Jack Henderson
June 22, 2016

Meet Finnish Fintech startup Holvi!

Meet Holvi, an innovative fintech bank custom-built for entrepreneurs, freelancers and small businesses. A Holvi current account allows startups to ditch rigid traditional banks, cancel their subscriptions to fiddly online accounting services and take financial matters into their own hands with tools that make invoicing, e-commerce, paperless bookkeeping and finance reports easy. It’s a whole new way for startups to manage money: independent, streamlined, and smart.

Holvi is working hard to spread the word about their services. They’ve recently completed a pilot program in Germany, Austria and Finland, and are now giving the early adopters the chance to sign up for an account with no monthly fees until the end of 2016. Alongside this, they’re hosting a series of events for startups and entrepreneurs at betahaus this summer. They don’t cost a thing -- you just need to register!

Fintech Sales Hacks 24th June 2016

Build up an arsenal of tools to help you streamline sales with help from Holvi, Gini and GoCardless. There’ll be drinks, snacks, networking, open mic and Amazon sales vouchers to be won! Entry is free, register here.

Fintech Startup Holvi Meeting
Photo by Holvi

Paperless Bookkeeping Seminars 14th July & 13th September 2016

You’ve got not one, but two opportunities to learn German tax advisor David Koch’s secrets to going digital and effortlessly managing your finances as a startup, small business owner or freelancer. 3 hour workshops with refreshments and an afterparty, free of charge. Sign up here for the July edition, or here for the September round.

Not to be missed: Pitch to Holvi! 7th July, 5th August, and 2nd September 2016

Startups young and old are invited to put their presentation skills to the test and pitch before a jury. There’s a cash prize of 3000€ to be won for each round. Winning startups will receive a special feature on the Holvi blog too. Sign up here if you’re game!

Photo by Holvi

Holvi Launch Party 23rd September 2016

This is the day that one of the Holvi founders will drive a finnish sauna truck from the Helsinki HQ to Berlin. Why? To celebrate Holvi’s launch in Germany! Food, drinks and good music for 200 partiers -- stay tuned for more info on scoring an invite.

Want to join Holvi and other start-ups at betahaus?See how here

Holvi Startup Logo

OKAY BUT HOW IS BESPOKE SOUND DIFFERENT THAN PLAYING MY "DISCOVER WEEKLY’’ OR ANY OTHER AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED PLAYLIST ?

Well, both. Currently we offer the following two options: shorter publicly available Brand Playlists and long-form private Soundtracks for spaces. For both of them we work closely with the client to understand how sound fits into their brand DNA and what their audience is like.

We believe that the guests’ experience with a particular space doesn’t have to begin and end with their stay. The idea of the Brand Playlist is to be a public brand playlists designed to engage the customers before, during, and after their visit at a space. It’s always accessible for them and serves as a new, dynamic marketing channel.

The Soundtrack is slightly different. It takes sometimes up to weeks of work and is designed by a world-class artist, DJ, or tastemaker. For it we first work with you to develop a deep understanding of your business and style. Then we match you with the perfect artist, DJ, or tastemaker to create unique, always fresh playlists, custom tailored to match your brand. 

In both cases, we update them regularly based on guest habits and clients’ needs. 

People in beta Clay Bassford Bespoke Sound



The way we engage with the music community is something really important for us and honestly, what makes us different than other background music providers. A lot of the background music providers out there have internal teams of maybe five or six DJs that do all of the music for their clients. We aim to connect with the local scene and always work with local DJs. There's some kind of magic in finding the exact right artists for the brand.

And on the flip side of it, when we hire artists, we make sure that the project is also inspiring for them and that they would be interested in participating. We always make sure to pay them well. The whole project creates for them a new income stream that they wouldn't have otherwise.

People in beta Clay Bassford Bespoke Sound

Yes! This was really fun. The objective with the betahaus "betabeer sounds" playlist was to showcase the community side of betahaus. There are so many cool, interesting people in the betahaus community and we thought a playlist could be a perfect way to not only help bring the community together but also show the diverse funkiness of the communities of Berlin and Neukölln, which is why Hazy Pockets, a longtime local Berlin DJ known for his eclectic mixes, was perfect for this project.

This playlist moves from bluesy 60s rock into surf and tropicalia, picking up momentum into Motown and onwards through some laid back disco tunes. Perfect for the betabeer events betahaus hosts monthly!


YOU’RE CURRENTLY ENJOYING THE SUN FAR FROM BERLIN. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES in berlin that YOU MISS THE MOST?

Oh, there are just so many! Like the Imren Grill for instance where you can find the best homemade Turkish food or Das Gift and Gordon which are both run by great music people. Kohelenquelle in Prenzleuer Berg is my favorite local bar (or rather kneipe). To satisfy my  techno / electronic records needs I always go to Hard Wax and one of my most special places is the Zions Kirche steeple, which has an awesome view of the city and a great Weinerei close by. 


You can see me around betahaus. Online, you can always check out my website and listen to our public playlists on Spotify. We’re also currently working on a collaboration with betahaus, so a special Playlist curated by is will very soon sound around the spaces in Kreuzberg and Neukölln. 

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