Singapore FinTech Festival

We attended the 2nd edition of the Singapore FinTech Festival, the world s largest FinTech event!

Organized by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in partnership with the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) the 2017 edition was a real success with more than 25,000 participants from over 100 countries!

Over 5 days Startups, Investors, Financial Institutions and Government Agencies meet to shape the future of the FinTech Industry.


You can attend conferences with key speakers like Ravi Menon – Managing Director MAS, David Cruickshank – Chairman Deloitte, or Michael Wiegand – Director Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

With the Hackcelerator and the FinTech Awards you get an unique opportunity to expose your technology and get rewarded!

Lastly with Innovation Lab Crawl more than 20 companies including Allianz, AXA, DBS, HSBC, PayPal or Visa are opening their offices to showcase their latest innovations!

So will you be there in 2018?!

Frankfurt’s startup ecosystem

When it comes to startups in Germany everyone is talking about “Berlin”! Of course Berlin is on the top of the European startup scene, nobody can deny that. But in today’s post we’re going to talk about the awakening of one sleeping beauty-city for startups that we visited. We are talking about Frankfurt am Main.

We started our “Frankfurt startup” tour by attending the Fuckup Nights Frankfurt on the beautiful campus of the Goethe university. More than 350 people came to listen to German entrepreneurs… not talking about their success but about their biggest business “fuckup”. Which turned out to work not only as an entertaining but very valuable advice. Volker Geyer from Malerische Wohnideen, Michael Hübl from Flinc and Christoph Burkhardt, Managing Director of Columbia Leadership Group shared their most difficult moments of their entrepreneur’s life, how they got over it and what they learned from it. The evening was rounded off with talks about the evolution of ideas in organizations and collective intelligence.

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Then we decided to do our duty, by participating in the Startup Weekend FinTechCity! The event was hosted in the impressive Silver Tower of the Deutsche Bahn AG in the financial district of Frankfurt. 80 people from different countries and backgrounds participated. All trying to reinvent the future of the Finance industry. As always the support of a great team of mentors and a jury from the banking and FinTech industry like UBS, FastBill and Crowd Desk, allowed participants to push their limits in only 54 hours! Our team was fantastic and we made a lot of new friends in town.

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During the following week, we were invited by the startup Blitzbringer to the Social Impact Lab Frankfurt. This fantastic place combines a coworking area and works as an incubator for social entrepreneurs and startups. The Lab opened in February 2014 and is currently the host of 38 startups. They also organize several workshops and conferences each month, so check their website for upcoming events!

On December the 3rd 2016, WeAreStartup cohosted an event with the Social Impact Lab under the topic of “new work”, innovative leadership and finding better ways of working together!


Dublin and the Web Summit

The world knows Dublin for its rich pub and night life culture. For 5 years in a row now, Dublin is also the place to be for entrepreneurs, high-tech lovers and networking enthusiasts. Why? Because one of the world’s biggest high-tech conference takes place in Dublin, the Web Summit!

What many people do not know is, that Dublin is the host of most European headquarters of companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter. Why? Because of an attractive corporate tax policy of course 😉

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We arrived a few days before the beginning of the Web Summit to mentor participants of, a women entrepreneurship startup program. Those 3 days were hosted by the Digital Hub and by Twitter, and ended with a great party co-organized with Entrepreneur Anonymous.

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I guess now you are interested in the hard facts about the Web Summit21 summits, 42,000 participants from 134 countries, 1,000 speakers, 1,000 investors and 2,100 startups!!!

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We decided to focus mainly on the talks that too place at the Startup Summit with very interesting insights from speakers like Mike Krieger, Instagram‘s Co-Founder & CTO, Dave McClure, 500 Startups‘ Founder, and Corinne Vigreux, TomTom‘s Co-Founder.

On the Center stage prestigious speakers like Ed Catmull, Pixar & Disney Animation‘s President, Stewart Butterfield, Slack‘s Co-Founder & CEO, and Dan Brown, author.

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But participants favorite time is usually the Night Summit, this moment at the end of the day where thousands of people get into Dublin’s pubs for drinks and networking. Paypal Braintree organized a nice party at the Academy where we had the opportunity to test the Orderella app to order drinks without queuing: after quickly creating an account you can browse the drinks available, order it via app thanks to an automatic online payment and get notified when the drink is ready at the bar! Very convenient.

The WeAreStartup team really enjoyed the trip to Dublin! 

When next year the doors of Web Summit 2016 will open in Lisbon, Portugal we will definitely be there. We hope to see you in Lisbon!

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A Week In The Paris Startup Ecosystem

According to the COMPASS Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking, Paris is at the 11th position. After spending one week in the Paris startup ecosystem in September, while attending startup events, visiting incubators and meeting entrepreneurs, we can confirm the dynamism of it!

First we visited SKEMA Business School in La Defense which has an Entrepreneurship Club hosted by SKEMA Alumni, the Alumni association of SKEMA. The Club organizes events in Paris quaterly with testimonials from entrepreneurs. Watch out for the next event!

Then we attended the Buzz at La Ruche, an informal lunch every Friday where startups can share their good news, ask for feedback about ideas and external people can present their project (on request only). La Ruche is a coworking space and an incubator focusing on social entrepreneurship. The office is located right in front of the canal Saint Martin and the nature oriented design of the coworking space give it a very green and relaxed atmosphere to work.

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To fully exploit our 7 days in Paris 😉 we attended the Pitch Deck of the Startup Weekend Paris, Food Edition, at La Mutinerie, a “freedom oriented” coworking space. The energy at the SW was great and pitches covered all topics of the food industry. From the creation to cooking spaces, to delivery and even ideas with insects! The winning team was Le Potager Patissier that came up with vegetable pastries, much healthier than normal pastries and so delicious!

Pepiniere 27 was next in our list of coworking spaces to visit, and with 3,800 m2 in the 11th district hosting 75 startups this place is a must on your next visit! Once again a very clean design with a lot of vegetation make it a really nice place to work and collaborate.

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Most entrepreneurs in Paris know the Numa with all its activities: coworking, start-up acceleration, community outreach and open innovation programs. But what is really great at the Numa is the free coworking space on the ground floor with wifi and even a bar. If you’re looking for a place to work for a few hours you know where to go!

Finally we ended our trip to Paris by attending the France Digital Day, one of the top tech events in France gathering more than 1,500 participants at the Carreau du Temple. For more than 6 hours successful entrepreneurs, investors and leaders shared their vision and experience like Frederic Mazzella, Founder & CEO of BLABLACAR, Laurent Allard, CEO of OVH or Michael Pryor, CEO of TRELLO. Not to talk about the nice cocktail & networking at the end of the day and the opportunity to pitch ideas to real VCs!

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Of course there are many other coworking spaces and incubators in Paris like The Family or Startup42, and at least one more week would have been necessary to visit all these places, but once again Paris is definitely in the top 3 in Europe for startups!