Amsterdam has a rich history of finance innovation. The world's first central bank was established in the city, as was the first joint-stock company. Today the Dutch capital sits at the heart of Europe’s finance and fintech industry. It’s home to the Euronext stock exchange, the Dutch central bank, headquarters of major Dutch banks ABN AMRO and ING, and offices of more than 50 international banks.

The city’s winning combination of a strong financial sector, tech ecosystem, and vibrant startup scene makes it a perfect environment for fast-growing fintech. Dutch banks were frontrunners in introducing online and online banking. Adyen started here, as well as Mollie and bunq, while Currencycloud and Paypal have chosen Amsterdam as a European foothold.

Ranked number one in the world for green finance, the city is a melting pot for future solutions to banking software, payments processing, digital identity and cyber security. Finance and fintech conference planners will find countless opportunities for networking and growth in Amsterdam thanks to this spirit of commerce and innovation.

What makes Amsterdam a great place for finance and fintech events

  1. Full access to the European market, including rapid links to Paris and London
  2. Headquarters of Dutch and international banks and the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange
  3. Reputation for innovation in payment services, banking software and cyber security
  4. Amsterdam #1 for green finance, Dutch investment firms among world’s most sustainable
  5. Netherlands #4 in IMD World Competitiveness Ranking, scoring highly in business efficiency and economic performance

Finance and fintech conferences in Amsterdam

Money 20/20 conference at RAI Amsterdam 2021Money 20/20, the world’s most important fintech conference, brings together finance industry leaders, tech giants, startups and investors from all around the world to connect, discuss and solve challenges in fintech. The conference has been held at the RAI convention centre in Amsterdam since 2018, and the September 2021 edition was the first live business event in the city after more than a year of closures due to COVID-19.

More than 1,000 companies are attending, drawing an estimated 6,000 people. The event aims to turbo-boost the finance industry, promising attendees three months of business in just three days. 

The RAI also hosts The IoT Tech Expo, featuring two days of exhibitions and insights covering Blockchain, IoT, cyber security and big data, and how these new technologies will affect key industries, including financial services. 

Each year fintechs across Europe gather at Amsterdam Fintech Week, a packed programme of events exploring the latest developments in digital finance. 2021’s online line-up included tech unicorns, corporate innovators and government representatives. 

How Amsterdam Convention Bureau can help

The Amsterdam Convention Bureau can help you organise impactful conferences and meetings that truly add value for delegates, local businesses and residents alike. We work independently and offer a number of free services. Contact our team to help you find the right locations in Amsterdam for your event or answer any questions about hosting meetings.