Compliance Navigator

The first acceleration program of its kind, Compliance Navigator is specifically designed for Fintech startups aiming to demystify the European regulatory landscape and corporate compliance requirements, thereby fast tracking their business relation with banks.

A compact corporate readiness bootcamp that will move FinTechs onto the fast-track to success, providing a full ecosystem of resources, connections & knowledges regarding compliance, security, regulatory & cooperation conditions.

Compliance Navigator – What’s the deal?

Compliance Navigator is a 3-day bootcamp specifically tailored to Fintechs who want to get to market quickly, and for this need to get direct access to senior banking professionals, as well as payments, auditing and technology experts. Developed in partnership with Atos equensWorldline and PwC, the program aims at strengthening the understanding between banks and startups, directly focusing on the compliance and regulatory issues they respectively face when doing business with one another.

Fast track your business!

What is it?

Over three days, 10 selected startups will get their hands dirty and test their understanding of banking regulations through several workshops, 1-on-1’s with banking and technology experts, with the clear goal of taking home concrete and actionable takeaways, not mere impressions.

Why apply?

Compliance Navigator will offer participants advice from experienced technical experts aiming to drastically shorten the time banks will need to onboard them afterwards. What’s more, it will grant them access to numerous potential partners and clients.

Throughout the program, you will explore the following topics :

KYC

Outsourcing

Data protection

1-on-1 with regulatory insiders and technical experts

Big Picture - Regulatory landscape of banks

Networking with a wide range of industry stakeholders

Are you the right fit?

  • You have a B2B business model
  • You focus on the financial sector
  • You already have a commercialised product and revenues
  • You are actively looking to partner or sell to large financial institutions

What are the program's focus areas?

    • Digital Customer Channel & Customer Experience
    • KYC, Customer Onboarding
    • Trusted Authentification, Identity Proofing
    • Payment initiation service provider & Account information service provider
    • Fraud Prevention
    • Data Protection, Access Control

How it works

Application Closing

October 14

Selection Day

October 15

Bootcamp Dates

November 5 to 7

FAQ

Applications are open, so you can apply right away by clicking the link below. The deadline is October 14.

After the application deadline, we’ll invite you for a Skype-interview (Selection Day, October 15). After the interview, we’ll provide you feedback within the following 2-3 days.

You commit to following the full program meaning you need to reserve all program dates in your calendar.

Time commitment – Over the program, you should expect to be present in Frankfurt for at least the 3 full days of the program.

All participants and core program staff will sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) at the start of the Compliance Navigator.

Feel free to email program manager Melanie Borst at borst@techquartier.com for any remaining questions.

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.


Growth Alliance - AgTech

TQ’s one week AgTech Acceleration Program
in Cooperation with Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank

An intensive five-day bootcamp tailored to startups aiming to revolutionise the agricultural sector through fresh new ideas and innovative applications of technology.

Growth Alliance AgTech – What’s the deal?

Growth Alliance AgTech is TQ’s first acceleration bootcamp specifically tailored to startups which can benefit the agricultural sector. The program, designed in cooperation with Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank, will connect transformative & trendsetting startups as well as progressive organizations to accelerate multiple industry innovations and set new impulses within the whole agricultural value chain.

Kick-off your business!

What

The goal is to connect startups and corporates in order to promote entrepreneurship within the agriculture industry, foster innovation across verticals and empower promising founders with the knowledge and connections necessary to achieve their ambitions.

Action

During the week, a cohort of up to 12 startups addressing issues of modern agriculture will engage with different industries, most prominently agriculture, and with their help will review their business models, strategies and team in order to improve upon them.

Results matter!

With a micro-accelerator approach (one week duration), the Growth Alliance AgTech program provides opportunities to collaborate with corporates, network with potential partners and clients, and receive coaching about business modelling, setting KPIs, storytelling, pitching, along with several other essentials needed to grow a business and commercialize an innovation solution.

One Week – One Stop

Market Research, Product/Market Fit, Metrics & KPIs

Startup Valuation & Negotiation Skills

Legal Issues & Due Diligence

Management, Leadership, HR & Team

Pitching, Storytelling

1on1 with industry insiders, investment experts

Networking with a wide range of industry stakeholders

Are you the right fit?

