Founded in 2012 with a passion for the startups and "hidden champions" transforming industries, TechFluence is an award-winning research and corporate development boutique based in Frankfurt and London.
FinTech Forum / On Tour
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.
FinTech Forum On Tour offers tailored research, scouting and events for financial institutions, tech firms and investors looking to connect to the most promising startups relevant to their objectives (new product launch, business development, market entry, technical know-how etc.) or initiatives (partnerships, investments, M&A etc.).
Our thirteen events till date have brought together 250+ startups with 700+ investors, financial institutions, mentors and partners.
Participating startups have gone on to raise over $260M in funding, won prestigious awards, and resulted in exits worth over $300M- a journey we track on our Alumni Scoreboard.
9th FinTech Forum (21st Sep. 2017, Frankfurt am Main)
Since 2013, FinTech Forum (FTF) selects the 15-20 most promising FinTech startups in Continental Europe and brings them together with leading investors and financial institutions. The 250+ startups on stage so far at FTF and FTF On Tour events have gone on to raise over $230M across 45+ funding rounds. Register here: http://www.fintechforum.de/english/
Selected Media Coverage
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Unbundling European Finance
Which are the investments, M&A and partnerships unbundling European financial services?
Our initiative Unbundling European Finance tracks the startup launches, funding rounds, M&A and partnerships, helping connects the dots in the ecosystem of startups, investors and corporates, and "moving FinTech forward".
Robo Advice in Germany – a summer update
Comdirect, the listed subsidiary of Commerzbank, recently announced that it collected in excess of €100m in their newly launched robo advice solution labelled Cominvest.
TechFluence took the opportunity to focus on the German robo advice scene including an assessment of the assets under management in Germany. Read more: http://www.techfluence.eu/investtech.html
9th FinTech Forum (21st Sep. 2017, Frankfurt am Main)
Since 2013, FinTech Forum (FTF) selects ca. 15 most promising FinTech startups in Continental Europe and brings them together with leading investors and financial institutions. The 250+ startups on stage so far at FTF and FTF On Tour events have gone on to raise over $230M across 45+ funding rounds. Register here: http://www.fintechforum.de/english/
Unbundling European Finance launch at Money2020 Europe
We were on stage at Europe's largest FinTech event, (26-28 June 2017, Copenhagen) presenting the key results from our annual research covering over 300 transactions in the session Unbundling European Finance - who is buying and investing in whom in FinTech?
A complimentary extract of the report as well as the full report (€450+VAT) is available here: http://www.techfluence.eu/uef.html
FTF On Tour | High-Tech meets Finance (30-31 May 2017, Bonn)
Which up and coming high-tech startups could change the game in financial services? FinTech Forum | On Tour will be at the HTGF Family Day, the annual invitation-only event of Germany’s largest venture capital fund, on 30-31 May, 2017 in Bonn– selecting and meeting the high-tech startups we think financial institutions, VCs and FinTech firms should watch out for. Learn more about the event or check out the startup pitch videos: http://www.fintechforum.de/ontour/
6. DVFA FinTech Forum (6th June 2017, DVFA Center, Frankfurt)
Keynote: AI und die Finanzdienstleistungsindustrie- Hans-Christian Boos | CEO & Founder, Arago
Presenting startups: AsiaFundManagers • Catana Capital • Firamis • FundApps • Ginmon • Giromatch • NDGIT • Otly
TechFluence is a co-initiator of the event.
FinTech Germany Awards (26th Apr. 2017, Frankfurt)
TechFluence was a co-host of the FinTech Germany Award in Frankfurt, in close cooperation with Börsen-Zeitung, Frankfurt Main Finance and Business Angels Frankfurt Rhein Main. Congratulations to all the winners of the evening. We are very proud that both LIQID and Bitbond are alumni of FinTech Forum. A jury of 16 selected the FinTech startups this year: http://fintechgermanyaward.de/jury/
Coverage of the event: Wirtschaftswoche Fintechs: Frühlingsgefühl bei europäischen Startups; Börsen Zeitung (via Business Angel FRM): FinTech Gründer ausgezeichnet
Number of robo advisors in Europe increases by 10%, one third in Germany
TechFluence research shows that as of end of April 2017 there are 73 Robo advisors in Europe. More than a third of them are based in Germany (26), followed by 19 in UK and 5 in Switzerland. The hub with the highest number of provider's in Europe is London (16), also home to Europe's largest digital wealth manager nutmeg with estimated £700m in assets under management.
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.
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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.