TechFluence is an award-winning research and corporate development boutique at the intersection of Startups, Financial Services and Venture Capital, recognised by the Wall Street Journal / Financial News FinTech40 "40 Innovators Shaping the Future of Finance" (2014) and the Innovationspreis IT Bestenliste (2015).
In 2013 we co-founded FinTech Forum, the first and largest hub for FinTech in Continental Europe with a community of over 12000: 16 events; 260+ startups, $310+ mn in funding and $300+ mn worth of exits as of end-2017.
What we do
We use our proprietary research, network of relationships and events to grow the FinTech ecosystem, help financial institutions setup and run startup partnership-, investment- or M&A programs, and help scale and fund the most promising startups.
TF Lab helps scale and fund leading Enterprise Software & FinTech firms addressing "real and present" challenges and opportunities in Financial Services.
Our InvestTech research tracks the European "robo advisory" and digital investment management space.
The VCXO Briefing offers "VC thinking for CXOs": a crisp, data-driven summary of FinTech investment and M&A deals, combined with insights from relevant VCs. We were invited to present the European FinTech edition at Money2020 Europe 2017.
FTF On Tour helps leading financial institutions and corporates plan, kickstart and run tailored, high-impact startup engagement and open innovation programs for partnerships, business development, investments or acquisitions.
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Leading FinTechs honoured at the 2018 FinTechGermany Awards with the Golden Garage
For the fourth time, the Golden Garage was awarded to outstanding FinTech companies on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at the FinTechGermany Award ceremony. The leading investor-driven award for FinTech entrepreneurs, organized by Börsen-Zeitung, Business Angels FrankfurtRhineMain, Frankfurt Main Finance and TechFluence, honours start-ups in six different categories for their accomplishments. Awamo was able to convince the jury of its success in the category Seed-/Early Stage while Optiopay won the category Late Stage. N26 was awarded best FinTech in the Growth Stage. Revolut stood out as „Best foreign FinTech on the German market.” Additionally, the special prize for the best PropTech was given to Exporo. Element Insurance was honoured in the special category Insurtech. The Longlist, consisting of applicants and nominees, featured more than 150 companies.
“FinTechs are of utmost importance to the long-term attractiveness and high economic performance of the Financial Centre Frankfurt,” emphasises Dr. Lutz Raettig, President of Frankfurt Main Finance.
“We are pleased that the FinTechGermany Award provides a platform for start-ups and promotes the financing chain in the region throughout the entire start-up process – from the seed stage to pre-IPO,” states Andreas Lukic, Chairman of Business Angels Frankfurt RheinMain.
“The award ceremony has become a well-established event in the Financial Centre Frankfurt,” says Dr. Jens Zinke, Managing Director of Börsen-Zeitung. “The German FinTech industry continues to grow. We are still at an early stage with regards to the digitalisation of the financial sector,” explains Michael Mellinghoff, Managing Director at TechFluence and Senior Advisor as well as Mentor at FinTech Forum.
The jury’s three most important judgement criteria were financial viability, scalability and exit-potential. They evaluated the business concept, competitive advantages, positioning, financial planning and management. The Seed-/Early-Stage comprises of FinTechs, which either generated their first revenue or had none yet. Companies with a cumulative turnover of at least six figures were able to qualify for the category Late Stage. The category Growth Stage requires companies to have a seven-figure or higher revenue and international expansion to qualify. The special awards recognize important FinTech industry sectors, which are becoming increasingly significant. In addition, the best foreign market participant is being honoured.
FTF On Tour | UK FinTech meets Germany (22nd Mar. 2018, Haus Metzler, Frankfurt am Main)
In partnership with the Department of International Trade, the British Embassy Berlin and Frankfurt Main Finance, TechFluence organises the FTF On Tour | UK FinTech meets Germany, bringing together top-notch UK FinTech startups addressing “real and present” challenges and opportunities for German banks.
Robo Advice market in Germany crosses €1bn in assets
Fueled by the cooperation between Scalable Capital and ING Bank the assets under management (AuM) in Germany as of end of November 2017 for the first time crossed the € 1bn mark to €1.2bn (+ 40% compared to our update in September 2017).
Scalable Capital develops the robo advice market in Germany and Europe
It seems to become a pleasant tradition to update our TechFluence blog whenever milestones happen in the development of the digital wealth market - and very often in the recent past it was linked to Scalable Capital...The overall AuM in Europe are €2,1bn according to our own research. The number of robo advice offers in Europe has increased to 87.
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 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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