A short report on our Innovation Bootcamp and the announcement of the Collabothon from the IT-Finanzmagazin.
September 5-7 we took 15 innovation drivers from Commerzbank, mBank, ebase, Neugelb Studios, VISA, and of course comdirect on an unforgettable journey to London to exchange ideas and seek inspiration in one of the world’s fintech capitals. We visited Barclay’s Accelerator, Winton Labs, R3 Consortium, VISA Collab, Level 39, and Startup Bootcamp. We listened to great pitches and inspirational presentations and also found some time to enjoy the beauty of London.
It was great to meet so many people who are so passionate about what they do. It was great to feel the energy of the fintech community. But above of all, it was great to see that some of our crazy ideas are not that crazy afterwards 😉
Ideas come from everywhere and we brought lots of them from London so stay tuned! I hope to report on some of them shortly.
Bonus-Sparen is an excellent example of a complete innovation process. It started as a wild idea, a vision, which then was conceptualized, pretotyped, tested, prototyped and launched to the market. Although I still believe we could have done it sooner, we were the first bank in Germany, maybe even in Europe to launch a similar product. We managed even to hit the market before fintechs, despite their great innovative capacity and development agility.
This innovation award (Kunden-Innovationspreis) is the best confirmation that with focus and dedication a great team can deliver great results, even at a bank. I am very proud of my team and everyone else who supported us in turning our vision into this great product.
My presentation during the Social Media Week Hamburg on 24.02.2016. Unfortunately, only in German ;-( A short summary for the busy ones: disruptive innovations in banking are developed outside of the banking sector -> bank was yesterday?
This interview is a bit older but hopefully not less relevant. One of the most important characteristics of an innovation manager is his/her firm belief in a better future and a passion to make it happen.
comdirect Start-up Garageis my newest baby. Setting up a brand new FinTech accelerator program in stellar speed together with Mariusz Bodek was a great fun. With lots of encouragement from the board, Mariusz’s endless energy and commitment and a positive response from the FinTech community, we have created a collaborative platform supporting smart and ambitious founders on their way towards the first million and a hockey stick experience.
I am very happy about the amount of attention our initiative has raised in the press and the FinTech community and positively surprised by the number and the quality of submitted applications.
We have already invited the first teams, who will join us at the beginning of 2016 in the comdirect Start-up Garage and look forward to welcoming them soon. We keep our fingers crossed, hoping that some of them will walk in the footsteps of the famous garage entrepreneurs.
In parallel, we have described our inspiration and the entire thought process leading to founding the Start-up Garage in a book chapter, which is coming out in the first quarter of 2016.
Here are some of my impressions from Bankathon 2015. It was a great event and we are very happy, we could be a part of it. Congratulations to the organizers! We look forward to welcoming the winners in comdirect startup garage soon!
Der Bankathon ist ein schönes Beispiel dafür, wie fruchtbar die enge Kooperation von Entwicklern/Fintechs und Banken sein kann. Wir glauben fest daran, dass dies der richtige Weg ist und werden auch künftig innovative Projekte und Ideen fördern.
Bankathon is a great example of how fruitful a close cooperation between developers / Fintechs and banks can be. We strongly believe that this is the right way and will continue to promote innovative projects and ideas in the future.