Currently there is a delegation of representatives of the business community, politics and science in the USA to promote the business location FrankfurtRheinMain. On the second day in San Francisco a visit to the University of California, Berkeley and an event for Californian fintechs is planned. So-called "Fintechs" are start-up companies, especially from the finance sector.
Horst Schneider, Member of the Supervisory Board of FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH International Marketing of the Region (FRM GmbH) and Lord Mayor of the City of Offenbach: "The San Francisco Bay Area is the fifth largest economic region in the USA. The city is the economic center of California and has positioned itself above all in the New Economy with industry giants like Google and Apple. San Francisco is also the financial center of the federal state. FrankfurtRheinMain, on the other hand, has a great technology and Internet competence and is the financial center of the European mainland. In this respect, it is only coherent that we will display our strengths in the Fintech sector and promote our region."
FrankurtRheinMain meets University of California, Berkeley
The first item on the agenda of the FRM delegation was a visit to the University of California. Founded in 1868, the university is one of the most prestigious universities in the world and can refer to a total of 91 Nobel Prize winners. There are currently eight Nobel laureates in Berkeley. With 117 Olympic gold medals Berkeley also belongs to the top group of the US universities. Around 38,000 students study here. For years, Berkeley has been rated among the top rankings in natural, social and engineering sciences worldwide. One of the most famous graduates of Berkeley is the Apple developer Steve Wozniak.
"The fact that today we could visit one of the most prestigious universities in the world is a highlight of the trip for me. Not only because our Technical University Darmstadt has been supporting an exchange program with the University of California, Berkeley for years, but also because many innovations originate here. This is an ideal bridge from FrankfurtRheinMain directly into the heart of Silicon Valley, which we would like to strengthen," says Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus, Member of the Supervisory Board of FRM GmbH and President of the IHK Darmstadt.
FrankfurtRheinMain meets San Francisco
In the afternoon local time, the FRM delegation welcomed 70 representatives of American fintechs at the event "FrankfurtRheinMain meets San Francisco". The greetings were spoken by Horst Schneider and Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus.
In his presentation "FrankfurtRheinMain will surprise you!", Eric Menges, CEO and president of FRM GmbH, promoted the region to the American company representatives: " Often, there is still far too little known which high quality of life our region has in addition to all its economic strength. Short distances make it possible to be in the city or in the nature within a short time, as well as before or after work. With us, there is an art and culture scene of the top class. The best example: Max Hollein, who made the Städel to one of the most famous museums in the world, whom changed to the Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco last year. The FAMSF, on the other hand, is one of the most frequented museums in the United States, with more than 1.6 million visitors per year. "
Subsequently, Dr. Sebastian Schäfer, Managing Director of Tech Quartier Frankfurt, Ram Shoham (Founder Accelerator Frankfurt), Joseph Smart (Vice President Fintech Silicon Valley Bank), Sahil Gupta (CEO Patchhomes) and Jacques Dahan (Vice President Europe Coinsource) continue with their discussions.