TechQuartier and 9 other hubs create the EU Fintech Discovery Program

As we strive to build bridges between Frankfurt and other FinTech ecosystems globally, TechQuartier is proud to be joining a new program initiated by our partners at Fintech District (Milano, Italy). Alongside 9 other major European hubs, the EU Fintech Discovery Program is now live and taking applications!

The list of partners, which represents over 1,500 FinTechs in total, includes :

''This is true, tangible cross-border collaboration. European hubs combining their respective strengths and networks to facilitate the modernisation of an industry'' said Hugo Paquin, Head of Marketing at TechQuartier. ''The fact that revenue-sharing was made a key feature of the Program will help make this initiative sustainable, and we're very excited to take part.''

What is the EU Fintech Discover Program?

The goal is to allow corporate players, especially financial institutions, to visit ecosystems and meet startups and FinTech hubs from across Europe. In a nutshell, large companies can use this vehicle to:

  • to learn and be exposed to the FinTech excellence of Europe;
  • to learn about other hubs, ecosystems and FinTech initiatives and meet them physically;
  • to educate their teams, stakeholders, customers and decision-makers on the potential of FinTech for their organisations;
  • to boost the international connection of startups and scale-ups that develop FinTech solutions

Thanks to the European Fintech Discovery Program, you can choose your sector of interest and meet the most exciting FinTech companies in Europe in our headquarter and in the other participating hubs among those belonging to the program.

How does it work?

Together with TechQuartier, a 'delegation' from your organisation (perhaps a group of experts, or a specific business unit or innovation team) visits TQ and learns about the local FinTech ecosystem and meets with local startups and scaleups (approximately 5 to 8).

As the name of this Program indicates it, you will then visit 3 additional hubs spread across Europe where, again, 5 to 8 startups will welcome you, pitch their business to you, and take part in individual meetings. By the end of the program, you will have met 20+ startups and scale-ups, all active in the fields of AI, cybersecurity, RegTech, InsurTech and, of course, FinTech.

You will also get a full recap report with key takeaways. A typical day would look like the following :

10.30-10.50 Welcome Coffee and Speech
10.50-11.10 Presentation of the Local Fintech Ecosystem
11.10-12.30 Startup Pitches
12.30-13.30 Lunch Break
13.30-16.00 Private Meetings
16.00-16.30 Closing Coffee

Interested? Simply get in touch with Hugo Paquin, Head of Marketing & Communications, for further info. (paquin@techquartier.com)


TechTalents : New program brings students at forefront of digitalisation

TechTalents : New program brings students at the forefront of digitalisation

TechTalents : The latest Eintracht Frankfurt/TechQuartier collaboration is aimed at students from every discipline who wish to expand their network, meet and interact with corporates and experience innovation first hand through various team challenges.

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Just a few years ago, there were not as many possibilities for students of the local Rhein-Main universities to get involved in the local startup scene. Lately though, the dynamic has been changing – and fast.

The city is building a reputation internationally not only as a banking hub, but also as a top FinTech destination. Numerous coworking spaces have opened their doors and now welcome dozens of startup events every month. Just last year, TechQuartier itself hosted more than 230 events!

This is opening up new opportunities for the more than 200,000 students in the Rhein-Main region to connect with this exciting field, to discover new career paths, new ways to use technology and entrepreneurship to fulfil

Eintracht Frankfurt – Digital pioneers of the Bundesliga

One of TechQuartier’s first partnership outside of the financial sphere was with local football club Eintracht Frankfurt.

Eintracht Frankfurt is one of the most proactive clubs in the German Bundesliga when it comes to digitization. It has recently declared its interest for building its own ”digital ecosystem”, the goal here is to tap into the latest technologies and innovations to make itself that much more competitive, on and off the field. By integrating cutting-edge solutions and collaborating with visionary startups and their founders, Eintracht wants to explore new technological possibilities. This can touch, for example, connected stadium and fan experience at the Commerzbank-Arena, training and nutrition of the athletes, new sensorial and immersive media tactics, and even e-Sports.

For almost a year, we have been running a monthly meetup for SportsTech enthusiasts called ‘’Laptop & Leibchen’’ (the next edition which by the way, will be on August 20that Eintracht’s Fanshop! #shamelessplug)

Laptop & Leibchen at the Eintracht Frankfurt Museum (October 2018)

Eintracht and TechQuartier also ran a program called MMI SportsTech, just over a year ago. MMI – or Money Meets Idea – brought together 15 international startups during one full-week in Frankfurt. During that week, they took part in various workshops and seminars, got to meet with Eintracht executives, visited the Arena, pitches their solutions to investors and corporates, and importantly, got precious feedback on their company, product and business models.

As the next step in our efforts to bridge the world of sports, technology, business and entrepreneurship, Eintracht Frankfurt and TechQuartier are now launching the TechTalents program.

TechTalents, the latest collaboration between Eintracht Frankfurt and TechQuartier

TechTalents is an eight-weeks program which will be held in the Fall. TQ and Eintracht are the main actors, but several local universities and companies will be added to the mix.

Throughout the program, students from various study fields will get to work on specific business challenges provided by corporate partners. (This being co-created by a football club, there is of course a competitive angle to it!) At the conclusion of the program, one team will walk away with €5,000.

The basic principle of TechTalents will be to form multi-disciplinary teams that will experiment with different techniques and concepts in order to learn skills, develop their network, develop new ideas and fresh perspectives.

The program is free and open to all students currently enrolled at a university, who have an average higher to 2.0. The main criteria that will be looked at, along with grades, is the high degree of motivation, curiosity, and desire to fully dedicate oneself to the program.

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Think this is for you? You can read more about the program, check out the frequently asked questions, and apply, directly on our TechTalents program page.

To directly apply and join the program, fill this short form.

For any additional questions, simply write us at programs@techquartier.com