Berlin-based fintech startup Cashboard raises €3 million

Shaheen Samavati

Shaheen Samavati

Shaheen is a seasoned business journalist with 10 years of experience in reporting. She worked for 3 years as a staff business reporter at The Plain Dealer, and has contributed to the likes of The Wall Street Journal, LatinFinance and others. Shaheen holds an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid.

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Berlin-based fintech startup Cashboard, which provides online wealth management services, has closed a €3 million Series A funding round, helping Germany outpace the UK for fintech investments in 2016.

The investment comes from Digital Space Ventures, a $50 million fintech fund from Luxembourg. Also participating in the round were existing investors Redalpine Capital, Earlybird, and 500 Startups. Previous investors in the company also include Makers and ProSiebenSat.1.

Recent figures showed that investment into German fintech companies outpaced British rivals in the third quarter of the year. UK companies raised $78 million in the third quarter, compared with Germany’s figure of $108 million.

German fintech is now on track to attract more investment than British fintech in 2016, according to KPMG and CB Insights, the first time the UK has not been the European fintech capital since the pair began monitoring funding in 2011.

Cashboard, a marketplace for investment projects, plans on using its new funding to grow its team and offer its services in more countries.

With Cashboard, a client can set their saving goals and how much they want to invest, and Cashboard suggests a selection of assets and providers based on their chosen level of risk. It then invests on their behalf ensuring that their portfolio is well diversified. It charges a 10 per cent performance fee on net profits each year.

The startup says it is different from robo-advisors because it gives clients access to more types of asset classes rather than just selling Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). These products range from call money (short term loans typically offered by a bank), stocks, to crowd lending.

Robert Henker, the company’s CEO, told TechCrunch that the company is “not just another robo-advisor” and aims to build the first curated marketplace for retail investment. “We identify and combine the best products from the best providers on one online platform [and in a single account] making them understandable and accessible for everyone,” he says.

Read more: Business Insider, TechCrunch

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