Three organizations - B-Hive, the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT) and the Dutch Blockchain Coalition - today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will allow them to leverage their significant collaboration potential for mutual benefit around the topic of distributed ledger technology, otherwise known as blockchain, and allows them to recognize each other’s contribution towards this collaboration.The MoU confirms the mutual interest in collaboration and defines the general guidelines of collaboration among the organizations.
The event brought the two countries together, along with seven companies from the B-Hive community for matchmaking with corporate partners, to discuss key topics in the financial services industry and explore potential new business opportunities in Belgium and in Luxembourg.
After a loud applause, it was time for the panel, which consisted of a diverse foursome and a brilliant moderator from the startup and finance world. To make it digestible for our readers, I’ve summarized the debate in a couple of key questions and answers below:
While senior leadership from the New York banking scene, forward thinking tech startup founders and curious VCs start filling up the seats of the SparkLabs event venue - where B-Hive and IE are hosting the third Fin & Tonic New York event in its series – I sipped my refreshing gin and tonic and went over the event's promising line-up of keynote and panel speakers:
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 - this week alongside several partners and members.
Along with its partners and members, B-Hive launched its TalentHive and TrustHive programs, its international satellite offices in London, Tel Aviv and New York, as well as its CyberFinder platform in 2017, and is now looking ahead to a year focused on expanding and activating the EU network capped off by a digital finance conference organized with EBF in Brussels.
The accelerated digitalization and automation of our work environment is also called the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” This digitalization has been going on for some time now, but the recent technology breakthroughs and the continuous accelerated introduction creates an increasing insecurity about the consequences for everyone—not only in our daily life, but also for our job content.
Europe is still the largest single market in the world and remains an open economy, a stable political system with a proud history of innovation and a highly educated workforce. Growth is expected to reach 1.7% in 2017 according to EU Commission figures, with forecasted further growth in 2018 and beyond.
I’ve made a few business trips to India in the past, but this was the first one starting from Melsbroeck Airport, as I was part of the delegation for The State Visit to the Republic of India. While the practical arrangements to accompany our Majesties the King and the Queen of the Belgians gave the trip a special flavor, it was also a great opportunity for B-Hive to participate, thanks to an invitation from Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT) and ING.