  • You are based in Germany
  • You are ready to scale your business idea
  • You are working on a solution for the reinvention of the agricultural landscape
  • You are geared for growth
  • You have a desire for supporting and creating innovative improvements for agriculture

Your business idea supports the following segments?

  • Agricultural engineering & smart (livestock) farming
  • Climate & environmental protection
  • Improving animal welfare
  • Supply Chain Management & Logistics
  • Efficiency & resource management
  • Cutting-edge technologies with an application in agriculture
  • Other solutions that may benefit agriculture
    • Automotive / Mobility
    • BioTech
    • GreenTech
    • Medicine
    • AI, Big Data / Smart Data, Machine Learning
    • Robotics

Important : You do not have to be a traditional player of the AgTech sector to be selected. Technologies designed for other sectors which can also benefit the agricultural sector will also be considered.

How it works

Application Closing

October 14

Selection Day

October 15

Growth Alliance AgTech Program

December 3 to 7

Demo Day

December 7

FAQ

Applications are open, so you can apply right away by clicking the link below. The deadline is October 14.

After the application deadline, we’ll invite you for a Skype-interview (Selection Day, October 15). After the interview, we’ll provide you feedback within the following 2-3 days.

You commit to following the full program meaning you need to reserve all program dates in your calendar. Each day, the CEO/founder of your startup should bring along 2-3 teammates onsite at TQ.

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

  • 5 day workshop

All participants and core program staff will sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) at the start of the Growth Alliance AgTech.

Feel free to email program manager Melanie Borst at borst@techquartier.com for any remaining questions.

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.


Visa's Everywhere Initiative

Revolutionizing the Payment Space
in Cooperation with Visa

Visa’s Everywhere Initiative is a global innovation program that invites startups to solve specific challenges. The program first launched in the U.S. in 2015 and quickly expanded into a global program with more than 2,100 participating startups, which have collectively raised +$2 billion. The program activates startups in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa from over 40 different countries.

Visa's Everywhere – What’s the deal?

Visa's Everywhere Initiative targets the German-speaking D/A/CH region. This is open to eligible startups which address the German-speaking D/A/CH region specifics & challenges. There is a monetary prize fund of €50,000 along with the chance to work with Visa on future projects across our global network.

2 challenges

Challenge 1 – Daily Customer Experience in Payments

How can you leverage digital technologies to enhance the everyday life payment-related customer experience of end-users in the German-speaking markets?

The brief

Non-traditional players have injected new ideas and technologies into the traditional payments ecosystem, increasing consumer expectations for “wow,” seamless experiences. As a result, an anytime, anywhere commerce mindset has emerged, creating a wide set of opportunities for startups to develop their ideas for transforming the customer experience. Consumers’ wants include payment experiences with unique features like easy setup, control, customization and most of all zero friction or wait time. Payment can now happen before, during or after shopping – as long as it does not interfere with the experience. Security is taken for granted and a no-brainer especially for the fraud-concerned German consumer.

The focus of the challenge is on application fields such as shopping experience in offline, online or omni-channel environments to travel experience before, during or after traveling as well as customer banking experience.

Challenge 2 – Future Ecosystem for Payments

How can you help to enable technology-driven future use-cases powered by digital payments which will become relevant for German-speaking markets within the next couple of years?

The brief

This challenge is a call to action for startups to extrapolate from emerging but not yet everyday life technologies to entirely new fields of applications by connecting these to digital payments. At Visa, we estimate that in 2020 more than 20 billion connected devices will be interacting autonomously within the Internet of Things.

Today is the opportunity for startups to re-imagine the devices we use, the routes we take and the cities we live in and thus shape the way we make sense of the IoT. Share your vision on how you’d empower these technologies through payment and help to develop new use-cases which will excite businesses and people in the German-speaking markets.

Submissions can refer to smart cities, the IoT and machine-to-machine interactions, connected car or other mobility concepts but are not limited to these areas.

Timeline

Application Period

7 June – 20 August 2018

Finals

19 Sep 2018

Winners announced

20 Sep 2018

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


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


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


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

September 9th, 2018

Selection Day

September 14, 2018

Kick-Off & Testing Weeks

Kick-Off: October 2

Testing Weeks: Oct. 22-26 & 30-31


 

Demo Day

November 14, 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 August, 31 2018. 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 September 14, 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 September 9th.

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.