Founded in 2012, TechFluence is an award-winning research and corporate development boutique based in Frankfurt and London, with a focus on European Tech and FinTech / financial services.
In 2013, when Continental Europe was known for just a handful of FinTech startups, we co-founded FinTech Forum, the first and the largest community for FinTech in the region.
The initiative has helped 200 startups connect to investors, customers, mentors etc. see below graphics summarising our three-year journey and learn more here: #3YFTF: 200+ Startups | ~$100M raised | 30+ Funding Rounds..
In 2014 we were recognised by the WSJ / Financial News:
In 2015 we were named to the German Innovationspreis IT "Best of 2015" for our offering for corporates and investors looking to partner with, invest in or acquire startups and "hidden champions".
Several startups from our community - e.g. fairr.de, B4Payments, BitBond, Moneymeets, Wikifolio, TraxPay, Vaamo, Lendstar, BioSSL, CashCloud, Scalable Capital, DigiCash, Decimo, Cashboard, figo, kapilendo, hufsy, Authada etc.- have gone on to raise funding (ranging from $0.5 mn to $15 mn), win leading startup challenges, pilots and clients, or accepted by world-class accelerator programs.
#3YFTF: 215+ Startups | ~$110M raised | 32+ Funding Rounds...
The below graphics summarise the three year journey of FinTech Forum and FinTech Forum On Tour - tailored research, scouting, events and advisory for investors and corporates looking to invest in, acquire or partner with (fin)tech startups.
Our next event: FTF On Tour | FinTech meets Telecom, 23rd Mar. 2017 at the Airport Club, Frankfurt Airport: ftftelecom.eventbrite.com
FinTech Forum On Tour
Since 2013, FinTech Forum has been bringing together the most promising startups in Continental Europe with investors and financial institutions, via events, studies, newsletters, blogs and interviews focused on the region’s fintech scene.
FinTech Forum On Tour customises the simple but successful event format to address specific domains, technology or customer objectives.
Starting with the customer objectives, we pin down the relevant business and technology trends, followed by research and scouting of startups.
We then select the most promising startups and bring them together with the ecosystem of investors, financial institutions, regulators, partners at an (open or invitation only) event.
For the inaugural FTF On Tour (Sep. 2015), we selected 20 startups from nearly 100 across Continental Europe in the Asset & Wealth Management ("InvestTech") space, to meet the who's who of European VC and investment management. Here is what our participants had to say:
Germany’s Robo-Advisory Sector Is Getting Crowded
With 23 robo-advisors, Germany is Europe’s most crowded market when it comes to automated, algorithm-based portfolio management advice services.
According to reports from Techfluence, there are currently some 64 robo-advisors in Europe, with the two predominant markets being Germany and London, with 23 and 13 platforms respectively. The two locations are followed by Zurich and Paris, with four platforms respectively.
Unbundling European Finance: check out our Weekly FinTech Deal Map covering key funding rounds and M&A in the region. Register for our newsletter or follow us on Twitter to receive it weekly.
SME Assembly, European Commission, 23rd-25th Nov. 2016, Bratislava
Helping Europe’s entrepreneurs reach new heights. The SME Assembly is the most significant event for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe. The conference takes place once a year during the European SME Week.
(Michael Mellinghoff was invited to present "Ten Years On", envisioning the European startup & SME landscape in 10 years)
Excellence in Digital Finance, 24th-25th Nov. 2016, Vienna
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.
(Samarth Shekhar presented "Unbundling European Finance- FinTech Deal Highlights" as part of the session "How startups reshape banks")
Payments International, 15th-18th Nov. 2016, London
Payments International brings together an international faculty of 170+ senior speakers – including bankers, disruptors, customers and regulators at the highest level.
(Samarth Shekhar was on the panel of the session: Understanding The FinTech Landscape & Spotting The Unicorns at 10 am on 17th Nov. 2016)
FinTech Forum: 3rd Anniversary Edition, 10th Nov. 2016, Frankfurt
Counted among the “10 Popular Global fintech startup Events”, the 3rd anniversary edition of FinTech Forum concluded on 10th Nov. 2016 at the Airport Club in Frankfurt Airport. Check out the event in tweets.
