Startup News Germany – November Wrap-Up

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House Keeping

Once again we are Number 1;-) This time our German podcast got put there by a Hamburg based “founder initiative HEI” on their website http://www.hei-hamburg.de/blog/hoert-euch-schlau-podcasts-fuer-gruender/

 

Video in English:

  •  We sat down for a short chat with Brant Cooper, NYTimes bestselling author of “The lean entrepreneur”. You can find the video of course on our YouTube channel
    • Brant Cooper – “The Lean Entrepreneur” in a short interview with Startupradio – YouTube http://ow.ly/Ua0q306IsWc

 

Audio Episodes:

  • An interview with a startup from the social impact lab Frankfurt: MEJO! aims to improve the life of diabetes patients with data science, focusing on the Spanish speaking countries, working with behavioral data – startuprad.io http://ow.ly/r2TP306Itfg
  • Frankfurt Celebrates Innovation, the award ceremony for the startups, who get to go to the USA with the German Accelerator Program. We interviewed a few startups and you can tune in here for some interviews and event highlights – startuprad.io http://ow.ly/JI2H306ItV4

 

Eco System 

Report of the Ministry of Finance: Germany on its way to become a fintech nation (GER) http://buff.ly/2gdbIaR

From the report:

  • A total of 433 Fintech businesses with operations in Germany were identified; 346 of those remain active. The other 87 businesses either did not begin their operations before 2016 or else are no longer active
  • We estimate the total volume of the potential addressable markets of the financing and wealth management sectors in Germany to equal almost 1.7 trillion EUR in 2015. This figure comprises a market volume of approximately 380 billion EUR for the financing sector and about 1.3 trillion EUR for the wealth management sector. In a real case scenario, we forecast growth in the total market volume of FinTechs of approximately 58 billion EUR in the year 2020 and 97 billion EUR in 2025. In 2035 the market could realistically reach a volume of up to 148 billion EUR.
  • Almost 87 % of the surveyed financial institutions currently cooperate with a FinTech business and strive for cooperation with or a participation in a FinTech business in the future.
  • After the UK, Germany is the second largest FinTech market in Europe. Internationally, Germany is rapidly catching up.

And here is a PDF summary of the report in English: http://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/Content/DE/Standardartikel/Themen/Internationales_Finanzmarkt/2016-11-21-Gutachten-kurz-en.pdf;jsessionid=31B1E5E0508FDEF49B49A6302F86D60C?__blob=publicationFile&v=1

 

KPMG Fintech Pulse: Germany again tops UK for FinTech funding in Q3’16: Germany saw almost 35% more funding to VC-backed FinTech companies than the UK for the second consecutive quarter, led by financings to Smava and FinanceFox. You find the link to the PDF here: https://assets.kpmg.com/content/dam/kpmg/xx/pdf/2016/11/the-pulse-of-fintech-q3-report.pdf

 

 

Hubs 

KPMG made a list of 100 FinTech Innovators. The list of the emerging stars from Germany made it Kreditech (#7 Hamburg) and Spotcap (#29 Berlin – Rocket Startup)

In the Global Leaders Ranking made it Pair Finance (# 90 – Berlin) and Solaris Bank (# 96 – Berlin)

https://home.kpmg.com/xx/en/home/media/press-releases/2016/10/the-fintech-100-announcing-the-worlds-leading-fintech-innovators-for-2016.html

Article in German: http://www.gruenderszene.de/allgemein/fintech100-fintech-innovators-kpmg-2015-1601 

Frankfurt 

Deloitte UK sees bright future for Frankfurt, as a FinTech hub in its recent report. Around the world in 21 hubs | Deloitte UK http://buff.ly/2eQKpiA

 

German Fintech Awards been awarded in a ceremony in Frankfurt

  • Seed-/Early Stage: Scalable Capital (Robo Advisor from Munich and London)
  • Late Stage: CRX Markets (An independent marketplace for Asset-Based Financing solutions and connects Buyers, Suppliers, Banks and Institutional Investors from Munich)
  • Growth Stage: webID Solutions (Web based ID from Berlin)
  • Foreign new entrant to Germany: Quantoz (a Blockchain startup from the Netherlands)

