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 Fintech workshop 

Favored by ubiquitous access to the Internet and the rapid spread of smartphones and tablets, it has become quite easy for many startups and young companies to offer new interfaces and services in the field of financial technology, or "Fintech" for short. These primarily affect established banks and insurance companies, which are losing market share through innovative, disruptive business models. Attractive niche solutions are also the product of this new development. Fintech enables consumers to conduct banking transactions directly online without a middleman, take out loans or complete payment transactions. Fintech is a fast-growing industry, especially in the USA and Great Britain, in which the local venture capital scene likes to invest. In Germany, this trend is not quite as prevalent.  However, the German fintech centers Berlin, Munich and the banking metropolis Frankfurt are on the rise. 


The workshop is intended to shed light on the current situation of so-called fintech startups in Germany, present the challenges of established companies and formulate an outlook on further developments in this innovative segment.

Our speakers

dr Jochen Biedermann

Senior Advisor, Frankfurt Main Finance


dr Biedermann is an expert in capital market issues and advises international financial centers, stock exchanges, regulatory authorities and companies from Frankfurt and Hong Kong. He supports leading financial centers in setting up an attractive FinTech ecosystem, which promotes young companies with innovative business models at the interface between finance and IT. From 1999-2013 Dr. Biedermann held various managerial positions at Deutsche Börse AG in Frankfurt. From 2001-2005 he also worked as a seminar leader for the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. dr Biedermann holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Cottbus and a degree in mathematics/computer science from the University of Göttingen.


Christian Hopp

Founder Director, main incubator


Christian Hoppe is the innovative head of the main incubator. He also demonstrates his creativity as Head of Credit Solutions in the Mittelstandsbank. Christian Hoppe began his career as a business and financial controller in corporate banking at Dresdner Bank and was most recently a credit portfolio manager at Dresdner Kleinwort. He founded his first company at the age of 21 and today, in addition to his banking career, is the managing partner of a leading information platform for German corporate bonds.

Ramin Niroumand

Co-Founder & Managing Partner 


With his expertise and experience from consulting more than 20 international banks, Ramin Niroumand advises the founding teams of FinLeap on strategy and the development of new business models. He previously worked for DKB Deutsche Kreditbank AG and Deloitte. As innovation manager at DKB, he was responsible for the implementation of electronic and mobile payment systems. At the age of 24, Niroumand was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte.


Moritz von der Linden

Chief Sales, Product & IT Officer, CRX Markets AG 

Moritz von der Linden is responsible for Sales, Product & IT at CRX Markets AG in his position as a member of the Management Board. Previously, he was a co-founder and CEO of FX trading platform 360T, former vice chairman of illiquid securities valuation service ValuePrice, and an associate at Deutsche Bank. Mr von der Linden holds a degree in business administration from the Universities of Passau and Helsinki.


Dietmar Rieg

Managing Director, AHK USA-New York

Dietmar Rieg was appointed Managing Director of the German-American Chamber of Commerce in New York in July 2013.

Mr. Rieg began his career in 1991 at BayernLB in Munich, from where he moved to their New York branch in 1993. He has held positions in credit assessment, corporate banking, and project and trade finance. From 2006 to 2008 he moved back to Munich, where he was initially responsible for corporate customer business in several sectors and then headed the corporate banking non-euro division. In 2008 he returned to New York to manage BayernLB's New York branch as branch manager until 2013.

Mr. Rieg is an economist with a degree from the University of Tübingen and received an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

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