As part its growth strategy 'Accelerate', Deutsche Börse Group has announced the launch of a dedicated corporate venture capital (CVC) platform - DB1 Ventures. The DB1 Ventures team will be primarily based in Frankfurt and will undertake new investments and actively manage Deutsche Börse's existing minority shareholdings.
DB1 Ventures will invest only in areas that are strategic to Deutsche Börse. The focus will primarily be on early to growth stage fintech firms in order to establish mutually beneficial partnerships. DB1 Ventures will initially be funded via the resource base of Deutsche Börse's balance sheet.
The strategic investments will be governed by a dedicated Investment Committee, which will be chaired by Deutsche Börse CEO Carsten Kengeter and have a cross functional and business perspective.
Deutsche Börse has collaborated with Celent, a financial technology research and advisory firm,to produce a new report 'Future of Fintech in Capital Markets" which highlights the opportunity for market infrastructure providers to interact with fintech firms and drive a higher degree of strategic partnership.
The report can be downloaded from the DB1 Ventures website.