EY Startup Academy

Partners of the EY Startup Academy & contact persons


We are delighted to support Tech and FinTech business models with future growth potential in the EY Startup Academy – together with Austrian Angels Investors Association, BlackWood Capital Partners, Bundesverband Deutscher Startups e.V., Business Angels FrankfurtRheinMain, Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures, Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures (DvH Ventures), HIGHEST, High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), seed + speed Ventures, SixThirty Ventures, Sparkassen Innovation Hub, TechQuartier and w&w brandpool! We are looking forward to the EY Startup Academy 2021!



The Austrian Angel Investors Association was founded in 2012 as a non-profit organisation with the purpose of fostering innovation in Austria – by promoting and professionalising the business angel community. With more than 200 members from all over Austria, the organization has come to play a vital role in the local startup ecosystem and is now also one of the leading angel networks in Europe.



BlackWood Capital Partners is a Copenhagen-based venture investor, that helps European startups gain access to smart capital and high-caliber board members. We connect carefully selected startups with our exclusive network of investors who leverage their capital, networks, and expertise to make an impact.



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


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



HIGHEST is the center of innovation and business creation of Technische Universität Darmstadt and bundles the transfer and start-up activities of students, scientists and research departments. As a deep tech incubator, TU Darmstadt operates in technology fields such as Green Tech, AI applications and MedTech. HIGHEST contributes significantly to the development of successful start-ups as well as practice-relevant innovations from research results and interconnects science and industry. Companies and investors gain efficient access to the latest technological findings, talents, founders and the ecosystem in the Frankfurt-Rhine-Main region. In addition, HIGHEST organizes networking events and multiple different formats together with and for their network partners.



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



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


Sparkassen Innovation Hub

The Sparkassen Innovation Hub (S-Hub) is the innovation lab of the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe. The think tank deals with consumers, technical innovations and digital banking. It was launched at the beginning of 2017 as a joint initiative of the Sparkassen, the DSGV, the DSV, Finanz Informatik and Star Finanz. The S-Hub is a business division of Star Finanz, Germany’s leading provider of online and mobile banking solutions. Currently, three interdisciplinary teams are working together in agile project structures. In each case, the following expertise are represented: Product Owner, Business Development, User Experience, Design, frontend and backend developers. A total of 30 employees are currently working on site in Hamburg.



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



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
Strategy and Transactions | EY Parthenon

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

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Mergenthalerallee 3-5
65760 Eschborn/Frankfurt


Kick-off event of the EY Startup Academy 2021

Registration for audience now open: On September 16, the EY Startup Academy will kick off. For the fifth time, we are looking for ambitious Tech and FinTech startups whose business models bear future potential. Together with our cooperation partners, which include investors and corporates as well as other key players from the startup ecosystem, we are looking for Tech startups that have passed the alpha phase, already have a Minimum Viable Product or a Proof of Concept and are seeking funding within the next 12 months.
In our kick-off event, the most promising founders present their business ideas in a pitch contest. At the end of the event, an expert jury will select the finalists for the 6-week program – but as audience you will also have a vote on who qualifies for the EY Startup Academy. Register now for the EY Startup Academy Kick-Off and experience exciting pitches in our live event!

Register now for the event