After a year-long break, one of the largest Fintech industry events is back on 21-22 October 2021 in a fully virtual format. The international Fintech Inn 2021 is organised by Lithuania’s Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) and aims to bring together 250+ enterprises and start-ups, as well as 1000+ investors, policymakers, entrepreneurs and technology leaders from all over the world to exchange knowledge and discuss topics from green finance to startup media. A strong B2B matchmaking and networking component will complement the conference’s panel discussions and keynote speeches.
The fifth, virtual edition of Fintech Inn, aiming to “Spin the Energy of Fintech”, invites attendees for two days of stimulating panel discussions. Industry experts will address topics such as open banking, DeFi, AML/KYC, cybersecurity, AI in fintech, alternative financing, crypto investment, digital identity, and more. Like the previous four editions, this one is organized and going to be broadcast from Lithuania.
“Being one of the main Fintech hubs in the EU, Lithuania is the perfect host for a top-level industry event with plenty of opportunities to listen to practical expert insights and develop new business connections,” says Gintarė Skaistė, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania. „We have come a long way to ensure growth of the sector, and now we are looking for ways to increase its maturity, especially in terms of paving the way for new technologies aimed at transforming financial services, as well as strengthening risk management. Even though the assessments show that Lithuania is among the least risky jurisdictions in the world regarding money laundering risk1, we strive to become even better if not the best jurisdiction in our region dealing with ML/TF risks. Fintech Inn will not only shed light on the current trends and challenges in the fintech world, but also try to map out the future direction for the industry. This is also the work we are doing at the Ministry of Finance with our working group consisting of public institutions and market participants in preparing Guidelines for the 2022 – 2027 Lithuanian Fintech Sector Development.”
With customer penetration increasing to record highs the COVID-19 pandemic, fintech – a sector steeped in innovation – is likely to generate new, transformative solutions. The Fintech Inn conference will see more than 60 international speakers discussing the forces driving the change, including open banking, green finance, digital identity, and cutting-edge tech like AI and blockchain. As threats and opportunities go hand in hand, panels addressing new data privacy and cybersecurity challenges for fintech are also on the agenda.
Fintech entrepreneurs discussing the future of finance will include Mario Galatovic, Vice President of Products & Alliances at Ultimaco, a cybersecurity and compliance solutions provider, and George Parks Davie, Open Banking Product Director at Europe’s biggest fintech Klarna. Panels will also feature Liudas Kanapienis, CEO of compliance services provider Ondato, Marcilio Oliveira, Co-Founder and CGO at Sensedia, Esther Groen, Advisor to the Board at Holland FinTech, Marios M. Skandalis, Director Compliance at Bank of Cyprus, Dr. Yogesh Malhotra, Founding Chairman and CEO at Global Risk Management Network, and other industry leaders.
“Lithuania’s global leadership in the fintech sector is an important engine of economic growth,” says Aušrinė Armonaitė, Minister of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania. “Fintech Inn will gather both leaders that have helped co-create Lithuania’s success in fintech, and industry leaders that are yet to discover the country’s thriving fintech community.”
Fintech Inn attendees will also have the chance to participate in a “know-how” session on tech journalism with TechCrunch Editor-at-large, Mike Butcher. TechCrunch is often considered the Holy Grail of startup media, and Fintech Inn presents a unique opportunity to get a first-hand account and actionable PR insights from one of the most accomplished startup journalists.
“One of the goals of Fintech Inn is to level the playing field for startups across the world by providing them with opportunities to meet industry experts, that’s why we are using a modern, interactive platform. We believe that the chosen format will provide ample opportunities for networking and expanding one’s knowledge of the latest trends in this ever-changing sector,” says Birutė Bukauskaitė, head of Lithuania’s Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA). “In the buzzing startup world, filled to the brim with funding announcements and other news, it is increasingly difficult for budding startups to land their desired media placements. That is why a workshop with the editor of a top-tier tech publication is a wonderful addition to our program.”
The virtual Fintech Inn conference is being held on the myOnvent platform, where attendees are able to register for the event, see other attendees’ profiles, and build a personal conference agenda. The platform is meant to facilitate building business relationships during the event with a built-in B2B matchmaking and one-on-one meeting scheduling solution.
Fintech Inn also have an interactive 3D Virtual Expo Zone, where dozens of fintech industry brands are able to meet potential business partners and introduce products via direct communication channels such as video calls and chats.
Registration on myOnvent is open now.