Sponsored – What have beer and a smartphone in common? The startup Oculyze!

We have been for you at Merck, the Rhein-Main based healthcare, life science and performance material behemoth, who also happens to be the world’s oldest chemicals and pharma company. As part of their strategy, Merck runs its own startup accelerator program, for which you can still apply till November 13th, 2017.

As part one of our sponsored video series, we talk to Ulrich, CTO of the startup Oculyze. Oculyze is one of the startups in the current batch of the Merck Accelerator program. We give you an idea how the startup turns a smartphone into a microscope, which also helps to brew beer. Stay tuned for more!

 

Learn more here: https://accelerator.merckgroup.com/

About our sponsor:

The Accelerator program in Darmstadt, Germany

The Merck Accelerator program in Darmstadt, Germany supports early-stage companies that are focused on the fields of healthcare, life science, performance materials, and additional search fields, such as bio-interfaces and sensors, enablers of precision farming, 3D printing, future organic chemistry, microbiome research, and smart site management. The program focuses primarily on digital business models. Selected companies will receive office space at the new Merck Innovation Center in Darmstadt, as well as mentoring and in-depth coaching from a network comprising over 50,000 experts from 67 countries. Additionally, they will receive financial support of up to € 50,000. Oculyze, Living Brain, and MedicSen are three of the seven current participants of the program.

Learn more here: https://accelerator.merckgroup.com/

 

Sponsored – Merck is looking for new startups for their accelerator

We have been for you at Merck, the Rhein-Main based healthcare, life science and performance material behemoth, who also happens to be the world’s oldest chemicals and pharma company. As part of their strategy, Merck runs its own startup accelerator program, for which you can still apply till November 13th, 2017. As part one of our sponsored video series, we talk to Munya, who is originally from Zimbabwe, but works as innovation manager and head of the accelerator program. We give you a brief overview of the program and what’s in it for the startups. As part of the video series, we will also introduce you to some of the startups of the program. Stay tuned for more!

 

Learn more here: https://accelerator.merckgroup.com/

About our sponsor:

The Accelerator program in Darmstadt, Germany

The Merck Accelerator program in Darmstadt, Germany supports early-stage companies that are focused on the fields of healthcare, life science, performance materials, and additional search fields, such as bio-interfaces and sensors, enablers of precision farming, 3D printing, future organic chemistry, microbiome research, and smart site management. The program focuses primarily on digital business models. Selected companies will receive office space at the new Merck Innovation Center in Darmstadt, as well as mentoring and in-depth coaching from a network comprising over 50,000 experts from 67 countries. Additionally, they will receive financial support of up to € 50,000. Oculyze, Living Brain, and MedicSen are three of the seven current participants of the program.

Learn more here: https://accelerator.merckgroup.com/

 

Startup News Germany Wrap-Up – September and Summer

Housekeeping

Welcome back after the summer break. We did not only chill on the beach, we rather worked hard for you. We put up more than 9 videos on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/Startupradio.

  • This includes live recordings from the Ethereum Meetup Central Germany
  • Our interviews from the Frankfurt Motor Show

On our podcast www.startuprad.io you will find several new podcast interviews, including, but not limited to:

  • Roadtrip interviews from pre-Brexit London
  • RegTech event in TechQuartier here in lovely Frankfurt
  • Plus exclusive interviews e.g. with the world premiere, the first all digital health insurer in Germany, ever to be set up (ottonova)

A recognition for our German and English podcast Wuha! “10 Tech-Podcasts you should know | Gründerszene http://ow.ly/dDtF30duzSz

Live Stream on November 16th at Euro Finance Tech 2017 you can watch on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6CfiHY5FYw

Exclusive – First English Interview From The Newly Founded All Digital Health Insurer ottonova

For the first time in 17 years, a new health insurance company was founded in Germany, called ottonova. It just received their permission to operate from the German financial oversight BAFin. Due to this special occasion, we wanted to bring you a world premiere, their first English interview. We, therefore, talk to Yvonne Gründler, Chief Product Officer. ottonova aims to be an all digital insurance company,  who wants to partner with their insurance buyers.

 

Learn more in the interview about the differences to get a full insurance company off the ground and why they need forecasts of up to 120 years.

 

RegTech at TechQuartier II – The future of RegTechs after Brexit, perspective from London

Gaurav did attend the RegTech event here in Frankfurt, in TechQuartier (TQ). TQ is one of the hubs of the emerging Frankfurt startup community. TQ did invite to the event talking about the impact the Brexit will have on RegTech startups.

This will be a short series and follow up our interview with Prof. Hackthal here with Franklin Allen, who is Professor of Finance and Economics and Executive Director of the Brevan Howard Centre at Imperial College London.

 

Tune in to learn more.

