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Whether it's payments, identity or collaboration – Nordic players know innovation doesn’t live on a deck, it changes business, supports society and responds to customers.
15% of all European scaleups are located in the Nordics – the smart money that looks for sustainable business, progressive products and attractive ROI looks towards Northern Europe
FinTech as a force for good, inclusion and the true meaning of democratization of finance
Watch FinTech leaders from around the world debate and discuss FinTech innovation and the Nordics place in the ecosystem
Live, interactive and engaging – from Industry Insights, Post-Game Analysis to Partner Roundtables our Interactive Sessions offer a place to learn and share with your fellow FinTech peers from all over the world.
Why guess, when you can book 1-1s or small group meetings with our banks, financial institutions, FinTech players and tech providers to find out their specific needs, challenges and wants. What’s your ask? Our clinics will deliver – pre, post or during the Festival
In 1984, Olof Stenhammar founded Swedish derivatives exchange OM in 1984 and in doing so became a global pioneer in electronic trading. Is Nordic innovation still defined by the launch of OM? How influential has the initial team been within FinTech over the past 35 years? To understand the current state of Nordic FinTech – do we need to re-examine the Class of 1984?
Conventional wisdom regarding disruptive companies in the Nordic region will throw up tech giants like Skype, Spotify and even Rovio (home of Angry Birds). Others point to innovation in payments, with countries like Sweden publicly moving towards a cashless society, and names like iZettle, Klarna and Holvi are almost the elder statement of the FinTech ecosystem.
However, if you dig deeper into twitter chats, blog posts and Zoom conversations a different FinTech reality emerges – one of incumbent bank complacency, an aversion to partnerships and lack of capital and support for startups.
What is the reality? Is the Nordic region more open to innovation, is it a myth told through sycophantic press articles or is the Northern European financial services industry no more immune to the swings and roundabouts of any traditional industry dealing with disruptive technology and upstart new entrants?
Our Nordics Leaders gather to answer the question – Is Nordic Innovation a Myth?
One of the major pillars of an affective FinTech Hub is access to capital for new companies. Is capital hard to find in the Nordic region? Where can it be found now and what can be done to improve support and funding for startups?
Once completed, P27 will provide a single payments infrastructure for almost 27 million people living in the Nordics region. The project is ambitious, wide in scope and involves the banks and payments ecosystem of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. What has been the journey so far, what else needs to be done and how will this pan-Nordic payment platform pave the way for additional innovation in the region?
Open Banking initiatives are rife throughout Europe and the Nordics are no exception. While banks, PSPs and new entrants focus on open APIs, marketplaces and data – is anyone in the industry really looking at the needs of the consumer? Is the true promise of Open Banking yet to come?
How does the Nordic region understand financial health? How can prosperity be enabled? Does the move towards a cashless society hinder of enable these efforts? Which Nordic FinTech entrants address the un and under-banked customers?