For the sixth time, SME Banking Club gathered SME Bankers at the CEE SME Banking Club Conference 2020, which was held on November 25 fully online and devoted to financial services for SMEs in that region (#CEE20).
480 attendees from more than 50 countries took part in this year’s conference online, among them 35 speakers that connected from 14 countries. Olena Gryniuk (SME Banking Club) hosted the Conference.
The very first panel of our Conference we decided to devote to the topic of Artificial intelligence in Banking. As AI technologies are increasingly integral to the world we live in, banks need to deploy these technologies at scale to remain relevant.
After that, during a Fireside chat on the topic of The Eternal Understanding Gap: learning to think like an SME bank, Olena Gryniuk was joined by John Mark Williams – CEO at The Institute of Leadership & Management. The conversation was focused on the understanding gap between the bank’s policymakers and SMEs, and how to make SME bakers think like SMEs. Watch the conversation
Sibylle Strack (Kontist, Germany) started the Panel devoted to the Beyond Banking services and development of the ecosystems for SME customers. She presented tax services implemented at Kontist for freelancers. Watch Sibylle’s presentation
Katalin Kauzli (Charlie-India), together with Norbert Szenttamási (Budapest Bank) and Gergely Tyukodi (OTP eBIZ), spoke about building an e-invoicing and payment ecosystem in Hungary. Watch their presentation.
The next speakers on the Conference virtual stage – Agnieszka Pirog and Bartlomiej Szymanski (Ailleron, Poland) presented the Commercial boost sales – digital platform and comprehensive human advisory.
The next Panel was devoted to the topic of SME Finance, and was moderated by Michal Pawlik – CEO & Co-founder of Polish factoring fintech SMEO and the Head of the Tech team at Polish Factors Association.
Andrzej Krzeminski presented AMVOX – a Blockchain startup for renewable energy project finance.
Charles-Alexandre Gamba (ITDS, Poland) moderated the FinTech cooperation Panel, during which Christian Wolf (Raiffeisen Bank International, Austria) and Maximilian Schausberger (Elevator Ventures, Austria) were speaking about FinTech ecosystem in the CEE region, and how Elevator Ventures partners fintetchs in the region.
After that, all the panelists (Tomas Michalek, Diana Dumitrescu, Raul Risnita, Quintin Stephen, and Paweł Franczyk discussed whether successful collaboration between banks and fintechs possible, and whether FinTech is a Bubble.
During the Pithing Session, FinTechs that have solutions for the SME sector, presented them.
After all the presentations the CEE SME Banking Awards Ceremony took place, and SME bankers and FinTechs were awarded for the best solutions in the CEE region.
We are thankful to our Partners for their support.
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Join us during the next edition on November 25, 2021! Registration is open.
Our events’schedule is available at www.smebanking.events