneurs transform the life insurance, health insurance, or retirement industry? We are on a mission to find out. The #RGAXBigIdeas competition is back and looking for ideas that will unlock new potential in our industry. Did we mention the winner will receive a cash prize of 10.000€? Now accepting submissions here:


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