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Boerse Stuttgart pushes digitisation with launch of new subsidiary

Boerse Stuttgart Digital Ventures GmbH develops innovative business models for exchange-based and over-the-counter trading

Boerse Stuttgart GmbH has a new subsidiary: Boerse Stuttgart Digital Ventures GmbH. The company was launched on 15 September 2017 and develops innovative business models for exchange trading and over-the-counter (OTC) trading in fungible products. Alexander Höptner, Managing Director at Boerse Stuttgart GmbH, explained: ‘The goal is to shift our business activities even more decisively onto retail customers with the help of innovative, digital technologies in order to offer customers significant value.’ The new company will focus particular attention on the Predictive Data Analytics division, which is being set up by a separate team of programmers and products managers. The Managing Director added: ‘Boerse Stuttgart Digital Ventures also invests in promising startups and enters into partnerships with selected partners to implement its digitisation strategy.’

Managing Director of Boerse Stuttgart Digital Ventures GmbH is Dr Ulli Spankowski. In addition to having ten years of exchange experience, the 35-year-old is an acknowledged expert in the startup and fintech scene. In his previous job as Director of the Stuttgart Financial initiative, he campaigned for startups in the German federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the rest of Germany, playing a leading role in launching VentureZphere at Boerse Stuttgart. There are currently around 200 startups registered on the free online platform at www.venturezphere.com to network with investors and established companies as potential strategic partners. Spankowski is supported in the ventures business division by Matthias Ick, who has been appointed Venture Partner for Digital Business Models and VC Financing, and brings with him great entrepreneurial skill and experience in the field of Venture Capital.

The new company is based in Stuttgart. Its business activities will have an international focus right from the start – for example in Scandinavia, because of this area’s affinity with exchange and digitisation matters. Alexander Höptner commented: ‘We combine northern European innovativeness with Swabian entrepreneurship.’ The basis for this was created years ago: the second-largest Swedish exchange, Nordic Growth Market NGM AB (NGM), is also a subsidiary of Boerse Stuttgart GmbH.

About Boerse Stuttgart Digital Ventures:

Boerse Stuttgart Digital Ventures GmbH was established to develop innovative business models for exchange trading and over-the-counter (OTC) trading in fungible products. It can also invest in promising startups and enter into partnerships with selected partners to implement its digitisation strategy. Boerse Stuttgart Digital Ventures GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boerse Stuttgart GmbH.

About Boerse Stuttgart:

Boerse Stuttgart is Germany’s leading floor-based exchange and the first choice of retail investors. Here in Stuttgart, investors can trade equities, securitised derivatives, debt instruments (bonds), exchange-traded fund units (ETFs), investment fund units and participation certificates while benefiting from top-quality execution at the best prices. Boerse Stuttgart leads the German market for exchange-based trading in corporate bonds and is number one in Europe in the securitised derivatives segment. Our hybrid market model integrates trading experts into the electronic trading process. Their role is to inject additional liquidity as required and to ensure that orders are executed quickly and reliably. In order to protect investors and guarantee transparency, Boerse Stuttgart implements all the regulatory and control mechanisms you would expect of an exchange governed by public law. There is a free customer hotline for retail investors, and we organise a wide range of investment training events. In 2016, Boerse Stuttgart recorded a total trading volume of over EUR 80 billion across all asset classes, making it Europe’s tenth largest exchange.


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