You can learn more on the links below (mostly in German)

http://www.startupvalley.news/de/scalable-capital-gewinnt-fintechgermany-award/

https://www.webid-solutions.de/de/

https://quantoz.com/

 

Coffee retail startup Roast Market raised more than 1 million this year, in two rounds. More details have not been disclosed. http://ow.ly/DBvO306AbFL

 

Tech & Startup Events Frankfurt RheinMain – Now every week in English! https://hallofrankfurt.de/tech-startup-events-frankfurt-rheinmain-a67bc901d088#.ak0dq9piz

 

In the ministry of finance from the state of Hessen, there have been “countless” requests from banks, companies and startups from the UK after the Brexit vote reports Frankfurter Neue Presse http://www.fnp.de/rhein-main/Warum-der-Brexit-eine-grosse-Chance-fuer-Hessen-ist;art801,2347265

 

From our discussion, the list of InsurTech startups from Frankfurt https://rhein-main-startups.com/2016/08/22/insurtech-startups-aus-frankfurtrheinmain/ and the InsurTech meetup. 

 

Berlin and Hamburg

Everybody seems to be on the hunt to profit from Brexit: Gründermetropole Berlin writes that Berlin and Hamburg now work on a startup tour together to lure startups from London over http://ow.ly/9qEP306pmiZ

 

Companies

 

We found the captable of hyped Berlin FinTech N26 / Number26 – Bottom line VCs control 54%, management 35,88 %, 8 business angels 6,13%, approximately 3% for Springer’s Plug and Play of the company. The company is therefore valued at 154 mn US$ http://ow.ly/COOp306nwbu

Related: CTO leaves hyped Berlin based fintech N26 http://www.gruenderszene.de/allgemein/christian-rebernik-abgang-number26

 

Even established companies fail … frequently in ecommerce: From a unicorn to a “no-corn” the well established chocolate company Ritter Sport wanted to produce a unicorn chocolate, only available online and … two times their online store just broke down. This lead to some ridicule on social media, using the hashtag #glittersport  – So, not only startups fail, but they can surely learn to get load tests before you expected a big wave of purchases http://ow.ly/JC1K306bYSE

 

Rocket Internet Corner

 

move24 vs. movinga. Both startups help you to find the right person to move house now they also have a TV ad battle going: https://www.deutsche-startups.de/2016/11/07/move24-vs-movinga-jetzt-auch-im-tv/

Keep in mind movinga has already been in the news in the past

so now, there is more competition going on here. We keep you updated.

 

Startup wins lawsuit in Germany against Ryanair, can still by delay claims from passengers, which Ryanair tried to prohibit. Now the startup flight right can still buy late claims from the passengers  http://ow.ly/TMgN3062sm1

Unister you may remember the company with the many vacation portals that went in insolvency with a questionable end to the founder? We promised to keep you up to date. Now the insolvency administrator sold the first subsidiary http://ow.ly/II60306bu7I

 

Jörn’s find Icaros gives you with a funny chair and VR glasses the feeling of flying.

http://www.vrfitnessinsider.com/interview-icaros-co-founder-johannes-scholl/

 

Stay ahead of the curve

Frankfurt Celebrates Innovation – Interviews and Event Highlights from the German Accelerator Event

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img-20161013-wa0005-collageThis time we bring you interviews from the fantastic event “Frankfurt Celebrating Innovation”, which took place last month organised by German Accelerator together with Frankfurt Pitch Club and hosted at TechQuartier Frankfurt. Startups from all fields pitched non-stop to be the luckiest ones and get a chance to participate in the US programs of German Accelerator. They will spend time in the US in either Silicon Valley or New-York, leverage the GA network and scale their products in US market.

 

We would like to point out our interview with Andy Goldstein, the CEO of German Accelerator and surely we bring you interviews with some of the US-bound startups:

MEJO! aims to improve the life of diabetes patients with data science

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Today we bring you an interview from one of the social startups from the Social Impact Lab Frankfurt. We talk to Luca from MEJO!, a web application, which applies data science to help patients cope with their diabetes.  MEJO officially launches Nov 28th, but has already more than 6.000 registered users. Currently there are estimated to be more than 30 mn people with diabetes in the Spanish speaking countries and MEJO aims to help those people, as well as their care takers.

