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SME Finance Forum Interview Series: Lav Odorovic on Penta Success Story

Lav Odorovic is the co-founder and CEO of Penta. Odorovic is a serial entrepreneur, having set up and exited his first startup by the tender age of 21. After working several corporate jobs, he, together with several entrepreneurial friends, launched Penta, a Berlin-based neobank, offering banking services to early-stage technology companies.

As the last part of our SME Finance Forum interview series, we wanted to talk not only to banks to understand their views on innovation, but with Fintechs as well. As Europe enters into a world of open APIs, many startups are looking to seize the opportunity. Penta neobank is one of them, offering a new type of business banking services. We wanted to understand their journey, vision and future business goals.

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Topics: SMEs, business finance, SME banking, digital banking, business banking, SME Finance Forum

Author: Vaida Pakulyte on Jan 16, 2018

SME Finance Forum Interview Series: Balazs Topor on Innovation in Digital Banking

Balazs Topor is SME Product & Segment leader at Raiffeisen Bank. He has more than 15 years’ experience in SME banking and in-depth expertise in customer value creation, segment differentiation and product design.

Continuing with the SME Finance Forum Interview series, we want to address another underserved segment - SMEs - and learn about digital transformation in banks targeting this important consumer group.

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Topics: SMEs, SME banking, digital banking, SME Finance Forum

Author: Vaida Pakulyte on Dec 7, 2017

SME Finance Forum Interview Series: Matias Núñez on SME Banking innovation

Matias Núñez Castro is Executive Director for SMEs at Santander Mexico, having previously worked as regional director for SME Business. In 2016, Euromoney named Santander best bank in the world for small and medium-sized enterprises. According to the magazine, its strategy goes beyond lending, to address critical obstacles for SME growth.

We recently met with Matias Núñez at the SME Finance Forum in Berlin to ask about the key initiatives in SME Banking, and the strategic priorities serving them.

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Topics: SMEs, SME banking, digital banking, SME Finance Forum

Author: Vaida Pakulyte on Nov 29, 2017

SME Finance Forum CEO Matt Gamser on the FinTech opportunity in emerging economies

Matthew Gamser is the CEO of the SME Finance Forum. For the past 11 years, he has worked for the International Finance Corporation in a variety of roles, including leading its advisory work for the financial sector in the East Asia-Pacific region.

With over 30 years of experience in private enterprise and financial sector development, Matt has worked with commercial banks and non-bank financial institutions in broadening and deepening services to households and enterprises previously lacking formal finance.

Matt is a supporter of Strands Finance, which recently joined the SME Finance Forum as a member. Our Marketing Director Victoria Yasinetskaya sat down with Matt to find out more... 

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Topics: Financial Management for Small Business (BFM), BFM, business finance, financial inclusion, SME banking, Africa fintech, CBA, business banking, SME Finance Forum

Author: Nicole Harper, Content Manager on Jun 3, 2016

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