Recap: Paris Fintech Forum 2018 brings together fintechs and financial services companies

This week, B-Hive attended Paris Fintech Forum - an international event in the center of Paris where leaders of banks, insurers, telcos, regulators and fintechs from all over the world exchange thoughts on the future of their industry in the digital age - alongside several partners and members of our community.

Apart from a booth showcasing how B-Hive promotes innovation and collaboration within the financial services industry, we also hosted two matchmaking sessions on January 30.

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The morning matchmaking session was a good opportunity for our members to pitch in front of international corporates and attendees. Thank you to Amplyfi, Digiteal, Elimity, Gambit, GuardSquare, In the Pocket, Inventive DesignersJuru, Kuzzle, RiskConcile, Signaturit and UnifiedPost for such fantastic pitches! We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to pitch, network and explore new potential business opportunities! 

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The afternoon matchmaking session also provided our partners with the opportunity to listen to the pitches of startups and scale-ups from all over the world - from regtech to insurance to robo-advisory. Thank you to our pitching companies and to our partners - BNP Paribas Fortis, Euroclear, Flanders Investment & Trade, imec, ING, the LHoFT and SmartFin Capital - for joining our afternoon matchmaking. Committed to highlighting the strengths of Brussels as a financial center, FIT will award the five best companies with a welcome package to Belgium. Stay tuned for the announcement!

B-Hive member RiskConcile had to say this about the matchmaking session: "Thank you B-Hive for organizing the matchmaking session in Paris and bringing us in front of an interested audience! Through the matchmaking we could meet several interesting contacts at once and thus leverage on your network for our own business development."

A few of our members and partners also hosted other activities and sessions throughout the conference as well. Birdee was featured in a panel on robo-advisory around the globe - with an impressive exhibition area to boot - and BNP Paribas Fortis hosted sessions for startups on collaboration and co-creation in financial services, and had CEO Jean-Laurent Bonnafe take the main stage for an interview. B-Hive members Juru and Features Analytics also had booths to showcase their solutions. The B-Hive community's presence was certainly felt in Paris!

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As Corentin Poels and Joris Vanvolsem, Innovation Synergists at BNP Paribas Fortis, put it, Paris Fintech Forum included many high-level attendees, from CEOs, ministers, influencers and more. They said it was a fantastic international reach of the participants and fintechs, and it included a good mix of pitch sessions, panels, keynotes and expositions. There was a strong build-up of the communities: B-Hive, BNP Paribas Group and governments throughout the event, and the quality of the content and the deep-dives into hot trending topics were really different from last year's topics.

Belgian Minister of Finance Johan Van Overtveldt also took the main stage to discuss the future of finance in Europe in the fintech age. During the panel, Minister Van Overtveldt talked about B-Hive's achievements and what Belgium is doing to foster innovation and scaling. As he explained, “financial services and high tech should keep working together to foster innovation and create more value." Couldn't agree more!

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Finally, B-Hive joined the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT) for an evening cocktail reception, where we officially signed an MoU that will allow us to collaborate and cooperate through areas of mutual interest: you can read all the details here. Luxembourg Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna and Belgian Minister of Finance Johan Van Overtveldt heavily support the initiatives and are excited for this formal collaboration.

It was a busy and exciting two days for B-Hive in Paris - we thank everyone whom we had the chance to meet for a great conference!

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