The HitFox Group, a company builder headquartered in Berlin, today announced the start of FinLeap – an independent international FinTech company builder. With offices in Berlin and San Francisco, FinLeap will connect successful entrepreneurs, finance and technology experts with new technologies and scalable business models. The goal behin FinLeap is to provide cheaper, simpler and more transparent financial services to businesses and consumers alike.
Jan Beckers, Co-founder and Partner at FinLeap, stated: “The financial market is both enormous and extremely slow to change from within. There are many opportunities to improve existing products and services and offer entirely new ones. It was a very logical step for us to apply our model to this market next”. Beckers won the “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award by Ernst & Young for his achievements as an entrepreneur in building the HitFox Group. Check out the interview we did with him last year.
FinLeap aims to start 4-6 autonomous companies per year and provide a comprehensive set of resources (as well as substantial seed funding of € 0,5-5 million per company) that empowers the founders to create superior products and execute at speed on a global scale. The resulting company cluster is highly synergetic and allows FinLeap to impact the financial sector directly and from multiple angles simultaneously – a model with which HitFox Group was quite successful since its foundation in 2011. The HitFox Group developed from a single startup to a multi-national company builder with numerous ventures in the fields of AdTech and BigData and more than 300 employees on three continents.
FinLeap is lead by HitFox Founders Jan Beckers, Dr. Hanno Fichtner and FinTech veteran
Jochen Siegert, who helped to build payment giant PayPal in Europe as Strategy Director
EMEA. At launch, 30 serial entrepreneurs and financial services experts, technologists,
product managers and graduates from companies such as HitFox Group, Goldman Sachs,
McKinsey, DKB and Fab.com are working on FinLeap’s first companies. Within the next
12 months FinLeap expects to hire more than 150 professionals for the company builder
and its subsidiaries.