How we transact is changing. Blockchain and AI have affected the way we do banking, insurance, legal work, administration, investments, etc.
This program is for you, who are part of the change.
Iterations instead of accelerators
The Blockchain and Fintech Accelerator is a series of coordinated bootcamps around the world, in which the best startups get to negotiate partnerships with financial institutions in each of the locations. Join us in a journey through Spain, UK, Finland, Dubai, Singapore… We partner with financial institutions in each of the locations to bring startups closer to them, and for them to help us select the most relevant startups.
Update January 3rd: First bootcamp: Alicante in March
Our first bootcamp will take place in Alicante, Spain! The region is showing its leadership in supporting startups and scaleups to work with corporations, in its program Distrito Digital Comunidad Valenciana. This bootcamp will be part of those initiatives!
Come and meet Spanish banks and international startups! Find out more here.
Focused on deals, not pitches and coffee
The biggest value of any accelerator (or any business development program) comes from the deals you make. And in our case, from the connections with financial institutions, other participating startups, and other partners from our network.
That’s why we’ve revamped our model. We’ve made it leaner. We’ve made it focused. We’ve scaled the part that matters to you (the deals), without tying it to a specific location.
It’s a continuous program, because a startup’s growth should not stop. That means that startups can jump in and out whenever it suits their needs best!
In each bootcamp we will dedicate time to:
- Build a shared value proposition: for the startups to understand the context of each of the financial institutions, and for the financial institutions to understand what the startups have and why it matters
- Eliminate uncertainty: collaboration gets stuck when things are unclear. That should be the reason for trials, experiments, pilots and proofs of concept. Map what you need to know before what you’ll do.
- Decisions, plans and paperwork: what happens after the bootcamp? To seal the deal, we finish by talking about agreements, plans and next steps.
- Meet the ecosystem: connect with local institutions, investors, startups and ecosystem players.
A selected club
We take pride on our startups being the best at collaborating with financial institutions. When you join, we help you get to that point throughout the first 3 bootcamps.
The way we do investments is also changing rapidly. Only a few years ago, venture capital was the only way to fund a growth company. Nowadays startups look for new ways of financing their growth (crowdfunding, STOs, ICOs, etc.). We prepare your company for modern funding (e.g. STOs), and take a fast track to liquidity for your investors. We will give you access to our network of investors, use the most modern technologies and bring in additional strategic investors to your round.
Launch: February 2019
First cases contacted: May 2019
Slush get-together: November 2019
First selection: November 2019
Online pitching event: December 2019
Bootcamps: March 2020, May 2020, …
Locations: Itinerating through Spain, United Arab Emirates, Finland, United Kingdom, Singapore, …
Blockchain: practical applications of distributed ledgers
Fintech: new or improved value propositions in banking
Health and insurtech: better insurance offering, and ways of using health data to keep people healthy
Proptech: innovations in property and real estate, to make transactions between parties better
Artificial Intelligence in fintech: automate processes and analyse new and existing data
Regtech and legaltech: innovations for the legal and regulatory industries
Other: we may add or remove topics for specific bootamps based on the needs of the local partner financial institutions.
What we’re looking for
Good team: you need to apply as a company and show us your whole team (2+ founders)
Scalable concept: we need to understand how you think big
Collaboration-ready technology: you need to be ready to work with real customers
What you get
Potential market access through partnerships in each one of the bootcamps
Up to 250k€ of investment from Nestholma, and up to 10M€ investment from our network
Coaching and mentoring from experts at our corporate partners, experienced entrepreneurs and top executives
Nestholma brings effective collaboration to financial institutions and startups. We make sure both sides are capable at collaborating: the financial institutions having the right processes and attitude to make sure the collaboration works, and the startups having the right skillset to make collaboration easier. We have organized 26 different collaboration programs, with partners such as Nordea, OTP Bank, TEB BNP Paribas, Nokia or Microsoft.