5. DVFA FinTech Forum, 10th Oct. 2016, DVFA Center Frankfurt
Am 10. Oktober 2016 findet bereits zum fünften Mal das DVFA FinTech Forum statt, diesmal mit dem Fokus auf Regulierung. Start-up Unternehmen aus sieben verschiedenen Ländern aus den Bereichen RegTech, InvestTech und Blockchain stellen sich im Rahmen eines Beauty Contests dem Publikum.
(Michael Mellinghoff will moderate the Startup Beauty Contest around InvestTech, while Samarth Shekhar will present the FinTech Market Update)
FinTech Belgium Summit 2016, 13th Oct. 2016, Brussels
One day to learn all about the latest trends in Fintech, meet all the stakeholders in the Belgian Fintech ecosystem and easily network with your peers at the BNP Paribas Fortis Chancellerie conference location (next to Brussels Central Station).
(Samarth Shekhar was invited to the panel discussion on "Brexit and the opportunities for EU FinTech")
We were at SIBOS (Innotribe Stand, 26-29 Sep. in Geneva)!
Samarth Shekhar, Founder & MD
Samarth is the Founder and Managing Director of TechFluence, Co-Founder of FinTech Forum, the first and largest hub for fintech in Continental Europe, and author of the Study of FinTech series.
Named to the Wall Street Journal “40 Innovators Shaping the Future of Finance“ / Financial News FinTech 40: “40 leaders in fintech” in 2014, Samarth was nominated judge of the BBVA OpenTalent startup competition and SWIFT’s Innotribe Startup Challenge 2014.
Samarth has been invited as speaker or panelist at leading FinTech events, e.g. SIBOS (Boston, Oct. 2014), NextBank Europe (Barcelona, Sep. 2014), Financial News / WSJ.D "Bank of the Future" (Nov. 2014), DVFA FinTech Forum (Frankfurt, Mar. 2015), FinTechStage Milan (Apr. 2015, Milan), FN / WSJ.D, "Asset Manager of the Future" (Apr. 2015), Money20/20 Europe (Apr. 2016), Innovate Finance Global Summit (Apr. 2016) etc.
Prior to founding TechFluence, Samarth worked in sales, business development and partnerships at Capgemini Deutschland, HCL Tech / Deutsche Software (a Deutsche Bank JV), OrbiTech (Citigroup tech spin-off) and PwC's (E-Business and BI Consulting divisions).
He has generated qualified opportunities worth ~€7 Bn across 30+ offerings ranging from startups to the world’s largest FinTech firms, winning Fortune 500 financial institutions as clients and growing revenues through innovative sales, marketing and partnership approaches.
Samarth has degrees in Computer Science (BIT Mesra) and MBA (Strategy & Marketing, IIM Calcutta) and is fluent in German and English.
Michael Mellinghoff, Managing Director
Michael Mellinghoff is Managing Director at TechFluence and a Senior Advisor and Mentor at FinTech Forum. He is a seasoned investment professional with over 15 years of experience, spanning both the traditional banking and fintech world.
Michael’s career covers a 10+ years span in traditional banking, where he held a variety of managerial positions in asset management and investment banking in Germany and abroad, including management board and supervisory board appointments in Commerzbank Asset Management and DZ Bank Group.
Since 2010, Michael has been working in the Fintech area, including a 3+ years experience as Managing Director with German Fintech pioneer sharewise.com, a stock centric community for investors,
Michael’s experience gives him unique insights into the financial markets scene and ability to scout new trends in the financial sector.
At TechFluence Michael heads the firms activities in the UK as well as spearheading the initiatives in digital investment management globally. He acts as a mentor to several startups as well as FinTech accelerators (Startupbootcamp Fintech and Level39). He launched the FTF On Tour | InvestTech event (London, Sep. 2015) and the FTF On Tour | Robo Advice (Berlin, June 2016) as well as co-initiated the DVFA FinTech Forum series of the German Association of Investment Professionals. His focus areas are startups in InvestTech & digital assets.
Michael has a degree in business administration at University of Bayreuth.
@Mellinghoff is author of various articles on #Fintech related topics, speaker and contributes regularly to conferences, awards and publications.
Michael is an author of @TheFINTECHBook and member of the editorial board of The Journal of Digital Banking.