Dr. Joachim von Schorlemer, Chair of the Hessian Expert Commission Financial Market Policy of the Economic Council was among the speakers at Frankfurt Digital Finance. In his comprehensive summation of the current situation Dr. von Schorlemer, who is also member of the executive board of ING-DiBa AG, advocated for more homegrown Frankfurt investments, asserting that “There is need for action regarding investments! From a strong financial center like this, one would expect more venture capital to flow into German FinTech companies more than just 2 % of all investments. That is the only way this financial marketplace can keep growing.”
Markus Frank, deputy mayor and officer for economic affairs of the city of Frankfurt, said in his final remarks “If we are successful in strengthening the connections between young people with great ideas and well-established financial institutions, then we will make substantial progress. This is exactly what I have experienced at the Frankfurt Digital Finance conference.”
“The overwhelmingly positive response to the first edition of Frankfurt Digital Finance conference has confirmed our belief that an ecosystem such as Frankfurt, a center of finance that includes both established competitors and ambitious newcomers, needs just such a lively platform for open discourse.”, said Corinna Egerer, organizer and host of Frankfurt Digital Finance. “The positive feedback we received during the conference and subsequently on social media is very gratifying. At the same time, it is great motivation for next year”, adds co-organizer Max Hunzinger.
Comments from the conference speakers:
Erik Podzuweit, Founder of Scalable Capital, Munich:
“The audience present here, a mix of banks and young entrepreneurs, is phenomenal.”
Jesper Wahrendorf, CEO of RatePay, Berlin:
“Frankfurt is in need of a conference like this. The city has been and still is the financial marketplace, but the city has experienced a difficult period due to the establishment of so many FinTechs in Berlin. It is time to bring the focus back to Frankfurt.”
Dr. Daniel Bartsch, Founder & CEO of creditshelf, Frankfurt:
”An event like this helps to lift our ecosystem to the next level. “
Alexis Le Portz, CDO of ODDO-BHF, Paris/Frankfurt:
“Frankfurt Digital Finance is the first real ecosystem event in this city.“
“The Frankfurt financial world is going digital. Frankfurt Digital Finance is the next milestone on this voyage.”
“It was a strong sign and absolutely correct to present a women-only panel on the topic of Investors‘ Prospects for the European Ecosystem.“
“This was a great event and something that Frankfurt has truly needed.“
Impressions of Frankfurt Digital Finance 2020 are available in our gallery.