16 May RECAP OF HOLLAND FINTECH MAY MEETUP HOSTED BY ABN AMRO
Our last Holland FinTech Meetup, hosted by ABN AMRO, was a complete success! With a full house, the event highlighted a project to use blockchain on commercial real estate, an interesting panel discussion, some big announcements from Money 20/20, and, of course, insightful pitches of some of our members.
This past Friday 12th of May we held our fifth monthly meetup of 2017, hosted by ABN AMRO at their impressive auditorium located in Gustav Mahlerlaan 10. The meetup had over 250 attendees interested in what is happening across the Dutch Fintech scene. With special participation from our members UL, ABN AMRO and Money 20/20, the meeting gave participants the opportunity to share their projects and views on the present and future of fintech. We had vibrant pitches from some of our members: Datasine, WolfWay, Crosslend and Otly!
Don Ginsel, CEO and founder of Holland FinTech, was the first to take the stage to give an introduction to Holland FinTech’s goals and history. Next was Diederick van Mierlo, the head of credit risk at ABN AMRO, who gave a warm welcome to the crowd.
The next step in the itinerary featured an interesting conversation between Berend van Geffen, the executive director of UL, and Frank Kerstens, head of innovation real state clients at ABN AMRO. The conversation focused on “Torch,” an initiative launched by ABN AMRO that aims to incorporate blockchain technology in commercial real estate.
Right after that, the pitches of some of the members of Holland FinTech took place. Igor Volzhanin, co-founder and CEO of Datasine, shared the vision of his company and explained why, with a better understanding of costumer needs, banks can create a personalised experience tailored to each one of their costumers.
Then, Davide La Spina, CEO at WolfWay, gave an inspiring speech on how his company aims to give a broad view of the market trough the eyes and behaviour of the investors.
The third company that took the stage was CrossLend. Philip Niemeyer, country manager for the CrossLend in the Netherlands, explained how consumer lending across Europe represents an opportunity for investors, and how the company manages to offer low-cost services permitting everyone involved to save money. Finally, Lior Bornshtain from Otly! shared with the audience his idea for providing children with financial education, and how his company aims to work with banks to offer a service allowing kids from all ages to start a successful economic life.
Following the company pitches, a discussion panel moderated by Don Ginsel was the main focus of attention. The participants in the discussion were Pim Jansen from Rabobank, Amos Kater form UL, and Ebbe Negenman from ABN AMRO. The panel featured a set of questions that allowed the participation of the attendants through online voting. This gave the conversation an interesting tone that allowed everyone to come to their own conclusions. Voting by the audience indicated that 75% of attendees believe that the availability of talent is the most important asset of an ecosystem, and that 85% think that corporates and startups should mutually engage each other to cooperate.
Finally, Sophie Wawro form Money 20/20 Europe made a big announcement. She presented the list of all the speakers who will be present at the conference next month in Copenhagen. After this announcement, the attendees left the auditorium and proceeded to have some drinks and do some networking. Without a doubt, this was one of the most successful and complete Holland FinTech meetups.
HERE ARE SOME VISUALS FROM LAST FRIDAY’S MEETUP
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