As of now there is a lot of medical data (e.g. blood pressure) available for the condition, but not much behavioral data, which is the big advantage of MEJO, since they try to use exactly this data. Tune in to learn more!

MEJO! is actively looking for seed funding.

Here you find the links

October Startup News Germany

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House Keeping:

Wohoooooo! The first recognition for our English podcast Startuprad.io. Lately, our German channel was doing well. Now the English one is picking up speed as well. We have been the only podcast from Germany listed in EU-Startups.com’s list of “14 entrepreneurship podcasts worth listening to” http://ow.ly/2pI1305Jbe1

Roadtrip Interviews and Event Highlights from Bits & Pretzels 2016 – Part I – startuprad.io http://ow.ly/uNKZ305CNTG

myLike – Get Inspired By People You Trust – startuprad.io http://ow.ly/dkle305CNXL

We had the first English version of our format www.startupcouch.tv last week. We had a live discussion, which we streamed in YouTube and Periscope. We discussed Robo Advisory with founders, bankers and consultants and more than 100 live guests with our friends from the Fintech Meetup Frankfurt.

You can see the recording of our Robo Advisor discussion live from Frankfurt here on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akCaXmFfgMQ

 

Ecosystem

German Startup Monitor:

Newest Survey of startups in Germany: 23% receive external financing like venture capital or credit http://ow.ly/5u4W305kNu0

Approx. 9% of responding startups are headquartered in Frankfurt and the surrounding RheinMain Area  http://ow.ly/MuFT305kNLF

 

Brexit and the uncertainty it causes … is are already hurting … FinTech startups in London writes Business Insider http://www.businessinsider.de/ceo-suade-diana-paredes-says-brexit-hurts-british-fintech-and-startups-2016-10?r=US&IR=T

 

European tech funding dropped 17% to 3.4 billion in Q3 2016 compared year on year. Also in the numbers are included Israel and Turkey. Notably, investments are down in two very important countries, namely Germany and UK. On the other hand, France was doing quite well. The decline of activity in the UK may be attributed to Brexit. In Germany Rocket Internet is not as active as they used to be https://t.co/blDXfneh1f

 

Hubs

Frankfurt

Our friends form Clark found that in Frankfurt there are more InsurTech and FinTech jobs offers, than in Berlin https://twitter.com/ClarkGermany/status/775716440787804161

 

We did attend the ceremony of German Accelerator Program, here in Frankfurt where the startups have been announced, which will be taken to the US (New York and the Valley) with the program. We will bring you interviews from there of course. Also there CEO Andy Goldstein from the German Accelerator said “Frankfurt is pretty much the center for FinTech startups in Germany” pic.twitter.com/ubyeZ5RAu1

 

FRANKFURT WOMEN IN FINTECH 

Frankfurt Women in Fintech has now had its second monthly meeting. The group has grown to 130 members since September. It was founded to help bring more women into the Fintech startup scene, as employees and founders. https://www.meetup.com/Frankfurt-Women-in-FinTech/

 

Berlin

Accelerator 500 Startups starts postseed mentoring program in Berlin reports German startup blog Gründerszene  https://t.co/UoHw3tWuyB https://t.co/aFeAE5DN20

 

Companies

Rocket Internet Corner

Rocket Internet’s cleaning service ZipJet acquires it’s London-based competitor Asteria Cleaners http://ow.ly/korA305J8AK

 

Rocket internet’s Wimdu and 9Flats merge to compete with airbnb – Let’s see if there is still “room” for them. Recently both have been under pressure lately since Airbnb is far ahead of them https://t.co/FFn1UTInK6

Related:

A pioneer room broker from Germany Gloveler (founded 2009), a kind of Airbnb or couch surfing – ends in insolvency https://t.co/P9zA617MRp

 

German authorities ask Tesla to stop using misleading Autopilot term in its ads. The response of Tesla remains unclear till now. Let’s see. We will keep you up to date https://t,co/vL47YBbmAY https://t,co/MtAOol8XbC

We discussed:

 

 

