More than words: ESG-reporting brings change for a better world. Or does it? And how does big data support this?

“Our house is on fire!” with these epic words Greta Thunberg alerted the public in 2019 at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Even though many things were set in motion since the Paris Agreement in 2015, only recently, do we see that ESG-reporting is becoming gradually mandatory with the introduction of several EU Sustainable Finance regulations including the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD) and Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), to meet the European Green Deal and to enable the EU´s transition towards a sustainable and low-carbon economy. …

Corporate Venture Capital

For Corporate Innovation and Venture teams, jumping into the investment game will yield greater rewards when everyone understands the rules and the field of play.

Up-and-coming startups are an important and coveted source of innovation for mid-sized and large corporations. Many of the larger companies have established their Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) activity. Still, the opportunity for new, smaller in-house teams is out there and ready to be discovered.

In 2020, “European startups raised a record $21.4 billion through rounds with CVC or corporate investment participation, a nearly 35% increase over the year before,” according to PitchBook data. …

DZ BANK’s Innovation Lab at TechQuartier

Home offices, Zoom meetings and that unmistakable ring tone of incoming virtual calls dominated work life over the past year. As a society, we are adjusting to more screen time and fewer face-to-face collaborations. The question — is this good for innovation?

DZ BANK Innovation Lab at TechQuartier in Frankfurt
DZ BANK Innovation Lab at TechQuartier in Frankfurt

For the DZ BANK Group‘s Innovation LAB, which is housed on the second floor of TechQuartier with big windows overlooking the Frankfurt skyline, the answer is clear.

Innovation and spontaneous creativity truly thrive in a physical space filled with synergy, even though the team has built and hosted successful digital workshops and international roundtables this year.

“Digital events…

Guest Blog Deutsche Bundesbank — The Deutsche Bundesbank is the independent central bank of the Federal Republic of Germany. Together with the other national central banks in the euro zone and the European Central Bank, it forms the Eurosystem.

Copyright: Deutsche Bundesbank

Unsupervised Risk Monitoring — a macroeconomic perspective

In August we launched the Bundesbank Innovation Challenge — looking for innovative risk monitoring solutions focusing on AI and Big Data. We now want to share some further insights about our interests and potential solutions we are interested in.

The Bundesbank

At the Bundesbank we combine many tasks: We supervise banks, we ensure smooth payment transactions, we monitor risks to financial stability and much more — but monetary policy remains our primary mandate. Together with our partners in the Eurosystem, our primary objective is to maintain price stability in the eurozone. However, price developments depend on many factors. In our Economics Department…

Redefine Meat — alternative meat production (3D Printer)
Redefine Meat — alternative meat production (3D Printer)
From: Redefine Meat

Most of us are aware of the many ways we need to decrease our impact on the planet — fly less often, spend less time in the car, stop using plastic and watch our electricity consumption.

But what about what we are eating? How do our stomachs affect climate change?

Eat less meat

Approximately 13.3 kilos of CO2 are released per kilo of beef. In order to achieve greenhouse gas neutrality in Germany, there is a 1-ton target. This goal means that only one ton of CO2 per person per year may be emitted. On one day this makes about 2.8 kilo CO2.

Growth Alliance — The AgTech and FoodTech Accelerator: Startup BEEsharing won 5000 € from Rentenbank.

Growth Alliance — The AgTech and FoodTech Accelerator

For the second year in a row, 10 startups in the AgTech (and introduced this year, FoodTech) development sectors participated in Growth Alliance: The AgTech and FoodTech Accelerator, a business bootcamp co-created by Rentenbank and TechQuartier. The program took place at TechQuartier in Frankfurt from 7–11 October.

More than 35 startups originally applied to be part of this accelerator. From that initial group, only 10 were invited to a week of intensive startup development.

  1. Fliegende Wildretter: Before a farmer mows a field, drones are used…

On August 26, 2019 Hessen’s leading startup and business advocates gathered at TechQuartier to learn about the current state of the area’s ecosystem and future needs for growth. Among the participants were representatives of Hesse Trade and Invest, the Ministry of Economy, Goethe University, Science Park Kassel and Werte-Stiftung.

From the Startup Genome side, JF Gauthier (in attendance along with his co-founder Marc Penzel and Adam Bregu) presented his company’s research and findings in “Accelerating the Frankfurt Startup Ecosystem into an Engine of Economic Growth.”

The overarching message focused on the need for all the regional factions to work together…

Throughout history, popular culture has routinely demonised artificial intelligence. In recent years public concerns have continued to grow, with academics by the likes of Yuval Noah Harari labelling technological disruption ‘one of humanity’s biggest challenges for the 21st century’. But companies like Givetastic want to change that: with a focus on promoting philanthropy and bringing about social change, the venture aims to increase donations to charitable causes with the help of AI. We sat down with Co-Founder Vidya Munde-Mueller to find out more about this atypical startup.

Givetastic’s Vidya Munde-Mueller

So Vidya, tell us a bit about Givetastic’s mission.

Our team is focused…

On May 27th, TechQuartier held the first ‘Investor Day’ of the year. Bringing together both German and international investors from VCs, Family Offices, accelerators and development banks along with fast-growing startups and scaleups, the event saw over 100 attendees gather together for a day filled with pitches, speeches and Q&A sessions.

For our third edition, we decided to concentrate on connecting the Rhein-Neckar-Triangle, focusing on forging stronger ties with key players from Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate. Considering current polarisation across Europe and TQ’s function as an international hub and community builder, the event could not have been more timely.

Cloud computing seems to be on everybody’s lips, as was the case at Tuesday’s bustling TechQuartier: The ‘Cloud Meets Banking’ event, in collaboration with Main Incubator, saw over 140 attendees gather together for a day packed full of speeches and panels, featuring the Hessian Minister of Digital Strategy and Development Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus as well as experts from Google, IBM, Microsoft, ING, Deutsche Bank, Palo Alto Networks, Commerzbank, SAP, QWICS Enterprise Systems, PwC, ATOS, iNNOVO Cloud, smacc, meshcloud and Myra Security.

Given that the majority of today’s companies are embracing the cloud, the 16 speakers in attendance identified and…


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