11 exciting fresh startups to keep an eye on

Alejandro Brega
Jan 21 · 11 min read

Every day, new startups are emerging everywhere around the world. We present a number of very young startups that have recently launched, in the past few weeks and months, as well as some young companies that have recently made headlines for the first time.

Match Base

Behind Matchbase stand the Jonas Baum, Christian Klötzer and Benjamin Seitz (CTO). Through the Berlin startup, recreational footballers can organize their football teams and track down nearby opponents. “We played football regularly at the university. On the pitch with friends, and of course on the Playstation in a round of FIFA. We’ve always wondered why in reality you really can not do what’s always on the Playstation: Always and everywhere, when it suits you to play football in a league. That was the initial spark for Matchbase, “says co-founder Baum.

What problem do you want to solve with Matchbase?

Every footballer knows this: “Just kick it” is fun — but the right incentive only arises when you can achieve something together with your team. Matchbase is for all those who just kick for just not enough, but due to school, college or career no longer find regular time to pursue their hobby in the club. For these people, we create a new league in which you can play in a totally flexible way, always and everywhere. To do this, we combine real football with mechanics that everyone in video games like FIFA knows. One can also say: Matchbase is like FIFA, only with real teams, in real football fields. For his successes together with the team you can then even rewarded by brands that you choose as a sponsor, with bonuses.

Retro place

Retroplace is really nostalgic! The platform is all about used video and computer games. The startup was started by Christian Corre, who owns a video game store in Munich, and Armin Hierstetter, who has been running a marketplace for speakers for years with bodalgo. The marketplace, which has an international structure, should refinance itself conventionally via commissions.

Which problem do you want to solve with retroplace?

There is no dedicated marketplace for used video and computer games worldwide. You would think that’s different, but it’s not. Certainly there are many online retailers, but no marketplace where anyone can offer their goods. And then of course there are platforms like Amazon and eBay. But they demand extremely high sales commissions, which can quickly be in the range of 20 percent and more. The sellers of course beat the price, which in turn deters potential buyers. With 7% commission, retroplace is the cheapest marketplace. In addition, the sales and purchase process is extremely simple: Setting a game on the marketplace takes less than 30 seconds — compare that with Ebay.

Campai

The Berlin startup campai was founded by Alexander Adam, who previously founded examotion, Quasado and Gravit. “With campai we support clubs in their daily work and give volunteers the opportunity to significantly reduce their administrative effort: By digitizing the typical processes in clubs, our software reduces the workload on average from forty to four hours a week,” says Adam. Campai is initially free. In the long term, the startup should refinance itself via additional services such as an automated contribution statement. btov Partners already supports campai.

What problem do you want to solve with campai?

The biggest problem for clubs is the administrative effort, which is mostly supported by volunteers on a part-time basis. A large part of the 900,000 clubs in the DACH region organize themselves with Excel spreadsheets, whatsapp groups or software island solutions. So far, there has been no open solution on the market that allows any type of association to easily and quickly connect with their data to the tool. With our open, browser-based software we solve this problem and give all clubs the opportunity to use our free tool. With campai we support clubs in their daily work and give volunteers the opportunity to significantly reduce their administrative effort: By digitizing the typical processes in clubs, our software reduces the workload on average from forty to four hours a week. Its ease of use enables club employees to intuitively manage member and partner master data, as well as pay membership fees. Intelligent algorithms run in the background and autonomously detect exceptions in invoicing, incoming payments, letters or e-mails.

Donut

The Berlin-based FinTech Donut, founded by Neel Popat, Jordan Abderrachid, Jordan Abderrachid, Dan Spooner and Julian Lehr, wants to make it possible for anyone to become a crypto-investor — even without previous technical knowledge. “Our monetization strategy includes a low, one-time transaction fee and a subscription model for premium features. Here again, absolute transparency is important to us: Hidden fees will not exist at Donut, “says Lehr on the business model. The company builder Entrepreneur First already supports the startup.

What problem do you want to solve with Donut?

“Over the past year, we have been concerned about how many people have made ill-advised crypto and ICO investments without really understanding the asset class and the technologies behind it. Many have thereby incurred high losses. On the other hand, there is an enormous group of consumers who would like to invest in crypto but are deterred by the complexity of the topic. With Donut we want to solve exactly these problems. We create personalized crypto portfolios for our clients that reflect their interests and risk profile. The process is simple, understandable and takes less than five minutes. In addition, we focus on the educational aspect: We explain to our users exactly which currencies and tokens they are investing in, how the technologies behind them function and why price fluctuations occur”.

