EY Start-up Academy

Partners of the EY Start-up Academy & contact persons


We are delighted to support Tech and FinTech business models with future growth potential in the EY Start-up Academy – together with Bundesverband Deutscher Startups e.V., Business Angels FrankfurtRheinMain, Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures, Deutsche Börse AG, Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures (DvH Ventures), FinLab AG, High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), seed + speed Ventures, signals Venture Capital, SixThirty Ventures, TechQuartier, Visa and w&w brandpool! We are looking forward to the EY Start-up Academy 2020!



The Bundesverband Deutsche Startups e.V. (Federal Association of German Startups) represents startups’ interests in Germany and is, thus, committed to promote a founder-friendly environment and to remove obstacles to business startups. In addition to advocating innovative entrepreneurship, the Federal Association acts as a network for connecting founders, startups and their supporters.

You want to learn more about the German Startups Association? Watch the interview with Managing Director Franziska Teubert: https://youtu.be/VisKKra497w


Business Angels

As the BA network with the largest number of members, Business Angels FrankfurtRheinMain brings together capital-seeking startups and their founders with Business Angels. They see themselves as a forum for private investors, growth companies and entrepreneurs – primarily in the Rhine-Main region, but active in the entire DACH-region.

You want to learn more about Business Angels FrankfurtRheinMain? Watch the interview with Chairman Andreas Lukic: https://youtu.be/GGakEQvW6E0



Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures is the CVC of the national railway corporation of Germany and is looking for cutting-edge, digital-driven ideas with disruptive potential and scalability. Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures intends to invest in startups with data-driven business models in the areas of mobility, logistics, smart city, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and Big Data – All within and beyond Deutsche Bahn’s core rail businesses. Investments will be sourced on a global basis, with emphasis on Europe, the United States and Israel. Funding is provided from the Series A to Series C stage.

You want to learn more about Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures? Watch the interview with Senior Investment Analyst Tim Schwichtenberg: https://youtu.be/1QXyGkCiXSs


Deutsche Börse

As an internationally active exchange organization and innovative market infrastructure provider, Deutsche Börse AG covers the entire financial value chain with its products, services and technologies. Its Deutsche Börse Venture Network connects companies with suitable investors, supports network building and imparts growth know-how, e.g. on Initial Public Offerings (IPOs).

You want to learn more about Deutsche Börse? Watch the video with Peter Fricke, Head of Deutsche Börse Venture Network: https://youtu.be/R6v1nCaxWCQ


Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures

Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures (DvH Ventures) is a venture capital investor focused on European digital technology companies. Investing in early stage startups, DvH Ventures provides its portfolio companies financial funding, strategic support and management know-how as well as access to an international network in venture capital. Through additional media for equity services the portfolio companies are offered the power of brands such as Handelsblatt, WirtschaftsWoche, Tagesspiegel and DIE ZEIT.

You want to learn more about Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures? Watch the interview with Investment Manager Duc Quyen Tran: https://youtu.be/lu0iNjmOd_o



Stock market listed company FinLab AG is one of the first and largest investors focused on the fintech and blockchain sector in Europe. In this context, FinLab focuses on providing venture capital for startups. FinLab´s aim is a long-term participation and ongoing support of its investments. In this regard, FinLab supports its investments in their respective development phase with a strong network and know-how. In addition, FinLab acts as an asset manager and manages assets in the three-digit million-dollar range.

You want to learn more about FinLab? Watch the interview with Investment Analyst Davis Bourland: https://youtu.be/8PBL13sujSg



The High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) finances technology startups with growth potential. Since 2005, the HTGF has supported almost 600 startups. The focus is on startups in the fields of digital business models, industrial tech, life sciences, chemistry and related business areas. The fund has already successfully sold shares of more than 100 companies.

You want to learn more about High-Tech Gründerfonds? Watch the interview with Investment Manager Martin Möllmann: https://youtu.be/Tk1GH8C-Id0


seed + speed Ventures

seed + speed Ventures is an early stage investor based in Berlin that invests in innovative, digital business models and new software technologies in the B2B and B2C sector in central Europe. Founded by Carsten Maschmeyer, seed + speed Ventures offers innovative startups smart capital and on top of the investment a first package (free of charge) of unique sales support. The portfolio companies get access to a team of highly experienced sales professionals, who actively help to build and optimize efficient sales organizations.

You want to learn more about seed + speed Ventures? Watch the interview with Managing Director Alexander Kölpin: https://youtu.be/rn6P4HabBLI


signals Venture Capital

signals Venture Capital is an independently managed, financially oriented €100 million fund. It invests in promising, sector-agnostic, scalable technological solutions that can accelerate or disrupt the transformation process of entire industries. signals Venture Capital focuses on B2B business models in Europe, for example in the mobility or healthcare sectors. The portfolio companies benefit not only from classic venture capital support, but also from the extensive ecosystem with renowned German and European partners, industry experts and diverse distribution channels.

You want to learn more about signals Venture Capital? Watch the interview with Managing Partner Christian Weniger: https://youtu.be/BCzgnKcwz4k



SixThirty Ventures is an early-stage venture fund headquartered in St. Louis, US, that invests globally in Enterprise Technology startups – especially in FinTech, InsurTech and Cybersecurity. Each year, SixThirty invests in 8 to 12 new companies and participates in select follow-on opportunities. Companies that receive an investment from SixThirty are eligible for the SixThirty Go-To-Market Program, comprising curated meetings with corporate partners, mentoring and networking opportunities.

You want to learn more about SixThirty Ventures? Watch the interview with Regional Manager EMEA Samarth Shekhar: https://youtu.be/KQ-hVjDw0J0



Frankfurt-based TechQuartier (TQ) which has been founded in December 2016 functions as cross-industry startup hub. Next to flexible co-working spaces in 4 locations, accelerator programs and further events, TQ provides startups access to corporates and investors as well as to an international hub-network.

You want to learn more about TQ? Watch the video with Dr. Sebastian Schäfer, Managing Director: https://youtu.be/_sinFus6ifI



Visa is a global payments technology company working to enable consumers, businesses, banks and governments to use digital currency. Our Vision is to be the best way to pay and be paid for everyone, everywhere. With Visa Developer, we are transforming the way we connect to partners by making our network and value-added assets available as APIs. We’re accelerating that approach with a Fintech Engagement Initiative to help Fintechs to join the Visa family and to become part of the world’s leading payment network.



w&w brandpool is a leading late-stage corporate venture capital fund in Germany. w&w brandpool backs outstanding founders with great business models, especially in B2C or B2B2C topics. The investment scope includes industries such as healthtech, insurtech, proptech, mobility, edtech, fintech and family (no e-commerce models) with tickets up to €20m in the DACH region. Next to potential lead generations with more than 6m customers of w&w group and portfolio companies, all startups have the option to be supported in strategic, digital marketing and legal topics.



Contact person for your questions


Francesco Pisani
EMEIA Financial Services / Transaction Advisory Services

Phone: +49 6196 996 25657
Mobile: +49 160 939 25657

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
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