IE Business School and Santander InnoVentures launch global FinTech Venture Days for financial technology startups

Fintech entrepreneur events held in Brazil, Spain, and Israel during 2016

Madrid/London – December 1st 2015 – FinTech Venture Days are an initiative from IE Business School, one of the world’s premier academic institutions and Santander InnoVentures, the corporate venture fund of Santander, the largest bank in the Eurozone by market capitalisation. The new partnership aims to inspire, encourage and empower a vibrant financial technology startup ecosystem around the world.

Bringing together regional stakeholders, including local investors and experienced entrepreneurs in each geography, FinTech Venture Days will explore the issues faced by startups in the financial technology sector, offering help in the form of advice, insight and best practices. FinTech Venture Days will be held in three cities in 2016: Tel Aviv (February), Sao Paulo (April), and Madrid (April).

FinTech Venture Days are open to any startup operating within the financial services industry. The organizers expect to see FinTech startups focusing on many sectors of finance, including payments, alternative lending, wealth management and investment services, client and risk analytics, customer experience and the digital delivery of financial services.

Each FinTech Venture Day will include a ‘Pitch Slam,’ in which innovative startups compete to win additional benefits and resources. The winner of each competition will benefit from expertise and capabilities of both global partners.

  • IE Business School will offer the successful startups workspace, together with access to expertise and mentoring from its leading academics in finance and business;
  • Santander InnoVentures will provide guidance and best practice on how to achieve a successful fund raising in order to accelerate business growth;

“The finance world is just starting to get disrupted, technologies like blockchain are bound to change the way we do business in the coming years,” says Paris de l’Etraz, managing Director of IE Business School’s Venture Lab. “Through this new initiative with Santander InnoVentures, we will attract and cultivate leading edge fintech startups on both a global and local level.”

“In addition to experts from the two founding partners, we will be drawing upon contributions from local experts who understand each geography, the players, the dynamics and the regulatory environment. Getting a start in your local market is really important to every new venture.” adds Mariano Belinky, Managing Partner, Santander InnoVentures.

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