Accelerator Frankfurt second Demo Day a success!

(Frankfurt am Main, 16.07.2017) Accelerator Frankfurt successfully completed its second wave. 
The startups Adjesty (Adtech, Israel), Aeroplan (Insurtech, Israel), AsiaFundManagers (Fintech, Germany), EcoKraft (Fintech, Germany), Norma (Cybersecurity, Korea), Smart Mile Solutions (Smart Cities, Netherlands) and Travel to Live (Traveltech, Canada/Sweden) pitched for a full house of 200 investors and interested stakeholders on 13th of July. The acceleration program condenses two years into four months.

“For an entrepreneur, courage alone is not enough, you also need 100% commitment”

The demo-day started with a welcome speech by Ram Shoham, founder of Accelerator Frankfurt “For an entrepreneur, courage alone is not enough, you also need 100% commitment”. In his speech, he emphasized the importance of sponsors and support to private initiatives like Accelerator Frankfurt who contributes to the ecosystem. Beiten Burkhardt, D-fine, die firma, AtoBe and Ciklum are the strategic partners for the Accelerator Frankfurt program. The demo day was sponsored by VABN and Taylor Wessing. Many thanks to all of our sponsors and collaboration partners. The event was moderated by Peter Hopwood who kept the audience engaged through the evening.

“ We live in a culture of corporate managerialism and lost aspirations”

During the inspiring keynote from Björn Weigel, author of The Innovation Illusion, he pointed out: “We live in a culture of corporate managerialism and lost aspirations”. Innovation seldom comes from big corporates with rigid structures and high bureaucracy. The future looks bleak since globalisation, grey capitalism and regulations make investments in innovative technologies a challenge.

“Frankfurt has what it takes to become an international B2B startup hub”

Frankfurt aspired to become an international startups hub. “Frankfurt has what it takes to become an international B2B startup hub, especially in FinTech. Frankfurt is an excellent place for startups here they are close to customers and financing. The feedback from our startups is that our mentor network and hands-on program significantly accelerates their development.” says Maria Pennanen, co-founder Accelerator Frankfurt.

The next program starts on 25th of September 2017 and is open for applications online https://acceleratorfrankfurt.com. Accelerator Frankfurt is an international program focused on getting startups investment ready and business development. The four-month program offers startups mentoring by successful serial entrepreneurs, coaching, office space and professional services. We accept web entrepreneurs past the idea stage and the potential to scale internationally. The program focuses on B2B startups mainly from FinTech, RegTech, InsureTech, Cybersecurity & Blockchain. You can follow us on twitter @accelerator_ffm, like us on Facebook or contact per email ram@acceleratorfrankfurt.com.

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.

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