DGAP-News Hypoport SE: closer collaboration between the Hypoport Group and the start-up ecosystem in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
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Hypoport SE: closer collaboration between the Hypoport Group and the start-up ecosystem in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
- New Hypoport team established for strategic partnerships
- Chris Heyer appointed as the Hypoport Group's Chief Investment & Partnership Officer
- First success achieved thanks to partnership with insurtech start-up Helvengo
Berlin, 3 March 2021: Hypoport SE is stepping up its collaboration with the start-up ecosystem in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by forming strategic partnerships. The focus will be on fintech, insurtech and proptech start-ups that have significant synergies with the existing Hypoport network. The team working on these activities is headed up by Chief Investment & Partnership Officer Chris Heyer and the work falls under the Management Board remit of CEO Ronald Slabke.
Thanks to its network of technology companies serving the credit, property and insurance sectors, the Hypoport Group has a wide range of tie-ins with numerous developments in the start-up ecosystem. This provides scope for partnerships, in which the aim is to combine the start-ups' speed of innovation with the Hypoport network's business activities in order to derive shared benefits.
Chris Heyer, who helped to establish three start-ups and worked as an innovation advisor before joining Hypoport in 2018, is delighted with his new role within the Hypoport Group: "We set great store in establishing long-term, strategic partnerships that bring tangible benefits for both parties. Hypoport itself began as a start-up in the field of B2B online marketplaces in the early 2000s. Over the last 20 years, it has progressively added to its network and created a unique corporate culture characterised by entrepreneurial freedom. I want to combine the experience that I have gained at Hypoport over the past three years with my previous start-up activities to bring these two worlds together profitably. To this end, we are commercialising and scaling up strategic partnerships in which we are contributing our Hypoport market expertise, our customer network and our product development experience. If we believe a start-up has particular strategic relevance to Hypoport, we may also consider an equity investment in it."