Fintech Europe

Fintech Europe is an accelerator program launched in 2018 by TechQuartier and Plug & Play. Sourcing startups from across the world to participate in two batches per year (12-weeks each), the platform also offers corporate partners, some of the world's leading player of the financial industry, to partner up with the most promising Fintechs.

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Fintech Europe is a centralized accelerator hub for innovative tech startups in the epicentre of continental Europe's financial sector

How the sourcing process works

  • Startups from all geographies, of all sizes
  • No equity taken
  • 2 batches per year

What the program will provide

  • Logistical Support
  • Networking Events
  • Mentors and Advisors
  • Investors
  • Corporate Relationships

Outcome

  • Pipeline of corporate clients
  • Network with business angels, mentors, corporates and startups
  • Dedicated office space in TechQuartier

To participate, these entry criteria are considered :

Team expertise

Deep technical experience and committed full time to the startup, selected teams have a vision and the ability to execute it.

Complementarity of Team Members

Core team that covers all bases. This usually includes an engineer, a marketer, and someone with strong knowledge of financials.

Market knowledge

Impressive knowledge of competitive landscape. Solution is scalable and difficult to replicate.

MVP Developed

A minimum viable product is completed and your concept has been proven. You can demonstrate good product-market fit through traction. If you are pre-traction, have a workable demo to inspire faith in the idea.

Clear Product Roadmap

You have a vision on how to develop your product further and concrete steps defined over the coming 6-12 months.

Seeking Scale

You are at a point in your business development where you are looking to significantly scale up your business, e.g. by significantly increasing production, distribution, going international or expanding into adjacent product areas.

Some of our areas of focus

Want to know if your area is covered? Write us at hello@techquartier.com

  • Asset Management
  • Compliance & RegTech
  • Enterprise Software
  • Wealth Management
  • E-Commerce
  • Personal Finance
  • Loyalty
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Crowdfunding
  • Mobile Payments
  • Data Analytics


TopStars Program

TopStars Program

TopStars is an accelerator program launched in 2017 to support fintech growth in Frankfurt. In cooperation of TechQuartier and Boston Consulting Group, one top-star fintech will receive a 100.000 Euro BCG consulting project to scale their business – no equity taken.

TopStars makes you fit for series A/B funding

Your problem statement

  • “How do I scale?”
  • “Which unit economics can I achieve?”

Common project

  • 4-6 weeks on-site team-work with BCG consultants at TechQuartier
  • Access to proprietary market data, such as revenue pools, benchmark values or customer research insights

Outcome

  • a growth and scale plan for your business
  • investor-ready presentation
  • Dedicated, premium office space in TechQuartier

To participate, you must fulfill six entry criteria

Member of Techquartier

You are a TechQuartier Community member or tenant in TechQuartier on or before May 1st, 2017.

Team Setup Complete

Your team is operational and the required roles to deliver the current product and work on the product roadmap are covered.

Seed Funding In Place

You have taken in initial seed funding either by investors or from your own funds.

MVP Developed

A minimum viable product is completed and/or your concept has been proven in a real-world application.

Clear Product Roadmap

You have a vision on how to develop your product further and concrete steps defined over the coming 6-12 months.

Seeking Scale

You are at a point in your business development where you are looking to significantly scale up your business, e.g. by significantly increasing production, distribution, going international or expanding into adjacent product areas.

Your Pitch

Target 8-12 slides / Submit to topstars@techquartier.com

  • Executive Summary (why you qualify)
  • Company profile
  • Product sample or demo
  • Business model (high-level)
  • Product roadmap
  • Funding structure (high-level)
  • Team overview
  • Problem statement for BCG project


Papillon

Building bridges to your benefits

Papillon is an accelerator program launched in 2017 to support Fintech growth in Frankfurt in cooperation of TechQuartier and Atos Group. We are looking for ambitious FinTechs with a clear vision and the readiness for industrial-scale growth. We offer access to over 150 Financial Services clients and a global network of Atos Business Technology & Innovation Centers. Up to 3 FinTechs will get the chance to participate in Papillon after a Pitch session.

Papillon makes your technology fit for European Banks

Face the challenge

How does your solution create – exiting customer experience/value? How secure is your solution? How can you scale compliant to customer and/or regulatory expectations?

Common project

8–10 weeks on-site team work with Atos consultants access to Atos Finlab platform, with an API platform for DevOps, technology mashups, and continuous integration.

Out come

POC based on a prototype of your solution, integrated in bank similar workflow and environment FinLab cloud blueprints will speed up your Proof of Concept – offering rapid reach to the right market.

