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The way we do transactions (of all sorts) is changing. Technologies such as blockchain and AI have affected the way we do our banking, insurance, legal work, administration, investments, etc.

But I’m preaching to the choir. Many of you who read this are already part of the next wave of fintech. Or they have the new killer insurtech solution. Or you’re using using blockchain to make some current operation obsolete.

Is that you? And most importantly, do you believe in partnerships with the big players in order to become the next big thing?

The you’ll be interested in the blockchain and fintech accelerator

And it comes with a twist.

A continuous boost in your business development

Our previous bootcamps and accelerators have run in batches. But we’ve seen that the biggest part of the value comes afterwards, from the community. So we’ve decided to re-build the concept from the ground up, and make our program continuous, so you can jump in and out whenever it suits your need best!

That means we have regular selection bootcamps happening all over the world, where new startups can join in. Join us in a journey through Spain, UK, Finland, Dubai, Singapore… We partner with banks in each of the locations to bring you closer to them, and for them to help us select the most relevant of you.

But those bootcamps also double as business development boosts for the previous startups in our community! In each of these places you’ll get to meet the relevant people from our partner banks and insurance companies and work on how you can disrupt the market together.

Terje Ennomäe co-founder of FeelingStreamIf you are selected you get to attend as many of those bootcamps as are valuable to you. We will have rotating topics that we work on, specialised on making you a collaboration machine. Because we take pride on our startups being the best at partnering with banks. And we want to help you get there. You will probably attend several at the beginning, and then join in at your pace if you need a refreshener or new connections to a new partner corporation.

What this means for you:

  • Startups: if you get selected for this program, you’ll have access to partners all around the globe through different bootcamps
  • Financial institutions: you can get access to the best innovations and make sure they get implemented in your organisation (instead of just mingling), contact us to become part of the community

A boost in your funding

But I left one of the best parts for last. One important part of the journey is funding, and most startups spend a lot of time chasing investors and negotiating terms.

But capital markets are changing. Venture capital still plays a strong role, but new formats of funding like STOs are entering the market. The process is becoming more transparent and efficient. We believe in the power of blockchain for streamlining investment proceses.

That’s why we’ve partnered with TokenMarket, to help you prepare your company for funding and STOs. When attending our bootcamps, you’ll prepare your company for doing a funding round, 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 for your funding round, and bring in additional strategic partners to your round.

What this means for you:

  • Startups: learn the new ways of raising capital, keep your investors informed and raise funds efficiently.
  • Investors: do more transparent and efficient investments, on a broader scope, and get liquidity earlier.
  • Financial institutions: find your upcoming strategic investments, a curated deal flow to align your investments and your innovation.

It’s not an accelerator, it’s a community

As you probably know, we brings together the experience from organizing 26 collaboration programs with corporations such as Nordea, OTP Bank, TEB BNP Paribas, Nokia or Microsoft.

You can clearly see that Nestholma has done may programs before, and knows how to support the collaboration

Janos Barits, Fintechblocks

We bring that to you, at scale.

Of course, we won’t stop helping our partner financial institutions. This is an additional way of transforming finance, real estate, insurance, law… and human interaction in general! Are you ready to step on the gas? Join our community, apply here!

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We talk with a lot of interesting people every day (definitely one of the best perks of the job!). We learn every day from these smart people and their experiences and thought why not share all that with you. Cue our new monthly webinar series.

The first six episodes focus on collaboration and specifically piloting. In each episode we have two guests from startups and one from banks, insurance companies or other corporations, who talk about the different parts of the collaboration journey from the first contact to life after the pilot.

While we are waiting for the next episode (live on the 5th of September), I thought I would gather together some of the learnings from the series. I have to emphasize the word ’some’ as it is impossible to fit everything into one post, and I highly recommend checking out the series here for all of the learnings.

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The best innovations come from collaboration. Yet most attempts at collaboration fail. Most corporates blame the lack of strategic alignment or maturity. Most startups blame bureaucracy and internal politics.

