We believe that good things happen if you bring the right people together (we curate who attends) on a topic they care about (for #execfintech that is fintech) and provide the right context and “tools”.
In the past our house rules and the coziness of the events have created a very connective atmosphere. Also we are actively introducing our participants personally throughout the day.
As we are growing in size it tends to be more difficult to connect with the right people. We address this solution by adding a variety of structured networking and matchmaking elements to #execfintech.
This year Bizzabo is our networking app (again). The app is great for networking before the event and is our main communication channel regarding everything that happens during the event (esp. urgent topics like agenda updates etc.).
Bizzabo is the best place to get an overview of who is coming. We recommend to start contacting other attendees through the app before #execfintech to schedule personal meetings during the event.
Access to the app is restricted to attendees only. All attendees will receive an invitation to the app mid February.
Meeting Point and Networking Area
If you arrange a meeting on Bizzabo and are looking for a place to meet, the meeting point in the entrance hall is a very visible spot. For a longer chat you can just move to the networking area.
This year we are introducing NetworkingTables – a structured way to meet certain people during the event. This is how it works:
Tables are “owned” by an organization or an individual for a certain amount of time (there are a few tables still available for booking; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details)
Attendees can then request a meeting before the event
Meetings are usually 10 minutes each
We’ll announce detailed information on how to request meetings to all attendees of #execfintech around the end of February.
In addition to NetworkingTables – the “structured” and pre-arranged way to meet the right people at #execfintech – speed dating is the ad-hoc way of growing your personal network.
This is how it works:
There are several speed dating slots in our agenda, which will be announced soon
Each have a certain topic, a time frame and a maximum number of people
People have 2-4 minutes to meet, exchange business cards and – if interested – arrange a follow up in one of the networking areas
Speed dating is the best way to meet a lot of interesting people during #execfintech. Don’t forget to bring business cards. 🙂
After several hours of evaluation and debate we, together with experts from our network, have selected the startups that will compete for the 20.000 EUR in cash prize in the #execfintech pitch competition. More than 100 startups from all around the world applied to participate. To us it seems that the overall quality of startups has increased. It seems that the fintech market is maturing.
The chosen startups represent 17 different countries and are from a variety of fields (investment, crypto, insurtech, payment, big data etc.). Here they are in alphabetical order – drumroll please:
This year we’re adapting more innovative session formats for #execfintech. We have tested various session formats during Pirate Camp 2014 and Pirate Summit 2015. Here is the essence of what has worked best.
AMA (Ask me anything)
Anyone from the audience can ask anything by just raising their hand. So basically, the good old Q&A.
Four to five chairs are arranged on stage. This is the fishbowl. Some selected participants will fill those chairs leaving 1-2 chairs empty. The moderator introduces the topic and the participants start discussing the topic. The audience outside the fishbowl listens in on the discussion.
Any member of the audience can – at any time – occupy the empty chair and join the fishbowl. When this happens, an existing member of the fishbowl must voluntarily leave the fishbowl and vacant a chair.
This is a mix of fishbowl and ask me anything. The person being interviewed stays in the fishbowl, and the rest of the people can sit in and become the interviewer. You have to join the fishbowl on stage to ask a question, so this creates more in-depth discussions than Q&A sessions. It’s a great way to dig deep and learn from someone.
3-5 people form a panel on a certain topic. A moderator makes sure that the panellists stay on topic. This is the classic panel you know from many conferences.
A short 5 minute ignite talk to communicate a thought or a provocative statement to spark an ongoing discussion (most of the time an ask me anything or open interview session).
A short pitch of an idea or startup. Usually followed by a short Q&A session about the topic.
Bring a problem and an expert will try to propose a solution/fix in a 1-on-1 session.
At least 15min presentation on one specific topic, with a lot of hands-on hacks/hints. Basically a useful keynote.
Our motivation, which is consistent to the vision that shaped the very first Pirate Summit in 2011, was and is to always organize conferences that we as founders would love to attend ourselves. Therefore, we have established some house rules which are indispensable to us for a successful #execfintech.
#execfintech is a first name conference. We want to skip the formalities. Meaningful connections are easier made in a trusted environment. Familiarity and closeness is the breading ground for trust. First names help with that and tear down unnecessary barriers.
VIP = everyone
The best clubs have the best bouncers. After the door, we treat everyone the same.
We pride ourselves in carefully curating who attends our events. Our goal is to facilitate mutually beneficial connections between people with the same mindset. Also, the people we select have a story to tell. At our events every participant should potentially be a speaker and every speaker is a participant.
For us, what you can contribute is more important than the title on your business card. Therefore, we don’t do VIP areas and there is special treatment for everyone (or no one).
Everybody hates bullshit. We do too. We value authenticity. Be real.
Give Give Give Ask
The startup ecosystem has a strong pay-it-forward culture. That’s one of the main reasons why we love it. If you participate at any of our conferences we expect you to respect that culture and actively promote it. The first question when meeting someone should always be: “What can I do for you?”
Thanks for helping us to keep #execfintech a conference everyone enjoys visiting.
And remember, all of these startups will be pitching in front of fintech investors and corporates from all across Europe. So whether you walk away with the money or not, you might still find your next investor or corporate partner somewhere in the audience.
If you haven’t applied yet but are curious, follow this link and fill out the application.
If you’re eligible (see requirements below) and want to apply for Connect Europe, send an email to Claudia [at] execio.co. Deadline for applications is the 7th of February. Read on for details.
Part of the importance that is ascribed to fintech is owed to the fact that its impact is affecting everyone. It truly is a global, interconnected and therefore interdependent system.
From the beginning on, the Exec I/O series worked towards connecting international decision makers from startups, corporations and investors. #execfintech follows this tradition and it always pains us to see foreign startups retract their application due to ticket costs. This why we’re happy to announce our ‘Connect Europe’ program. With the help of our partners and through the channels of our international network, we’re inviting top startups from various countries and regions to join the conference free of charge.
If you want to meet Europe’s senior executives of leading financial firms, top tier fintech investors and fintech founders in just one day, you should join us for #execfintech in Frankfurt, on March 8th.
Requirements for applicants
Your startup’s product or services lie in fintech, security, big data or encryption.
You’re based in one of the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Belarus, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine
How to apply
Send your application via email to claudia[at]execio.co
Your application should include:
Your website and/or social media channels
A short written pitch or attached slide deck introducing your startup
With how many team members you’d like to come
additionally: link your crunchbase, f6s, angel.co profile
Application closes on February 7th, 2016, at 11:59 PM (CET). If you’re chosen, you’ll receive your confirmation on Monday, February 8th
Who we choose and what you get
We invite the top 10 startups from your country/region (those who WOW us).
You’ll get two tickets to the conference for free (worth 600€ and increasing)