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Fintech Week will show solutions to global problems

Copenhagen Fintech Week, which this year takes place on 25-29 May, expects to attract 1,500 participants from startup environments throughout the world, as well as banks, investors and authorities. The main conference at the Odd Fellows Mansion will, among other things, host a massive Nordic exhibition on how fintech can create a more sustainable world.

11. Mar 2020
3 min
Af Carsten Jørgensen
cjo@finansforbundet.dk

Copenhagen Fintech Week, which is the biggest fintech event in Denmark this year, will take place from Monday, 25 May to Friday, 29 May. The ambition of the event is to show how fintech can make the world a better place for human beings.

"There are many fintech companies where sustainability is an integral part of their business model and who focus on addressing some of the challenges contained in the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability and Impact - understood as financial inclusion of people in third world countries without a bank account and as a fight against poverty - will be the main themes", says Simon Schou, CIO of Copenhagen Fintech, which was established in 2016 on the initiative of, i.a., Finansforbundet (Financial Services Union Denmark), Copenhagen Municipality and Finance Denmark.

Copenhagen Fintech Week's main conference on Tuesday, 26 and Wednesday, 27 May will, among other things, show the largest exhibition so far of how Nordic fintech can contribute to a more sustainable world. It can be seen and experienced in the Odd Fellows Mansion in Bredgade, Copenhagen, where the event has been moved to this year. The main conference took place at Halvandet on Refshaleøen last year.

"In addition to the exhibition, there will be two stages featuring keynote speakers, panel debates and pitches from several startups. There were 1,100 - 1,200 participants at Copenhagen Fintech Week last year, and this year we are aiming to reach 1,500. We have no goals for growing into many thousands of participants, but would rather keep the number of participants at a manageable level," says Simon Schou.

Scandinavian gathering point

The purpose of Copenhagen Fintech Week is to raise awareness of Danish fintech, but even more so to be an annual Scandinavian gathering point for the entire ecosystem behind fintech - startups, established financial companies, investors, authorities, educational establishments and so on - where one can acquire new knowledge and create new networks.

The programme for this year's Copenhagen Fintech Week is not yet complete, but one of the keynote speakers is Michael Hippe Brun who is co-founder of Tradeshift - one of the most successful fintech companies in Denmark.

Monday, 25 May, is allocated for a fintech symposium, where researchers from Danish and foreign universities present new knowledge on artificial intelligence and digitalisation. The main conference will be held on Tuesday, 26 May and Wednesday, 27 May at the Odd Fellows Mansion in Bredgade, which is in the middle of Copenhagen.

The headline on Thursday, 28 May is "Innovation Lab Crawls" and just as in 2019, it consists of the participants visiting development environments around Copenhagen and being shown the city in general.

Read more and buy your ticket on Copenhagen Fintech Week's website. Members of Finansbundet can use the promo code "Finansforbundet2020" to purchase a very cheap ticket before 20 March.