Global SME Finance Forum 2017 - Meet our Study Visit Hosts

Global SME Finance Forum 2017 - Meet our Study Visit Hosts

The Global SME Finance Forum 2017 will be held November 1-3 in Berlin, Germany. This annual flagship event of the SME Finance Forum, which focuses on “digitization of SME finance,” will convene senior executives from financial institutions, fintechs and regulators from both emerging and developed countries. The two-day conference taking place on November 2-3 will be preceded by a series of study visits on November 1 to best practice institutions in Berlin. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about latest fintech innovations and good practice in SME banking and non-financial services. 

Meet our Study Visit Hosts

Deutsche Bank Labs Berlin

DB Labs help the Bank apply new technologies from global centers of innovation to enhance its products, services and processes. They will also further strengthen the DB’s ability to innovate, while deepening its relationships with technology start-ups. Henry Ritchotte, Chief Digital Officer of Deutsche Bank, has commented on DB Labs, “Technology is transforming banking and innovation is one of Deutsche Bank’s core values. These labs will act as a bridge between start-ups and different parts of the Bank, enabling it to apply innovative technology to enhance service to clients and internal processes.”. In addition to Berlin, DB also runs innovation labs in New York, Silicon Valley and London. 

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank is a leading European bank with a global reach supported by a strong home base in Germany, Europe’s largest economy. We serve the real economy needs of our corporate, institutional, asset management and private clients, providing services in transaction banking, corporate finance and capital markets, asset management, wealth management and retail banking


AccessHolding operates a network of commercial banks and MFIs in developing and transition countries with a target group focus on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The AccessGroup currently comprises ten microfinance institutions with the aggregated assets of over EUR 1BN, more than 7,500 employees and around 1.5M clients, growing by several thousands every month. 


SumUp enables businesses to accept card payments at the Point-of-Sale or on the go. The company has gone on to develop a full suite of SDKs and APIs for third parties to integrate card payments into their mobile apps. SumUp has been backed by renowned investors, including Groupon, BBVA Ventures, Holtzbrinck Ventures and American Express. In April 2016 SumUp has merged with the mPOS company payleven to create the global leader in mobile payment. 


Bitbond is a global cryptocurrency-based marketplace lending platform for small business loans. In October 2016 Bitbond received their own regulatory license by German financial services supervisor BaFin. Bitbond uses the bitcoin blockchain for payment processing and is one of the few fully regulated and licensed blockchain based financial services providers.  

Mambu enables innovative banking providers to rapidly create, launch and service loan and deposit products through its cloud banking platform. An alternative to legacy core banking software, Mambu accelerates time to market for new consumer and SME banking products via innovative channels, at a fraction of the cost.  


Spotcap allows SMEs to focus on what really matters - their business. The company has developed a sophisticated and dynamic decision process, assessing the real-time performance of businesses to grant short-term credit lines and loans. Headquartered in Germany, Spotcap also operates in Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, UK and New Zealand.

Fidor Bank

Fidor Bank is a German digital bank founded in Germany in 2009. It is one of the world's most innovative banks and has received several international awards for its disruptive, transparent approach to banking, its Fintech activity and innovative use of social media. It was acquired by BPCE in 2016. 


Kontist is built to support the needs of freelancers. We bring our experiences as freelancers to the work we do every day, and combine it with our expertise in banking, technology and adminstration to build products for freelancers everywhere. 


As the leading marketplace for investments throughout Europe, Raisin gives its customers access to exclusive savings products from all over Europe. Since its founding in 2013, more than 85,000 retail customers have invested over €3.8 billion. Raisin now has more than 120 attractive products from over 30 partner banks in 15 countries.


Mobisol combines solar energy with an affordable payment plan via mobile phone, comprehensive customer service and innovative remote monitoring technology. The Berlin-based company offers low-income customers in developing nations quality solar home systems that are a clean alternative to unhealthy, environmentally harmful, and expensive fossil fuels.

Funding Circle

Funding Circle is the world’s leading lending platform focused exclusively on small businesses, matching established and creditworthy businesses who want to borrow with investors who want to lend in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe. By combining cutting edge technology with industry-leading risk management models, Funding Circle provides small businesses with access to fast and affordable growth capital and investors with the opportunity to access attractive returns through an online marketplace.

Register for the study visits online

We will be confirming more study visits hosts in the coming few weeks. SME Finance Forum members get priority registration for study visits. Non-members will be charged a fee. Contact us for more information on the study visits.

Learn more about the Global SME Finance Forum 2017.