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Dr. Matthias Knecht

Dr. Matthias Knecht is a Berlin-based serial entrepreneur and has just founded his next venture Fintech venture.  From 2008 to 2014, Matthias was a consultant with McKinsey & Company focusing on clients from the banking, insurance, and private equity sector. Together with his fellow McKinsey colleague, Dr. Christian Grobe, he founded Zencap, Europe's fastest growing online lending marketplace for small business loans. In October 2015, Matthias successfully sold Zencap to the global market leader Funding Circle.  After this exit, Matthias and Christian teamed up again. Leveraging their Funding Circle experience, they founded their next venture Fintech venture, Billie (www.billie.io). Billie tackles a core problem and one of the most frequent reasons for bankruptcies of SMEs - liquidity shortages. The fully automated invoice financing platform provides financing for small businesses within minutes. The core of the platform, the risk engines and scoring models, are developed based on the team’s experience in SME online lending.  Matthias graduated with highest distinction from University Karlsruhe. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Nuremberg and was a research scholar to Columbia Business School (USA).