Frankfurt am Main is a city with a truly international flair and dynamic economic growth. In addition to being a Germany’s leading financial centre and having an excellent infrastructure, Frankfurt has a lot to offer people passionate about entrepreneurship and building startups (see infographic).
There are several factors that have a significant contribution into the growth of Frankfurt startup ecosystem: access to capital and potential investors, high-tech sector is growing rapidly (particularly in such areas as information and security systems), access to regional and international markets presents a great opportunity for building customer base, city is open to new cultures, diverse talent pool.
A number of different programs and initiatives are being launched to provide training and support for aspiring entrepreneurs. This spring Founder Institute, the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, tested its chapter in Frankfurt. The goal of the program is to help entrepreneurs “learn by doing” - launch companies through structured training courses and expert feedback from business mentors.
Social Impact Lab offers social entrepreneurs and young startup enthusiasts with migration background co-working space, networking opportunities and consulting in the field of social entrepreneurship.
Goethe-Unibator in co-operation with Goethe University has launched business startup initiatives to provide strong support for students, academic staff, and alumni who would like to launch a private company.
Being dubbed as a “fintech hub”, Frankfurt is also a home to numerous startups that operate in other industries – travel, e-commerce, fashion, sports, etc.
Here is our pick of top 20 Frankfurt-based startups to watch in 2015.
Tripmii - platform that allows everyone in the world to save and share his or her travel experiences.
TripleCheck -provides independent software copyright audits and training for open source software inside closed source products.
Remedyne - offers monitoring software which detects compliance and risk issues in business processes, resolves them, and increases company earnings.
Bookmy Coach - award winning application providing online booking, payment, e-commerce, marketing and analytics for gyms, sport professionals and their clients.
Fashion.gram - app which allows to discover and shop popular fashion on Instagram.
Spotted - the first app that helps you to get in touch with people you've crossed paths with but never had the chance to approach.
Pactas - supports the development and expansion of your subscription business.
Eyewalk - platform where people create and share personal videos about locations.
Swipy - a tinder for fashion – allows to discover over 500,000 styles from the best stores in Europe.
Meatstr - app and community for meat lovers.
Admetrics - enables online advertisers to gain superior data-driven insights into campaign performance.
Traxpay - offers secure electronic payment method for B2B commerce.
Swapi - social platform that connects neighbors instantly.
Shippies - offers a same-day-delivery service.
Moocobo - online music casting platform.
COBI - offers the smartest way to upgrade your bike.
Global Homing - portal for owners of holiday homes.
Dual Shaker - the world's fastest shaker cup.
Inzumi - Individual travel guides for wedding parties, group tours or corporate events.
Roamler - platform that is revolutionizing retail execution.
by Natalie Myhalnytska