Holland FinTech Recap 2018

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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.

At the first event, Holland FinTech introduced Money20/20 to the Netherlands’ fintech ecosystem as a welcome gesture before Money20/20 Europe on 4-6 June in Amsterdam. Over 300 people came to the meetup, and Holland FinTech also held a pub quiz in London with Money20/20 and NatWest to kick off its Money20/20 roadshows leading up to the big event in June.

After sounding the gong at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange for the annual member summit, Holland FinTech broke out to re-focus on its members and launched its widely-circulated Dutch Fintech Infographic, which gives an overview of over 400 companies and displays the Netherland’s growing fintech ecosystem.


Following up an eventful – pun intended—January, February witnessed a cluster of goings-ons involving Holland FinTech members, with ING acquiring Payvison, an international card acquirer and payments platform, grant and subsidy specialist De Breed & Partners opening their first international office, and an international consulting firm Capgemini snagging two awards.

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.

Around the middle of the month, Holland FinTech was a supporting partner in Capgemini and LinkedIn’s presentation of their 2018 World Fintech Report.

The end of the month witnessed Holland FinTech’s first roundtable on identity and security, and Holland FinTech member NIBC Bank also became listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.


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.

Holland FinTech also had a pretty cool piece of member news to report: Countr, a point of sale software provider and Holland FinTech member, and ABN AMRO, also a member, helped build the app used in the Netherlands’ first cashless grocery store.


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.

As the financial year drew to a close, the FinTech50 recognised the most innovative fintechs in its sixth year. Holland Fintech CEO Don Ginsel formed part of the selection panel, with our ecosystem being well represented by Bux, Figo, Suade and Seedrs all making the list.

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.


Our July meet-up was held at Van Lanschot’s Amsterdam office and had 120 attendees hearing pitches from Holland FinTech members Suburbia, Yields, Investsuite, New10, unchain.io, and Frosha.

Also, a number of impactful news occurred in our network. For example, Banking Circle was nominated for the Fintech Power 50 list created by Fintech Finance, which highlights the most noteworthy and influential organisations in fintech. Another member, Mollie, a Netherlands-based PSP, reached 50,000 merchants on its platform, marking a milestone in the company’s internationalisation of services.


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.

The month saw some impactful developments from Holland FinTech’s members. Ohpen made Wired’s top 100 European tech companies while Deloiette partnered with LOEK! on a real estate management solution. Furthermore, KPMG acquired a minority stake in AdviceRobo, and Rabo Frontier Ventures invested in komgo SA.


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.


November saw Holland FinTech members tackle a wide range of fintech issues, including a knowledge bites session hosted by Creative Dock on how they build and innovate customer-centric fintechs.

After crypto valuations soared last year, hosts of companies began using crypto coins and tokens to raise funds, particularly before regulators caught up. Holland Fintech partnered with UvA to host: How ICO’s work – the ins and outs of crypto fundraising, which deep dove into the legal and technical requirements of such fundraising. This followed members Nxchange partnering with Lykke to launch Europe’s first regulated tokenised securities exchange.

November also saw the unique opportunity for fintech to meet the regulators at our co-branded event hosted by the Dutch Central Bank.

Holland FinTech members Five Degrees also reported a strategic partnership with ieDigital to strengthen their positions in retail, business banking and private banking. Rounding out a highly successful month for members was Investsuite, who raised EUR 2 million in funding.


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.

Swedish payments solutions provider and Holland Fintech member, Klarna, integrated with Dutch mobile bank bunq via a direct API. Fellow members Newgen Payments also integrated with digital wallet providers Skrill and Neteller. Also sharing good news was Investsuite who saw success in Poland.

To cap off a busy months in payments, experts joined forces at the Payments Roundtable to discuss the regulatory landscape and how The Netherlands can become best in class for the payments sector.

Rounding out the year was the December Meetup which saw Virtual Affairs host another successful event. The final chance for networking drinks followed engaging pitches from Twikey, Accesserator, Opseeker, Koomalooma and RundIt.

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