Sthlm Fintech week: key takeaways from the Blockchain track

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Yes, they did it – and it was an amazing week! Organizers Lana Brandorne, Anna Blyablina and Love Dager put together this ground-breaking event in Stockholm: the first edition of Sthlm Fintech week.

Throughout the week Sthlm Fintech Week brought together industry leaders and experts in different areas within fintech: from regtech and insurtech to sustainability and blockchain.

I was particularly interested in the Blockchain track – coming straight from Stockholm’s central station after a 5 hour journey from Malmö, I headed straight away to SUP46 for the Blockchain track.

Here is a few takeaways from the track:

Mika Honkasalo (Robin Capital) : “The next generation of internet protocols is being built right now”

Mika (main photo) started the afternoon with the state of the Nordic crypto market. He pointed out that 2018 (coming to 2019) was the year that major financial institutions made their first public moves to blockchain/crypto.

Also, the Nordics have a great pool of developers the can solve major computer problems .

Agnieszka Sarnecka (Neufund): “Don’t trade your [equity tokens] until you finish your fundraising”.

Talking about “Fundraising on Blockchain: How to do an Equity Token Offering”, Agnieszka make another important point: storytelling.

Surely, storytelling is crucial to make people, and more importantly investors, interested in your product.

Oliver Oram (Chainvine): “Intelligent contracts are not replacing lawyers themselves, but offering new services.”

With “The importance of being agnostic”, Oliver talked about smart contracts, or how he likes to call it, intelligent contracts. They didn’t come to make lawyers obsolete but came to complement the services they already provide.

Carla Maree Vella (XD Consulting): “In Crypto we trust, in code we trust, in law we must.”

This was the second time I’ve seen Carla speak – the first time was last November in the Malta Blockchain Summit.

Her lecture was “Regulatory Boundaries: Are they stifling growth and innovation in crypto?” – she pointed out that regulations, especially in a jurisdiction like Malta, didn’t come to policy and hold back growth, but create a environment where blockchain companies can be liable and therefore, grow their business in a trustworthy way.

A special thanks to Jens Frid for co-organizing the Blockchain track!

The Sthlm Fintech week will be back in 2020.

Sthlm Fintech Week to host ground-breaking fintech conference

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On February 11-15, the community-driven Sthlm Fintech Week will host a five-day conference in the heart of Stockholm gathering the best of fintech from all across the Nordics. The event will be a platform for start-ups, banks, legislators and corporate representatives to meet and discuss opportunities and challenges within the fintech community.

Over the course of the week, more than 50 start-ups will meet with banks, representatives from the Government Offices and the Central Bank of Sweden.

Investors and representatives from academia will discuss new trends of Fintech, Regtech, Blockchain, Insurtech, Sustainability and Impact tech, Digitalization, Regulation and Nordic Collaboration, as well as offer opportunities of investment and fintech acceleration.

“Stockholm accounted for nearly 50% of total fintech investments in the Nordics in 2018″

Anna Gissler, Acting CEO of Stockholm Business Region, one of the conference’s partners and supporter.

Joining Stockholm Business Region as partner of the conference are Amazon Web Services, Wirecard, Itello, Capgemini, Trustly, SEB and Norrsken Foundation.

One of the highlights for me will be the Blockchain track. Happening tomorrow (Tuesday 12th Feb), the track will bring a diverse group of keynote speakers discussing topics varying from the state of the crypto market in the Nordics, equity tokens, next-generation dapps platform to brokerage as service, intelligent contracts and crypto regulation.

On Wednesday 13th Feb, the much awaited Sustainability and Impact Tech track is happening at Norrsken House – part of Norssken Foundation. A very interesting panel discussion about the impact of startups and their sustainable development goals (SDG) will open the day. The track will also bring sustainable business cases, like AidHedge that promises to identify and help manage financial risks in aid and sustainable development projects.

“Norrsken Foundation strives to make a positive impact on people and planet. Our coworking space, Norrsken House is a hub for the brightest people in tech, entrepreneurship and impact and so it follows that our doors are always open to events like Stockholm Fintech Week who bring world-changing entrepreneurs together to create something very special. We’re delighted to be involved”, Thom Feeney, General Manager, Norrsken House Stockholm said

Fintech + Decentralized: community hub FinDec launches in Sweden

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For years, Sweden has dominated the global innovation landscape and it is no different with the ongoing technological revolution where companies like Klarna and iZettle were put on the map. Although, Sweden has attracted two-thirds of the Nordic fintech investments, there hasn’t been a comprehensive national ecosystem.

This January, FinDec came to life as a physical and digital gathering place for Sweden’s fintech community, aiming to build a stronger ecosystem. The name FinDec is a reference to “Fintech” and “Decentralized” and will support fintech in general, including verticals for Regtech, Insurtech and Blockchain. Even before the launch, about 50 affiliated startups and established players have signed up, and strategic partnerships have been established with Helsinki Fintech Farm, Oslo Fintech Hub and Copenhagen Fintech.

Behind FinDec are industry veterans with extensive experience from the financial sector and tech industry. Among these are Mats Holmfeldt (Paynova, Resurs, Intrum, Swedbank, SEB), Anette Nordvall (business angel), Lars Arvidson (Ericsson), Stig Johansson (Finansinspektionen), and blockchain experts Daniel Zachrisson and Jens Frid to name a few.

In addition to coming investments in co-working, offices and physical gatherings, Findec will also launch a digital platform during the first quarter in order to be able to service all companies in the country with the same information and accessibility to networks, events, reports, mentors, advisors and investors.

Blockchain PR is a starting a content collab with FinDec

For more info about FinDec click here

Main photo: FinDec’s launch party at Embassy House