“Finance meets logistics” was the motto of our visit to the Digital Hub Logistics in Hafencity. The Hub sees itself as a partner for digital transformation in the logistics industry in Hamburg and Germany. It is part of the De:Hub Initiative. This network, funded by the BMWI, links SMEs and companies with innovation partners from science and the start-up scene at twelve competence locations in Germany.
After a short welcome by Dr. Joachim Seeler, Executive Board Member of Finanzplatz Hamburg e. V., and Johannes Berg, Managing Director of the HUB, Nikolaus Reus and Jacob Klasen presented their respective business concepts. Reus’ company Marvest is an online platform for crowd investing in the maritime sector for the German market. The Hamburg-based FinTech company offers shipping companies and ship management companies new opportunities for mezzanine or debt financing. Marvest GmbH was founded in 2018. In the same year, Klasen founded the company Kentra. Kentra offers financing of goods in the B2B sector. The company promises to go one step further than traditional factoring: Receivables are only financed after they have been confirmed by the customer. The aim is to increase the liquidity of the supplier and the customer and to create new cooperation opportunities for successful trade relations.
The Digital Hub Logistics currently hosts 40 start-ups and works with numerous partners from business, government and science, including HHLA, DAKOSY and our member Senacor. The operator is Digital Hub Logistics GmbH, a company managed by the Logistics Initiative and BWVI.