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European FinTech Awards & Conference 2017
On 26 & 27 September, the second edition of the European FinTech Awards & Conference 2017 was held in Brussels. The European FinTech Awards is the place where innovative and disruptive FinTech companies are presented and awarded. for this second edition the theme was "The Coming of Age of FinTech". During the event attendees were able to meet with leading innovation managers of major banks, eager investors and the most promising FinTech companies. The special matchmaking room offered great opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and institutions to fast track their FinTech engagement. With the outstanding programme at the European FinTech Awards & Conference attendees learned more about leadership, the latest technology developments, the status of regulations and the characteristics of successful insurgent businesses.

Unique Content & Opportunities
FinTech is entering a new phase. More and more companies get some traction and startups turn into scale ups. This year's edition featured a variety of Global FinTech Experts. At the European FinTech Awards 2017 there were an amazing line-up of pitches, speakers & attendees. Attendees witnessed the pitch battles between the 27 finalists of the European FinTech Awards, and got answers to questions such as: How does the industry deal with the growing pains of rapidly developing markets? How can FinTech stay relevant and what will be the next step?

People got inspired by:


Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner
Meet Fintech Titan Chris Skinner! One of the most authoritative voices in the Fintech Industry. Chris captures the pulse of the industry like no one else and will share his view on the coming of age of Fintech. Chris is known as the number one independent commentator on the financial markets and fintech through the, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank and its new sequel ValueWeb, and Chair of the European networking forum The Financial Services Club. He is on the Advisory Boards of many companies including Innovate Finance, Moven and Meniga, and has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News.

James Shattock

James Shattock
James has over 10 years’ experience within the foreign exchange and payments industry having set up, managed and recently sold PACE Financial Group to Flywire. As such he has a deep knowledge and understanding of international receivables and the problems that companies face when trying to invoice and collect payments from customers spread all around the world.

Mike Massaro (1)

Mike Massaro
As CEO of Flywire, Mike Massaro’s responsibilities include aligning the international team with the company’s strategic direction and increasing the visibility of Flywire globally. He brings to Flywire more than fifteen years of extensive experience in solution engineering, sales, and marketing and is noted for his ability to leverage technology to create solutions to gaps in existing consumer and business transactional experiences. Mike’s background spans global payments, mobile software and hardware, and e-billing at high growth technology companies, including Carrier IQ and edocs, Inc. Since assuming the role of CEO in 2014, Mike has grown the business from concept phase to a stable, growing global company. He has overseen the company’s expansion in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific regions. Mike began his career as part of the technical risk services practice at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Babson College.


Kevin Mottard
Kevin Mottard is responsible for multiple Executive Communities in Belgium and the Netherlands. He presents at many conferences and was the host of last year's European Fintech Awards.

Pat Wilson

Pat Wilson
Pat is a repeat entrepreneur with nearly a decade of investment experience. At Route 66, Pat brings together his entrepreneurial, direct investment and global fintech expertise to source, evaluate and lead new venture investments as well as mentor and support Route 66’s existing portfolio


Norris Koppel
Norris Koppel is founder & CEO at Monese, they provides on-demand banking accounts regardless of the customer's citizenship. He is also founder of the Artha Foundation, The Foundation is designed to support educational projects aiming to help people increase their financial knowledge and ability. He established LendFusion and MyJAr as well.

Johan Lundberg

Johan Lundberg
is Founding Partner and CEO of NFT Ventures. Mr Lundberg is an experienced and senior banking professional in the Northern European Region, before establishing NFT Ventures he acted as advisor to executive management teams of Nordic Banks regarding next generation payment and banking solutions. He has a strong drive in identifying new generation of financial services due to deep knowledge and understanding of the banking infrastructure. This has showed in the development of NFT Ventures portfolio.

Mukul Rondje

Mukul Pal
Mukul is from the MIT FinTech Class (’16). He has an MSc. Econometrics and Applied Statistics from UBB Romania and MBA Finance from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) Business School. He is a member of the American Statistical Association and a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) from the Market Technicians Association, New York. Mukul started his career as a lecturer of Finance and Economics at Institute for Management Development, India (‘99). He continued to work in the derivatives domain working for top Institutions like Bombay Stock Exchange, HDFC, and Edelweiss before starting Orpheus in 2005. Mukul is a ranked author on the Social Science Research Network and has several filed patents on data innovation. His work on Mean Reversion Framework, Statistical Finance, and Architecture of Complexity has received global attention on the network. He has been invited to speak at Bombay Stock Exchange, Market Technicians Association, Thomson Reuters Conferences, TED, Princeton University, University of Chicago and other.

