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Malte Klussmann of Cringle on the FinTech scene: “Cooperative approach among banks and startups”

It is your lunch break and you haven’t got any cash on you but are reluctant to borrow some money from friends or colleagues? Cringle has the solution: the app lets you square up your debt immediately. Co-founder Malte Klussmann talks about how traditional banks and FinTech startups in the past years and why he is hoping that Berlin will be able to strengthen its position as an attractive “digital banking” location in the future.

Mr Klussmann, the IBAN number in Germany consists of 22 characters. Having to type in the number can be tedious, especially when transferring smaller amounts. With your app Cringle you offer a solution to this problem: users can send money to their contacts in a fairly straightforward manner.... read the article »

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University Startup Factory: New grants for founder teams

Until 18 September, Berlin-based founder teams consisting of two to four members with innovative and technology-based business ideas can apply for a grant provided by the startup workshop “University Startup Factory”. Funded teams will receive a monthly amount of EUR 1,500 for each founder for a period of six months. The startup workshop is a project by Freie Universität, Technische Universität, Charité and Humboldt Universität.

Beside the innovation content of the undertaking, important criteria include a “proof of principle”, for instance a mock-up or a laboratory pattern, as well as the founders’ technical and economic know-how. Those being sponsored must spend a minimum of 60 hours per month at their workplace. The... read the article »

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