Why are we here?

Superpowers for super SMEs

SMEs are the backbone of our economy and society, a key driver of innovation! But when it comes to trade financing they are underserved – neglecting their importance. We are here to resolve this paradox and give SMEs the power and opportunities they deserve. tr8cy thinks big for small and medium enterprises!

How do we empower sme’s?

Imagine trade financing without 1.0 banks

We are building the first trade financing platform and ecosystem, dedicated to SMEs. By directly connecting SMEs with institutional financiers we are taking 1.0 banks out of the equation. Blockchain and smart contract technology ensures a secure and seamless interplay of all ecosystem partners. 

5 simple steps

This is how it works

Step #1

Create a new sales contract

Enter the sales data, incoterms and document requirements in less than 10 minutes. Your buyer can easily confirm or comment the contract details.

Step #2

Collect and agree on documents

All relevant documents can be shared and approved digitally between trade partners – ensuring a fast, paperless and reliable trade execution.

Step #3

Get financing, mitigate risks

Both trade partners can easily request trade financing or mitigate payment and delivery risks through escrow or trade credit insurance.

Step #4

Ship your goods

…and, if necessary the physical documents. The upfront digital approval of all documents ensures a seamless export and import.

Step #5

Get paid

The platform supports a wide range of payment methods: from cash in advance and open account to our unique trade escrow service.

“A lack of access to trade finance is a barrier preventing small business from making the most of the opportunities that trade provides and it demands our urgent attention.”

— Roberto Azevêdo, WTO Director-General

connecting the dots

The tr8cy ecosystem


With tr8cy you don’t need a bank
to trust your trade partner.

What do we bring to the table?

Trade and financing made simple

The tr8cy platform provides SMEs with easy access to trade finance and a smart solution to manage their sales and purchase contracts and documents. Moreover, SMEs can mitigate payment and delivery risks through trade credit insurance and our unique escrow service – replacing letter of credits. We call it smart merchant banking.

how it looks like

The tr8cy platform

Who we are

Hello, we are the
founders

100+ years of experience in Finance & Technology –
committed to disrupt global trade creating equal opportunities for small and medium enterprises. 

Marcus and
Rupert met via 
Airbnb 

Florian was Marcus IT professor

Chris was
Florian’s
PhD student

Rupert J. Strachwitz
Rupert is CEO and has over 30 years experience in corporate finance. He co-founded a sustainable energy business and led it to a successful IPO in London. Previously he worked in investment banking and financial risk insurance and has a proven record in supporting SMEs entering new markets.
Marcus Oltmanns
Marcus is CMO and has 20 years experience in strategy, marketing and digital business. He owns a boutique-style brand strategy and creative studio in Hamburg and Berlin. Previously he was MD at Europe’s leading branding agency, co-founder of a content syndication platform, startup advisor and analyst in Venture Capital.
Prof. Dr. Florian Matthes
Florian is non executive director at tr8cy and holds the chair of Software Engineering for Business Information Systems at TU Munich. His focus is on technologies driving the digital transformation: from enterprise architecture management to service platforms and their ecosystems to executable contracts on blockchains.
Dr. Christian Neubert
Chris is CTO and has 20 years experience in developing and operating large-scale web applications and enterprise software solutions. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from TU Munich. Previously Chris co-founded a social media platform and developed a wide range of web-based systems and architectures for international companies.

Get in touch

tr8cy will be launched in UK and Germany in Q1/2020. If you are interested in joining our beta phase or
further information, please fill out the contact form: