Known as Germany’s business capital, Frankfurt is also a powerful digital innovation hub, as these 12 start-ups prove.
Frankfurt is home to major financial institutions such as the European Central Bank, the Bundesbank and the German Stock Exchange, and more than 70,000 people are employed in its financial sector.
But Frankfurt is also an important innovation hub. It is home to the renowned Staedelschule art school, while important educational institutions such as the University of Mainz and TU Darmstadt are nearby, as is the ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt.
When it comes to tech start-ups, Frankfurt has had its share of breakthrough successes, such as BuyVIP, which was acquired by Amazon, and Fintech 360T, Germany’s largest start-up exit, which was acquired by Deutsche Boerse in 2015 for $796m.
Frankfurt also boasts the largest transport hub for passengers in Germany, has its busiest highways and has the country’s largest internet exchange point, DE-CIX.
Here are the Frankfurt start-ups to watch in 2018.
#Gamma, the #StaticCodeAnalyzer is the solution to your problems!
Get in touch with us and we'll explain our solution to your problem! https://t.co/bdEsHI26Nr #Code #coding #technology #SaaS pic.twitter.com/AHhKboB3EJ
— Acellere (@Acellere) April 4, 2018
Acellere has created a software analytics platform called Gamma, which helps developers to identify and mitigate bugs and structural issues in software code, and to prioritise problems that arise with the integration of AI components. Founded by Sudarshan Bhide and Vishal Rai, Acellere recently raised a Series A round of €2.25m led by Capnamic Ventures and business angels.
Antelope Club has developed a muscle-activating sportswear series, which consists of compression clothing with integrated electrodes that are controlled via a smartphone app, strengthening muscles during physical activities. Founded by Kay Rathschlag, Patrick Thumm and Philipp Schwarz, the company has raised $2.1m to date.
— awamo (@awamo_group) February 6, 2018
Awamo provides a mobile and easy-to-use microfinance management solution for microfinance institutions in emerging markets. Established by Benedikt Kramer, Philipp Neub and Roland Claussen, the young fintech has raised $2.3m in seed funding.
Exciting news! Applications are closed for @HiltonNewsroom Pitch event and the five finalists have been chosen. Congratulations @AVUXI @bd4travel @getsidekix Skippticket @whym_global https://t.co/JgCqO7arXH pic.twitter.com/31ieQlT4XG
— Traveltech Lab (@traveltechlab) April 17, 2018
Bd4travel provides real-time personalisation by a unique profiling of every visitor to online travel stores, combining big data with self-learning algorithms to surface the most relevant content and offers. Founded by Andy Owen Jones, Ibrahim Husseini and Melanie Sickenberger, it has raised $4.2m in funding to date from investors including Talis Capital and Hoxton Ventures.
Today giving a talk and moderation on #AI for Management Circle linking technology #blockchain presenting #fintech @savedroidAG @ginmon Firamis @YassinHankir @oliver_naegele @FinTech_HQ @ICO_HELIXOrange pic.twitter.com/jStD7JefbR
— Blockchain HELIX (@BlockchainHelix) April 18, 2018
Blockchain Helix has created a digital identity platform that enables end users and institutions to exchange personal or business information in a secure manner. Blockchain Helix was established by Oliver Naegele in 2016.
@GMIPost with Co-Founder / Managing Director of @CardioSecur, Dr. Markus Riemenschneider on the exciting possibilities in the APAC Region for their mobile ECG Technology. #Frankfurt #CardioSecur #MHealth pic.twitter.com/iGPNeqIEdp
— kristine crouch (@gmikristine) February 23, 2018
Also known as Personal MedSystems, CardioSecur provides mobile health services and products for people with cardiac symptoms. In particular, it provides instant cardiac monitoring platforms and specialises in high-level 22-lead ECG technology that provides a 360-degree view of the heart. Founded by Dr Markus Riemenschneider and Felix Brand, the company last year closed a €5m Series B financing led by KPN Ventures.
— Covomo (@covomo_de) March 9, 2018
Covomo is an independent comparison portal for supplementary insurance products, including travel, pet and device insurance. Founded in 2015 and led by Simon Nörtersheuser and Eberhard Riesenkampff, Covomo has raised $2.3m in funding to date.
#Frankfurt #Roboadvisor @ginmon giving its pitch in #Hangzhou at the #China Finmaker Competition, representing #Germany. Good show and excellent score! @fintech_consult team cheering in the back and @SusanneChishti supporting in the jury pic.twitter.com/ezj4jPMKt3
— Jochen Biedermann (@jochenbiederm) March 25, 2018
Robo-adviser fintech player Ginmon enables private customers to invest in exchange-traded fund portfolios using its state-of-the-art software. It enables users to determine their investment profile and adapt their strategy accordingly. Founded in late 2014 by Lars Reiner, Raphael Vosen and Ulrich Bauer, the company raised a seven-figure investment in 2016 led by London-based Passion Capital.
One week left until the @hannover_messe starts. We are beyond excited and can't wait to launch our new product REPODS!#IoT #IIoT #HMI18 #Product #launch #startup #industrie40 #HM18 #excited https://t.co/NYNZoQG1aU pic.twitter.com/TWxMrJC0d5
— Record Evolution (@RecordEvolution) April 16, 2018
Operating at the intersection between the world of modern data science and the internet of things (IoT) world of machines and sensors, Record Evolution is the creator of the Repods platform. The company was founded by Marko Petzold. Repods provides a platform for collaboration within a secure and private data warehouse.
— savedroid AG (@savedroidAG) April 5, 2018
Savedroid is an AI-based saving and spending algorithm that comes in the form of a mobile app that enables users to save up for their wishes without thinking about saving. Founded by Dr Yassin Hankir, Marco Trautmann and Tobias Zander, Savedroid raised a €1.5m investment in January from the Investment and Economic Development Bank of Rheinland-Pfalz, Weidner, serial fintech investor Alfred Schorno and others. It launched an initial coin offering in February, recently bringing its total funding to more than $53m.
10 features of the @Traxpay platform enhancing the value of #B2Bpayments — a solution for banks and their corporate clients; #blockchain #blockchaintechnology #supplychain #factoring #dynamicdiscounting #cashmanagement #FinTech #Finserv https://t.co/njxXAISu6I pic.twitter.com/zhB3ddeEW4
— Traxpay (@Traxpay) April 18, 2018
Traxpay provides a dynamic financing platform, and partners with banks and B2B networks to provide a range of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and blockchain-based payment solutions. This helps banks to generate untapped revenue. Founded by Markus Rupprecht, Traxpay has raised $19m to date from investors including Commerzbank and Earlybird Venture Capital.
Vaamo is a robo-adviser platform dedicated to providing private individuals with easy and intuitive access to capital markets, helping them to achieve personal finance goals. Led by Oliver Vins and Thomas Bloch, Vaamo has raised €3m in funding to date from investors that include Route 66 Ventures.
Updated, 9.30am, 19 April 2018: This article was updated to clarify the location of Mainz University, TU Darmstadt and the ESA European Space Operations Centre, and also to update figures with regard to the total funding raised by Savedroid.