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finleap runs the fintech hub Berlin
Berlin has been chosen to host the IoT and fintech hub, as part of the national Digital Hub Initiative, a program developed to strengthen the digital market progression in Germany. As the largest fintech player in the city, finleap was selected by the Berlin government to run the hub and drive this national transformation. The fintech hub “H:32” is an open house for anyone interested in the digitalization of finance. It is a place where international investors, banks, insurance providers and fintechs can meet, work and learn from one another.
finleap moved to new headquarters at Hardenbergstraße 32 in July 2017. In the former Berliner bank building, across 11,000 square meters on eight floors, the company established its unique vision of a fintech hub together with “Scaling Spaces”, a full service office provider. The hub hosts offices for more than 30 fintechs, insurtechs, and corporates along with community areas and a whole floor dedicated to industry events. From roundtables with politicians to fintexx – women in finance meetings, and from tech meetups to workshops – the event floor boasts incredible views over Berlin and provides a central networking area in the hub. Through this, the finleap ecosystem of portfolio companies aims to further expand their presence within the industry and be opened up to third party players. The fintech hub “H:32” will also be the place for satellite events during international conferences and the first touch point for national and international media on fintech topics. Furthermore, Berlin’s fintech hub strives to strengthen relationships with the other German hubs to establish a strong, nationwide network of digital initiatives.
About the de:hub Initiative
The digital hub initiative (de:hub), launched by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, seeks to support the establishment of digital hubs in Germany. The underlying idea is to promote cooperation between companies and business start-ups within a small area, in order to boost innovation. For this to happen, the hubs need to build an international reputation where German and international start-ups, scientists, investors and established companies work together and benefit from each other’s expertise. In total, 12 German cities are part of the digital hub initiative. Although each city focuses on a particular industry, the vision is that clusters will emerge where other industries can bring in their expertise as well. Rather than creating new hubs, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy seeks to build upon existing strengths by fostering creative networking in Germany and by raising the profile of the digital hubs abroad through a major international marketing campaign.
Empower women in finance and tech
fintexx – women in finance is a finleap initiative, founded by Dr. Carolin Gabor, with the aim to give women working in the tech and finance industry more visibility and networking opportunities. It consists of an exclusive circle of C-level women, who up until now have built a strong network within the financial industry. The initiative also provides opportunities to the next generation of females with a tech background as well as continuing to strengthen and support successful females in financial services.
fintexx, formerly named Fintech Ladies Europe, hosts events at different financial hotspots all across Europe, including Frankfurt, Amsterdam and London, to bring together women with a common finance background and give them a chance to interact. To faciliate this, the initiative hosts regular dinners and events like the female hackathon, Texx Factor, were the attendees used their knowledge and expertise to offer women better solutions out of the financial and tech industry.
Dr. Carolin Gabor, founder of fintexx – women in finance
Carolin Gabor joined finleap in May 2016 and is now the CEO of a finleap portfolio company, Joonko. Previously to joining finleap, Carolin spent ten years working for Boston Consulting Group as a strategic consultant in the field of financial services and M&A. Afterwards, she became the CEO of Toptarif.de and later held the CEO position of autohaus24.de GmbH, both of which were successfully exited to strategic buyers.
Gesund Zusammen is a non-profit initiative that brings together the largest companies of the digital industry as an open ecosystem to support digital solutions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Data protection is a top priority. The founding partners include via (a company of Global Citizen Foundation), wefox Group and finleap. Partners include N26, Bundesverband der deutschen Startups e.V., datenschutzexperte.de, GetYourGuide, Delivery Hero, Omio and many more.
In the battle against COVID-19, finleap wants to do more. Therefore, we started, together with wefox and via the initiative “GesundZusammen”. The mission: to actively help stop the spread of COVID-19 with digital solutions, based on data. To do so, we brought together a wide network of digital players, like Bundesverband deutsche Startups, BCG Digital Ventures, N26, Delivery Hero, Omio, IONIQ, Heartbeat Labs and many more. As one of the first projects, GesundZusammen is supporting the launch of a Corona Tracing App.
The data gathered is intended to protect risk groups and relieve the burden on the health system – while ensuring that data protection and privacy remain at the forefront of all technological solutions. It’s about tracking the virus, not humans. The initiative is supported by data privacy experts such as Deloitte Legal, Bird & Bird, Datenschutzexperte.de SKW Schwarz, Usercentrics, MyData and ReedSmith LLP.
Besides that, GesundZusammen launched, together with Tech Open Air (TOA) an accelerator, called FuturePerfect. The goal of the accelerator is to support technology projects that tackle COVID-19 with its acute and long-term social and economic consequences. Following the launch of the GesundZusammen initiative, we have received hundreds of emails from companies that want to make a contribution or are already working on promising projects. The accelerator was created to bundle this flood of ideas and to push the best of these forward as quickly as possible.
The accelerator is live with immediate effect, and will support organizations with €20.000 (equity free). Additionally, the accelerator offers mentoring and reach by our partners. Whether student, start-up, scientist, doctor or inventor. Everyone who has a good idea or already has a product to combat the effects of Covid-19 is invited to apply!