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


EY Startup Academy

How far can you go?
Aim high, accelerate fast and make your vision come true.

The EY Start-up Academy is an annual initiative that was launched in 2017 with the aim of supporting new tech and FinTech companies. Last year, a successful financing round was secured by the Frankfurt start-up node.energy at the end of the program: the founders secured themselves growth capital amounting to an almost seven-digit figure.

Bring entrepreneurial drive to your business

Knowledge & Experience

Gain an immense amount of condensed experience through hands-on mentoring, and exposure to industry experts.

Collaborate & Network

Build a network that goes beyond the usual and get connected to extremely targeted industry insiders.

Present & Celebrate

A day to celebrate your achievements with investors, corporates,
mentors. press and the local ecosystem.

The Academy at a glance

During the eight-weeks challenge (26 September to 22 November), the newcomers will meet numerous mentors from EY, banks and other companies as well as FinTech experts, start-up supporters, investors and financing partners. In more than 30 workshops and training sessions, founders will receive detailed information on topics including business planning and management, financing and subsidies, corporate and tax law, supervision and IT.

Challenges

Possibility to defend the business model and receive feedback

Fireside Chat

Informal discussions with selected investors and successful founders

Investor Readiness

Preparation to the relevant facets of the financing process

Pro Bono Advisory

Pro bono consulting sessions by EY on several business topics

Public Events

Events with business topics highly relevant for startups

Roundtables

Discussions in smaller groups with experts from different industries

Workshops

Interactive sessions dedicated to problems typically affecting startups

Investor Matching

Introduction to investors from the EY network

Ey Academy Award

Award for the best start-up of the program

Call for participation to the EY Start-up Academy 2018

EY, Deutsche Börse, and TechQuartier support FinTech and Technology companies through the “EY Start-up Academy” program

Applications can be submitted between 11 June and 5 August

Comments from previous participants


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.


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.