The Fintech Week was heavily focused on sustainability on a global level. The pandemic has a major impact on the financial ecosystems both globally and locally. This discussion is centered around the possibilities and challenges in the wake of COVID-19 through the lens of sustainability. Will sustainability increase or decrease in the future?
How to fix a broken system? A talk about sustainability, what makes a company sustainable, and why it matters in the world of financial services. A discussion between Kristian Rönn, CEO and Co-Founder of Swedish fintech startup Normative and Oliver Sjöstedt, Head of Startup Growth at Copenhagen Fintech.
”Samfundskontrakten” in Danish or the ”Social contract” in English is a new book by the former CEO of Bang & Olufsen in Denmark and before that Triumph Motorcycles in UK, Tue Mantoni. Tue is now Chairman Of The Board at Vækstfonden (Danish Growth Fund) and active investor and board member in several Danish high growth companies in different industries.
We talked about with Tue about his book, why the social contract is even more important now than pre COVID-19? If the pandemic is a litmus test for stakeholder capitalism (quote from Klaus Schwab, WEF), what is it for the social contract then? What Tue sees as the major challenges for Denmark and the Nordics in the near future? AND what should companies and leaders do in the current environment? Finally we – of course – talk about why fintech matters?
Financial services for women have historically been abysmal. Simply making it pink and positioning it toward women doesn’t say anything about women's behavior, wants, needs or situation. And furthermore financial services firms—those in banking, insurance, and wealth/asset management—are leaving $700 billion in revenue on the table by using assumptions that are built around men’s careers and not offering solutions that address the realities of women’s lives. In this episode Naima Yasin and Dr. Anette Broløs is talking about why and if women need their own financial services, what does it mean that a financial product is gender neutral and where do we go from here. Anette has written a report together with Dr. Erin B Taylor and EWPN called ”Female Finance – Digital, Mobile, Networked” and you can find it here: https://ewpn.eu/female-finance-digital-mobile-networked/
Dear listeners. Welcome back from your summer holiday. This episode is an informal conversation between Chief Innovation Officer at Copenhagen Fintech Simon Schou and Chief Futurist at Universal Futurist – Anne Skare Nielsen. Fintech-innovation has during the last few years been very much about creating connections and new relationships - The Fintech Lab in Copenhagen is by many seen as a melting pot for this - so this episode is also about exploring the future of fintech-innnovation. How should businesses be thinking about the future when it is still so unclear how we come out of the pandemic? The cornerstone of business relationships is trust and networks. Consider the handshake, which for some people is a way of determining whether to trust someone. How do we build trust in a post-handshake world where most of your business meetings take place in front of a webcam? These are just some of the questions being addressed.
COVID-19 pandemic is the black swan event of the decade that has taken the world by storm. With unprecedented challenges and situations, entrepreneurs and startups are facing every day, their concerns for survival and getting through these tough times are only increasing. The social isolation has set some conscious or unconscious limitations on everyone's productivity. However, these rather unfortunate times have helped the global communities to come together in whatever capacity possible. That is why Naima Yasin has invited Rasmus Bjørn Dahl, Partner at CANUTE to talk about community building. How do we build deep relationships with our community online? How can we keep building communities if reality is that this is our new normal for the next year? These are just some of the questions we talk about.
The fourth episode in season 2. Copenhagen Fintech interviewed Nils Elmark. Nils is the founder of the business and finance consultancies Incepcion and BankingLab.london. He is a futurist who helps companies create better and braver dreams. Nils has written three books on his old Remington typewriter and is a great motorcycle enthusiast.
In his latest book “New Local Economy: How the Future’s Big Businesses Will Grow out of Small Communities” Nils argues for the creation of local economies as a means of resisting the seismic changes that globalization often brings, especially in times of crises. Moreover, research shows that for every £100 spent in a local shop, 45% will remain in the community (compared with only 15% if spent in retail chains such as Tesco or Aldi). As part of the design of the future, Elmark argues for the need to break up the global economy into local economies, so that communities can regain their independence and be less exposed to the tide of globalization.
We talk with Nils how fintech fits in the new local economy, about the strength of local communities and how you balance the hyper globalized world (where COVID-19 now rages) and make smaller local communities thrive. And of course why fintech matters?
The third episode in season 2. Copenhagen Fintech brought the Managing Director of Kameo Denmark, Jesper Johansen, and CEO of Brickshare, Thomas Midtgaard, in to a talk talk on how the state of proptech is in Denmark. Are we ahead of the innovation curve? What barriers are there to get ahead? And how do we educate private investors on the option of investing in real estate without large amounts of capital? These are some of the questions we dive into in this general discussion of one of the highest potential subsectors of fintech.
The second episode in season 2. Copenhagen Fintech visited Paris Fintech Forum and the BNP Paribas Lounge and met up with Dorel Blitz, VP Strategy & Business Development at Personetics. Dorel is an old friend of Copenhagen Fintech and previously Dorel was director at KPMG Israel Fintech department and a member of KPMG Global Fintech SGI Leadership team. In this episode we talk with Dorel about the startup nation Israel. What makes the Israeli (fin)tech ecosystem special and why Israeli entrepreneurs seems to aim higher in their global ambitions than their european and Nordic peers? How important the universities are for building an entrepreneurial ecosystems, why banks are not IT companies and the role of big egos.
The first episode in season 2 (!!) of Fintech Matters we sat down with Sofie Blakstad & Marianne Haahr at Paris Fintech Forum to dive into the Paris Agreement, how green bonds can be the new alternative economic models, the outcome of the One Planet Summit and how when we are working with sustainability can avoid green washing and lip servicing.