News – 2017 Review and 2018 Outlook

Chris and Joe talk about the reviews of the startup year 2017 they have found and the forecasts for 2018 they find noteworthy. The recoding was done on January 6th 2018

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Frankfurt-based savedroid prepares their own ICO and offers microsavings in cryptocurrency (Video)

 

In this interview, we talk to Dr. Yassin Hankir, a former McKinsey consultant, and serial fintech entrepreneur. He is co-host of the Fintech Meetup Frankfurt / Rhein-Main and he has been one of the founders of one of Germany’s first robo advisor vaamo.

We talk to him as CEO and Founder of savedroid, the micro-savings app, which will now enable savings in cryptocurrency on a regular basis. Therefore, they ICO with their savedroid token to pay the fees for saving in Ethereum or Bitcoin.

In the front of our video recording, you see the delicious Frankfurt-based cold brew coffee lemonade Caffezza: https://www.caffezza.de/

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Disclaimer: This interview is intended to be, and should be, used for informational purposes only. It is not a recommendation to buy cryptocurrencies, nor to invest in any specific ICO.

Joern has been an Alpha Tester of the app from the beginning.

Startup News Germany Wrap-up – November

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We will be back in the new year.

Housekeeping

Once again we have published a lot of videos since our last news podcast. www.youtube.com/c/startupradio.

We talked in a series to startups in the Merck Accelerator program (who also sponsored the videos) including

  • A tool, which turns your smartphone in a microscope and help craft beer brewers https://youtu.be/FREsJCYloUo
  • A startup, which helps diabetes patients in their daily live without the need for drops of blood and an algorithm to forecast your blood sugar https://youtu.be/4ggx2QUTYDE
  • A 22-year-old entrepreneur, who had a part of his brain removed in a neurosurgery in order to cure him of epilepsy. He now wants to help others recover faster with his VR Startup https://youtu.be/zPfhlw7MPbI

 

We have also been to the Euro Finance Tech. See the videos including a startup from Chicago, Rome, Berlin and Frankfurt: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUbiCAQc22WttfUje1wgmq99Ovc6XnaXv

 

Finally, we had an audio podcast with Patrick de Zeeuw, CEO, and Co-Founder of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBnefn14JUs&t=2s

 

Joern is also busy as co-author. E.g. here in this article: The Complete Frankfurt Startup City Guide | StartUs Magazine http://ow.ly/AnMT30gUztR  

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/

 

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