Many try to imitate Blue Apron. We found some ideas why they all (original and copy cats) seem to be a bit behind expectations: The “big problem [of Blue Apron] is that it’s some combination of three existing businesses, none of which are attractive.” ==> What does this mean for (German) copy cats? We are not sure, but will surely keep you up to date.  http://www.bloombergquint.com/business/2016/10/07/meal-delivery-startups-show-tech-disrupted

 

The Berlin-based Music Maker JAM is doing quite well, we found. They have now hits 1.5 million registered members and plan to hit 3 million by end of 2016 – Did you know this startup before? https://t.co/Xst0hKgRy4

 

Fintech is hot now in Germany:

 

  • German Startups Group invests in FinTech de. The new startup of ousted Kreditech founder Sebastian Diemer. The startup offers factoring solutions for freelancers, self-employed entrepreneurs as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. https://t.co/znCg0LB1iw
  • More FinTech: German FinTech Smava raises $34 million. Smava has been around for some almost 10 years now. It offers a credit comparison business https://t.co/mvAN66NI4Y
  • The deposit marketplace startup Raisin (which brokers bank deposits in Europe) has reached more than 1.7 bn € in invested volume https://t.co/Gv6A5JlVvT
  • Bad news for hyped Berlin based startup Cookies. It did not get the bridge financing it needed and therefore went into insolvency https://www.deutsche-startups.de/2016/10/27/cookies-insolvent/– A few days before co-founder Garry Krugljakow was ousted effective immediately, even though he was not in the company 6 weeks prior https://www.deutsche-startups.de/2016/10/25/cookies-krugljakow-muss-gehen/
  • Gründerszene has a long story on Michael Gastauer, founder FinTech WB21, which he wants to IPO in 2020. Now he claims a valuation of 2.2 bn US$. Now Gründerszene did its homework and found systematic fraud in the past of the founder, spanning London, Switzerland, Singapore and the British Virgin Islands. The swiss courts documents available to Gründerszene show illigeal gun ownership, a traffic accident with an injured police officer and fraud (involving his company G&S), for which he was sentenced to 18 month. He claims to have founded Apax Global Payment and sold it to a malayan company for 480 mn US$, where in the annual report of the acquirer no hint can be found. http://www.gruenderszene.de/allgemein/michael-gastauer-wb21-betrug-steuerhinterziehung-urteil-betrueger

 

In ecommerce in Germany there are depressing news for the locals. Since the Amazon platform is pulling ahead of it’s competition. According to the blog Netzoekonom Amazon generates in Germany 9.4 bn € in revenues, excluding the sales of its platform. With the platform it is even as high as 19.4 bn €. The closest local competitor Otto.de (a former catalogue retailer) is dragging along with 3.1 bn € in revenue, followed by Rocket Internet’s Zalando with 1.2 bn € https://t.co/8EoKPYxwK0

 

Crowdfunding insolvencies have been collected by Deutsche Startups. They include

Returbo – 1.088.050 Euro

Tollabox – 600.000 Euro

Vibewrite – 560.250 Euro

foodieSquare – 530.000 Euro

Paymey – 400.000 Euro

Twinkind – 350.000 Euro loss for the crowd and 500.000 for a business angel

Sommelier Privé – 300.000 Euro

Carzapp – 250.000 Euro

Lingoschools  – 155.744 Euro

fotovio – 148.640 Euro

https://www.deutsche-startups.de/2016/10/27/5-crowdinvesting-pleiten-die-richtig-weh-getan-haben/

 

5 notable Startup exits in Germany

* Heftig.co – Viral “news” and video portal bought by Funke Media Group

* InnoGames bought by Swedish company MTG

* Käuferportal (buyer portal) received investment from ProSieben Sat1 Media and General Atlantic, which in turn took over the majority

* Myhammer got acquired by US based HomeAdvisor

* Wimdu merged with 9flats, which could be interpreted as a takeover by 9flats. See above

https://www.deutsche-startups.de/2016/10/31/5-aktuelle-exits-die-jeder-mitbekommen-haben-sollte/

 

Stay ahead of the curve:

You Cannot Cut Your Way to Growth says the Red Rocket Ventures Blog, read more what it means for Growth Hacking https://t.co/nSh4cp0c4N

