Amsterdam as FinTech hub

Speaking at the Amsterdam startup incubator B.Amsterdam, Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem recently announced his wish to appoint a liaison officer for the FinTech industry. The role would be similar to that played by Neelie Kroes as startup ambassador, “but with a strong emphasis on FinTech,” Dijsselbloem said. It would be a link between regulators, startups, the financial sector, and the investment world.

Dijsselbloem had earlier visited several new Amsterdam-based companies that specialise in financial services, such as the online bank Bunq, the branch organisation Holland FinTech, and startups such as Leapfunder, Sparkholder, and Cash or Card.

Major financial conference in Amsterdam

Dijsselbloem’s timing was good, as FinTech will also play a major role at the upcoming Breaking Barriers conference for the financial industry, which will take place in Amsterdam on 10 February.

More than five hundred professionals from financial institutions, banks, insurance companies, startups, and government will gather to hear prominent speakers such as Amsterdam Alderperson Kajsa Ollongren and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Eric Ries. Ries will talk about how lean leadership can advance innovation, and Ollongren will discuss the merits of the Netherlands as a hub for FinTech startups.  

The Breaking Barriers event will also take place at B.Amsterdam. The aim of the conference is to get a better understanding of how the Netherlands can preserve its top position in the global financial world, and how entrepreneurship and innovation can be promoted. 

The program consists of keynote speeches, roundtable sessions, and a marketplace for startups. A selected number of startups will demonstrate their innovations on the main stage, and receive feedback from keynote speakers such as Eric Ries on how to tackle their challenges.