Never before have there been so many deals, such large sums, and such exciting startup stories: $24 billion (€21.8 billion) flowed into the European fintech scene last year. And so far, it doesn’t look like the funding climate for financial startups is changing. The high valuations are likely to continue in the market.
But there is also reason for concern: the track record of hyped fintech startups that went public in 2021 is sobering so far. At the same time, some major German financial startups are aiming for an IPO, including the two banks N26 and Solarisbank – even the lending platform Smava once wanted to go public. How is the most disruptive industry developing?
It’s high time to gather the industry on one stage. In 65 days, Finance Forward will finally go live. The people invited to attend the summit come from the fintech sector, insurtech sector, banks, and crypto projects. They represent a finance industry in transition. What are their plans? What’s driving them? And where is their journey heading?
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Finance Forward will discuss this with these insiders:
Eric Demuth, CEO of Bitpanda, has turned up the heat with his startup. The trading app can be used to trade cryptocurrencies, commodities, and, more recently, partial shares. Backers value the app at more than four billion dollars. How long will the trading hype continue?
There’s a lot of interest in what she’s up to next: Jessica Holzbach helped build the business banking provider Penta and is now working on a new venture in the background. What will follow?
Fabian Spielberger has made the bargain portal Mydealz big – and other portals all over the world. His company Pepper.com is one of the hidden champions from Berlin, a great success without millions of investors. Spielberger follows global fintech trends closely.
Scalable Capital has also undergone a transformation. Europe’s largest robo-advisor has become a promising neobroker – with ambitions in Europe. Founder and co-CEO Erik Podzuweit talks about the future of his fintech.
Hardly any other startup has changed as radically as Nuri: the crypto app Bitwala has now become a colorful banking product that aims to appeal to the mass market. Chief executive Kristina Walcker-Mayer has come to drive this transformation. Can it succeed?
When DKB made Arnulf Keese its Chief Digital Officer in 2018, it was a real catch: the man already ran AOL Germany, the Giropay payment method and Paypal’s DACH business. Can he lead the direct banking dinosaur into a new era?
Raffael Johnen founded the peer-to-peer credit marketplace Auxmoney back in 2007. The fintech veteran has become a company with 300 employees that has disbursed more than two billion euros in loans to date.
With Ratepay, founder Miriam Wohlfarth built one of Germany’s top-selling fintech companies, and she now works on financing fintech Banxware. She looks back on almost 20 years of experience in online payments.
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