2018 Startup News Germany January Wrap-up

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Accelerator Frankfurt – Interview with co-founder and fintech influencer Maria

The independent accelerator program “Accelerator Frankfurt” is already a fixture in the Frankfurt startup scene. After the last demo day, their next batch is just around the corner. For this reason, we talk to Maria Pennanen, co-founder of the independent Accelerator Frankfurt. Maria is an experienced Business Angel in Germany and Finland, as well as a fintech influencer in the German-speaking area (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).  She is originally from Finland and has garnered quite a lot of experience in helping startups in Asia and Europe. We talk to her about how she ended up in Frankfurt, how startups can enter Accelerator Frankfurt and how this helps them to enter Europe.

This video was sponsored by Accelerator Frankfurt. You can now apply to their program. The next batch will start March 12th, 2018 and you can apply on their website or directly here: http://bit.ly/2s9nkTh

Twitter: @PennanenMaria
LinedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariapennanen/

Follow-Up Frankfurt based sports startup Wearable Life Sciences

In this interview, we follow up the world premiere of the antelope suite. The company behind it is called Wearable Life Sciences, which we had in May 2015 in our podcast.

Antilope Suite in Action © Wearable Life Sciences

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Securitysutra – Cybersecurity for Entrepreneurs – Find intruders in your network


This is our first video of the new Cybersecurity focused series of Securitysutra. We aim to bring you interviews and quarterly news, relevant to entrepreneurs for their business. Feedback and suggestions are always welcome!

It can take up to 300 days till a hacker is discovered in a network and he/she can use this time to wreak havoc on the company or steal its data. In this video interview, we talk to Yaniv Miron, from the cybersecurity startup Fenror7. Fenror7 is based in Israel and it offers its clients to identify intruders. This is called by the company lateral movement and they offer a graphic display of the threats.

The video was conducted by Gaurav and Joern in the coworking space Co-Work & Play: http://www.co-work-play.de/

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In store for 2018

Hello everybody,

there is a lot we want to do in 2018. There will be a re-launch of the website and podcast before the end of Q1.

Of course, we have some interesting interviews lined up for you as well! We will also participate in a few more live events and bring you more videos and live streams as well.

We will launch Startups.Observer with our friends from Emporion. On this soon to be launched platform, we are will be matching startups and investors. This is a logical extension of our business-focused approach. We have at least seven confirmed startups, who have been contacted by investors as a result of our interviews. In the case of our interview with Get Penta, they had even eight business angels reaching out to them as a result. This happened already, even though we did not intentionally cater investors with the interview. So it kept me personally thinking. Add all the startups that reach out to us for an interview, which we are unable to offer a slot. This leads you to a demand for matching these startups with investors. We are going to do this on a platform, which will be a screening tool for both sides.
It will enable investors to discover new startups on their preferences (not relying on homepages or personal networks alone), instantly getting alerts when a matching startups signs on. Investors will also get all the data for a first look in the same format. If the contact does not work out, the investor and startup can stay in touch via a watch list.
For the startups it will enable them to screen investors, manage the data access of each investor and discover new potential investors, for which they fit the investment criteria. It will enable startups to provide potential investors with data they only have to upload, format and comment once. If the first approach does not work out, one can keep giving updates to the investors via the watch list.

We already signed the contracts for RheinMain.vc, as a data source for VC investments in the greater Frankfurt area. The website is already online, but only as a dummy. Good business news are always based on well interpreted high-quality data. Since we are the international channel of the Frankfurt and Rhine-Main startup scene, we will collect not published data together with our friends from Rhein-Main-Startups.com and Gründerstammtisch/Founders Table (the grassroots meetup for (new) entrepreneurs). We will than aggregate the data and publish it on a regular (maybe quarterly) basis on the website. It will also allow us to deliver you even more insights into the Frankfurt and Rhein-Main based startups scene.

Of course, we are already working on many more ideas. We will keep you updated!

Joern, for the Startuprad.io team

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What others write about us (Press)


February: The Startuprad.io YouTube channel is showing exceptional growth. The one-year CAGR for our subscribers is a mind-blowing 215900.00% (as of February 15th). 
February: The Startuprad.io website is showing strong growth. The one-year CAGR is 152% for unique visitors  (as of February 15th).
January: berlinstartups.de did feature us as the headline story on January 24th with our interview of Get Penta:

January: Analytics company Klout.com ranks Startuprad.io as one of the top 0.1% social media influencers on startups globally:

January: We started a new media cooperation with Gründermetropole (a German blog focused on the Berlin startup scene).

December: Startuprad.io’s founder Jörn got quoted several times in an article in Business Life, the onboard magazine of British Airways, covering the Frankfurt startup hub.