To participate, you must fulfill six entry criteria:

Startup

You are a Startup and your business is related to the financial industry.

Team Setup Complete

Your team is operational and the required roles to deliver the current product and work on the product roadmap are covered.

Seed Funding In Place

You have taken in initial seed funding either by investors or from your own funds.

MVP Developed

A minimum viable product is completed and/or your concept has been proven in a real-world application.

Clear Product Roadmap

You have a vision on how to develop your product further and concrete steps defined over the coming 6-12 months.

Seeking Market Entry

We are looking for FinTechs with the hottest technology and value propositions and an open culture – businesses that are ready to take the practical steps generating new sources of revenue in Financial Services.


Landing Pad

FastTrack on how to make it in Frankfurt

Is Frankfurt the right place to get your startup to the top? This is a unique opportunity to discover Germany's FinTech hub and Frankfurt's way of doing business – and it will happen in a matter of one week, not months!

What‘s in it for you?

Accelerate

Doers making things happen – We help ideas spread faster, accelerate your market entry and increase scaling effects.

Connect

A turnkey package to grow globally – connect your cutting-edge solutions to multinational banks, investors and industry leaders.

Stage

Seize your opportunities and present your startup at GrowthCon’s Pitch Battle to high-profile investors, corporates and entrepreneurs (up to 5 will be selected).

One week full of opportunities & interaction

On-the-ground insights and deep dive into Frankfurt’s ecosystem

Hands-on strategy for your internationalization ambitions

Direct channels to relevant markets, investors, and industry experts

Time saved: the right action at the right time means success faster

Frankfurt in a nutshell

The #1 destination for global FinTechs

  • 200 International Banks
  • 8,000 Financial Services Companies
  • 100 FinTechs
  • 1,000,000 $ CVC Investment
  • 90% of Banks Works Together with FinTechs
  • 200,000 Students & High Potentials
  • 21 Top-Notch Universities & Business Schools
  • 58 Research Institutions
  • Headquarter of European Central Bank
  • Headquarter of German Stock Exchange
  • Headquarter of German Central Bank
  • Headquarter of Bafin

Direct access to TQ's one-of-a-kind platform

How it works

Who?

Selected fast-growing incorporated startups under 8 years old, eager to understand the German market and make first business connections.

How?

Submit your pitch deck and tell us why you want to join Landing Pad.

When?

#SavetheDate
Your week in Frankfurt: 1. – 4. May.
Application will close on April 1st.

And Beyond?

Soft landing services for a smooth set up in Frankfurt and a one yr TQ Community Membership for free.

Get ready for the ride.
It‘ll be an exciting one.
Apply now!

Selection Process:

The Selection Committee will review the applications and will create a shortlist to set up interviews for the final selections.

Submit your pitch deck & motivation.

Still have questions? Drop us a line! landing@techquartier.com


UX Accelerator

PwC’s UX accelerator program for startups

Is your product or service ready to compete against the best offerings on the market? Do you know how your users feel and what they think when using your product? More often than not, our assumptions on how people will use something are dead wrong. Do the reality check! Find out if you can improve the user experience by getting into the mind of your customers.

PwC’s UX accelerator program for startups

Why

Usability and User Experience (UX) are critical components of any digital product or service. Only by addressing the true needs of users and by providing a seamless experience, a new business can be successful on the market and compete against similar offerings.

How

A good user experience doesn’t happen by accident. It is the result of careful planning, analysis, investment, and continuous improvement. Learn how to run UX experiments and how to adapt to your user’s needs.

What

UX accelerator program including lab equipment and methodological support for enabling startups to conduct their own UX research and design studies with users.

Improve your product’s user experience

Design UX Experiments

Understand your Users

Measure UX Metrics

Eye Tracking Analysis

Fix Usability Issues

Increase User Engagement

Get new Design Ideas

Improve Product Strategy

Are you the right fit?

  • Your business involves a digital service or product
  • You are interested in UX and user-centered design
  • You have a prototype or MVP of your product or service
  • You seek to improve user adoption and growth

How it works

Application Closing

29. March 2018

Selection Day

6. April 2018

Kickoff Workshop

23rd April – 8th June 2018

Results Demo

13. June 2018

FAQ

You should bring a prototype (e.g. early stage click-dummy or fully interactive) or an actual system that can be tested by users with realistic end-to-end tasks. It should reflect the actual experience as closely as possible considering your stage of development. No “lorem ipsum” placeholder texts, please.

Please fill out the application form. The deadline is March 29th. For the first run of the program, we will select 3 Startups from all applicants based on fitness for the program and expected effectiveness of the methods used. Additional future runs of the program will be offered on demand.