And they’re both right: most of the time, there’s some building block missing. When you buy furniture, you wouldn’t leave half of the pieces “for later”. But with collaboration, that often happens. Neither startups nor corporations come with an Ikea-like manual.

That’s why we’ve decided to put together the elements of startup-corporation collaboration. After 25+ programs, we’ve seen a lot of what can go well, and a lot of what can go wrong. And many of the pitfalls are predictable, to some extent.

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We have done 26 programs so far, but still, each new program makes us as excited as if it was the first one. And the same thing happened again with our latest program: startup accelerator with OTP Bank.

Now it has already been a month since the Demo Day and the end of the program itself. While the collaboration still continues, it’s a good time to look back and reflect on what happened.

Three months of collaboration, innovation & results

Last summer when we started designing this accelerator, we mapped our partner’s OTP Bank’s needs with them – like we do with every collaboration program, be it for a bootcamp, a three-month accelerator, or continuous startup-innovation support. Read more »

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Last week it was finally time to get the accelerator started at OTP Bank! We have worked hard with OTP Bank to prepare for it, and we couldn’t wait. We were looking forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting to work with the startups and their counterparts at OTP Bank. Based on the selection period, we had high expectations, and lucky for us, so far it seems like we weren’t wrong!

The first week was a whirlwind of introductions and clarification

On day one we got to know the startups better, and they got to know us better. But even more importantly: the got to know their collaboration partner OTP Bank better. The startups met with their business champion (who will Read more »

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Is your startup going to be the next big thing in fintech? Do you have the AI, blockchain or cryptocurrency solution of the future? Or other innovation that is going to change how we do banking? And most importantly, do you want to collaborate with top banks from all over the world?

We are looking for the top fintech startups to work with top banks with over 100 million customers.

Make us love you and will make the banks love you more

Convince us you are what banks need, and you will be part of the selected top startups we Read more »

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Some of the most exciting times of my work are the accelerator periods. It is thrilling to work with the great minds in startups and the partner bank. So much happens every week and I am always amazed when looking back at what really went on. The accelerators are real adventures!

And as we work with early-stage startups the accelerators don’t only show a glimpse into the newest new of the industry, but the future of the industry! If that doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what will. Did I already say accelerators are my favorite time…😉

And now it’s time for the next adventure: the Selection Bootcamp of our OTP Bank accelerator just started today! And that means we have the next exciting accelerator adventure ahead of us. But before that, it is time to get to know the finalists and find the startups that best match our partner the OTP Bank.

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Corporations benefit in many ways from having an accelerator. In our whitepaper, we already analyzed those benefits in depth. But one question that is sometimes tricky for people is: how much?

This is especially relevant when preparing a business case. Should you or should you not do an accelerator? What are the benefits, the costs, what do the numbers say? And sometimes you have to discuss with others in the corporation, why it’s a good idea to engage with startups. For those moments, it’s good to have some figures with you. 

That’s why we decided to build an economic model of the benefits; the Nestholma Business Case Builder. And we’re sharing Read more »

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Startups: when you apply to any of our accelerators or BankAccess programs, you’ll be exposed to all of our bank partners operating in 20+ countries in addition to TEB. 

Türk Ekonomi Bankası (TEB) is a reputable institution in the Turkish banking sector operating with its more than 500 branches and about 10,000 employees throughout the country. Since its establishment in 1927, with its expanded network of branches and a diversified range of products and services, TEB has pursued operating in various fields of the banking sector.

In 2005, BNP Paribas, one of the strongest banks in the world Read more »

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China has been the number one market in fintech for a while now, and India is right behind it. But will 3rd king of the market be the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)?

At first, saying so might feel a bit surprising, random even. Sure, there are some great success stories like Prezi, Ustream, LogMeIn coming from there, but calling the area the next big fintech market – maybe a bit too much. Except when you dig deeper you can see that it has many similarities with the current fintech leaders; in e.g. consumer mentality and environment, regulations Read more »