FinTech Vortex Recap: Pitching for Capital

FinTech Vortex Recap: Pitching for Capital 1600 600 Holland FinTech

During the pitching for capital sessions, start-ups had the occasion to present their business models to a jury of 4 experts in front of an audience of professionals and potential investors. After the pitch, the jury could give their impressions. In case of a positive reaction, they would make their network and experience available to the start-up. Two sessions were organized around two themes, security and fintech, with two different jurys.

  • Security session

The security session gathered Phil Zimmermann, from KPN and TU Delft, Harrie Vollaard, Head of Rabo FinTech Ventures, Herwig Springer CEO of i5invest and Ben McClure, UK country manager at EIT Digital as jurors. Five security start-ups were given 4 minutes to introduce the audience to their product and strategy. You can find below a brief recap of these pitches.

Pieter Jansen, CEO, presented Cybersprint, a digital risk monitoring platform. According to Pieter, the company fits in a gap in the cybersecurity space, as there is no other European platform mapping the online vulnerabilities and risks. The company operates since 2 years now, with 11 passionate teammates driving the start-up.

Finn McClain, sales director and general manager Benelux, introduced this cybersecurity start-up offering a clear path to compliance, particularly relevant in the context of changing regulations. The company targets are for the most part SMEs, reached by indirect and direct go-to-market strategy.

CEO Pieter Klinkert pitched the start-up assisting companies in the control and management of their data within the frame of regulations such as the upcoming GDPR. Indica scans all data, correlates structured and unstructured data and creates visual dashboards.

Jeroen Starrenburg, CEO-founder, presented this digitization solution for insurance companies. The start-up targets mostly large companies, as insurance company often don’t have the budget to build their security themselves and are not security experts. Onegini distinguishes itself by its completeness, in both web and mobile solutions, as well as a solid market knowledge.

Finally, John Meyers, head of operations at this mobile and IoT start-up, introduced their mobile security for smartphones and tablets. The company is producing crypto-secure cell phones destined for defence and corporate security, covering the hardware and software elements of their product. The start-up is looking for financing to fund marketing and market adoption.

  • Fintech session

The second session was launched by a presentation led by Damiano Bolzoni, CEO and co-founder at SecurityMatters, ‘cyber resilience solutions’ enabling organizations to deal with cyber-threats. After introducing his company, Damiano presented the different challenges and tasks composing the path of business financing, including a set of advices drawn from his experience, such as a few tips on VCs, time-management and entrepreneurial guidance.

He then took his sit as juror, joined by Ben McClure, Sjoerd Spanjer from KPN ventures and Radboud Vlaar, founding partner at Orange Capita Growth.

CEO-founder Bas Janssen took the stage and presented his mobile expense management solutions to the audience. Declaree is an online reporting tool used to digitize expenses. The start-up was pitching to raise capital to hire staff in marketing and sales.

Quincy Acklen, CEO-founder, pitched his digital security start-up. Gyomo is a training tool meant to improve threat awareness and reaction to cyber-attacks in an organizational context. The app is designed to be intuitive and interactive, as it features a unique PeerPreview system, allowing peers to get trained by interacting together.

Johannes Vermeire, CEO-founder, presented POM, an app enabling to pay and manage invoices through a smartphone. Johannes defined the POM app as easy, handy and free.

This session ended with a few advises of the jury to the start-ups, particularly regarding marketing and sales costs that could be considerable if not thought through thoroughly. Following these sessions, the majority of these start-ups had a stand where they could receive feedback and exchange contacts.

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