Finovate Europe Part II: Best in Show and other standouts

Clearly we haven’t yet exhausted the wellspring of ideas.

In part one of my Finovate Europe recap, I focused on the broad product categories that took center stage at the March event in London. Let’s now shift focus to some of the company names to watch.

First, however, it’s worth noting that marketplace lending solutions were all but absent from the agenda, no doubt because of the challenges faced by several early movers in the space.

As one conference speaker sagely pointed out, companies built on a balance sheet-based business model (such as lending) are likely to be valued like balance sheet companies.

This is a telling comment: It implies that “disruptors” may well pivot away from this space in pursuit of higher-valuation opportunities and also that the balance sheet management expertise financial institutions bring to the table is becoming more recognized and valued.


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