Tagged: germany

Companisto’s New Venture Loan AMG Sicherheittechnik Gains Momentum with Crowd


AMG Sicherheitstechnik, a German-based company with 12 years of experience in counseling and sales and over 50,000 clients worldwide, has launched the burglar chasing system branded Alarmtab. While nationwide sales in Germany started in August 2016, the platform plans to launch the system globally with Companisto… Read More

Seedrs’ European Expansion Continues: Prepares to Open Berlin Office & Appoints Kyrill Zlobenko As New Regional Manager

Jeff Lynn Recolored

On Monday, equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs announced it is continuing its European expansion by opening an office in Berlin. The location will reportedly bring the Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (DACH) deal flow to the funding portal. Speaking about the new office, Jeff Lynn, CEO and co-founder of Seedrs, stated:… Read More

Brief: German Bitcoin Startup Bitbond Receives BaFin License

Bitcoin 2

Bitbond, a Berlin-based startup that connects small business owners who need a loan with investors and uses the Bitcoin blockchain for payment processing, announced on Tuesday it received its BaFin license. Sharing details about the new license Radoslav Albrecht, founder and CEO of Bitbond, stated: “With our own… Read More

Brief: German Marketplace Lender Smava Nabs $34M Funding, Runa Capital Leads Round


Smava, the German marketplace lender, has secured a $34M in a funding round led by Runa Capital, with additional participation from the Scandinavian private equity firm Verdane Capital, mojo.capital and existing investors, reported AltFi News. Runs, an active investor in the alternative finance sector, has also invested in… Read More

Brief: German Fintech Cringle Overfunding by Over 450% on Companisto

Joschka Friedag

Cringle, a smartphone app used to send money quickly within Europe, is continuing to rally on Companisto.  To date, the fintech app has garnered over 459,010€ from nearly 1000 investors for 8.89% share offered.  The startup’s original funding goal was 400K€, which was surpassed and the campaign was extended to close in… Read More

German Fintech Startup Cringle Exceeds Companisto Goal by 335%

Joschka Friedag

Co-founded by Joschka Friedag, Malte Klussmann,  Konrad Maruszewski and Frane Bandov, Cringle, celebrating 336% overfunding on Companisto, is a smartphone app used to send money quickly to friends in Europe. By cooperating with the user’s principal bank, the app guarantees one’s bank’s normal high security standards. Cringle counts the Deutsche Kreditbank AG (DKB) as a partner. Over… Read More

After Crowdfunding on Companisto, Foodist is Sold to Ströer

Foodist Founders

Companisto is reporting that crowdfunding alumni Foodist has been sold to Ströer providing an exit for early stage investors. Foodist raised capital on Companisto three times in consequitive funding rounds starting in 2013 and then in 2014 & 2015.  In total 2,399 investors or “Companists” as… Read More

Fidor Bank Acquired by Groupe BPCE in France

Future of Banking by The Economist in Paris March 10th 2016

Progressive German banking firm Fidor Group has been acquired by Group BPCE in France. The acquisition was described as enabling Fidor power international expansion, continue the development of its proprietary digital banking technology, and strengthen its overall presence in Europe. Fidor, an early innovator in the typically… Read More

Brief: Germany’s FinTech Group and Rocket Internet Align to Build Pan-Euro Digital Bank

Frank Niehage

German firms FinTech Group and Rocket Internet have teamed up to build a pan-European digital bank, according to a release. The bank is just the first stage of a “comprehensive technology partnership” between FinTech Group, which operates several fintech-related brands, and Rocket, the giant startup studio famous… Read More

Digital Only Bank Number26 Receives Banking License from BaFin & ECB


One day, in the not so distant future, taking trips to the local bank branch will be a thing of the past. No more queuing up to be scowled at while swiping a plastic card. Yes, I know. My parents and your parents cannot imagine… Read More

Leading German Crowdfunding Platform, P2P Lender auxmoney Powers On


  Germany’s leading lending marketplace auxmoney reports continued strong growth. Loan volume increased from €39.3 million in the first half of last year to €79.5 million in the first half of 2016 ‒ an increase of more than 100%. Founded in 2007, by Raffael Johnen,… Read More

Brief: Companisto Launches Self-Crowdfunding Round


German investment crowdfunding platform Companisto has launched its self crowdfunding round, presently only available to registered users or “companists”. Management described the initiative as “another chapter in [their] company’s history.” Details of the offer were not immediately available as all information was only available to… Read More

The Brexit as Viewed from the European Continent

Brexit EU Referendum

In the troubled post-Brexit context, many leaders in the UK traditional and alternative financial services are trying to reassure their market and even to present the Brexit vote as an opportunity for the UK. Their statements read like reactions of the French after a soccer… Read More

German Crowdinvesting Regulation: First Year Review by the German Crowdfunding Association

Jamal El Mallouki

The Kleinanlegerschutzgesetz (Small Investor Protection Act), the law regulating crowdfunding in Germany went into force on the 10th of July 2015. A year after, the German Crowdfunding Association takes stock of its positive impact on the German crowdinvesting market and points to strong needs for… Read More

Report: Startups Struggle to Raise Capital in Germany

Germany Baden Baden Wurst & Steak

In a report in Der Spiegel, Bitkom – “Germany’s Digital Association”, has revealed interim results of a survey on startups. According to the publication, less than half of survey respondents would want to launch a startup in Europe’s largest economy.  Over 30% see launching in… Read More

From Retail to Pretail – The Case for Building Your Own Crowdfunding Platform

Open for Business Sales Commerce

  Crowdfunding introduces a new dynamic to the classic retail business. Consumers have direct access to early stage products, can give valuable feedback and create through their own marketing power the viral reach to new mass market products. Large corporations, such as Sony with their… Read More

Bragi Dash Review: Smart, Wireless Earphones Deliver on Promised Product

Bragi Dash Review iPhone

In February of 2014, Munich-based Bragi Dash launched their rewards crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The concept was to create “smart” wireless headphones that combined a full set of features and technology currently unavailable in the retail market. The vision of founder Nikolaj Hviid, formerly Head… Read More

Peer to Peer Lender auxmoney Points to P2P Loans as Safe Harbor During Brexit Uncertainty


In a public statement referencing the Brexit, the CEO and founder of auxmoney, the largest German P2P lender, pointed to the current environment of high-volatility in markets and the contrasting, relative stability of investing in P2P loans. Reflecting the Brexit,Raffael Johnen stated; “Especially in this environment, P2P loans… Read More