Deutsche Börse Signs Deal to Offer Startup Financing Solution via DLT

Deutsche Börse Signs Deal to Offer Startup Financing Solution via DLT

by November 4, 2019
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Deutsche Börse Venture Network cooperates with Cashlink. Regulated issuing of digital securities opens up new opportunity for startup financing.

Through its partner Cashlink, Deutsche Börse Venture Network offers its members a new financing option using distributed ledger technology (DLT): from now on, all members of the network will receive discounted access to the issue of digital securities.

If investors want to invest in a company, they can execute the entire investment via the Cashlink digital investment process thereby optimising transaction costs and processing. The digital securities are freely transferable and tradable profit participation rights without voting rights, but are economically equivalent to a participation in a company. Thus, the investor participates fully in the exit proceeds or possible distributions of the company. The sale of digital securities is aimed exclusively at professional investors such as venture capital funds, business angels or high-net-worth individuals.

Peter Fricke

Peter Fricke

“With the new offer from our partner, we are simplifying the raising of capital for start-ups from our network, all within a regulated framework. At the same time, we are intensifying our cooperation with Cashlink, who have been based in our FinTech Hub in Frankfurt since 2016,”

says Peter Fricke, head of Deutsche Börse Venture Network.

Michael Duttlinger

Michael Duttlinger

“The digital securities are suitable for various purposes, for instance as an alternative to conventional venture capital financing, as digital employee participation, as a digital representation of venture capital funds or for investment by non-European investors,”

explains Cashlink CEO Michael Duttlinger.

After Deutsche Handelsbank, High-Tech Gründerfonds and Tech-Investmentbank GP Bullhound, Cashlink is further partner in the network. Deutsche Börse is continuously expanding its ecosystem for growth. The aim is to offer startups a wide range of financing options that suit their particular situation.

 

Featured image credit source: Brussels Stock Exchange via Unsplash

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