At the age of 19, she dropped out of Stanford University and founded a technology company with a market capitalization of US$9 billion. The former US President and former Secretary of State stood for her, and the major media rushed…
If the prospect of one’s own company is more exciting than a career in science or corporation, entrepreneurial spirit breaks through. What idea they pursue, whether there are role models and from which experience they have learned a lot, tell entrepreneurs in the founders interview – this time Marc-Oliver Eckart of accident heroes.
As a banking center, Frankfurt is a European heavyweight. As a result, it is obvious that the city also wants to play a leading role in the field of fintech – the currently celebrated potential bankruptcy killer. But Berlin and especially London are currently in the lead here. To change that, the Hessian state government called on different actors to submit ideas for their own center for fintech start-ups.
Women in the German start-up landscape are still more the exception than the rule. However, success stories such as Amorelie founder Lea-Sophie Cramer or Anna Alex and Julia Bösch, who together founded Outfittery, are evidence that change is taking place. For example, at the next Investors’ Circle on June 20, 2016, the Private Equity Forum NRW will be addressing the question “Do women have different reasons?”.
The organizers – EY (Ernst & Young) and HHL – want to put more emphasis on the so far neglected contribution of start-ups to the common good with the EY Public Value Award (EYPVA), which has been awarded for the first time. Because often the social added value of a business idea of a start-up is not visible at first glance. The award is intended to serve as a seal of quality, USP and a positive signal for investors and other stakeholders.
The German venture capital industry has already made worse pictures than it currently does. In addition to success stories such as successful exits and the conclusion of rounds of financing in the double-digit millions, the industry is also growing in terms of the number of active investment companies. At the same time, wealthy individuals – probably also under the influence of the persistently low-interest environment – are discovering investments in innovative start-up companies.