Accelerator Frankfurt Newsletter (November 2018)

Dear friends and colleagues,
On Monday the 26th of November, we welcome you to our office for another learning session on Crypto Trading Strategies. Expand your trading skills and understanding on cryptocurrencies with one of the top gurus in the space, Maksim Balashevich. Please register here or simply send me an email if you wish to join


Best regards, 
Ram

Accelerator Frankfurt Monthly Newsletter

Latest News
Hong Kong Fintech Week

Hong Kong #Fintech week was an amazing event! Maria Pennanen had the honor to host the panel discussion on #DLT and #tokenisation with @Lukas Petrikas @Pei Chen and @Jon R.. Very insightful and interesting discussion both back and on stage. Although #blockchain is not the answer to everything it is going to disrupt the financial industry. Tokenisation is continuing its success and offering great options to alternative #investments. A topic very close to my heart as Santiment offers #data to enable smarter investment decisions into #crypto-assets. All in all, a very diversified agenda covering the Asian market and different aspects of #Fintech. Excellent organisation by Richard Holtand his team. An event not to miss next year. Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) Digital Assets Management, LLC ConsenSys FINNOVASIA

Startup Safari FrankfurtRheinMain

Accelerator Frankfurt hosted a session of Startup Safari on October 17th. The session was probably one of the most down to earth we have had lately because we brought two entrepreneurs who had the harsh learnings of failure. Our philosophy is that one should celebrate failures because each of them bring you closer to the next success. Babe Ruth said “every strike brings me closer to the next homerun”, and Winston Churchill gave wise words that “failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue the counts”. We want to thank our two great entrepreneurs, Alexander Mendelson and Matthew Kirschnick, for having the courage in sharing their learnings.

Maria Pennanen among top 50 most influential women in EU

EU-Startups.com published a list of Europe’s top 50 most influential women in startups and VC. This effort was to highlight the still heavily underrepresented gender in the startup world. Feel free to visit their website and vote give your suggestions for next year’s edition.

Recent Updates & Events
Investsuite raises €2 million

Our latest cohort startup from Belgium just closed it’s seed round of €2 million, funding round led by the VC PMV. Investsuite is a whitelabel robo-advisory solution for financial institutions and was co-founded by veteran Bart Vanhaeren (CEO) and Laurent Sorber (CTO) who is a PhD in Mathematical Engineering and developed the proprietary algorithm. Accelerator Frankfurt is proud to have Investsuite as part of it’s cohort and we are in talks already with various financial institutions and asset managers in Frankfurt. For more information please contact ram@acceleratorfrankfurt.com.

Founder, Bart Vanhaeren (CEO)​

Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow launched
By Ram Shoham

On October 26th, just before heading to the airport for my flight to Hong Kong, I was invited to give a keynote speech to young entrepreneurs between the ages of 14 and 17. To my astonishment, I was greeted by over 200 people once I got on stage (I was expecting a smaller crowd). I am happy I could share and inspire some of these entrepreneurs, who certainly hold the future of our children. I will continue mentoring them through the coming six months and looking forward to more such exchanges within high schools.

Upcoming Events where Maria Pennanen is participating as CEO of Santiment Germany:

South Korea, Seoul – Inside Fintech www.insidefintechconference.com

Inside FinTech with Blockchain Agenda explores Fintech 3.0, including Blockchain technology and other decentralized solutions for financial processes, and its impact on the global financial ecosystem. Hear from the finance industry’s most forward-thinking individuals as they seek to leverage advances in technology to improve payments, investment strategies, mobile banking, navigate the world of regulation, and more. November 29-30

Thailand, Bangkok – Beyond Blocks www.beyondblocks.com

Join us at Beyond Blocks Summit Bangkok this November 26-27, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand for the opportunity to meet and network with industry thought-leaders, developers, investors, and enthusiasts.

About the Author

Ram Shoham

Ram Shoham is to Fintechs what George Martin was to the Beatles. He is the Founder of Accelerator Frankfurt with 16 years of international corporate experience in finance and general management before becoming an entrepreneur. Ram is also the Co-Founder of the Santiment Blockchain Hub, which is focused on building an ecosystem for promoting blockchain technologies and education in this sector. He learned from his pro-surfing career the importance of surrounding himself with passionate people and being in the right place at the time. Ram has excellent network contacts in Tel Aviv, the actual tech community hotspot in Israel.

Related Article

Mittwoch, 24.10.2018 by Maria Pennanen
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Some two hundred Artificial Intelligence (AI) enthusiasts from European national banks and ECB attended the conference in Frankfurt to learn about AI. Koenraad de Geest, the Director General of Information Systems at ECB, had the opening words and defused the commonly believed threat of mass unemployment caused by AI. The coming 4th industrial revolution will require some of us to reskill, but at the same time offers an amazing opportunity to take advantage of this new technology. Today, ECB uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) to analyze the markets perception on ECB’s communication. Additionally, ECB scraps data from the internet to predict inflation. The message was to embrace the new era and not to be threatened by the science fiction fear scenarios.
Mittwoch, 03.10.2018 by Ram Shoham
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Blockchain & Crypto Assets, plus Korean startups networking
 
Dear friends and colleagues,

Our community is once again gathering at the Santiment Blockchain Hub on October 24th, for an evening not to be missed. We strive to enrich our knowledge in the Blockchain and crypto field and want you to be part of this journey. Santiment is a global leader providing financial and crypto market data to investors, hedge funds and academia. Santiment’s data scientists are making regular discoveries in the crpyto space and are giving its community a close insight to such revelations. Join our coming meetup with Maksim Balashevic, CEO of Santiment, and moderated by the internationally renowned moderator, Mr. Peter Hopwood. If you are curious to keep learning, sign up here.