Francisco Rond

Francisco Lorca
Francisco Lorca, Managing Director of Startupbootcamp FinTech London, the leading accelerator focused on financial innovation. Francisco is also the Founder and CEO of EthosData, the leading global provider of virtual data room services. For more than 17 years experience in finance, Francisco has built and successfully exited several consumer and FinTech companies. After five years in McKinsey and then M&A in GE, Francisco was the MD of Teknoland acquired by Telefonica. Before founding EthosData he headed strategy, mobile payments and merchant business in First Data International.


Nicholas Smalle
Nicholas is currently at Apis Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in the Financial Services (FS) sector across Africa, South Asia and South East Asia.

Cedric Dumont

Cedric Dumont
Get inspired by Cedric Dumont. He is a full time Red Bull Athlete, his main focus is travelling the world in search of new adventures and challenging projects, sharing his experience and inspiring others. "This is all about freedom, commitment and pushing your limits, it takes me to amazing places, teaches me respect for the environment and others, motivates me to improve, and keeps me humble on those high gravity days. Spending time on the road, meeting new friends all over the world, being close to the elements, sharing and inspiring, this is what keeps me moving and fascinates me, this is my way to live a free, mindful and engaged lifestyle


Megan Caywood
Megan is Chief Platform Officer at Starling Bank, leading platform and API Strategy, partnerships and the development of the Starling Marketplace. Starling Bank is a leading challenger bank in the UK that was founded in 2014 by Anne Boden, former COO of Allied Irish Bank. In 2016 they raised $70 million in their first round of funding and received their official banking license. Prior to Starling, Megan worked in technology in San Francisco, having led product development at Intuit and Xero, two of the world's largest financial technology companies. Megan holds five patents in financial technology, and regularly writes and speaks on the subject. She is now residing in the UK on a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, recognised for her work in digital technology


Anette Broløs
Innovator, experienced network leader and Fintech analyst. Freelance consultant and facilitator Anette has a background in economics and an industial PhD in collaborative innovation. Worked 6 years building the Danish fintech ecosystem – including first step for fintech entrepreneurs and a large study in payment behaviour.

Phil Campion 1

Phil Campion
How Insurgency's die or survive? What are the characteristics of successful insurgence movements? He became one of the few British soldiers ever to pass both the Royal Marines Commando selection and the Parachute Regiment, before going for the ultimate challenge - selection into the Special Air Service (22 SAS). Having served with distinction in many cutting edge combat operations in the SAS, he moved on to working the private military circuit and became a global gun for hire. He propelled himself to the top of his game and commanded teams of up to 100 private military operators around the globe.

Wim De Waele

Wim de Waele
After a brief start-up experience in Belgium, Wim was responsible for building op many organisations from zero. He played a leading role in the development of i2 technologies, Real Software Group, IBBT (which was later renamed to iMinds), and B-Hive. Currently, he works as CEO of B-hive Europe. B-Hive wants its members to benefit in three ways: through meeting, connecting and discovery. It provides access to market, knowledge, funding and government for its members. Together with one of the main regulators in Belgium, Wim will learn you more about the GDRP and regulatory Sandboxes. 

Jurgen Ingels

Jurgen Ingels
Jurgen is the founder Clear2pay and build the company out into a global player in the payments industry before selling it to FIS (NYSE : FIS) at the end of 2014. Clear2Pay now has 1400 people and offices all over the world and worked for the top 50 global banks in the world. Jurgen stayed in the FinTech scene since then and became managing parter of VC firm Smartfin Capital & founded B-Hive. B-hive provides value to all organizations that are dealing with the impact of digital technology on the financial system. Jurgen is an expert in managing and efficiently scale up a (FinTech) company.