 

Disclaimer: We did our best to improve the audio quality, but doing live interviews, sometimes on the go, results usually not in the highest audio quality. We apologize for the lower audio quality upfront and still hope you can draw insights from the interview. Non-the-less we hope you enjoy it anyways. Next time we will be a bit better! PROMISE!

RegTech at TechQuartier I – The Brexit Impact on RegTechs

Gaurav did attend the RegTech event here in Frankfurt, in TechQuartier (TQ). TQ is one of the hubs of the emerging Frankfurt startup community. TQ did invite to the event talking about the impact the Brexit will have on RegTech startups.

This will be a short series and we start with Prof. Hackethal, who is Professor at the Frankfurt University and the House of Finance. He talked during the event about the future of RegTech

Tune in to learn more.

Disclaimer: We did our best to improve the audio quality, but doing live interviews, sometimes on the go, results usually not in the highest audio quality. We apologize for the lower audio quality upfront and still hope you can draw insights from the interview. Non-the-less we hope you enjoy it anyways. Next time we will be a bit better! PROMISE!

Startup News Germany – June 2017

Housekeeping

We have a new interview online with Dr. Yassin Hankir. He is a former management consultant, former co-founder of one of the first roboadvisors in Germany and he is now the co-host of the Fintech Meetup in and around Frankfurt, as well as co-founder of savedroid. Savedroid is an app, which helps its users with an AI to save money. He and the company are looking to close a Series-A round towards the end of the year: http://www.startuprad.io/interviews/frankfurtfintech-interview-yassin-founder-ai-savings-app-savedroid/

 

Eco System

none today

Hubs

Startup New Germany – May 2017

Housekeeping

We made it up to Number 45  in the German podcast download charts for 3 days during Easter! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawesome! 🙂 http://www.itunescharts.net/ger/artists/podcast/startupradio/podcasts/startupradio-startup-podcast-from-germany/  

An article by our friends Joe and Paul from Rhein-Main Startups on the Frankfurt Startup Eco System http://www.startupblink.com/blog/frankfurt-startup-ecosystem/

Jacob talked about the Berlin Startup Jobs Fair 2017 – startuprad.io http://ow.ly/6zQn30cfUYa

Joern attended the opening of the German Entrepreneurship Center GTEC Campus Frankfurt http://ow.ly/Eru430cfV1X

Berlin Startup Jobs Fair 2017 – One of Germany’s hottest startup jobs fair

Ashok Dudhat and Mario Paladini proudly present the Startup Jobs Fair, an HR event to bring professional and grown startups together with talents who like to gain experience beyond what is possible in a corporate. Those talents who are looking forward to take the challenge to work as a part of a startup team.

The event will take place in Berlin from the 29th of June to the 1st of July. But unlike other HR events, Startup Jobs Fair does not a classical event in an exhibition hall with HR managers in suits behind a desk. It comes with a pre-party and an after beach party, to ensure a good and relaxed atmosphere for face to face conversations.

The event is great for meeting with recruiter’s face to face, networking with other corporations, increase brand awareness and an unique opportunity for job seekers to make personal connections. Tickets can be ordered here and with the discount code: startupradio20 you will get 20% off.

image credit: startupjobsfair.org

Startup News Germany – April

Housekeeping

Geektime wrote about our interview with Deutsche Bank “Breaking into Deutsche Bank: This German giant has found a way to reach out startups” http://ow.ly/CCfy30bgqzg

 

How Clark Made It on Bloomberg’s List of the Most Promising Startups – Insurtechtalk https://t.co/VjOLUo8el3

 

Eco System

It appears Cryptocurrencies are being used for Ponzi or Pyramid Scheme Scams now reports Confluence http://ow.ly/V6jM30aW5J0  

OneCoin, Much Scam: OneCoin Exposed as Global MLM Ponzi Scheme – The Cointelegraph https://t.co/aDoUseQmvi

DASCOIN, another outbreak of the #Onecoin strain of MLM Virus. https://t.co/boGvejZrsy

 

Cannabis comes to Germany. The ICBC in Berlin kicks off a new industry as the government releases its first bid tender for 10 grow licenses to serve the medical market.

 

Joern talks about the song “Manhattan” by Ella Fitzgerald. The amazing Ella would have turned 100 just 3 days before the recording.

 

Hubs

Frankfurt

Survey results: Frankfurt among top 50 cities for entrepreneurs globally| Rhein-Main http://ow.ly/201n30a6sNX  

 

The federal government advisory council on sustainability dashed out sustainability awards for startups in the rhein main area.

