Dr. Matthias Knecht

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Matthias Knecht
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Funding Circle Continental Europe

Matthias is Co-Founder & Managing Director of Funding Circle Continental Europe, the world's leading marketplace exclusively focused on small businesses. He heads the Risk Management and Operations departments and is also in charge of contacts to institutional investors. Matthias graduated with highest distinction from University Karlsruhe (Industrial Engineering). He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Nuremberg and was a research scholar to Columbia Business School (USA).

From 2008 to 2014, Matthias was a consultant at McKinsey & Company focusing on clients from the banking, insurance, and private equity sector. During this time, Matthias recognized that German small- and medium-sized companies are currently underserved by traditional banks, yet, they present a highly attractive asset class. Together with his fellow McKinsey colleague, Dr. Christian Grobe, he founded Zencap – since October 2015 Funding Circle Continental Europe in order to change the way how European SMEs access financing. The P2B platform offers flexible company loans through a lean and quick application process and attractive yields for investors.

 

Speaking History

Speaker at Money20/20 Europe 2016

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