This Thursday, 2nd February, the first colloquium of The Swiss Fintech Convention (TSFC) was held at the Forum Genève.
In an audience of more than one hundred experts of various horizons, such as bankers, asset managers, investors, attorneys, and academics, two fundamental issues were raised.
During the morning session «Fintech: conciliating the digital and the human side – rethinking organizing financial activities », speeches and a round table, led by François Schaller, Editor in Chief of the leading Swiss economic daily Agefi, approached this essential topic. Following a subtle analysis full of humour, of the cultural cleavages between « swiss digital » by Aline Isoz. Christina Riesen of Kickstart Accelerator outlined, again by putting the human imperative first, how Fintech enables persons excluded from a banking relationship, can obtain one. Next,
George Koukis, the almost mythical founder of Temenos then shared his vision of entrepreneurship. The morning session shared the considerations, not always linear at first sight, by Xavier Comtesse, as well. He recalled that tends to Switzerland wakes up early but to awake late. Two major announcement dominated the afternoon session. For a start, Martin
Godel, from the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), shared the latest developments in regulation. The Swiss Federal administration had just initiated the consultation procedure of simplifying the law on banks and the ordonnance concerning financial players (Fintech). Next, Nicole Anderson, CEO of Fintech Circle Innovate based in London announced a partnership with the University of Applied Sciences (HEG) in Fribourg for a new course in Fintech, which is a premiere in Switzerland. Within the same partnership, the Circle Lab focusing on WealthTech issues, will make Fribourg a main hub for Fintech Circle Innovate.
Jim Garrison, founder of Ubiquity, was a surprise speaker. Basic training and daring were essential for anybody, and not just in Fintech. Therefore, entrepreneurship should be included in tomorrow’s curriculums. Another highlight of the event was the Pitch Contest among nine preselected startups. And the winner was BioWatch, Anona won the vote of the public, while Taqanu, whose founder had come specially from Berlin, won without any doubt the hearts, for his bank for refugees venture.
See you at the second Colloquium of The Swiss Fintech Convention (TSFC), which is already arousing much interest.