9 October 2018, Brussels & Istanbul - B-Hive and KOOPHub signed a Memorandum of Understanding on September 19, 2018, during the Blockchain Fest in Istanbul. The signing ceremony took place in front of the audience.
Both Hubs will support each other towards networking events, business visits, scouting, start-up mapping, innovation programs, digital sandboxes and regulatory frameworks.
Dave Remue, Head of TrustHive & Blockchain Programmes at B-Hive was excited about the new partnership. “We are excited about our new partnership with KOOPHub in Turkey and Romania. There is a vibrant fintech community here at the Blockchain Fest with established financial institutions and start-ups collaboratively exploring the potential of this new technology in a wide range of interesting use cases.”
“We are eager to learn more about the different players in this market and to jointly build bridges with KOOPHub to exchange know-how and business opportunities across our regions to the benefit our fintech ecosystems in Europe, Turkey and beyond.”
Demet Zubeyiroglu, Co-founder and Managing Director of KOOPHub, has indicated “We value greatly the collaboration with international peers and partners. KOOPHub is currently operational both in Turkey and Romania. We plan to expand further to the region to enable cross-border interaction in financial innovation and blockchain. The region is full of potential, but it still requires an international perspective. It is why we investigate cooperation with fintech hubs around the world. In due course, the partnership with B-Hive is a building block in integrating with the international markets.”
“I extend my gratitude to the B-Hive team in positioning us a partner. We look forward to jointly developing projects and programs that add value to the innovation community here and there”.
B-Hive is a European collaborative innovation fintech platform that brings together major banks, insurers and market infrastructure players. Together, we work on common innovation programs and build bridges between our corporate partners and our startup and scale-up community members. We aim to put Brussels on the map as the smart gateway to Europe and leverage on the opportunities offered by the digital transformation for the financial services industry. We believe that building bridges between important fintech hubs and the Eurozone enables both European and non-European companies to grow and expand.
Headquartered in Istanbul, KOOPHub is an ecosystem enabler with high value-added services for startups, scaleups, corporates, merchants, operators, technology providers, investors, banks, insurance companies and asset managers. It offers a wide array of deliverables from mentorship to advisory, matchmaking, lab services and API Gateway. Since its inception in September 2017, KOOPHub has delivered community building programs on four main program verticals that are Blockchain, Open Banking, Wealthtech and Insurtech. Five industry summits, six banking roundtables, twelve meetups, two international fintech tours and workshops are among those community activities.