Our history


2011
Cash Payment Solutions GmbH was founded in 2011 by Achim Bönsch, Sebastian Seifert and Florian Swoboda.

2012
The development of the product Barzahlen continues. In 2012 Barzahlen was integrated into the check-out systems of dm, real,- and mobilcom-debitel. Furthermore, we won over the first online merchants to use Barzahlen directly from the launch in 2013. Additionally ALSTIN invested in the successful development of Cash Payment Solutions GmbH.

2013
Since 11th march 2013 Barzahlen is available nationwide in Germany. We started with 1.390 dm stores and won over real,- and mobilcom-debitel during 2013. Besides the e-commerce sector, Barzahlen expanded to the gaming sector and won over first clients of the utility sector – for example Stadtwerke Düsseldorf.

2014
Barzahlen was honoured the best payment service 2014 and awarded with the IT Innovation Award. Our online shop networks grew to several thousand: Over 7000 online-shops, travel and gaming providers use Barzahlen.

2015
Barzahlen is expanding to other industries and sectors and is now actively involved in dunning, insurance and telecommunication. Additionally Barzahlen has presented a solution for banking with which it is possible to deposit and to withdraw money to the own bank account. Cash Payment Solutions GmbH employs a young team of about 25 creative and dedicated employees in Berlin. By the end of 2015, Barzahlen expanded the retail partner store network with about 3000 stores of REWE.

2016
The GRENKE BANK AG invests in Barzahlen. The focus for 2016 is on the Barzahlen banking solution for withdrawals and deposits from the own bank account. Next to Number26, the DKB started to offer that service.


Our vision


Barzahlen is Germany’s largest private cash- payment infrastructure. More than 10.000 retail partner stores provide the basis for our customers’ basic banking needs such as bill payments as well as cash withdrawals and deposits from their own bank account.
Our vision is to replace the classic bank branch and, together with our retail partners, become the place where everyone can manage his or her most basic banking needs.

Our team


Achim Bönsch

Achim Bönsch

Managing Director Retail

Achim Bönsch is the head of the retail division. Before founding Barzahlen he worked at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in the department of Consumer Goods and Retail.

Sebastian Seifert

Sebastian Seifert

Managing Director Finance and Business Development

Sebastian Seifert is responsible for the divisions finance and product. Before founding Barzahlen, he operated for JP Morgan in London and built up extensive experience in the financial sector, especially in investment banking.


Timo Borreck

Timo Borreck

Chief Technology Officer

Timo Borreck takes responsibility for the technical development of the company. He holds a masters (Diplom-Informatiker) in computer science and worked at ARIVA.DE AG, one of the most successful German finance companies.

Thomas Hofmann

Thomas Hofmann

Business development/Sales

Thomas Hofmann is Senior Key Account Manager for E-Commerce und Travel at Barzahlen. He has more than 20 years of management experience and led the marketing department of McDonald’s Germany. Before, he was Managing Director of a subsidiary of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. Further professional experience was gained at Intel, Volkswagen and Renault.

Antonios Peppas

Antonios Peppas

Head of Greece

Antonios is Head of Greece at Barzahlen. He graduated from University of Bonn and holds a Master’s Degree from WHU Business School. Before working at Barzahlen, Antonios worked as a Management Consultant at KPMG for the Healthcare sector.

Frank Weinmann

Frank Weinmann

Head of Utilities and Public Sector

The former chairman of the management board of Energie SaarLorLux AG heads the Utilities as well as the Public Sector of the Cash Payment Solutions GmbH. The company officer with statutory authority has several years of experience in business development, chance management and consultancy in the energy sector.

Anne Zander

Anne Zander

Head of HR

Anne Zander is heading the human resources and office management departments of Cash Payment Solutions GmbH. She is an experienced recruiter and has worked as a talent resourcer and recruitment manager for various companies.

Janusz Buttgereit

Janusz Buttgereit

Head of Insurance

Janusz Buttgereit is Head of Insurance at Barzahlen. The payment expert has many years of experience. Before joining Barzahlen he worked for Sofort AG, Paysafecard and Clickandbuy.

Susanne Krehl

Susanne Krehl

Managing Director Austria & Switzerland

Susanne Krehl is Managing Director Austria & Switzerland at Barzahlen. She is a networker and organises regular fintech and public relations events in Berlin. Previously she headed the PR and marketing department.

