BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - 22 February 2019. -- B-Hive, the collaborative innovation platform, together with Roland Berger, one of the leading global consultancy firms, and Sirris, the collective center for and by the technological industry, has published B-Lens 2.0, a fintech landscape report that takes a look at the state of financial services and fintechs in Belgium and Europe.
The survey is based on research conducted by B-Hive Europe as well as data collected by Roland Berger and Sirris. The results showed that most fintechs have focused on the banking and insurance sectors to find potential clients while the fintechs thought their key differentiators included the digitized business models, short time-to-market and convenient processes. For international expansion, France, Belgium, Germany and the UK were the most favorable destinations in Europe.
The biggest challenges discovered were talent shortages, slow customer adoptions, low collaboration rates with financial services and opportunities to grow due to the difficulty to attract customers and investors.
Financial services takeaways:
Mobile banking subscriptions are growing fast followed by an increase in digital transactions and online purchases
Consumer acceptance saw an increase in the use of digital financial services but is below neighboring Southern European countries and the UK
Belgium confirms its strong business enablers for digital activity, thanks to higher R&D expenditure and high concentration of ICT specialists and short time required to start a business. However, the cost of starting a new business has been increasing recently
Although significant efforts have been put to secure internet servers, increased investment into cybersecurity is needed to limit cases of internet banking fraud and to catch up with the average online security in the EU
Belgian Fintech sector is stabilizing in 2017 (4 Fintechs created) and the trend is confirmed in 2018 with the average deal size almost doubling but decreasing number of deals. Most common investment by funding round has shifted from Seed to Series A.
Significant change can be identified in the top 3 Fintech technologies with a shift from Blockchain & Data analytics to Saas, App and Artificial intelligence and a shift from marketplace and crowdfunding business models to commissioning and subscription.
Fabian Vandenreydt, Executive Chairman of B-Hive, said: “Here at B-Hive, we work to put Brussels on the map as a smart gateway to Europe and working together with Roland Berger and Sirris enables us to have a fuller view of key metrics, which will inform how we can further improve the position of Belgium in the market.”
Grégoire Tondreau, Managing Partner of Roland Berger, said: “The B-Lens 2.0 data has been compiled in a way that gives the readers a better overview of the market, and allows B-Hive to further focus on areas of innovation in the financial services and fintech industries. We are proud to have been part of this initiative from its launch last year and look forward to continuing our collaboration with B-Hive.”
Omar Mohout, Entrepreneurship Fellow of Sirris, said: “Fintech has a long history and deep roots in Belgium. But it's only recently that a real fintech ecosystem is emerging ensuring a bright future for innovation in the financial services industry in this country. It was a pleasure to take a deeper look into the topic together with B-Hive and Roland Berger, and discover what the future of fintech in Belgium looks like.”
About B-Hive Europe
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 start-up 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.
More information about B-Hive can be found at www.b-hive.eu.
About Roland Berger
Roland Berger, founded in 1967, is the only leading global consultancy of German heritage and European origin. With 2,400 employees working in 36 countries, they have successful operations in all major international markets. Their 50 offices are located in the key global business hubs. Roland Berger advises major international industry and service companies as well as public institutions. Their services cover the entire range of management consulting from strategic advice to successful implementation: e.g. new leadership and business models; innovative processes and services; M&A, private equity and restructuring; and management support on large infrastructure projects.
More information about Roland Berger can be found at www.rolandberger.com
Sirris is the collective centre for and by the technological industry. They offer Belgian companies three key assets to help them remain innovative: years of experience and comprehensive expertise in a wide range of industries; high-tech testing infrastructure spread across the country; and an extensive network of partners. This way they help large and smaller players in Belgian industry make the right technological choices and achieve sustainable economic growth.
More information about Sirris can be found at www.sirris.be