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There’s no better way to begin a new year than with a bang, and Holland FinTech opened 2018 with two big events: a special meetup with Money20/20, and our annual member meetup at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
As three major regulations came into effect during 2018—PSD2, MiFID II, and GDPR—Holland FinTech held its first regtech roundtable to help set the tone for the coming year.
For Holland FinTech members needing funding, we held a successful investor breakfast at law firm Allen & Overy.
Marching forward, this month featured Holland FinTech’s trade mission to Switzerland which brought together a select group of Dutch fintechs, along with Prince Constantijn van Oranje, and the Swiss fintech ecosystem. Ten companies attended the three-day event, which included a meetup in Zürich organised by Holland FinTech, Money20/20 and a host of other partners as a part of the run-up to Money20/20 Europe in June.
April started with our Paris Fintech Meetup, which was a part of the series of roadshow events preceding Money20/20. Here, Dutch fintechs came to Paris to meet the local ecosystem and pitch, along with French fintechs, to investors, corporate innovators, and fintech experts.
Along with De Nederlandsche Bank (the Dutch Central Bank) and the European Women Payments Network, Holland FinTech hosted a second meetup, in addition to its monthly meetup, on game-changers in the Dutch payments market. Taking place at the Dutch Central Bank, the event featured speakers from fintechs, regulators, and banks.
May was marked by Holland FinTech’s two-day PensionTech Summit, held in The Hague. The first day had over 150 people in attendance at Holland FinTech member MN Services, a Dutch pension administrator, with the second being hosted across the city and featuring the city’s mayor, Karsten Klein, and a host of actors operating in the pension space, from fintechs, pension fund representatives, and lawyers. During the event, Holland FinTech launched its Pensiontech Infographic.
Holland FinTech also held an event with the Swedish Embassy and Chamber of Commerce for companies wanting to connect to the Swedish and Dutch start-up ecosystems.
Holland FinTech member Mollie, a Netherlands-based PSP, also launched multicurrency functionality, allowing its customers to receive payments in multiple currencies.
June was a busy month! Holland FinTech helmed the first edition of Amsterdam Fintech Week, running from 1-10 June and encompassing Money 20/20 Europe. During the week, Holland FinTech launched its Dutch Fintech navigator, which showcases the Netherlands’ fintech ecosystem.
Following the release of the Fintech Action Plan targeting alternative finance, Holland FinTech and Loyens & Loeff organised a roundtable bringing together parties active within the alternative lending sector to debate the issues facing the P2P lending sector.
Closing a busy month, 25 delegates from Sogang University Graduate School of MOT (Management of Technology), including companies and public institutions representatives, came to Amsterdam to explore the Dutch fintech ecosystem. It was a great opportunity for both ecosystems to share knowledge, network and discuss how to create business bridges between Korean and Dutch fintech markets.
Holland FinTech had a smooth and productive month in August. Our Knowledge Bites session featured our member Signicat, covering the topic ‘’The Battle To Onboard & The Power Of A Cross-Border Identity Hub’’.
We had yet another pleasure of organising our monthly meet-up, hosted by our member Owlin, which took on an all-too common issue amongst our members: how to find tech talent.
Additionally, Holland FinTech member BTC organised another fruitful event in Amsterdam, ‘’Bitcoin Fundamentals: Women In Blockchain Special’’.
During September, we made it to Copenhagen for the Tech BBQ, organised by DutchBasecamp, which convened start-ups wanting to enter the Scandinavian market.
This month saw a number of insightful events, including a Holland FinTech Trade Mission to Switzerland, Cybersecurity Week, the 2nd annual European Women Payments Network Conference and Awards, Holland FinTech’s first Payments Roundtable, and a special Zoetermeer Fintech Meetup.
One of the highlights in terms of events was the European Women’s Payment Network 2nd annual awards. The event brought together women, and men, to discuss the future of payments and how gender intersects with finance. Conny Doorestijn, founder of BankiFi and Holland FinTech board member, moderated the event.
Another noteworthy event was Holland FinTech’s Zoetermeer Fintech Meetup, which brought together our ecosystem with European start-ups in the Soft Landing programme. Here, the audience heard pitches from start-ups in consumer financial services, data optimization, and retail services.
Today we met delegates from the Egyptian Banking Institute and members of Amsterdam In Business, to discuss the past, present and future of collaboration between #fintech and #Banking. pic.twitter.com/7TO9NWVeYW
Rolf Fouchier, CEO of Creative Dock, and Lenka Libanska, COO, talk about the importance of the social element of building a #P2P lending platform and how they want to disrupt the Dutch lending market. pic.twitter.com/TgHF5Erbhz
With the festive season nearing full swing and Sinterklaas celebrations starting to take over The Netherlands, our fintech ecosystem still managed to produce some of this year’s highlights.
December was a month for regtech, as both Regtech Rising and The Rise of Regtech took place to tackle the increasingly complex European regulatory environment, but it was the payments sector that made the biggest waves.
Today's #payments roundtable tackles overcoming uncertainty of incoming #regulations and the need for greater regulator led guidance and discussion. Licenses and #psd2 leading the concerns. Karen Berg of @twobirds offers insight on how to hold more fruitful talks with regulators. pic.twitter.com/QfuzwL4kVP
"Store everything forever and query it in real time" - @quasardb presenting their knowledge bites. We are treated to a demo of their interface as they describe the benefits of their #Database over competitors: speed and adaptability. Particularly important for financial analysts pic.twitter.com/lMsMtx9RAp
The Sweden-based payments solutions provider @Klarna integrated with the Dutch bank @bunq via a direct #API . Now, customers using Klarna’s Pay Now feature can choose the bank from the list of supported banks, and can pay with a single click.