  • Bettervest – A crowdfunding platform for energy projects
  • Place2Help – A crowdfunding platform for social projects in the Rhein-Main Area and
  • Africa Green Tec – Which brings solar containers to Africa (Mali)

each got one award http://ow.ly/O4DX30aoSkW

 

CB Insights the research company compiled a list of Robo Advisors in the world. Two from Frankfurt are listed. They are not all, who exist here, but it makes sure that Frankfurt is also here a global hotspot “A Wealth Tech World: Mapping Robo-Advisors Around The Globe”  http://ow.ly/mUN330bdoj2

 

Frankfurter based micro savings fintech savedroid raised Venture Capital, valued at 20 mn – We have by the way a recorded, but not published interview with the founder and CEO for you. Coming before the summer break https://t.co/Z2aYsZdroz

 

Finally: The GTEC – German Tech Entrepreneurship Center – GTEC is expanding to Frankfurt – Of course we made an interview with the founder and CEO as well. As you know – Coming soon 🙂  https://t.co/LwekF249of

 

The Frankfurt-based mobile recruitment platform Mobilehead raised a  seven-digit sum for their mobile job recruiting platforms, where each is tailored to a specific professional area (e.g. Legalhead)- Tech.eu https://t.co/pUDaiPRGKa

 

Cologne

Federal Ministry of Economy awards funds to Cologne in digital hub initiative for Insurtech – deutsche-startups.de http://buff.ly/2oz9wPL

 

Companies

The bad news

The marketing blog “Online Marketing Rockstars” is explaining “Signalling” and also asks if the credit is the beginning of the end for Soundcloud? Background: We did talk about them the last news, that Soundcloud is in trouble and ReCode was speculating even on a firesale of the startup. Now they have 70 million USD to go one. Fingers crossed for them  http://ow.ly/fKI430ajSpS

 

Hamburg – Lampuga Insolvency: Investor files criminal charges for potential fraud at the startup who was crowdfunded with 820 thousand Euros to produced jet propulsioned surfboards http://ow.ly/yY7H30aYE2O

 

The online shoe store Giggs gave up – since up to 60 % of goods / shoes been returned http://ow.ly/9POo30b91OU

 

The good news

Vimcar, a Berlin startup that offers hardware and an app to manage company fleets, raised $5.5M https://t.co/jWJ52vqp0s https://t.co/ftwYwiSWMK

 

There seems to be some great movement in the Media Startup market, coming from Switzerland. We have republik.ch, collecting money for a new more leftist/centrist journalism offering. The Swiss media market is usually very conservative, but now they proved there’s room in the market. 2.2 mn Franks in three days. Equal to $2.2 mn.

https://www.republik.ch/

 

The digital health insurer Ottonova raised 15 million https://t.co/IlWTDueTQJ

 

IoT News

The Munich-basedIoT startup KONUX announced a final close of its Series A funding round worth $16 million | EU-Startups https://t.co/i4B6hPi2U0

 

The agriculture and industry IoT platform Cumulocity, based in beautiful Düsseldorf was acquired by Rhein Main (Darmstadt) based Software AG https://t.co/EU4z1lrHMM

 

Rocket Internet Corner

Rocket got criticized, this time in an interview with the influential Manager Magazin. You have heard many critical articles from MM on Rocket Internet. This one is noticeable since it is an interview from Michael Otto, from the former catalogue empire Otto. Otto Group also happens to be No 2 in the German ecommerce space behind Amazon (100+ shops globally with 7 bn € annual revenue).  Mainly the “frontal attack” comes due to all the not upheld promises the Samwer brothers made. http://www.manager-magazin.de/unternehmen/handel/michael-otto-frontalangriff-auf-oliver-samwer-a-1142700.html

 

It is publication season in Germany. So the listed companies have to open their books and show it to the investors. Also Rocket Internet had to do this and some of its startups also published some details:

  • Bottom line Rocket Internet made 2016 a loss of €741 million http://buff.ly/2qatv7u
  • Delivery Hero has seen a 71% jump in revenue. In total 2.3 Euro billion worth of orders have been processed in 2016. DH is valued at nearly €3 billion and is speculated to be headed for a listing later this year (but we talked about a few attempts already). Rocket Internet owns a 37.7% stake http://buff.ly/2qasA6W
  • (added after the recording) Global Fashion Group posts improved 2016 revenue but is still making losses http://ow.ly/QSQC30bhTWd

 

Hamburg again, not much good news for the startups there: Battered Goodgame Studios took a valuation hit of 622 mn Euros. The gaming startup had to let go more than 100 employees before. The change in valuation came only to light since Rocket Internet is an investor (15%) and had to publish the data.  http://buff.ly/2poHYf5

 

Joern’s find New Billionaire: How CEO Of Papa John’s Turned Pizza Into A Fortune – YouTube http://ow.ly/knRy30b91J4

Competitions and events

Frankfurt Tech Days come up on May 16th 2017 in Frankfurt. We are media partner. http://ow.ly/OqSB30bk1WO

Stay ahead of the curve

A hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy of accelerators – can you hack your way out of them? https://t.co/82ZFRqwOEy