After years of tremendous growth, the German start-up ecosystem evolved as an integral part of the country’s economy. According to the Startup Genome’s 2017 Global Startup Ecosystem report, Berlin is ranked seventh in the world and is expected to become Europe’s leading startup hub by 2020. Yet, German startup ecosystem goes beyond Berlin. We connected with Startup Rad from Frankfurt to explore what opportunities does the region provide for the fintech startups.

The independent accelerator program “Accelerator Frankfurt” is already a fixture in the Frankfurt startup scene. After the last demo day, their next batch is just around the corner. For this reason, we talk to Maria Pennanen, co-founder of the independent Accelerator Frankfurt. Maria is an experienced Business Angel in Germany and Finland, as well as a fintech influencer in the German-speaking area (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).  She is originally from Finland and has garnered quite a lot of experience in helping startups in Asia and Europe. We talk to her about how she ended up in Frankfurt, how startups can enter Accelerator Frankfurt and how this helps them to enter Europe.

This video was sponsored by Accelerator Frankfurt. You can now apply to their program. The next batch will start March 12th, 2018 and you can apply on their website or directly here: http://bit.ly/2s9nkTh

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This interview was produced by StartupRad.io and originally appeared on their blog. StartupRad.io is a Frankfurt-based podcast and YouTube blog from Germany in English for startup entrepreneurs. Find more articles from them or follow them on Twitter.

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