Over the past years, our Financial Services Team has positioned itself as a FinTech thought leader in the German market. In line with our goal of Building a better working world, our highly qualified team is specialized in driving forward flagship projects in FinTech, InsurTech and digital banking. Due to EY’s global set-up, we do not only have an excellent network within the German FinTech and InsurTech landscape, but are well connected at an international level and monitor overarching trends closely.
Next to regular publishing activities and active participation in speeches and panels at FinTech and digital banking related events, we look for ways to foster innovative approaches and to advance the development of the local ecosystem for start-ups. As such, we contributed to the formation of TechQuartier, an innovation center for corporates and start-ups. Moreover, we are a member of InsurLab, a Cologne-based platform founded by the German insurance industry for networking and collaborating with start-ups.
Our work is accompanied by the sponsoring of numerous activities for match-making FinTechs, investors and other participants of the start-up ecosystem. One of the most successful examples is the EY Start-up Academy, a 6-week program in which selected start-ups are given the unique opportunity to improve their business model and its main components through structured help and advice from EY experts and its cooperation partners.
The EY Start-up Academy consists of a series of more than 30 workshops and training events and is supported by well-known actors in the start-up scene such as Deutsche Börse, TechQuartier, Bundesverband Deutsche Startups and Business Angels FrankfurtRheinMain. The program aims to help start-ups to become “investor ready” as soon as possible by covering all aspects which are relevant for investors. This year, the academy – which is open for applications until the end of August – will start with a pitch contest on 17 September.
We look forward to meeting you at the FinTech Summit!