Julian Levy

Julian Levy
Julian is CEO at Ayarma Ltd – a strategic advisory firm. He has worked at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, CSFB and Index Venture; leading fintech and innovation programs, equity research and engineering. Projects have included writing digital and fintech strategies for a large European bank, board advisory on FinTech, technical due diligence for private equity and venture capital firms in areas ranging from custom hardware and silicon vendors to security companies, mentoring early stage FinTech and B2B technology companies with a combination of technical strategy, go-to-market support and commercial guidance, and supporting successful fund raises.


Tania Martinez
Tania Martínez is Deputy Manager at FacePhi. She joined the Company in 2014 and since then she works directly with the CEO coordinating projects such as the Horizon2020 in the European Commission, leading Investor Relations and supervising other departments and teams. Tania was graduated in Economics, specialized in Analisys with a Master in Communication, Marketing and in Investment Markets. In the past, she worked for Renta 4 Bank in Spain and Quastel Midgen Solicitors in England.


Mikko Riikkinen
Principal Founder of 5th, a non-profit organisation coordinating FinTech related research in Finland and brings governmental organisations as well as companies together.


Arifa Khan
Arifa Khan is inventor of DGCAMP - A Decentralised Global Capital Markets Platform, a vision for the future of capita markets being brought to life by Himalaya Labs. Satoshi gave unstoppable cash in 2008. Vitalik gave unstoppable computing in 2014. Now Arifa promises unstoppable capital in 2018. She is the architect of Europe-India Conclave Series which has featured Vitalik Buterin in India. She is currently also building the Ethereum community in India and Middle East as India Partner of the Ethereum Foundation.

David Gyori

David Gyori
David Gyori is a globally renowned FinTech consultant, trainer, author and keynote speaker. He is CEO of Banking Reports Ltd London, providing top quality ‘FinTech Training for Bankers’ all over the world.

Wim Mijs

Wim Mijs
Wim Mijs (1964) was appointed CEO of the European Banking Federation in September 2014. Before that, Wim served as CEO of the Dutch banking association NVB. At the EBF he was at the forefront of making FinTech and Banking a prominent part of EU policy making processes.


Dimitrios Psarrakis
Dimitrios is aFinancial Economist, with expertise in Financial Markets and Banks regulatory and macro-prudential framework, monetary policies of the ECB, macroeconomic policy of the EU.

Alex Weber

Alex Weber
Alex has been involved in the development of N26 from the inception of the idea. Alex was leading the efforts in obtaining the banking license for N26 as well as the subsequent transfer of accounts to the newly established N26 Bank. In his current role as Head of International Markets, Alex is responsible for the development of existing markets as well as the expansion to new markets.


Shaun Thanki Braastad
Shaun has over ten years of global entrepreneurial tech-business experience, and over fifteen years of international experience from Technology, Media & Telecommunications, primarily within Internet-Telecom convergence. Organized 50+ startup-tech events since 2006, co-organized another 15+ from Oslo to Kiev-NYC-Moscow-L.A-Sthlm-Silicon Valley-Dubai etc. Presented at 40+ conferences in 30+ cities. Catalyst for domain leading Nordic ventures, startup organizations, and several global tech-award wins.


Omeed Mehrinfar
Omeed is a Regional Director of Plug and Play in Europe. He joined in August 2014 and co-founded the company's FinTech program / division. Since the launch of the program in January 2015, Omeed has worked in 6 different accelerator classes with over 100 FinTech startups, as well as a list of over 30 corporate partners (BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, to name a few). Now based in Paris, Omeed acts as the Program Director of BNP Paribas / Plug and Play; a partnership between the two entities, targeted towards finding the best FinTech and InsurTech startups that can innovate and disrupt different sectors of the financial market; while simultaneously evaluating investment opportunities in Paris, and the larger Eurozone.


Emma Vartolomei
Emma combines a powerful mix of entrepreneurial, investment and corporate banking experience and is recognized as a leading independent thinker on the future of financial services. Her initiative All Street reinvents investment information for the cognitive age. To that end, she created All Street dedicated to helping people and institutions to invest in private market and small cap companies.

Mika (1)

Mika Eriksson
Mika built 4 great startups and worked 7 years helping the Finnish economy to grow. Now I engage banks/insurers and startups to collaborate. I’m passionate about innovation, business development and change management. The world is changing, and it opens new great opportunities every day. Just make sure that your organisation is able to tap into those opportunities faster than your competitors.


