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Join B-Hive, WSBI-ESBG for FinTech pitching session

Join B-Hive, WSBI-ESBG for FinTech pitching session

​​B-Hive, WSBI-ESBG​ Banking Technology Network team up  

for 'Tech4Fin Pitching Session' in Vienna on 3 December!


FinTech startups, savings and retail banks explore AI, machine learning & RegTech opportunities



>> Apply to pitch at 'Tech4Fin Pitching Session'


​BRUSSELS, 6 November 2018 – ​B-Hive and WSBI-ESBG are joining forces to bring together banks and FinTech solution providers and startups to dive deeper into the need for more robust innovation. Several FinTech startups and solution providers will take the stage to pitch their latest ideas on AI, machine learning and RegTech. The session will investigate new opportunities of 'Technology for Finance' – or 'Tech4Fin'.​

Who's attending

Members of the European Savings and Retail Group and sister organisation World Savings & Retail Banking Institute will bring a network of savings and retail banks to the event. They represent the two association's Banking Technology Network, which includes heads and senior managers from member bank information technology and financial technology operations. Savings & retail banks present on 3 December will include, amongst others​, Erste Group (Austria & CEE), BCEE (Luxembourg), CaixaBank (Spain), CecaBank (Spain), BPCE Group (France), Caixa Geral de Depósitos (Portugal), Montepio (Portugal), De Volksbank (Netherlands), Swedbank (Sweden & Baltics). Event organisers for see tech companies as well as fintech / startup companies to join them. The FinTech startup lineup is to be confirmed soon. 

Once in Vienna, you may want to consider taking part in the Mobey Day Conference taking place on 4 & 5 December. >>Get more information here! 

​Why it is important

Collaboration is on the rise. Savings and retail banks in Europe and around the world are on a quest to boost their in​novation from within. They also look to expand their reach towards external ecosystems and startups. That means building meaningful collaborations to unlock new potential and create ways to integrate new technologies into financial services. Banks and FinTech start-ups are often doing better by cooperating and creating together needed breakthroughs based on their strengths, ashewing the need to do battle in a competitive marketplace. At its core, innovation and digitalisation can help provide customer-centric services, enhance efficiency and expand the reach and relationships ​with people who choose to be their customers. To get there, partnering banks and FinTechs look to promising fields like AI, machine learning and RegTech.

Innovation & digitisation: part of savings and retail banks' strategy

Innovation is a core strategic area for WSBI-ESBG and its member savings and retail banks in some 80 countries. WSBI-ESBG engages in strategy development and exchange as well as policy discussion on the impact of digitalisation and technology on the financial sector. The WSBI-ESBG Banking Technology Network meets on a regular basis to share best practices and examine the strategic impact of digitalisation and technical issues on financial services.

WSBI sees it important to work with B-Hive​ to help achieve strategic aims. B-Hive engages banks, insurers or tech companies as well as fintech / startup companies in building an ecosystem in Belgium and setting up collaboration with other fintech hubs and partners. With its various work programmes it engages on the one hand in collaborative projects to develop tangible outcomes or standards and on the other hand establishes bank-fintech collaborations, research, public collaboration events and training as well as information sharing.

Register now

Join us for the Tech4Fin Pitching Session in Vienna on 3 December and see what 'Technology for Finance' – or 'Tech4Fin' – can do for banking.

Please note: WSBI-ESBG members not part of Banking Technology Network, but interested to attend, can email WSBI-ESBG at innovation@wsbi-esbg.org​

The event is invitation-only and space is limited.  The event will be held from 16.30 until 19.30 at Erste Campus, Am Belvedere 1, 1100, Vienna, Austria.


>> Apply to pitch at 'Tech4Fin Pitching Session'!​​

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Innovation; Innovation Hub; Digitalisation