Ingenico ePayments, the online and mobile commerce division of Ingenico Group, today announced that it has entered into a partnership with Eggsplore, a Brussels-based European FinTech organization that works as startup network and incubator. Eggsplore’s main objective is to create an ecosystem of companies, startups and the Belgian government, to help shape and direct the impact of digital technology and innovation initiatives on the financial world.
The partnership between Eggsplore and Ingenico ePaymentsemphasizes the growing importance of digital disruption and Europe’s Fintech sector. Consumers increasingly demand real-time value-added services, financial value-chains are being redesigned, new actors are entering the playing field, and the regulatory environment is undergoing tremendous change.
In January 2016, Eggsplore launched its Brussels hub, a place where members share knowledge, experience, innovations and technology. Through the hub, Eggsplore facilitates access to new markets, and provides knowledge, funding and regulatory support for its members.
“For Ingenico, this partnership will allow us to be connected to the local and European Fintech startup world, collaborate on innovative programs and be present on their marketing events,” said Gertjan Dewaele, Product Intelligence & Innovation Manager at Ingenico ePayments. “By joining forces, Ingenico ePayments will make sure to support Eggsplore’s members in their innovation initiatives by holding e- commerce and payments workshops, sharing knowledge and experience, innovations and technology.
“This initiative reflects our ambition to put Brussels and mainland Europe on the map in the Fintech space and the digital financial services value-chain”, says Wim De Waele Managing Director of Eggsplore. “Ingenico ePayments helps thousands of online businesses to successfully sell and accept payments online, optimize their business and grow into new markets around the world.”
Eggsplore is an independent and open organization, founded by seasoned entrepreneurs, that acts as a catalyst for the European FinTech ecosystem by providing a number of services in collaboration with its partners. It organizes a number of educational and networking events, including a yearly FinTech Conference, and manages a Brussels-based Fintech studio. Eggsplore is a partnership organisation, consisting of major established financial institutions, technology and knowledge providers, as well as universities and business schools. The structural partners are part of a governing board that will set the strategy and focus for the organisation. Accenture, Belfius, BNP Paribas Fortis, Cresco. Euroclear, KBC, ING, McKinsey, Proximus, SmartVentures and SWIFT have already committed as structural partners, others will be added over the next few months. Agoria Banking Technology Club, Febelfin, iMinds, SolvayBusiness School, Startups.be and Vlerick Business School are among the associate and research partners that will work with Eggsplore.
About Ingenico ePayments
Ingenico ePayments is the online and mobile commerce division of Ingenico Group. We connect merchants and consumers, enabling businesses everywhere to go further beyond today’s boundaries, creating the future of global commerce. As industry leaders since 1994, our innovative spirit drives us forward across all channels. We are the trusted partner of over 65,000 small and large merchants who rely on us to make payments easy and secure for their customers. With advanced data analytics, fraud management solutions and cross -border commerce expertise, we help merchants optimize their business and grow into new markets around the world.