Outstanding Start-ups – FinTechGermany Awards presented

Top performance in difficult times: Eight financial start-ups received the FinTechGermany Awards in Frankfurt on September 17, 2020 – the most important FinTech award in the German-speaking countries for five years. At the awards ceremony in the Tatcraft New Hardware Studios, over 200 FinTech and InsurTech enthusiasts, bankers and investors celebrated the winners. The livestream was followed by numerous interested people.

The award was presented in eight categories:

  • Category
  • Seed Stage
  • Early Stage
  • Late Stage
  • Growth Stage
  • Foreign New Entrant to Germany
  • Insurtech
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Blockchain
  • 1. Place
  • Tangany
  • Myos
  • Penta
  • Raisin
  • Qonto
  • Getsafe
  • Hawk AI
  • Cashlink

In total, more than 220 startups and scaleups from Germany and around the world had applied or were nominated by the jury at the beginning of the year. The jury then compiled a shortlist of 43 start-ups. The prestigious FintechGermany Award has been presented since 2016 – this time, due to the corona pandemic and the resulting hygiene and distance regulations, the award ceremony was held for the first time as a hybrid event and not, as usual, in the Tech Quarter at Messe Frankfurt.

Dr. Jens Zinke, Managing Director of WM Gruppe/Börsen-Zeitung, which has been accompanying the award since 2016 as media partner and co-organizer, says: “This was the fifth time that the FinTechGermany Awards were presented and once again it showed the high performance density among young and innovative companies in the financial sector. A big praise to all participants, all applications were of high quality, which is really impressive in an international comparison”.

Michael Mellinghoff, Managing Director of TechFluence UK, co-organizer and co-head of the jury: “For the top-class, 19-member jury it was a very special challenge to track down the top FinTechs from all over Germany among so many really great applications this year. We are particularly pleased that this year, with Raisin, a company has managed to take home our award for the second time”.

Dr. Lutz Raettig, President of the Financial Center Initiative Frankfurt Main Finance: “This year’s edition of the FinTechGermany Award has once again proven that young financial companies can establish themselves alongside the top performers of the financial industry and that the source of ideas for new business models, products and services does not dry up.”

The complete list of the winners:

  • Category
  • Seed Stage
  • Early Stage
  • Late Stage
  • Growth Stage
  • Foreign
  • Insurtech
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Blockchain
  • 1. Place
  • Tangany
  • Myos
  • Penta
  • Raisin
  • Qonto
  • Getsafe
  • Hawk AI
  • Cashlink
  • 2. Place
  • Spherity
  • Trade Republic
  • Fraugster
  • N26
  • SumUp
  • -*
  • -*
  • -*
  • 3. Place
  • Crypto Tax
  • Arabesque S-Ray
  • FinTecSystems
  • Mambu
  • Klarna
  • -*
  • -*
  • -*

*In the categories Insurtech, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain no second and third places were awarded.

Impressions FintechGermany Award 2020

 

Photos: Kaleidomania / Axel Gaube

Frankfurt Startup Ecosystem Report

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The EY Start-up Academy: a crash course for start-ups right in the heart of Frankfurt

EY has founded in cooperation with Deutsche Börse and the TechQuartier in Frankfurt the EY Start-up Academy with the aim of supporting Tech- or FinTech start-ups in their founding phase as well as contributing to the growth of the start-up ecosystem.

The 12-week program consists of more than 30 events (about 2 or 3 per week). Founders will receive important information regarding their preparation of founding rounds, as well as other financial, legal and tax-related aspects – basically everything that is relevant for their further growth. Apart from EY experts, start-ups will also benefit from access to investors, businesses, banks and experienced founders. At the end of the 12-week program the best start-up will be rewarded with the EY Start-up Academy Award.

The program is directed to start-ups that have gone through the Alpha-Phase with an existing proof of concept or alternatively a minimum viable product, as well as start-ups that are bootstrapped financed or were able to convince a Business Angel, and are now looking for an investor to initiate further growth. During the 12-week program, the TechQuartier will offer participating start-ups two workstations, allowing them to integrate into the TechQuartier’s dynamic ecosystem.

The application process has already started and the deadline is August 4th, 2017. The program will start in mid-September.

For more information about the EY Start-up Academy and the application process, please visit www.start-up-initiative.ey.com/academy or www.techquartier.com/programs/ey-startup-academy