We found a report on Wholesale Transaction Banking, which is talking about leveraging Fin and Tech https://t.co/wKg1IDeel7

Our friends from EU-Startups write that Germany is getting serious about Alternative Finance http://ow.ly/kRMZ305J8Bq

Finally we found an Infographic on how the Industrial Internet of Things could change the world http://ow.ly/3T7h305J90x

 

Security Startup Talks With Us About The DDoS Attacks

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In this interview Joern interviews Stefan. Stefan is one of the co-founders of the startup Alyne. Alyne is also in the first batch of the program of Accelerator Frankfurt.

Alyne is a regtech (regulatory technology) startup. They offer to handle cybersecurity, regulatory and compliance for their clients. We got curious, when several big websites went down recently in an attack. In the light of these recent Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks with IoT devices, we ask Stefan what happened and what a startup could do to lower their cybersecurity risks.

In the interview we talk about:

  • Botnet Mirai
  • The mentioned article with cyber security tips

Roadtrip Interviews and Event Highlights from Bits & Pretzels 2016 – Part I

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In the next three series of roadshow podcasts we’re sharing highlights of Munich’s top startup event – Bits & Pretzels 2016. This year events’ talk lineup was fantastic – Kevin Spacey, Richard Branson, founders of Evernote, Airbnb, Home24, Runtastic, Youporn and many other renowned speakers. Besides highlights in each podcast we have a chance to share with our listeners a bunch of pitches of the most buzzing startups from Bits & Pretzels. In this podcast our blitz-interview guest is Mitchell Baker Executive Chairwoman of Mozilla Foundation discussing her keynote: “data as a new oxygen for startups” and startup pitches from Parquery, CollectAI, 4tiitoo.

myLike – Get Inspired By People You Trust

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This time our guest is Uwe Hering CEO & Founder of myLike. A smart mobile app that solves the problem that most of us have when travelling or want to find interesting spots in our town. Best option for this pain is to ask people whom you trust. The rest is in the podcast. myLike’s story is a great story for people engaged in apps business, you guys can learn a lot from this startup.

You can already install and use myLike app for iOS and Android platforms. Stay tuned and check more about it on myLike webpage, in Twitter and Facebook.

Interview With The #Brexit Hedge For Startups, Fintechs And Investors, Joinmainland.com

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In this interview Joe interviews Alex, who is the mind behind the #Brexit hedge for startups, fintechs and their investors www.joinmainland.com. The interview is done outside (link to pictures here) and therefore there is some noise in the background, we apologize for that. The area where both met in Offenbach just undergoes vast construction and will be a posh neighborhood pretty soon.

Alex wants to help #Brexit concerned startups and investors to open an office in this area (Offenbach or Frankfurt) and establish with it a Brexit #hedge. They can soon call up the office of the initiative and ask for help and advice to set up a small and cheap office in Offenbach or Frankfurt (each city opposite the other on the river Main).

The office space in Offenbach is new, high end and very cheap compared to London. You can learn more on the website www.joinmainland.com

Quick video explanation from the initiative.

Startup News from Germany – Summer wrap up

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House Keeping:

This is the first news wrap up after the summer break. What we have been up to during the summer:

In German

  • We got for you an update on the billion dollar project of a startup campus. The project shall be called Silicon Valley of Europe and will be located in the vicinity of Frankfurt. We wait for the results of a land auction if the project will get the required area: https://www.startupradio.de/der-silicon-valley-of-europe-update/
  • We introduced our listeners to a short format “in nuce” (in brief), where we introduce our listeners to several event formats in short podcasts

In English:

Startupradio.de (our German channel) is once again listed as a need-to-know source for every entrepreneur in Germany: http://www.deutsche-startups.de/2016/08/25/5-podcasts-die-sich-jeder-gruender-anhoeren-sollte/

 

Ecosystem

Frankfurt and region making themselves heard in London http://ow.ly/O91p304CenE

Hubs

Frankfurt

Frankfurt turns into #Fintech city writes local newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau, listing 35 fintechs in the city center alone. Here is the map: https://twitter.com/GangolfSchrimpf/status/773044029323931648

