Accelerator Frankfurt launches!

This Wednesday 20.01.2015, Fintech Meetup in Frankfurt gathered a record crowd of some 170 startup enthusiast at the co-working premises of Die Zentrale, hosted by Felix Scheffka and Yassin Hankir. Those who could not be there could enjoy it streamed online by

Ten interesting concepts were presented representing; property developers, incubators, company builders, accelerators, and co-working service provides. All with a common goal, to build Frankfurt’s FinTech Startup Ecosystem. Companies presenting were:

Accelerator Frankfurt – Ram Shoham

ComDirect Startup Garage – Mariusz Bodek

DieZentrale – Jenny Krutzinna/ Lukas Kauert

FinTech Group AG – Roman Kessler

Goethe Unibator – Sebastian Schäfer

Gründermaschine – Max Voigt

Main Incubator – Christian Hoppe

Spotniq – Christopher Römer/ Peter Pawelski

Startzero – Kim Körber

Tishman Speyer – Wolfram Lehr/Florian Reiff


After the presentations there was a vote of three different categories. The Accelerator Frankfurt was voted best in offering attractive professional network and services. Accelerator Frankfurt cooperates with the known Israeli accelerator AtoBe from the Azrieli College of Engineering in Jerusalem and advised by several other programs in Tel Aviv among them Startup East.

The discussion was initiated during the tech-ecosystem conference last year October in Frankfurt. It will be very exciting to see what comes out of the meeting next Wednesday on 27th of January at the Goethe University. Tarek Al-Wazir, the minister of Economy and Energy in Hessen has invited chosen companies to present their proposal for a Frankfurt Fintech Startup Ecosystem. Many of the companies that presented this week, among them Accelerator Frankfurt, are  going to be there. The key is cooperation between all parties and from this week’s meeting we can see that there is a will to cooperate and now we need to find a way to make it happen. Lets make Frankfurt the FinTech Startup Ecosystem of Germany!

About the Author

Maria Pennanen

Maria is ranked top fintech influencer in the DACH region. She is an investor and CEO of monetizationAI, a FashionTech startup. She is an experienced manager with 20 years of in-depth experience in B2B sales and marketing within Europe and Asia where she developed a passion for learning and profitable growth. She is a qualified executive coach educated in INSEAD. She is involved in numerous German, Finnish and Israeli start-ups and invests in SAAS and Fintech startups.