Best regards, 
Ram
Mittwoch, 12.09.2018 by Ishay Tenster
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So, how can blockchain be applied to real estate?

Blockchain technology is all about decentralization and implementing decentralized systems in order to make things more transparent. When it comes to real estate, the industry is very old fashion and virtually no large technological changes have been made in this area for centuries.
Mittwoch, 05.09.2018 by Maria Pennanen
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(Frankfurt am Main, 30.09.2018) Accelerator Frankfurt partners with Santiment (a successful crypto data insights provider) to set up the Santiment Blockchain Hub. The vision is to build a place where like-minded people can collaborate and to push blockchain to the next level. The Santiment Blockchain Hub, powered by Accelerator Frankfurt, will collaborate with different players in the blockchain ecosystem and academia will be a natural part of the hub. It will provide education in crypto assets and blockchain technology. The target is to create a viable self-sustainable blockchain ecosystem.
Montag, 03.09.2018 by Ram Shoham
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Accelerator Frankfurt launch event, October 2nd

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

Accelerator Frankfurt is inviting its community to our launch event, which will be held in our new office location at MINDSPACE Frankfurt in the city center. A new batch of Fintech and Cybersecurity startups will be attending, as well as a few blockchain and post-ICO companies. We would like to thank our strategic partners, d-fine next, die firma, and Taylor Wessing and in Israel, atobe entrepreneurship center. For registration to the launch event, click here.

Best regards, 
Maria and Ram
Dienstag, 03.07.2018 by Ram Shoham
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Dear friends and colleagues, 

Summer months are here already but we at Accelerator Frankfurt are continuing at full speed ahead. The 4th Wave Demo day is over with great success and achievements. Currently we are traveling extensively meeting new startups, investorsand mentors. We are preparing for our next Go-to-Market program, with a strong focus on Blockchain. Below we are happy to present our July newsletter edition. 

We are always happy to get your feedback and comments and would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who replied and advised.  

Yours,

Maria and Ram
Accelerator Frankfurt
Sonntag, 03.06.2018 by Ram Shoham
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Dear friends and colleagues, 

A few days before the 4th Wave Demo day (June 19) which reflects the work our startup has achieved throughout the Go-to-Market program, we are happy to present our June newsletter edition. Events' demos, meetings and mentoring occurred this month and we would like to share some of the events here. 

We are always happy to get your feedbacks and comments and would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who replied and advised.  
 

Yours,

Maria and Ram
Accelerator Frankfurt
Dienstag, 03.04.2018 by Ram Shoham
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Dear friends,

We are excited to present our April 2018 newsletter and share with you our recent activities as well as the coming events in our ecosystem. 
The past few weeks have been very intense with the launch of the 4th Wave of our Go-to-Market program. Also, we have participated in major global events and hosted workshops and meetups. We look forward to seeing you in our next activities as a growing and developing international startup ecosystem in Frankfurt. 

Save the date: Demo Day June 19th.
 

