Founded in 2012, TechFluence is an award-winning research and corporate development boutique based in Frankfurt and London, focused on partnerships, investments and M&A in European 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 215+ startups connect to investors, financial institutions etc. - a journey summarised in our blog: #3YFTF: 200+ Startups | ~$100M raised | 30+ Funding Rounds..
In 2014, we were recognized by the Wall Street Journal / Financial News FinTech40:
In 2015 we were named to the German Innovationspreis IT "Best of 2015" for our offering FinTech Autobahn, helping corporates and investors invest in, acquire or partner with FinTech startups in Continental Europe.
TechFluence in the news
A selection of media where we have been quoted or mentioned:
FTF On Tour | FinTech meets Telecom
23rd Mar. 2017 at the Airport Club, Frankfurt Airport.
Read our blog for context: Why we are launching FinTech meets Telecom or register here: ftftelecom.eventbrite.com
#3YFTF: 215+ Startups | ~$110M raised | 32+ Funding Rounds...
The below graphics summarise the 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.
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:
Revealed: Scalable Capital's assets under management grow above €100m !
Scalable Capital is one of FinTech Forum's 220+ startup alumni, who had been selected to pitch at one of our 12 events so far since 2013.
Scalable debuted on our first edition of FinTech Forum On Tour | InvestTech in London in September 2015. It was their first stage appearance as a startup at all, as we found out later.
64 robo advisors in Europe – five cracked the €100m euro mark
...Thus it is not surprising that the assets under management globally are only just above $60bn and the majority was collected by traditional houses in the US (as they already built trust in the past). In Europe (including UK) there are currently 64 robo advice firms rendering or preparing their services – and counting! The epicenter of robo advice in Europe is London. 15 of the 18 firms registered in the UK are there. In Germany there are more robos (23 firms)...
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)!
FinTech Forum among “10 Popular Global fintech startup Events”. Don't miss the 8th FinTech Forum (10th Nov. in Frankfurt), the 3rd anniversary of the event series started in Nov. 2013, where we will summarise a 3-year journey "FinTech in D.A.CH - Then and Now".
The FTF On Tour | FinTech meets Travel (6th Sep. 2016 in Frankfurt) brought together FinTech startups targeting the $8tn Travel sector. Check out the event in tweets.
„Aber der Brexit ist eine Chance für Frankfurt, aufzuholen“, sagt Michael Mellinghoff, Partner des Fintech-Beratungshauses Techfluence in London (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 16.08.16.)
We were on the jury of Deutsche Bank's crowd-storm project "Artificially Enhanced Banking" about AI in financial services. Read the interview with TechFluence MD Michael Mellinghoff on "Future Proof Financial Services & FinTech Startups"
The Digital Festival 2016 on 21st June 2016 in Brussels will see TechFluence MD Michael Mellinghoff moderate the session "FinTech Startup Pitches & Discussion: Future Trends with the Entrepreneurs"
The FTF On Tour | Robo Advice on 8th June 2016 in Berlin brought together twenty leading European startups in the digital investment management space with leading investors, incumbents and regulators. Check out the photo gallery and the event in tweets.
We were invited to present at Money20/20 Europe, Copenhagen on 4th April 2016. In the session "Unbundling European Finance", we showcased the rise of FinTech in Continental Europe from 2013 to 2015.
We were invited to the panel FinTech Ecosystem: Building a World-Class FinTech Hub at the Innovate Finance Global Summit in London on 11th April 2016, to share learnings from FinTech Forum as well as what lies ahead in FinTech in Continental Europe.
We were featured in the Frankfurt Main Finance Yearbook 2016: "Nucleus of a FinTech ecosystem in Frankfurt since 2013"
Calling FinTech startups in Continental Europe: apply for the 8th FinTech Forum event (10th Nov. 2016 in Frankfurt)
Read our analysis of the FinTech scene in 2015 in Germany, Austria & Switzerland: Unbundling European Finance
Venture capital discovers German early stage InvestTech Startups
Vier neue Mitglieder engagieren sich für den Finanzplatz Frankfurt am Main: ...Das Finanzinstitut Goldman Sachs, die Anwaltskanzlei Taylor Wessing LLP sowie das FinTech-Beratungsunternehmen TechFluence Consult UG bekennen sich zum Finanzplatz Frankfurt.
FinTech? It is high time for InvestTech!
Download an excerpt of our 2nd Study of FinTech, covering over 200 Startups in D.A.CH & C.E.E. and contributions from startups and investors who have "been there and done it"
Germany's FinTech rising stars- and their investors: our first attempt - back in 2013 - to summarize FinTech investment and deals in D.A.CH region.
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.