EIT Digital Challenge Final: Digital Finance category

EIT Digital Challenge Final: Digital Finance category

What is the newest and hottest in Digital Finance, and which European fintech scaleups are competing to win the EIT Digital Challenge 2017? Come and find out at the Digital Finance Challenge Final held back to back with the Innovation Day of the Budapest node of EIT Digital. The event will feature keynotes, a panel discussion, and scaleup pitches by the finalists of the EIT Digital Challenge in the digital finance category. The five finalists will present on stage in front of an international jury that decides which scaleup wins an international growth package worth €100,000. Confirmed speakers include decision makers from BNP Paribas, BBVA, OTP, the Polish Development Fund, and Rabobank.

The event will be preceded by the EIT Digital Budapest Innovation Day, held right before the Digital Finance Challenge Final at the same venue, featuring keynotes and an exhibition of the innovation projects ongoing at the Budapest Node of EIT Digital. You are more than welcome to join us for that event as well!

The twin events will offer a unique networking opportunity for attendees coming from all corners of the digital ecosystem, including financial institutions, large corporates, SMEs, startups, investors, leading technical universities, and research institutes.


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13:45 - 14:00 Registration
14:00 - 16:00 EIT Digital Hungary Innovation Day
16:00 - 16:45 Networking Break/Registration for the Digital Finance Challenge Final
16:45 - 16:55 Opening Remarks by Laszlo Gulyas, Budapest node director at EIT Digital
16:55 - 17:15 Welcoming Remarks by Laszlo Wolf, Deputy CEO at the Commercial Banking Division of OTP
17:15 - 17:55

Panel Discussion with:

  • Eliza Kruczkowska, Chief Innovation Officer at the Polish Development Fund
  • Daniel Michel, Action Line Leader for Digital Finance at EIT Digital
  • Michal Miszulowicz, Startup & Innovation Ecosystem Manager at BGŻ BNP Paribas
  • Tamas Schenk, Managing Director of the Digital Transformation Office at OTP
  • Harrie Vollaard, Head of Rabobank FinTech Ventures
  • Moderator: Barnabas Malnay, Business Developer at EIT Digital
17:55 - 18:45 Pitches by the 5 finalists of the 2017 EIT Digital Challenge in the Digital Finance Category
18:45 - 19:00 Break / Jury Deliberation
19:00 - 19:20 Keynote by Eliav Alaluf, founding partner at Follow[the]Seed / Jury Deliberation
19:20 - 19:40 Keynote by Timo Dreger, Investment Manager at coparion
19:40 - 19:55 Winner Announcement & Award Ceremony
19:55 - 21:00 Networking & Light Dinner

MC of the evening: David Trayford, head of Wow Media

EIT Digital Challenge - Digital Finance finalists

OptioPay (DE, Berlin)
Enabling customers to convert payments into higher value gift cards of leading merchants.
CEO: Marcus Börner
Left Shift
Left Shift (UK, London)
Providing Orson software that eliminates risk based testing of software and eables continuous delivery.
CEO: Mark Smith/David Silverstone
DreamQuark (FR, Paris)
Developing data analysis technologies based on deep-learning and AI for insurance and financial services.
CEO: Nicolas Méric
Ubanquity (IE, Dublin)
Liberating data from various systems and making it available for consumption on an Open Digital Banking Platform.
CEO: Roy Zakka
Aplazame (ES, Madrid)
Providing an instant credit risk-free solution for online and offline purchases at the merchant’s checkout.
CEO: Fernando Cabello-Astolfi

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