B-Hive had a successful and productive first edition of its Fin & Tonic in New York: How to stay ahead of the competition & successfully expand to Europe. The event featured a fireside chat with Andrew Boyajian (TransferWise), moderated by Peter Vanham (World Economic Forum) as well as pitches from member companies.
The audience learned the dos, don'ts and lessons learned through the process of expanding a business abroad. Overall, the event included interesting pitches, a good atmosphere, lots of networking and of course, delicious gin and tonics! You can see the entire gallery from the event here.
On that note, as we're committed to building a strong global fintech ecosystem, B-Hive will officially open the doors of its US hub in New York on October 12. Belgian Minister of Finance Johan Van Overtveldt will kickstart the launch evening with a keynote speech, followed by a series of presentations, networking and celebrations.
With the opening of its New York hub, B-Hive continues to build bridges between Europe and the Americas by providing US-based fintech companies with easy access to B-Hive’s diverse and valuable global network. It will also help American fintech companies unlock the vast potential of conducting business in the Eurozone – from enabling them to pursue technological collaborations with the most important players in the European market to providing them with opportunities to participate in content programs focused on specific innovation themes.
American companies willing to land and expand in Europe can find in B-Hive a strong hand that provides both support and guidance through the help of dozens of partners including traditional financial actors, dynamic startups and government decision-makers.
Here’s what members have to say:
“B-Hive is the missing piece of the puzzle – the very one that connects the right people with relevant industry players, not only from a perspective of creating a bridge to Europe, but also from a perspective of global networking.” – Jeremy Boutillier, Xpenditure, North America Manager
“We are delighted by the support of B-Hive here in the US. Through their cooperation, we are able to utilize the bridge between Europe and the US and further our goals and our vision for NGData.” – Luc Burgelman, NGData, CEO
As one of its first initiatives, B-Hive New York is organizing a matchmaking morning on October 13 to provide US-based fintech companies with an invaluable opportunity to network and pitch to the decision makers of SWIFT, Euroclear and ING and other premier financial institutions based in Europe. A selection of the most relevant AI, data analytics, identity management and cybersecurity startups will be invited to the event, offering both American fintech companies and European corporates alike the opportunity in the event itself to pursue potential bilateral business partnerships.