Hepster

The Rostock startup hepster positions itself as a “Netflix for insurance companies”. “With hepster, anyone from anywhere can protect themselves and their equipment for a freely selectable duration of one day — as easy as online shopping,” says co-founder Bachmann. InsurTech is financed by the “Proceeds from insurance policies and the out-licensing of the developed software”. Thus, the startup is also on the way in the lucrative B2B segment.

What problem do you want to solve with hepster?

Insurance companies have lost touch with digitization trends and their — potential — customers. The vision of hepster is to integrate the topic of protection as a lifestyle product on demand into everyday life, thus making insurance companies more flexible and adaptable to their respective living circumstances. With hepster, anyone from anywhere can protect themselves and their equipment for a one-off term of their choice — as easy as online shopping. This approach is revolutionizing insurance coverage and understanding. The complete waiver of notice periods as well as an open, clear communication of the conditions guarantee highest transparency.

heyinvite

The young company heyinvite positions itself as a “Doodle for Events”. “With heyinvite we started from the ground up problem-oriented. Ultimately, the product exists only for the reason that we ourselves had the need to use it. Within a short period of time, we developed our MVP, with which we launched immediately, thereby gaining first user feedback and can now develop absolutely feedback-oriented, “says Joel Monaco, who pulls up the Darmstadt startup together with Robin Meier. The start-up company is to refinance itself via a paid business version. “This version allows the host to send unlimited invitations. As soon as one of the guests agrees to the event, he receives a QR code, which is saved in his wallet, “says Monaco.

What problem do you want to solve with heyinvite?

“Meanwhile, we have arrived in a multiplatform era. Our contacts are spread across various accounts and platforms: WhatsApp for close friends and family, Mail and LinkedIn for our business contacts and Facebook for acquaintances. That’s exactly what made planning for the Halloween party in our new office all the more complicated. Since the contact with our guests was distributed through different channels, we needed a program that would allow us to create a guest list and send the invitations across a variety of platforms while keeping track of subscribers and cancellations — a doodle for Events. Since a similar product does not yet exist, we have created it in no time. At heyinvite.com you can create an event in no time.”.The invitations can be sent individually for each guest by mail, Facebook, WhatsApp and so on. Each guest receives an individualized invitation and can answer it with just one click, without the need for an app download or registration. The host keeps a complete overview of his guests and can make changes at any time, which notifies the individual guests immediately.

FINDU

With findu, Günter Wolfgang, Markus Scheggendorfer and David Knauer want to establish a platform on which restaurateurs can introduce themselves to the world. “The focus is on service and user experience, instead of data collection. In doing so, we solve two main problems for restaurateurs. Firstly: Locals have the opportunity to market themselves on fair terms in a professional and modern way, which they often can not afford otherwise. Second, your restaurant is no longer immersed in the data jungle of Google, yelp and tripadvisor, where every restaurateur can write down and upload whatever he wants without verifying the truth, “says co-founder Knauer. Refinance should findu over an subscription model. “Then all profile functions will be unlocked, which will enable a newsfeed, menu upload, a job advertisement option and uploading a video,” explains Knauer.

What problem do you want to solve with findu?

Findu is an online platform for dining establishments and at the same time a marketing service provider. At www.findu.online restaurateurs can register for free and create a profile. The profiles are moderated and the venues are supported by services such as video productions, photo shoots and writing editorial articles. These services can be financed by an subscription model of only 49 euros per month. Caterers are thus offered the opportunity to position themselves too transparent and users can find what they are looking for quickly and precisely. The focus is on service and user experience, instead of data collection. In doing so, we solve two main problems for restaurateurs. Firstly: Locals have the opportunity to market themselves on fair terms in a professional and modern way, which they often can not afford otherwise. Many places just do not have the budget and time for professional videos, photos, etc. Second, your place is no longer immersed in the data jungle of Google, yelp and tripadvisor, where every restaurateur can write and upload what he wants without checking the truth becomes. Many take advantage of this. At the same time it is nipped in the bud that competitors can constantly give unfavorable pictures, negative reviews or wrong reviews and these are never deleted. This has already plunged many pubs into ruin. We also understand that restaurateurs have no time and appetite for marketing and things like online platforms. That is not their core business. That’s why our service is in the foreground.

