New capital, new partners and a new Berlin-based headquarter for the fintech company builder FinLeap. The young company raised around €39 million investors like the German Insurer SIGNAL IDUNA, the SBI Group from Japan and the Dutch NIBC Bank. Furthermore, the reinsurer Hannover Re as a big institutional investor raised its share in the Berlin-based company.
FinLeap was founded in the summer of 2014 by HitFox Group and Ramin Niroumand as a company builder specialized in Fintechs. The firm serially develops Fintech companies, supporting them with strong infrastructure and guiding their growth. So far, twelve ventures have been brought to market providing services for private and corporate clients. FinLeap is already active in ten European countries. In June 2016, FinLeap already secured €21 million in funding.
Paulus de Wilt, the CEO of NIBC Bank commented: “We are proud of becoming a strategic partner to FinLeap. With its unique ecosystem of FinTech ventures, FinLeap is at the forefront of innovation in the digital age of finance. Its profound expertise in building successful business models in a complex and regulated environment, will help us further tailor our offering to meet the complex and changing needs of our clients. The partnership between NIBC and FinLeap will pave the way towards interesting areas of cooperation, both in Germany and internationally.”
In the past three years, the company builder has established itself as Europe’s leading fintech platform, whose ecosystem brings together some of the most prominent players of the financial services industry as well as investors and clients. The FinLeap ecosystem, made up of the company builder and its ventures, is opening up to third parties and continues to develop in the B2B2C space.
The new Finleap offices in Berlin are not only a campus for FinLeap and its ventures, but also the official de:hub for fintech. FinLeap was selected by the Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy as part of the Digital Hub Initiative in a national tender. The locations chosen to be de:hubs excel in developing innovation and enable interchange between established corporations and international investors.
FinLeap CEO Niroumand stated: “We want to create a space that serves as link between the digital and the financial industries. It will be a place for open networks and cooperations. Anyone interested in the digitalization of the financial services industry is welcome.”
Regular events on the rooftop terrace or the on-site event floor, international branch conferences as well as a catering facilities are planned amongst other things. FinLeap and several of its ventures have already moved in. The renovation of the 11.000 sq m large building is expected to be finished by the end of 2017.