Newsletter 8 Aug 2019

Berlin-based Brighter AI secures several million euros in funding to enable anonymised data processing in the cloud

Brighter AI Technologies, a deep-tech startup working to overcome the limitations of human and machine vision with artificial intelligence, has just closed a round of financing. The investment from eCAPITAL and Giesecke + Devrient Ventures will be used to accelerate product development and expand the startup’s team across engineering, sales, and marketing.


Congratulations to Brighter AI and their investors! Giesecke + Devrient Ventures is among the investors presenting at the 11th FinTech Forum, 21st Nov. in Frankfurt. Check out the line-up of startups and investors here:


Sony Co-Leads €13 Million Raise for Crypto Banking Startup Bitwala

Germany-based blockchain finance firm Bitwala has raised €13 million (almost $14.5 million) in a Series A funding round. Claiming it as the biggest equity round for a German blockchain startup, Bitwala announced Wednesday that Sony Financial Ventures and NKB Group led the raise, while existing investors Earlybird and coparion contributed half of the funding.


7 Questions with Ambre Soubiran, Kaiko

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

I am the CEO of Kaiko, an enterprise-grade market data provider in the blockchain-based digital assets industry. Prior to joining Kaiko, I spent eight years at HSBC in London and Paris, structuring equity derivatives and equity-based financing solutions (first in Global Markets, then in the Equity Capital Markets division). I have a passion for world-changing technology, have personally invested, early on, in 3D printing, AgTech and Blockchain technologies. I am also keen to participate in the political life of France/EU and am an active member of the Scientific Committee and Board of the Fondation Concorde, a renowned French think-tank, where I have been leading a working group on blockchain-based transformations of European capital markets.…e-soubiran-kaiko/


Fintech Loanboox Brings Ex-HSH Banker Jan Eibich

Jan Eibich wechselt von der Hamburg Commercial Bank zum Fintech Loanboox. Bei der digitalen Fremdkapitalplattform soll der DCM-Experte das Deutschlandgeschäft ausbauen.


German insurer taps IDnow for biometric remote customer onboarding

German insurance company Provinzial NordWest Group has chosen IDnow to provide biometric video identification for digital onboarding to attract younger, digitally-savvy customers and increase conversion rates.


Wirecard enables state-of-the-art payment solution for eMAG customers

Wirecard, the global innovation leader for digital financial technology, is furthering its pioneering work in the field of real-time digital payment solutions in Romania, taking advantage of the strong digitalization trend and improving the overall customer experience. The company is enabling a state-of-the-art payment solution for eMAG customers.


Zalando introduces two-factor payment authentication

Zalando has implemented two-factor authentication for customers paying for goods online.

The eCommerce retailer has partnered with Adyen to encrypt customer payment data and meet the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) which will come into force on September 14. Zalando claims to be one of the first companies to comply with the EU Directive.


Startups: Apply for PitchIt @LendIT: 26-27 Sep. in London

LendIt Fintech Europe is the Leading Event in Financial Services Innovation, expected to attract 1,200+ fintechs, banks and investors from Europe’s most influential companies to learn, network and do business. Over 2,000 1:1 meetings and 50 hot topic panel sessions around Digital Banking, Lending Innovations, Cutting Edge in Fintech, and SpendIt at LendIt. Startups may apply to PitchIt, LendIt’s startup competition here. Qualified bankers and investors can apply for a complimentary pass here or check out our sponsorship options. Discount code for FinTech Forum members: FINSIX15%.


Meet us at: 

Discover Global Network Connect, London, 19 Sep.

Amsterdam Capital Week, Amsterdam, 23-24 Sep.

FinTech.Summit, Bratislava, 25 Sep.

LendIT FinTech Europe, London, 26-27 Sep.


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