7 minutes of fame or how it feels to be at FinovateEurope

Tobias Haustein and Sebastian Hasenack introduce investify at FinovateEurope 2016
Tobias Haustein and Sebastian Hasenack on stage

To explain, Finovate a leading conference in financial technology innovations, offers every speaker just seven minutes to show their innovation, with no slides or presentation allowed. It’s all about the real thing, the real innovation and the real deal.

We attended FinovateEurope as part of our first FinTech initiative “investify”.

Around 1.500 people from the financial and technology sector joined together to see the latest developments presented by startup’s, banks or software vendors. All presentations are captured on video and as these are not yet online I’ll give you some general impressions about the FinovateEurope 2016. In a later blog I would like to present my suggestions for you.

In my opinion this conference is absolutely unique, not only by the content being presented, but also how it is organized and managed. Why?

I have never visited a conference with such open minded discussions, well-meant advice given freely and competitive mind sets. The presentations are on a disturbing high level of professionality and also entertaining(well most of them). If your bank’s CEO really needs proof that were are right in the middle of a major change, send him here. No concept paper of any consulting firm will do the trick better than these two days at Finovate.

Finovate achieves this by really looking out for quality and insure this throughout the whole process. Starting with a real challenging application process, with highly professional coaching for each and every presentation and ending with a splendid moderator on stage taking care of the audience and the presenters. In my belief, that’s the reason why everybody tries to get most out of it and that’s give and take.

So to me it is absolutely sure – next year it’s FinovateEurope again!

Mario Alves

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