Peter Hopwood
Global Keynote Public Speaking and Impact Coach & International Conference Host & Speaker. Communicator & Connector, essentially, I travel the world to help people tell stronger stories. I help professionals, companies and entrepreneurs bring more value to their messages, gain investment and persuade with impact - when it matters.


Laurent Herbillon
Laurent is leading open innovation for BNP Paribas International Financial Services aiming at developing business cooperation with startups to accelerate digital transformation. He spent more than 15 years of its professional life in digital transformation with a successful track record in delivering innovative offers and digital experience for customers & employees.


Fabian Vandenreydt
Executive Chairman at B-Hive Europe. Owner at FabianVDR. Previousy Head of Securities Markets, Innotribe & SWIFT Institute at SWIFT. Also worked at Capco & JPMorgan.

Thomas Rond

Thomas Nørby Dahl
Thomas is a highly experienced EU public affairs professional with an extensive background in lobbying at a managerial level, both in a national and international context. Experienced networker and influencer across all fields.

Ian Rond

Ian Ellis
Ian Ellis is a Director at Microsoft Startup Growth Partners, working with high performing emerging technology companies. Before joining Microsoft, he was an Executive Director in the Technology Business Development group at Morgan Stanley with responsibility for leveraging the insights & expertise of Morgan Stanley’s world class Technology division to assist with client business development and also undertaking key strategic projects within the IT division. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he worked for Bank of Ireland Asset Management and Bank of Ireland Private Banking in Dublin from 1999 to 2003, working in various business analysis, project management and finance roles and as an investment professional in Dublin, Ireland.

Lareina Rond

Lareina Wang
Lareina is head of innovation and partnerships at HSBC. Lareina set up and currently runs the Digital Innovation function for HSBC UK Retail Bank. She is leading the development of key Digital propositions, as well as business model innovation initiatives. Prior to this role, Lareina managed the digital channel performance in HSBC UK; she previously held marketing roles in HSBC, Barclays and Ogilvy, focussing on customer acquisition and retention.

Frederic Rond

Frédéric Becker
Frédéric is advisor for FinTech development at Luxembourg for Finance, the Eurozone's leading financial center's development agency, active on a global scale. He started his career in the financial sector in various positions in banking and management consulting, before joining the Luxembourg innovation agency as head of the start-up department. In that role he empowered tech entrepreneurs from idea to growth, focusing on business development and financing. He enthusiastically contributes to events as presenter, speaker and panelist. Frédéric is also independent board member to CybelAngel, a fast-growing cybersecurity and big data company.

Lazaro Rond

Lazaro Campos
Lázaro Campos is a management advisor and board member in digital payment ventures. He counsels start-up companies in their road to Series A funding and consults for Financial Institutions worldwide in support of their Innovation agendas. He co-founded FinTechStage, an initiative to promote innovation ecosystems in cities around the world. He is a Non-Exec Director of miiCard Ltd (a start-up offering digital trust and online identity verification based on bank-account data), a member of the Advisory Board of Payoneer Inc (an industry-leading global business payment platform), and a Senior Executive Advisor to Booz Allen Hamilton.


Martha Mghendi-Fisher
Martha Mghendi-Fisher is Director of Card Scheme Compliance (Global) for Payvision, a global acquirer and payment service provider based in Amsterdam. She is also the Founder of European Women Payments Network (EWPN)- 1st European-wide platform focusing on bringing together women from all over Europe working in fintech & payments. Martha is also the Founder of African Women in FinTech & Payments (AWFP)- the 1st African-wide platform for women all over Africa working in fintech & payments

  Edle Rond

Edle Everaert
Edle has more than 15 years of experience in partnering with leading players in the Financial Services industry to drive transformational change through business architecture redesign (for example reviewing channel strategy, digital strategy, customer experience design, regional growth strategy); operating model redesign, process design, management & improvement


Yann Barthelemy
Yann began his career as a developer at French startup Exalead and then held various positions within the IT department of Societe Generale’s Global Banking and Investor Solutions. He is currently in charge of data repositories IT. In addition, Yann animates the employee-driven innovation process for the whole IT department of the branch, that applies internally business angels’ methods to allow employees to carry out their innovative projects. Yann also created Innovation Makers Alliance (, an association federating innovation leaders from French companies, helping them to accelerate innovation from emerging technologies within their companies.

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