Fintechs:

  • The robo advisor Ginmon raised “millions” from London based Passion Capital http://ow.ly/6gRG303uzjm
  • Frankfurt insurance startup Clark raises €13.2 million http://ow.ly/tgqI302Sbfn
  • Cloud Computing: Frankfurt is on the way to become the could computing center of Europe writes Wirtschaftswoche http://ow.ly/GV8v303uze6
  • From one of the first startup guys in Frankfurt, there is now the “Intro to the Frankfurt Tech scene” http://ow.ly/MuVs302S2k9
  • More signs of life: Relative to its population, Frankfurt is the most mentioned startup city in Germany on the Internet http://ow.ly/pIm6302nFsX

Financing for 42 ha (for americans 103 acres) innovation center & startup campus close to Frankfurt have been secured. We are waiting for the official results of the public bidding. This is associated with out interview mentioned above, but an article by Frankfurt based news paper Frankfurter Rundschau http://ow.ly/ZNGY303z8oD

 

Berlin

In Berlin, the flagship startups of Rocket Internet are not doing especially well, but this seems not to matter too much to the overall tech scene http://ow.ly/aWvz3041gCZ

Companies

Rocket Internet

Hit a rough patch in all of 2016 so far:

 

Tesla: A close Musk associate Antonio Gracias has been turned down by a bavarian battery producing sme called Sonnen, writes manager magazin. Tesla seem to have been interested taking a stake in the company http://ow.ly/XXtx3040Ln9

Here is the promised interview of Elon Musk by Y Combinator: How to Build the Future – YouTube http://ow.ly/r7Wr304CqpC

The story of Travador, they started out as a startup for travel flash sales. This did not work out, the did a pivot and developed their own booking platform for short and weekend trips. Now they are profitable http://ow.ly/TtAl304cd4E

 

Unister was a talking point all through summer. The company behind several B2C travel portals like abindenurlaub.de (like head for vacation) or flüge.de (flights) are owned by the company. The holding company itself is under receivership right now. The founder apparently wanted to avoid that and fell for a scam (so called rip deals), the founder Thomas Wagner getting a cash loan of several millions swiss francs in counterfeit money, in exchange for posting a collateral in real cash. Than to make havoc on the company absolute …. the private jet in which they transported back the money crashed and killed the jet’s crew and passengers (including Mr. Wagner) http://www.n-tv.de/wirtschaft/Unister-Chef-Wagner-ging-volles-Risiko-article18424011.html

 

Automated Vehicles / Automated Driving

“German OEMs retain their lead over US automakers when it comes to incorporating automated functions in mass produced vehicles.” writes Roland Berger in their newest research on automated vehicles

The US and Germany lead the field in terms of automated vehicle expertise.

https://www.rolandberger.com/en/Publications/pub_automated_vehicles_index_q3_2016.html

 

The Economist thiks there will be a starbucks effect in chocolate as well and is asking “Who will be the Starbucks of chocolate?” http://ow.ly/IqWD3033ZHx

 

Know-how for those with vision

Germany performing well in region innovation rankings, writes the European Commision in a publication http://ec.europa.eu/growth/node/1378_de

Peter Thiel at Stanford to Share Tips from his book “Zero to One” – YouTube http://ow.ly/BVAq302O1vC

Peter Thiel on the Global Economy, the State  Tech and Artificial Intelligence – YouTube http://ow.ly/4Cw6302O1Jg

 

Interview With Penta, Part II

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John and Joe talk again with Luka in our second part of the interview with Penta, the banking app for small and medium enterprises. If you missed it, here is the interview part one, in which we talk about Luka (aka Luke) and the company he co-founded: Penta.

This time Luka talks mainly about raising venture capital and his experiences, since he did it already in the US and is right now in the process in Berlin. So he compares the environment in Germany (Europe) and the US. He also points out some important points about raising venture capital.

During the interview we touch:

And here is your link to the (a bit edgy) interview with Edwina from Startupbootcamp Fintech London.

 

Disclaimer: Joe is a repeated mentor on the Frankfurt pitch days of Startupbootcamp Fintech and our startuprad.io team successfully referred PENTA for the SBC Fintech accelerator in London.

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