• Lea Jakobiak

Fintech CEOs Share Tips On "Going Global" At The Paris Fintech Forum

Updated: Feb 5, 2020

When a business is ready to scale internationally, it faces great opportunities - but also challenges - at a whole other level.

Best-selling Author and award-winning Entrepreneur Susanne Chishti, CEO, Fintech Circle

And many fintech (financial technology) companies are finding themselves in this exact position right now.

Last year, UK fintech startups reached a record level of $2.9 billion of funding in the first half, across a total of 123 deals (Finextra).

This means that brands that were small start-ups, with one local product or service, just a few years ago, have become international brands, now serving a huge international audience.

So "going global" was naturally one of the topics featured at the Paris Fintech Forum this year, an annual conference organised by Laurent Nizri.

And our Head of Content, Lea Jakobiak, was asked to moderate a panel on this subject, featuring:

  • Stone Atwine, CEO, Eversend

  • Joanne Dewar, CEO, Global Processing Service

  • Sebastien Seifert, CEO, Viacash

  • Georg Ludviksson, CEO, Meniga

So instead of doing a traditional panel, Lea spiced it up by turning it into a game show style discussion!

The panellists (and audience) had to answer these questions:

  • Expanding in developing countries is cheaper? - Myth or Reality?

  • It’s easy to recruit an international workforce that understands your core mission - Myth or Reality?

  • Mastering an international marketing message is easy - Myth or Reality

  • Tax codes and regulation is the same everywhere - Myth or Reality?

  • Partnering with other fintechs can help solve the cross-border payments difficulties - Myth or Reality?

And the new format was, to our delight, very well received!

“The panel was indeed awesome! It‘s hard to make panels interesting but this was the exception and everyone contributed strongly! I‘m grateful to have particpated and I want to thank you all“

Georg Ludviksson, CEO, Meniga

“Thank you for your excellent panel - you shared great insights with the audience and had a lively and very interesting discussion. Thanks Lea for the great moderation! “

Susanne Chishti, CEO, Fintech Circle

We also got the opportunity to interview other business leaders who are currently busy growing their businesses in new countries; Susanne Chishti, CEO of the Fintech Circle, and Ed Maslaveckas, CEO of Bud.

As always, the Paris Fintech Forum was a great event and a fantastic opportunity to hear from global fintech leaders who are paving the way for modernisation and progress in the world of finance.

A la prochaine, Paris!

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