The first set of startups and investors at FinTech Forum 2021 on 18th Nov. at the Airport Club, Frankfurt) have been announced- check them out here. We feature Q&As with Gerrit Sindermann of F10 Global and Alex Mifsud of Weavr.io.
Early stage European FinTech deals this week include Zilliqa Capital (Coinrule), Charles Delingpole (Comply Advantage), Illuminate Financial (Profian).
7 Questions with Gerrit Sindermann of F10 Global
1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure.
I am leading the Swiss business for F10 Global, a Fintech and Insurtech-focused open accelerator, headquartered in Zurich with further hubs in Singapore and Spain. I am also in the board of our investment company, which invests in F10 startups. Besides that, I am representing F10 in the Swiss Green Fintech Network, launched 2020 to support and leverage the Swiss government’s ambition to develop the country into a leading hub for sustainable finance. With the Green Fintech Network I co-drafted the Swiss Green Fintech Action Plan, and with F10’s partner New Energy Nexus I work on our new global Climate Fintech Accelerator programming.
Prior to F10, I worked 10 years in banking (mostly at ABN AMRO Bank) and 10 years in tech (mostly fintech), founded one and worked with several startups at different stages and on topics ranging from mobile and micropayments to data and analytics.
Off work, I love any kind of outdoor sports (Switzerland being a perfect spot for that…), love(d) traveling and learning about different cultures. Due to the latter and an adventurous mind/heart, I left Germany in 2006 and lived since in The Netherlands, Colombia, Morocco and Ireland. Climate change and environment are major topics of concern and interest for me, thus I am excited that Sustainable Finance is picking up broadly now!
7 Questions with Alex Mifsud of Weavr.io
1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure.
I’m an entrepreneur, so no surprise that I’m intensely curious about why things are the way they are, and what would happen if we can change how they are. That’s true for me in business and everything else I do – it drives my family a bit crazy, but someone has to do it. Otherwise we’d still be in the Stone Age. I basically like to tinker – doing little experiments, whether I’m cooking a meal or building a business. It’s fun, experiencing old things in new ways, although it can sometimes be disastrous too. Not everyone likes my cooking.
Launching the 2nd edition of Scaling Enterprise FinTech | The Handbook (available from 8th Oct.)
We are excited to launch the 2nd edition of Scaling Enterprise FinTech | The Handbook in partnership with Money20/20 and SixThirty Ventures. The Handbook will be available to download on 8th Oct. Meantime, check out the Q&As with Oliver Werneyer (IMburse – Advanced Payments Integrator), David Putts (Billon, Viktor Stensson (Bokio, May Wang (Fin Venture Capital) and Semih Kaçan (Swisscom Ventures) that will be part of the Handbook: http://www.fintechforum.de/sef/
Zilliqa Capital and other investors invest 2.2M $ in Coinrule
Founded in 2018, by Gabriele Musella, Oleg Giberstein and Zdeněk Höfler, Coinrule enables cryptocurrency investors to create and test automated trading strategies for their assets to benefit from market opportunities but also to protect them against adverse events. In effect, it provides algorithmic trading without having to learn a single line of code and has already integrated the offering with global crypto exchanges including Coinbase, Binance, Kraken, Bitstamp among others. Users can access one of 4 plans: one is free, the others charge a tiered fee for Hobbyist, Trader and Pro plans.
Zilliqa Capital is a blockchain investment company that invests in FinTech, Open Finance, and Decentralised Finance solutions whose recent investments include as well Snickerdoodle Labs.
Charles Delingpole, founder and CEO of Comply Advantage and other private investors £3M invests in Crezco
Founded in 2020 by Ralph Rogge and Igor Pikovsky of Rogge Global Partners – a $60 billion bond fund which was sold to Allianz in 2016 – the fintech startup has already established unique partnerships with Xero, QuickBooks and other B2B platforms for invoice payments for millions of SMEs across the UK and Europe.
Charles Delingpole is Founder and CEO of ComplyAdvantage, a technology company focused on wiping out financial crime using Machine Learning. As CEO, Charles leads the product development and growth of the company.
Project A Ventures and Illuminate Financial and others invest €4.3M in Cambridge-based online security startup Profian
Founded earlier this year, Profian aims to bring cryptographic proof and verifiable trust to general computing using confidential computing, the protection of data in use by performing computation in a hardware-based Trusted Execution Environment (TEE).
Profian was co-founded by Mike Bursell, former Chief Security Architect at Red Hat, and Nathaniel McCallum, former Virtualization Security Architect at Red Hat.
Illuminate Financial is a venture capital firm backing companies that solve problems in financial services whose recent investments include Blockdaemon and Wematch.live.
Accel invests €16M in Fintech Swan
Swan was launched in 2019 in their studio when they decided to team up with Nico Benady, Nicolas Saison, and Mathieu Breton in order to find “a better way to embed banking features into products.”
Two rounds of financing later and the team has “achieved this and so much more,” the announcement noted.
Accel is an early and growth-stage venture capital firm that helps a global community of entrepreneurs whose recent investments include Wizard and Sky Mavis.
Unlimint and others invest £37 million in Money transfer FinTech TransferGo
TransferGo connects 3.5m customers across 160 markets. It has processed a massive 13.5m international and local transactions, amounting to over $6bn in money flow.
The funding will be used to help expand TransferGo’s customer base, helping more migrants send and receive money across Europe, and develop its product offering in support of its ambitious goal to grow 5x in the next 3-4 years.
Unlimint provides fast-growing innovative businesses with a constantly evolving business interface, made by innovators for innovators.
FinTech Collective with participation from existing investors Accel and others invest $52M in Anyfin
Launched in 2017 by Mikael Hussain (CEO), Sven Perkmann (CTO) and Filip Polhem (COO), Anyfin is a fintech company simplifying the process of refinancing debt, helping access fair interest rates on their existing consumer credits.
Using loan data with publicly available consumer data and AI, Anyfin’s proprietary platform enables consumers to refinance their existing installments, credit cards and personal loans, based on their actual risk profiles.
FinTech Collective is a New York-based venture capital fund, focused exclusively on financial services technology companies whose recent investments include Coinshift and Ocrolus.
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