During our Partner Day in April,  Henrik Ewers (left), Chief Product & Technology Officer / Managing Director at VR Payment GmbH, joined a panel to discuss innovations in payments. Marcel Kaiser (right) from PolyCrypt also shared his founder insights.


VR Payment & ALH Gruppe join TechQuartier


June 07, 2023


Alise Munson


Welcome new partners

VR Payment and ALH Gruppe recently joined the TechQuartier community and a growing group of more than 20 Corporate Partners that includes Microsoft, PwC, ING and VISA. These collaborations will strengthen both our FinTech and InsurTech startup sectors by creating connections between leading business experts and founders focusing on innovative solutions. 

As two prominent players in the industry, VR Payment and ALH Gruppe bring a wealth of expertise and resources to the TechQuartier community. By joining forces with these corporate partners, we will continue to build a synergistic environment that connects leading business experts and founders with innovative startups.


Above: Milena Ebersohl and Philipp Köhler, Strategic Innovation Managers ALH Gruppe

Converting a good idea into a profitable business model is not always easy - but feasible with the right partners. That's why we're happy to now be part of the TechQuartier network to inspire each other and refine payment together with startups." 

Startups in FinTech and InsurTech make up more than 30 percent of our community's technology sector landscape, so building these partnerships is pivotal to building a strong ecosystem that enables disruptive business models to succeed.

Innovation and cooperation are core elements that enable our company in achieving our strategic goals. Through out connecting across industries we want to create offers that truly excite our customers and sales partners.

For the InsurTech sector, collaborating with ALH Gruppe will give startups to access a wide customer base, credibility, industry expertise, resources, collaborative innovation, and potential investment opportunities. All are advantages that can significantly accelerate a startup's growth trajectory and increase its chances of success.

The addition of VR Payments and ALH Gruppe as Corporate Partners further strengthens the Frankfurt regional startup scene, solidifying its position as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. With a strong infrastructure, access to capital, and a highly skilled talent pool, the region has become an attractive destination for entrepreneurs and investors alike.

In the upcoming year, we, in collaboration with our corporate partners, will organize various networking and learning opportunities to facilitate connections and knowledge sharing. Entrepreneurs, business leaders, and innovators can expect exciting developments and collaborations as a result of these partnerships.

We are very excited to have VR Payments, an expert in payments and open banking solutions, in TechQuartier and to be able to connect with our startups as partners.

About ALH Gruppe:

ALH Gruppe is a mid-sized insurance company located in Oberursel and Stuttgart. We offer health-, life-, casualty- and property insurance. We are leading in disability insurance and company health insurance. If you have any questions how the insurance industry works or crazy ideas what an insurance should do: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are the perfect contact point! Our ambition is to be THE insurance company at TQ.

About VR Payment:

VR Payment is one of Germany's leading payment providers and, as a company of the DZ BANK Group, the only bank-owned full-service provider. As the specialist for cashless payment of the Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken Cooperative Financial Network, we cover the whole spectrum of payment services: from network operation, suitable terminals and card acceptance to payment solutions for apps and e-commerce to issuing services.

Due to its expertise, we are a sought-after partner of leading retail and service companies. With 240,000 terminals and 5.8 million credit cards, VR Payment is committed to integrating sustainability into its operations. About 400 employees work for VR Payment at its offices in Frankfurt am Main and Ettlingen.

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