WINNERS OF THE 2016 EDITION


FinTech Startup of the Year


FinTech Entrepreneur of the Year

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Best Pitch

AWARDS AND PRIZES


FinTech Startup of the Year

€50,000 in startup money and hosting at the Technoport, free of charge, for four months*

FinTech Entrepreneur of the Year

Be immersed in the ultimate entrepreneurial experience by spending a week in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley where you’ll meet top companies, accelerators and investors

Best Pitch

Receive a one-year KPMG Hub for Entrepreneurship membership and a media campaign to boost your company’s profile

*Please note that to win the prize of €50,000 and the Technoport hosting your company must be incorporated in Luxembourg (or be so within 12 months of winning).

PRESS

Media Sponsor : Maison Moderne

Other press outlets

Press release - 22/06/2016

FinTech in Luxembourg kicked up a notch: First FinTech awards



LUXEMBOURG, June 22, 2016 – The FinTech Awards Luxembourg Grand Final, hosted on 21 June at KPMG’s headquarters (39 JFK) in Kirchberg, honoured Governance.io, Scaled Risk and Neurodecision with top awards. Ten startups competed for three different awards, following the semi-final round in May. In his introduction to the event, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel emphasized the importance of the competition and of FinTech in Luxembourg:

“It’s clear that Luxembourg is on the map as a digital hub – it is agile enough to see change happen quickly. As a government, we can continue to create an environment that encourages innovation, we can foster the creation of an ecosystem, we can help create a culture – but we need the entrepreneurs themselves,” Prime Minister said.

During the awards final, each company was given 6 minutes to pitch to a panel of jury members, which was followed by a 4 minute question-and-answer session. Luxembourg Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna announced the winners:
“I had the pleasure of seeing five of the presentations today, and am impressed by the candidates’ energy and commitment,” said Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna. “It shows that Luxembourg is recognized as a major FinTech hub in the European Union. What makes Luxembourg interesting for FinTech start-ups is that we have a critical mass, with 143 banks, hundreds of service providers, and the second largest investment fund centre in the world.”

This was the first iteration of the Luxembourg FinTech Awards, which helps to reinforce Luxembourg’s reputation for attracting entrepreneurs and startup talent. The event also highlighted the close partnership between prominent players and entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, government and financial industry representatives serving on the jury panel for the competition.

“Innovation is inscribed in KPMG’s DNA, as we continue to help prepare our clients to meet the challenges and opportunities of the digital era,” said Georges Bock, Managing Partner of KPMG Luxembourg. “Thus we are very proud to be amongst the founding members of this national initiative. We are thankful for the opportunity to have hosted this year’s awards at KPMG Luxembourg.”

About the Fintech Awards Luxembourg


Developed between Digital Lëtzebuerg, the ICT Cluster, KPMG Luxembourg, LuxInnovation, Maison Moderne, and the Technoport, these national awards aim to bring the best of technology to Europe’s leading financial centre.
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SOCIAL MEDIA

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PICTURE REPORT

FINTECH AWARDS LUXEMBOURG


These awards aim to unearth outstanding FinTech startups and offer them a gateway into the European market through the Luxembourg financial center*.

Under the patronage of the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, these high-level awards aim to bring the best of technology to Europe’s leading financial center. Only the top 10 FinTech startups will be selected to pitch during the Grand Final, before an audience of financial professionals. We have assembled a jury composed of prominent entrepreneurs, investors, and other personalities, all committed to helping firms take off in Luxembourg.

*Please note that to win the prize of €50,000 and the Technoport hosting your company must be incorporated in Luxembourg (or be so within 12 months of winning).

TIMELINE

Online application

15 March - 17 April 2016

FinTech startups submit an application for the awards, telling us about their brilliant and innovative businesses.

Selection and notification

17 April - 30 April 2016

A panel of international experts will select the top 15 FinTech companies from all the applicants. The top 15 are invited to pitch at the semi-final of the FinTech Awards.

Semi-final

9 May 2016

Each semi-finalist will have three minutes to pitch their solution and convince the jury that they should be selected as a top 10 finalist.

Grand Final

 

21 June 2016 @KPMG Plage

The Grand Final will be held at the KPMG Plage, surrounded by sand, fun and sun. Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna will present the award winners with their prizes.

PARTNERS

THE KPMG HUB FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The KPMG Hub for Entrepreneurship is a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs, based in Luxembourg and launched in June 2015, aiming at supporting innovative companies to run, fund and grow their businesses throughout Europe.

Thanks to a wide range of members, including some of the major Financial Institutions, Large Corporates, Investors and Corporate Partners, the KPMG Hub for Entrepreneurship provides a complete ecosystem to foster innovation from Luxembourg.

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MAISON MODERNE

Maison Moderne is the leading independent media company in Luxembourg. A publisher of magazines since 1994.

Specialising in the creation and distribution of print content and quality live events, Maison Moderne generates turnover of 9 million euros per year. Its activities include a publishing house, a communication agency specialised in content marketing, a sales agency and a business club.

Maison Moderne’s leading media brands include magazines Paperjam, Delano and Archiduc, the dining and food guide Explorator, as well as Flydoscope, the in-flight magazine published for airline company Luxair, City Mag, the official magazine published by the Ville de Luxembourg, Merkur, the magazine published by the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, and hex, the magazine published for the Nordstad.

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LUXEMBOURG ICT CLUSTER

The Luxembourg ICT Cluster brings together various actors in the field of ICT in Luxembourg with the goal of fostering new and sustainable business opportunities through collaborative research, development and innovation projects. It aims at optimising the uptake of ICT as an enabling technology for various sectors and the further development of the existing ICT sector in Luxembourg by encouraging networking and collaboration between the private and public sectors.

The cluster provides specific support activities and services to its members and offers a platform for networking, collaboration and exchange of experience.

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LUXINNOVATION

Operating at the heart of Luxembourg’s innovation system, Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research, is a key partner for anyone looking to engage into innovative activities in Luxembourg – from founders, entrepreneurs and researchers to foreign enterprises and investors.

Luxinnovation acts as a facilitator for businesses that are seeking national or European funding, planning to launch an innovative activity, looking for technological expertise or aiming to upgrade their innovation management capabilities.

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DIGITAL LËTZEBUERG

The Luxembourg Government initiative 'Digital Lëtzebuerg' aims at strengthening and consolidating in the long term the country's position in the ICT field. The guiding principle behind the initiative is to diversify the economy and develop Luxembourg as a 'smart nation' — a modern, open, highly connected nation ready to cope with a digital society, to the benefit of the citizens and all of the socio-economic sectors. Horizontal by design, it is piloted by three ministers with the systematic focus of bringing together public and private stakeholders.

The specific current working groups cover:

  • the development of tech infrastructures;
  • support for innovation and access to financing for start-ups;
  • FinTech;
  • e-skills;
  • e-administration;
  • the promotion of the Grand Duchy's assets.

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TECHNOPORT®

Our main goal at Technoport® is to help and support individuals to validate and bridge their ideas to success by providing tailored-made services, access to networks and a professional business environment through three main platforms:

  • Our renowned business incubator that promotes and supports the validation, creation and development of innovative and technology-oriented companies in Luxembourg, from software to industrial applications.
  • Our Fab Lab that supports local manufacturing and rapid prototyping by offering access to a range of equipment (3D printers, laser cutters, robotic arms) and services (3D modeling).
  • Our coworking space where we host and organize hackathons to foster co-conception and co-development of ideas, applications and business concepts.

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