After the deadline we will schedule interviews with selected startups. After all interviews, we will provide feedback to all applicants until April 6, 2018.

You commit to the full program, which includes workshops, preparing your research plan, documenting results and full-day testing sessions as well as a final presentation of your results. This requires you to reserve the program days in your calendar. At least one co-founder should attend the kickoff and presentation days. We encourage you to observe the lab experiment with your entire team. All events will be held in the UX lab of TechQuartier.

Estimated time commitment:

  • Kickoff workshop (1 day)
  • Research plan & experiment design (3 days)
  • Lab equipment and setup workshop (1 day)
  • Recruiting participants (2 days)
  • Preparing and conducting lab experiment (2 days)
  • Documenting and preparing your presentation (1 day)
  • Final presentation (1 day)

Please send an email to hello@techquartier.com for any remaining questions.

You can tick all the boxes? Great!
Apply by March 29th.

The Selection Committee will review the applications submitted and will create a shortlist. Applicants will be contacted for an invitation for the Selection Day.


MMI SportsTech

TQ’s Investment Readiness Bootcamp
in Cooperation with Eintracht Frankfurt

Football and technology? Of course! Technology is shaping our daily life, and the digital transformation is disrupting whole industries – even professional sports. For the first time, a main player of the German Bundesliga and the premium start-up- and tech hub in the metropolitan region of Frankfurt, Eintracht Frankfurt and TechQuartier, are joining forces to create innovative solutions for today’s challenges.

MMI SportsTech – What’s the deal?

Money meets Idea – MMI SportsTech is tailored to early-stage start-ups that want to raise capital for their sports business. All participants go through a fast-paced, intense bootcamp and a mindset-shifting experience, with personalised support from experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and sports industry insiders.

Kick-off your business!

What

MMI SportsTech is an unique 5-Day-Bootcamp for early stage startups that accelerate your idea to the next level. It is tailor-made to deliver incredible value in a compact timeframe and could be the boost your sport business needs.

Action

During the week a cohort of up to 10 selected startups engage in a systematic review of their business model, strategy and team, before crafting a validated growth and investment plan.

Results matter!

MMI SportsTech teaches you to “look through the lens of the investor” and gets you in front of an international network of the most relevant sport industry insiders, investors and investment experts.

One Week – One Stop
5 days dedicated to speeding up your investment process.

Investors Ecosystem & Landscape

Market Research, Metrics & KPIs

Startup Valuation & Negotiation Skills

Legal Issues & Due Diligence

Management, Leadership, HR & Team

Pitching, Storytelling

1on1 with sport industry insiders & investment experts

Expand your network & get valuable fittable contacts

Are you the right fit?

  • Your are a ready to scale your business idea
  • Your are working on a scalable sports tech solution
  • You are seeking investment and geared for growth
  • You are a sports and startup enthusiast

Your business idea supports the following segments?

  • Athletic – training control, data & training analysis
  • Match – analysis training, opponents, match
  • Training – material, planning, analysis
  • Medicine – therapy, nutrition, prevention, rehabilitation
  • Management – scouting, organisation
  • Fan Experience – digital stadium, online interactivity, retail

How it works

Application Closing

April 1st

Selection Day

April 3rd

MMI SportsTech Bootcamp

April 23th–27th

Demo Day

Week 18

FAQ

Early stage in the life cycle of an enterprise where the entrepreneur moves from the idea stage to securing financing, laying down the basis structure of the business, and initiating operations or trading.

Applications are open, so you can apply right away by clicking here. The deadline is April 1st.

After the application deadline we’ll invite you for a Skype-interview (Selection Day, April 3rd). After the inverview we’ll provide you with feedback within the following 2-3 days.

You commit to following the full program, including all exercises, preparing your plan and presentation. This means you need to reserve all program dates in your calendar. At least one co-founder of the Startup needs to attend the full program (other colleagues can join for the modules).

Time commitment – Over the program, you should expect to put in about 6 days in Frankfurt

  • 1 Selection Day (Skype-Interview)
  • 5 Workshop Days (on-side at TQ)
  • 1 Demo Day (on-side at TQ or Commerzbank-Arena)

You undertake to help your peers and receive constructive feedback from them. You will be required to be very transparent with us and the coaches regarding your venture (sharing details on the state of your team, financials, product; specific technical details about your product do not need to be shared though).
All participants and core program staff will sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) at the start of the MMI SportsTech.

You will need to be seeking (equity) investment.

No, we do not take an equity stake in your Startup.

You can tick all the boxes? Great!
Apply now!

The Selection Committee will review the applications submitted and will create a shortlist. Applicants will be contacted for an invitation for the Selection Day.