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.
In this final episode of 2019, Simon Schou and Oliver Sjöstedt from Copenhagen Fintech explore why and how to build a global ecosystem that foster innovation. While we acknowledge the Nordics might never be the biggest fintech hub, we can definitely be the most connected, and we believe connections matter.
In this episode we meet the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority at the Singapore Fintech Festival and talk to their Director General Jesper Berg on the role of emerging fintech solution in the overall financial system. Jesper Berg has an impressive financial services CV and has among other things earlier been working an the Danish Central Bank as well as in the European Central Bank. We talk to Jesper on how the many new tech solutions popping up are influencing overall financial stability and how the Danish Regulator combine the role of regulating with the role of facilitating innovation.
Building a startup is often compared to launching a rocket. It's a cliche for a reason.
You need to assemble a skilled crew, build a machine that flies without falling apart, and then hope you can make it into outer space before the fuel runs out.
Each member wears many different hats because it isn’t practical to hire a complete team of specialists right off the bat. For this episode we invited mentors in our Copenhagen fintech mentor program, Jesper Johansen, active investor & Troels Bulow, board member & senior adviser, to talk about these challenges startups encounter.
Todays episode we are focusing on the current investment landscape in the Nordics and the necessity to include underrepresented founders in investment decisions.
Especially, in fintech we still experience a lack of diversity in age, ethnicity, gender and many other factors. This spans all the way from talent in the STEM fields to the workforce and essentially fintech businesses founded by diverse teams. That is why we have invited Thea Messel, who founded the Nordic early-stage investment firm focusing on the potentials and market opportunities of underrepresented founders and Charlotte Rønje who is co-founder of Jamiipay a danish fintech startup.
In the 19th episode Mads Tingsgård, Head of Fintech Intelligence at Copenhagen Fintech, invites Ian Choo, Founder at Ekofolio, to a conversation on how it is possible for fintech companies to make our earth a more livable place.
Ekofolio focuses on investments in natural assets – forestry - and with a background as adjunct professor in sustainability, Ian will take you through the opportunities that exist for entrepreneurs and businesses to build a better world through passion, treating people the right way and how to ensure that your fintech will truly matter.