Sustainable Finance is a growing part of the German financial industry: more than 60 fintech companies active in the German market are represented in the Sustainable Fintech Monitor, published this week by Zebra Magazine (website). The Sustainable Fintech Monitor lists and categorizes sustainable fintechs. Three criteria are crucial for the new database: the company 1. provides financial services, 2. uses technology to 3. contributes to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
With more than 60 active startups, the Sustainable Fintech Monitor, in its first version released in November 2022, represents a vibrant and diverse ecosystem. The companies are divided into nine categories: Payment, Data, Investment, and Crowdfunding.
“Our planet will become uninhabitable if we don’t take countermeasures. Finance plays a key role here, as it helps decide how resources are distributed. And the pressure to change is coming from all sides, from customers, regulators and politicians. As expected, fintechs are reacting particularly agilely,” explains Clas Beese, co-founder and CEO of finletter and Fintech Week, which runs Zebra magazine with partners. “The Monitor is for anyone who wants to understand the fast-growing sustainable fintech scene, identify potential partners and service providers, and/or stay informed.”
An update is planned every quarter. Companies can add themselves to the Monitor via an online entry form. The editorial team reviews all entries against fixed criteria before publication.
The Monitor is an offering of Zebra – Magazine for Sustainable Finance, the joint information platform of the established banking magazines finletter, gi Geldinstitute and IT Finanzmagazin. Through the merger, Zebra has been offering a depth of content on Sustainable Finance that is unique in the market since March 2022. The name Zebra is inspired by zebra startups, which – in contrast to “unicorns” – are characterized by the fact that they are not concerned with rapid growth and great economic success, but primarily with social, cultural or ecological goals.