5 things not to miss at the AltFi Berlin Summit

By Oliver Smith on Wednesday 6 November 2019

Editor's PickAlternative LendingDigital BankingSavings and Investment

AltFi’s annual Berlin Summit is less than a fortnight away on Monday 18 November.

5 things not to miss at the AltFi Berlin Summit
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In just a few weeks' time AltFi arrives in Berlin for our inaugural Summit in the City.

Join over 200 industry leaders to explore the theme of Scaling-Up in Europe, looking at the opportunity and challenges that Europe’s alternative finance and fintech growth story holds.

The full-day event will explore the opportunities and the challenges facing new players and established names looking to bring radically new products to market.

Here’s what you should be keeping your eyes peeled for:

1. How to fix the business model of digital banking

The explosion of digital banking in the UK, Europe and now the US is transforming the world of finance, but how are all the new players going to make money?

Join Starling Bank’s Head of Banking Helen Bierton, Raisin’s CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Tamaz Georgadze and Bud’s Head of Marketing Sam Oakley as they navigate the landscape of subscriptions, marketplaces and freemium to answer the ultimate question.

Which business models will win-out in the battle of digital banking?

11:30 ‐ 12:00 Fixing The Business Model Of Digital Banking

2. Will the Alternative Lending tortoise win the race in Germany?

When it comes to Alternative Finance, the German market has been slower to grow over the past five years, compared with the UK, France and other European countries. 

That could be about to change, with more lending platforms entering the market and investors becoming increasingly interested in German lending.

Find out what Auxmoney’s VP Marketplace Investments Daniel Zakowski, Kapilendo’s CFO Ralph Pieper and Varengold Bank board member Dr. Bernhard Fuhrmann make of the landscape, moderated by Verband deutscher Kreditplattformen (The Association of German Lending Platforms) Executive Board Director Pelin Wolk.

10:00 ‐ 10:30 Alternative Lending In Germany: Will The Tortoise Win The Race?

3. Our fintech startup pitch-off

Hear from six rising German fintech stars as they take to the stage to win our audience’s vote.

Pitching startups include Neufund, with Head of Strategic Partnerships Alexander Molé presenting, Zuper, with COO and Co-founder Leitha Matz, and Insha, with Growth and Partnership Lead Mehmet Burak Dikmen.

Moderated by Sifted’s Fintech Reporter Isabel Woodford, winners will be announced around 4pm.

12:40 ‐ 13:30 Lunch Break & AltFi’s Fintech Pitch Competition

4. How Regulators Need to Keep Up With The Digital Finance Revolution

Regulation has enabled the digital financial revolution, but now it seems unable to keep up. 

Across Europe, the industries of fintech and Alternative Finance continue to butt heads against some regulators who seem resistant to change, while others are praised for their progressive stance.

What’s going on and what needs to change to continue the growth of fintech and alternative finance?

Find out from 4Finance’s Head of Group Legal Commercial Unit Jana Orlova and Elinvar CEO Chris Bartz, and with moderator Caspar Tobias Schlenk, Editor of Finance Forward and German business magazine Capital.

14:00 ‐ 14:30 How Regulators Need to Keep Up With The Digital Finance Revolution

5. The AltFi Awards Announcement

The AltFi Awards 2019 have been painstakingly judged by our expert twin judging panels over the last few months.

On the 18 November the winners will be revealed on-stage at AltFi’s Berlin Summit exclusively for Summit attendees for the first time.

There may even be some winners in the room…

12:30 ‐ 12:40 AltFi Awards Announcement

There’s so much to see, and not to mention the speakers you might bump into during the day, including Holvi’s Antti-Jussi Suominen, Revolut’s Chad West, Funding Circle’s Jakob Carstens, Finleap’s Ramin Niroumand and many many more.

Make sure you don’t miss out, book your ticket today and we’ll see you in Berlin!

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