Fabio Maffioli has joined SizeUp to expand its international presence by launching its services in additional countries in partnership with financial services enterprises. Before joining SizeUp, Fabio was Innotribe Startup Challenge Manager for SWIFT in its Belgium headquarters. The Innotribe Startup Challenge has become one of the leading global startup competitions, connecting the financial services industry with more than 650 FinTech startups around the world and reaching over 4,000 audience members through global showcases and networking events including Sibos. Fabio will work out of the new SizeUp office in London’s Canary Wharf.
Deborah Bianucci, President and CEO of BAI presented four worldwide innovation trends in her talk “Small Business Banking Innovation from Around the Globe” at the American Banker Small Business Banking Conference. Model implementations of these trends were discussed and include:
1. Improving and Speeding Up Access to Financing (DenizBank.com, Nusenda.org)
2. Streamline Payments (ideaBank.pl)
3. Use Analytics with Advice (SizeUp.com)
4. Uniquely Serve a Niche (Wesbank.co.za and Uber.com, intesaSanpaolo.com, TEB.com.tr)
According to the American Banker Small Business Banking Conference, “…because innovation for the small business segment is so important to competitive differentiation, there is an increased emphasis on innovating for small business. Some of the most progressive innovation is happening outside the U.S. by banks that are taking different approaches to serving small businesses.”
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SizeUp was invited by Money 20/20 to participate in the conference startup pavilion. SizeUp team members met with numerous conference attendees to discuss opportunities to bring SizeUp’s services to new customers and partners. Money 20/20 is one of the largest gatherings of financial services professionals focused on technology and innovation with over 9,000 attendees.
The BAI Beacon conference for financial service executives presented a session on opportunities for small business Fintech including a panel of small business Fintech experts and pioneers including Kathryn Petralia, Co-Founder of Kabbage, Ruth Polachek, former Head of Citi Accelerator and FinCheck, Anatalio Ubalde, Founder of SizeUp, Zack Chestnut of RevolutionCredit, and moderator Matt Gamser, CEO of SME Finance Forum. The FintechStage session covered the significant opportunities that exist for serving small businesses and how Fintech companies have identified ways to serve this historically underserved market segment.
SizeUp spoke at MaRS Discovery District “Toronto meets Silicon Valley Fintech” conference to join other Silicon Valley-based Fintech companies to speak about the work it is creating and how it can be brought to Canadian markets. The event was hosted at the MaRS headquarters in Toronto in partnership with Plug and Play. It also included a session with Tim Clark, CIO, TD Wealth; Aayaz Pira, SVP, CIBC Digital; Michael Tang, Partner & Head of Global Digital Transformation, Deloitte; Steve Kirsch, CEO of Token; and RJ Carver, Manager PnP FinTech.
Canadian banks and financial service organizations attending included TD, BMO, CIBC, RBC, Scotiabank, Desjardins, Tangerine, Bank of Canada, Sun Life, Canadian Western Bank, ATB Financial, and Toronto Stock Exchange.