Yours,
 

Maria and Ram
Accelerator Frankfurt
Dienstag, 30.01.2018 by Maria Pennanen
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(Frankfurt am Main, 21.01.2018) Accelerator Frankfurt successfully completed its third wave. The startups Cogia (Big Data Analytics / Textmining, Germany), Cytegic (Automated Cyber Risk Officer, Israel), Enterpay (Fintech Payments, Finland), INNAAS (Fintech Digital Concierge, Italy), Robosig (FX AlgoTrading, USA) and Spobi (SportTech, Germany) with our wildcard from first wave Fenror7 pitched for a full house of 200 investors and bankers on 17th of January. The startups pitched in front of the distinguished international jury.
Dienstag, 01.08.2017 by Maria Pennanen
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(Frankfurt am Main, 01.08.2017) Accelerator Frankfurt https://acceleratorfrankfurt.com offers a “Go-to-Market Program” for later stage startups in need to accelerate their business development. Accelerator Frankfurt is a private initiative and works in close cooperation with the finance industry and SMEs in Germany.
Sonntag, 16.07.2017 by Maria Pennanen
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(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.
Donnerstag, 29.06.2017 by Maria Pennanen
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ACCELERATOR FRANKFURT's second DEMO DAY! Come see our passionate entrepreneurs pitching together with our guests from VABN. We invite investors from Europe to participate!
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Dienstag, 20.06.2017 by Maria Pennanen
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After working with startups for years and running an accelerator program, I can confirm that the key to success is quite simple. Obviously after you read this article, my ‘secret sauce’ will not be a secret anymore, so why am I writing this? The reason is that what we have built in Accelerator Frankfurt, cannot be built overnight.
Dienstag, 13.06.2017 by Maria Pennanen
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Frankfurt is aiming to win a place as a startups hub in Germany and as a Fintech hub in Europe. Startups are often seen as the disruptors of businesses. The fear is that the use of modern technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data, will make most of the repetitive tasks automated and the people doing them today redundant. On the brighter side the new technologies enable companies find new business models and markets. Big corporates are starting to see the necessity to engage with startups and there are strong reasons why SMEs should do the same.
Mittwoch, 10.05.2017 by Maria Pennanen
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Six weeks ago Accelerator Frankfurt launched its second wave. Eight diverse startups joined us: three German (AsiaFundManagers.com, Travel to Live and EcoKraft), three Israeli (Adjesty, Aero-plan and Kensee), a Korean (Norma) and a Dutch company (Smart Mile Solutions) on board. Fintech is still our focus but being in Frankfurt we have seen the demand for Proptech, Cybersecurity, Machine-learning and Smart-city solutions that serve the corporates and medium size companies. We want to bring people with passion to Frankfurt to help the banks and corporates innovate and find solutions that solve their problems.
Sonntag, 02.04.2017 by Maria Pennanen
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(Frankfurt am Main, 02.04.2017) Accelerator Frankfurt’s second wave of startups began their four-month program on the 27th of March. The startups where presented during our Launch Event at our premises in the TechQuartier in Frankfurt.
Mittwoch, 22.03.2017 by Maria Pennanen
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Representing Frankfurt: Eric Menges, Ram Shoham, Sebastian Schäfer, Gerhard Kebbel, Peter Feldmann, Peter Buxmann, Jochen Biedermann and Uwe Becker. 
Mittwoch, 25.01.2017 by Maria Pennanen
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(Frankfurt am Main, 22.01.2017) Accelerator Frankfurt successfully completed its first program with a demo day on 16.01.2017 at TechQuartier. All the eight startups (Alyne, BeeEye, Cindicis, Fenror7, Pronteo, SchnellSpesen, SecuredTouch and Wroomer) that started the program in September, pitched during the final day of their acceleration program. The startups were in areas of FinTech, RegTech, Cyber Security, Predictive Analytics and FoodTech. During the program the startups matured and developed with good results. One of the Israeli startups has already secured a pilot with a German bank and several are in discussion of starting one. In addition, six of the startups have secured follow-on funding while the others will close their financing rounds in the coming weeks. “We are very happy with the results and also in achieving our KPIs: securing a pilot with a major bank and getting over 70% of our startups funded” says Maria Pennanen, co-founder of Accelerator Frankfurt.
Montag, 16.01.2017 by Maria Pennanen
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16.01.2017 the startups from Accelerator Frankfurt will have their Demo day @TechQuartier. They are joined by startups from our collaboration partners Deutsche Börse Venture Network Fintech Hub, Main Incubator GmbH and VABN (Aurelis real estate GmbH). We have a full house and the registration for the event is closed. However you can join the live streaming via Startupradio starting 15:50 CET.

A big thank you for our sponsors Deutsche Bank,  Main Incubator, VABN, PWC, Taylor Wessing and Accelerator Frankfurt for making this event possible.
Dienstag, 06.12.2016 by Maria Pennanen
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In the startup world we emphasize the importance of teams. Not without a reason; it is what makes or breaks a startup. Success depends on the ability of the team to work together under stressful conditions and still deliver results. Understanding your own and your team’s behavior and blind spots, facilitates finding a solution when a conflict occurs. Diversity is key for good teamwork and the fuel for innovation, however to change and to work in the best possible way requires effort.
Montag, 21.11.2016 by Maria Pennanen
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It’s about a year ago when I wrote my first blog wondering why Frankfurt, the banking centre of Germany, was not the startup hub for Fintech in Germany. In a year many things have materialised that moved the development to the right direction; some of them planned and some unforeseen. The catalyst for the planned events was the call from Minister Tarek Al-Wazir from the Hessen Ministry of Economy and Energy for different parties to present their concepts of how to build the Frankfurt FinTech Centre. The unplanned booster was the unexpected decision of UK to exit the EU, Brexit.
Donnerstag, 22.09.2016 by Maria Pennanen
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(Frankfurt am Main, 22.09.2016) Accelerator Frankfurt’s https://acceleratorfrankfurt.com first wave of startups have started their four month program on the 19th of September. The startups where presented during our Launch Event on Tuesday evening at our office in the Westhafen Tower.
Sonntag, 18.09.2016 by Maria Pennanen
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Accelerator Frankfurt’s https://acceleratorfrankfurt.com first wave of startups will start their four month program on the 19th of September. The first program will take place in an elevated setting at one of Frankfurt’s main skyscrapers Westhafen Tower.
Mittwoch, 29.06.2016 by Maria Pennanen
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Maria Pennanen, Mitbegründerin des Accelerator Frankfurt, spricht im Interview mit altii über den Nutzen von Accelerators für Startups, Investoren und etablierte Unternehmen, die Zukunft Frankfurts als FinTech Hub und den Ansatz des Accelerator Frankfurt.