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Engaging the SME customer & Improving Cash Flow

The number one aim of small businesses is to become profitable, and quickly. By nature, a small enterprise will have seasonal ups and downs and a cash cycle dictated by factors beyond their control, so ensuring they have enough cash in hand is critical. Profitable companies might see their cash reserves affected if they are moving too fast, and stagnating companies might find an unexpected liquidity issue unsurmountable.

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Topics: SME banking, SMEs, ENGAGER, customer insights, Artificial Intelligence, data analytics, machine learning tools

Author: Estefania Gual on Aug 23, 2018

The Critical Issue of Cash Flow for SMEs

The number one aim of small businesses is to become profitable, and quickly.  By nature, a small enterprise will have seasonal ups and downs and a cash cycle dictated by factors beyond their control, so ensuring they have enough cash to hand is critical. Profitable companies might see their cash reserves affected if they are moving too fast, and stagnating companies might find an unexpected liquidity issue unsurmountable. 

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Topics: conversational banking, SME banking, SMEs, small business, personalized finance, fintech innovation

Author: Estefania Gual on Jul 2, 2018

SME Finance Forum Interview Series: Guga Stocco on Banking innovation

Brazilian Guga Stocco is an advisor and board member of companies like B3, the biggest stock market in the world. He co-founded Domo Invest, a fund that raised R$ 100 million for investments in Internet and Fintech. Guga was also responsible for the creation of the first fully digital bank in Brazil with more than 300,000 clients and projects such as online bank account opening and open banking platform, allowing fintechs to access APIs easily and explore Brazilian Market.

As the fourth part of our SME Finance Forum interview series, we asked Guga about the key initiatives in the digital transformation taking place in Brazil, and how banks or financial institutions can take advantage of this opportunity.

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

Author: Vaida Pakulyte on Jan 24, 2018

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

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

Author: Vaida Pakulyte on Dec 7, 2017

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