On May 17, B-Hive joined forces with Fintech District to host its first joint matchmaking event featuring 10 pitching companies that are active in the digital payments space. Fintech District is an open ecosystem that wants to represent the Italian fintech community. Created in 2017 by SELLALAB and Copernico, it aims to foster the development of Italian and European fintech companies, and to support the growth of the financial ecosystem of the future.
The jampacked afternoon agenda kickstarted with a warm welcome by Marco Scappa, the Head of Fintech District, followed by a brief introduction into Doing Business in Italy by Chiara Ratzenberger, representative of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Italian Republic. Frank Carruet, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium, also highlighted the strengths of Belgium as a business hub for the Italian companies in attendance. Our CEO Wim De Waele closed the introductions by emphasizing the importance of international collaboration as the key to the growth of startups and scale-ups.
Meet the Pitching Companies
The Commitment to Continuous Collaboration
As B-Hive shares the same vision with Fintech District in extending growth opportunities for its network via international collaboration, the event concluded with a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between B-Hive and Fintech District to deliver on this commitment with concrete initiatives. The signatures represent a dozen of ways to collaborate for mutual benefits of both growing ecosystems.
Needless to say, the successful matchmaking event held last week definitely marked the start of a fruitful collaboration between both ecosystems which we believe is key to strengthening Europe’s position as a global player in finance.