Thomas Rienecker

Thomas Rienecker

Head of PR & Marketing

Thomas Rienecker is Head of PR & Marketing and responsible for all communication needs at Barzahlen. Prior to this, he was Account Manager at a PR Agency and worked as Radio Host for several years.

Philipp Wiegel

Philipp Wiegel

Head of Product

Philipp Wiegel heads the product department of Barzahlen. He is responsible for the optimization and further development of our product. Philipp's background is in software development. He was product manager in serveral companies and gained several years of experience as an entrepreneur.

Michael Heese

Michael Heese

Head of Claim Management

Michael Heese is heading claim management at Cash Payment Solutions GmbH. The experienced process optimization consultant worked in strategic consulting in the financial sector and gained experience in banking before joining the Barzahlen team.

Matthias Mohn

Matthias Mohn

Head of Banking

As Head of Banking Matthias Mohn is is responsible for the financial sector at Barzahlen. The experienced strategy expert used to be consultant at Capgemini Consulting and BCG and led several IT projects for various banks.

Andreas Veller

Andreas Veller

Chief Operations Officer

The former founder of Shopwings is Chief Operations Officer at Barzahlen. He is an experienced founder as well as consultant in the banking sphere. At McKinsey he managed the IT restructuration of a retail bank and a post merger integration in the banking sector.

Daniel Winkler

Daniel Winkler

Head of Business Development

Daniel Winkler leads the division of Business Development for business clients in the area of dunning, housing companies and others. Previously he operated as a process optimization consultant.


Investors


ALSTIN

ALSTIN

Alternative Strategic Investment GmbH

ALSTIN is a private, long-term-oriented investment company within the Maschmeyer Group in Hannover. Its investment focus is on innovative, fast-growing companies which dominate their markets. With many years of professional experience, ALSTIN offers its portfolio companies valuable support in matters of business development, add-on acquisitions and improvements of their marketing and sales efforts.

BTH

BTH

Berlin Technologie Holding

Berlin Technologie Holding (www.berlinholding.com) is firmly based in Berlin with a majority of their portfolio companies. They strongly believe in the values Berlin represents: innovation, disruption, vitality and directness. BTH invests in tech companies, yet, does not only provide capital, but also works in close partnerships with their ventures and captures synergies across their portfolio. The managing partners and founders of BTH Joern-Carlos Kuntze and Hans Kompernaß have been founders themselves and belonged to the core team of many successful companies.

GRENKE BANK AG

GRENKE BANK AG

GRENKE BANK AG

GRENKE BANK AG is a wholly owned subsidiary of GRENKELEASING AG since 2009 and a member of the GRENKE Group. The GRENKE Group is a broadly diversified provider of IT-based services in Small-Ticket-IT-Leasing, Factoring and Banking for small and medium-sized companies. In addition, the GRENKE Bank offers its classic online services also to private customers. The GRENKE Group is independent of vendors and banks and holds a leading market position in Europe in the field of small-ticket IT leasing for products such as PCs, notebooks, copiers, printers, or software of relatively low asset value. The GRENKE Group operates in 30 countries and employs more than 1100 staff.

REWE

REWE

REWE Digital GmbH

The newly established and rapidly growing unit REWE Digital in Cologne pools all of the strategic and some of the operational online activities of REWE Group. REWE Digital aims to become the leading provider of online solutions in all of the markets relevant to REWE Group. Together with the business units, REWE Digital develops omni-channel solutions and controls investments in and the management of participations of REWE Group in digital ventures.


Barzahlen advisory board


Bernd M. Fieseler

Bernd M. Fieseler

Bernd M. Fieseler was managing director of the Deutsche Sparkassen- and Giroverband from 2001 to 2011. The former McKinsey consultant, bank manager and member of the board of directors of many payment companies shaped the payment and transactions sector in Germany and Europe for over a decade.

Dr. Uwe Franke

Dr. Uwe Franke

Dr. Uwe Franke was executive chairman of BP Deutschland AG and BP Europa SE from 1999 to 2012. He is president of the World Energy Council Germany since 2014. Dr. Franke has an extensive network in the energy sector and shall support Cash Payment Solutions GmbH at further development in this sector.

Michael Müller

Michael Müller

Michael Müller is the founder of paysafecard.com Wertkarten AG. With the foundation of paysafecard Müller generated a safe prepayment method that made cash payments possible for the first time. With Michael Müller as the CEO, the paysafecard grew to a globally leading financial service company. Paysafecard.com has been acquired in 2013 for 140 million euros by the Skrill Group.