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European Central Bank Partners with Digital Innovation Platform Reply to Offer AI and Machine Learning Coding Marathon

The European Central Bank (ECB) has partnered with Reply, a platform focused on digital innovation, in order to offer a 48-hour coding marathon, which will focus on teaching participants how to apply the latest artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms. The marathon is… Read More

UK-based Online Real Estate Investment Platform BrickVest Acquired by German Firm Patrizia

UK-headquartered digital real estate investment platform BrickVest has reportedly been acquired by Patrizia, a Germany-based firm. Details regarding the terms of the deal and the amount paid for the purchase have not been shared publicly. Established in 2014, BrickVest allows customers to invest in pre-screened… Read More

Varengold Bank Opens Fintech Hub in Berlin

Germany-based banking group Varengold Bank announced on Monday it has opened its new fintech hub in Berlin. According to Board of Managing Directors member, Frank Otten, the new hub will “add value” for the Varengold Bank’s current customers in Berlin because the bank will provide… Read More

Germany-based Fintech firm Heidelpay Is Seeking Acquisitions, Might Launch IPO

Germany-based Fintech firm Heidelpay is reportedly seeking acquisitions and might launch an in initial public offering (IPO), according to its CEO, Mirko Huellemann. He recently stated: “An IPO is of course always an option for fresh capital.” Huellemann’s comments regarding the firm’s business plans are… Read More

Deutsche Bundesbank and Deutsche Börse Join in Publishing Study on Usage of Distributed Ledger Technology

Deutsche Bundesbank and Deutsche Börse have joined forces in publishing a study on the uses of distributed ledger technology (DLT) or blockchain. The bank and exchange believe that “DLT solutions can deliver substantial benefits” and “tokenized securities and baskets substantially improve collateral mobility.” The pro-blockchain… Read More

Update: Hycube’s Equity Crowdfunding Round Surpasses €1.2 Million in Funding on Seedrs

Hycube, a Germany-based renewable energy storage solution, has successfully secured more than €1.2 million in funding through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. The company launched the funding round earlier this month and quickly surpassed its €1 million funding target and has so far attracted… Read More

N26 Milestone: Digital Bank Celebrates Five Million Customers in Five Years

Digital-only bank platform N26 announced on Wednesday it now has more than five million customers who are banking on its platform around the globe. The company stated: “As we enter a new decade, we’re delighted to share some more fantastic news. N26 has reached another… Read More

GreyP Completes Equity Token Offering on Neufund. Securities are Distributed as Investors Will Also Benefit from Neu Token Distributions & Payouts

GreyP Bikes (an e-bike company), one of the first “equity token offerings” or ETO to complete a primary issuance on the Neufund platform distributed the digital securities to investors last week. The security offering began last October with a pre-sale followed by a public sale… Read More

France-based Digital Bank Qonto Secures $115 Million via Series C Round Led by Tencent, DST Global

France-based digital bank Qonto has secured $115 million through a Series C investment round led by Tencent and DST Global, in order to help it further penetrate key markets, implement new features to tailor its products and services to specific market segments, and hire new… Read More

German P2P Lending Marketplace auxmoney Plans to Create Many New Jobs for Highly-Qualified Professionals in 2020

Düsseldorf-based Fintech auxmoney is one of Europe’s largest credit marketplaces. Private and institutional investors can use auxmoney to make direct investments in pre-approved borrowers of various different score classes.  auxmoney recently began issuing loans to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The company uses its customized… Read More

German Insurtech GetSafe Announces UK Expansion

Getsafe, a Germany-based insurtech startup, announced on Thursday it has started its digital contents insurance expansion into the UK. The expansion of services comes less than a year after Getsafe secured $17 million through its Series A funding round, which was notably led by Earlybird… Read More

Overfunding: German Renewable Energy Storage Solution Hycube Quickly Surpasses €1 Million Funding Target on Seedrs

Hycube, a Germany-based renewable energy storage solution, has successfully secured its initial €1 million equity crowdfunding target on Seedrs.  The company stated that it was created to build world-class energy storage systems  by taking energy from solar panels and storing it for later use in… Read More

Germany: Online Lender creditshelf Reports 59% Increase in Revenue in Q3

Creditshelf Aktiengesellschaft (CSQ.DE), an online lender targeting SMEs in Germany, has released its Q3 2019 numbers. According to the Fintech, topline revenue for the first 9 months of 2019 rose to €2.46 million versus €1.57 million during year prior. The increase in revenue was said… Read More

European Digital Bank Qonto Expands to Germany, Also Serving France, Italy, and Spain

Qonto, a neo-bank for business account holders that was established in France in 2017, has expanded its operations into Germany, Italy, and Spain. Notably, Qonto was the recipient of the first investment by billionaire Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures in France during its Series A funding… Read More

Sapiens Announces Acquisition of German Insurtech sum.cumo

 Sapiens International Corporation, (NASDAQ: SPNS) and (TASE: SPNS), a global provider of software solutions for the insurance industry, announced on Tuesday it has acquired Germany-based insurtech sum.cumo for €28.4 million. Founded in 2010, sum.cumo claims it stands for the “successful, integrated digitalization” of traditional business… Read More

Germany-based Lender Commerzbank Finalizes Agreement to Increase Stake in Online Lending Fintech Comdirect

Germany-based lending company Commerzbank has reportedly finalized an agreement with activist investor Petrus Advisers, in order to increase its stake in online lending Fintech firm Comdirect. Commerzbank is planning to take over Comdirect’s business operations and aims to help the company reduce costs. The takeover… Read More

Bundesbank President and ECB Councillor Jens Weidmann: Facebook’s Libra Compels Governments to Ensure Competition, Not Create State Cryptocurrency

Jens Weidmann, President of Germany’s central bank (Bundesbank) and a governing councilor at the European Central Bank (ECB), told Handelsblatt this week that much needs to be understood before central banks should get into issuing a digital currency like Facebook’s Libra or Bitcoin, commonly referred… Read More

Klarna Announces Plans to Open New Tech Hub in Berlin

Payment processing platform Klarna announced on Thursday its plan to open a tech hub in Berlin at the beginning of next year. Klarna reported that the new hub will enable it to further build out its product portfolio and services as well as better serve… Read More

France’s Banking Challenger Orange Bank Extends Its Patnership with Wirecard to Support Google Pay Transactions in France

Germany-headquartered Wirecard, a payments platform, and France’s Orange Bank, a challenger bank, announced on December 11 that they’re extending their existing business relationship to allow Android users in France to make payments through Google Pay. Orange Bank claims that 17% of all mobile payments in… Read More

Bitbond Leverages Digital Asset Experience to Expand into Real Estate in Partnership with KlickOwn

Bitbond, a Berlin-based online lender and trailblazer in the digital asset sector, is leveraging its experience in issuing blockchain-based bonds to move into real estate. According to a note from Bitbond, the investment platform has formed a partnership with KlickOwn, a property investment platform. Bitbond… Read More

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