Block State

BlockState hides a “Blockchain Infrastructure for Financial Institutions”. “We earn money mainly because institutions provide financial products with our infrastructure. Our turnover is dependent on the volume of use: If a provider emits many high-volume assets via our infrastructure, we earn money. We are currently in advanced talks with some large financial institutions that are very interested in our solution. We look forward to working together soon and to the results of the first test runs, “says co-founder Paul Claudius, formerly nu3, on the concept of the startup. The founding team also includes Michael Weber, Samuel Brack and Martin Hobler.

What problem do you want to solve with BlockState?

The fundamental problem of the financial industry is its complexity and the associated lack of transparency and inefficiency. There are many intermediary agents, plus fragmented processes, data silos, and hopelessly obsolete technologies. Only 15% to 20% of the IT budget of major financial institutions is invested in new systems and processes. “With our solution, financial service providers can make their products more efficient, transparent and safer. We use distributed ledger technology to develop innovative infrastructures for asset management, bonds and derivatives. In addition, our products provide institutional investors with access to digital assets for the first time — the CTF15 is the first of a variety of investment products that provides institutional investors with access to the crypto asset market in compliance with regulatory requirements”.

Clinic radar

Under the name Klinikradar Alexander Bruntz, Marco Bardenheuer and Mikhail Vinkler try to establish a clinic search engine. “Although the digitization of the healthcare industry is progressing in many areas, there is still room for improvement in the communication processes between clinics and patients. It is still hardly possible for medical laypersons to identify the best from their more than 2,200 German clinics for their specific needs. This is especially true for international patients who want to come to Germany for their treatment, “says co-founder Bruntz. In the long term, the Munich also strive for a link with hospital information systems, the integration of telemedicine services and digital patient records.

Which problem do you want to solve with clinic radar?

“With the clinic search engine klinikradar.de we want to set new standards in user-friendliness and transparency for patients. For international patients in particular, there is still no comparable offer that makes all hospitals in Germany discoverable and can be sorted and filtered according to a variety of quality criteria. The clinic search, tailor-made for the needs of the Russian-speaking market, was recently launched live and offers for the first time by far the largest target group of Russian-speaking patients coming to Germany a transparent and free alternative to the numerous patient recruiting agencies. But we have dedicated our own budget to hospitals and clinics, we offer the opportunity to target patient acquisition, not only in German-speaking countries, but in the most important international markets”.

loopingo

The Munich-based startup loopingo is entering the market to market e-commerce shops. “In a year’s time we want to be an established advertising network in Germany and have started to build Austria and Switzerland. It is also important to us that we are perceived as a reliable partner on the market, which provides added value for advertisers as well as for publishers, and above all for the end customer, “says Manuel Kobel, who founded the startup together with Friedrich Roell.

Which problem do you want to solve with loopingo?

“We would like to innovate the application for the order and provide the customer with a really good, relevant additional experience even after the order has been completed — in the form of an attractive coupon tailored to him. So far, according to our knowledge on the final page, there are either self-built, AdSense or coupon circles like Sovendus wherever all participants of the network have to be played. Our main focus is on quality of offers, quality of ads — we use a sophisticated quality score to decide which ads we show, precise targeting options for the advertiser page, gender, zip code, day, time of day — and a complete one Empowerment for the publishers. This goes from the explicit exclusion of advertisers — blacklisting — to the explicit whitelisting — private network”.

Segurio

On InsurTech Segurio online athletes can shoot individual insurance — for watches, handbags or musical instruments. “The goal was to create a platform where the user can take out insurance for special items online. Segurio insures jewelry, handbags, furniture, wines, art and much more, “says Nina Gscheider, who founded the company with Franz Him. “The creation of Segurio was a logical evolution to revolutionize the boring insurance market and finally offer the consumer an insurance that actually makes sense. Without bad service, years of commitment, page-long unintelligible contracts etc “, the co-founder continues.

What problem do you want to solve with Segurio?

“We think the insurance industry is outdated. Online solutions are so far mostly offline products that are supposedly made available online. In contrast, we offer a contemporary answer with Segurio. The user can take out insurance himself online, which is immediately valid worldwide at all-risk conditions. Term as well as termination are monthly topics. The Segurio insurance is for special items such as a clock, musical instrument, wine, art, engagement ring or designer furniture. Although there are insurance companies that offer their offline products online, but a direct financial statements is usually not possible or requires a reconfirmation by the insurance. In addition, only ‘low’ values can be insured. But that’s not all that surprising, after all, the insurance sales of traditional insurance companies always work through a brokerage pyramid. 100% online, as at Segurio goes directly to the customer and saves commissions for a brokerage pyramid”.


Alejandro Brega

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