December: Startuprad.io placed one day in the UK Top 100 iTunes podcast download charts
July: Startuprad.io is one of the Top 10 Tech Podcasts Germany
May: Startuprad.io starts it’s YouTube channel YouTube.com/c/Startupradio
April: Geektime writes about our exclusive story with Deutsche Bank
April: Startuprad.io placed 3 days in the German Top 100 iTunes podcast download charts

2016 October: Startuprad.io is the only startup podcast from Germany EU-Startups.com considers “worth listening to”

2015 February: Startuprad.io/Startupradio.de is a compulsive listening source for entrepreneurs and investors writes German VC Blog Investorenszene.de (German)


(Video) You get everything delivered, why not fuel directly to your car? Paris-based startup POMP does exactly that

Sponsoring for this video interview comes from Startups.Observer the matching platform for startups, corporates and investors: http://bit.ly/2FLXY0y

We have been to IAA (Frankfurt Motor Show). During the IAA we did some interview, we just can publish. Please forgive us the background noise, but that is what it is like at a large fair and at the New Mobility World especially. Every corner of the huge place was buzzing with life.

In this interview, we talk to Hugo Domic, the founder of the Paris-based startup POMP (https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/pomp). POMP offers you a “mobile fuel station”, so they come in with their trucks and fill your car up, where it is parked. Their main clients are rather companies with many cars in one parking lot.

Learn more about POMP at https://www.pomp.io/de/



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Email: joe@startuprad.io

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Startup News Germany Wrap-up – December

Chris and Joe talk about the news for December 2017, focusing on the German startup scene.

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House Keeping

We did a year in the review, the year ahead special, check it out!

Startuprad.io made it in the UK podcast download charts: Oh, what a surprise, we made it in the UK podcast download charts! Awesome! You guys rock! http://www.itunescharts.net/uk/artists/podcast/startupradio/podcasts/startupradio-startup-podcast-from-germany/

Paypal plans to enter retail banking in Germany and UK, together with the Berlin based fintech Raisin reports manager magazin https://buff.ly/2z2W07k  Meet their partner Raisin here in the exclusive interview from Startuprad.io http://ow.ly/7vL930hs92u

A look back at 2017

As some of you may already know Startuprad.io is about re-start in 2018. Originally inspired by my project Startupradio.de, Startuprad.io was first intended in 2014 to be the podcast channel for our English content. This soon changed after I realized how much more demand there is out there for a more in-depth coverage of the German and European startup scene in English. A few times since 2014 we managed to synchronize interviews, but the two channels have been drifting away constantly. Especially where Startupradio.de showed a downward trend in terms of listeners and hits, Startuprad.io was growing strong with more than 300% each year since inception. Towards the end of 2017 my partner from Startupradio.de contacted me and let me know, he wanted to shut down the German podcast, which we started as a partnership back in 2013. Reluctantly I agreed and we decided to shut down Startupradio.de. This is sad, but I decided to keep this podcast since I enjoy the work here A LOT. Part of the agreement is that I can use the current graphics and audios until end of Q1. We will take this opportunity to give all of Startuprad.io a facelift in Q1 this year.

As you may have noticed, we started in summer 2017 a YouTube channel. This is working out great, having more than 500.000 views in less than half a year. This is also funny because I first intended it only to be a platform to host videos in order to enable blogs and publications to include our content this way. Looking at it now, it appears we have something good in its own right and reach new audiences. I will keep producing videos and post them on YouTube. Several other publications (including, but not limited to Geek Time, RheinMainStartups.com, HalloFrankfurt.de, and Gruendermetropole) have included them in the past and will likely keep doing so. I will also work on extending this network of partners. I set up an account with SoundCloud for the same reason and if you are reading this and are interested in including some of our media: reach out to me joe@startuprad.io.

The goal for the future is clear; we want to become the most important English speaking business/startup podcast in Germany, becoming a business medium and a premier source of information for entrepreneurs, startups, and investors. We are now far away from this goal, but we are surely on our way, for example, we had more than 2 million hits in 2017 alone and won a spot in the iTunes podcast download charts for 2017 in Germany, as well as the UK. Naturally, we have and will keep having a special spot in our heart for the startups here in Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main, as well as the Rhine-Neckar region.

It may not surprise you, but we have a very international audience here. For example are our listeners on the podcast include in the top 25 countries of course Germany, but also the USA (almost 50% – with hotspots in New York and Silicon Valley), China, UK, Brazil France, India, Japan, Mexico, Korea, the Philippines or Malaysia. I hope to keep this up and grow the international audience. The viewers on YouTube are also very international, but we have there the US, Brazil, UK as well as Chile as top destinations, way before our lovely Germany.


I will keep you updated and hope to get much input on the usual channels from all of you.


Joern, Founder and Host Startuprad.io