19-21 September

Beijing / China


Global SME Finance Forum 2015

+180 Attendees
37 Speakers
95 Institutions




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Why Attend

The Global SME Finance Forum 2016 will bring together leaders from banks, fintech companies and development finance institutions. Taking place in Beijing, China from September 19-21, this year’s conference will explore innovations and new opportunities in small business finance. The event will feature:

Interactive Sessions: We are bringing together the world’s leading experts to shed light on issues and share good practice examples ranging from SME finance regulation, financing women entrepreneurs and trade/ supply chain finance to applications and impacts of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence in the financial sector. Our goal is to bring you a powerful and engaging learning experience. You will have ample opportunities to ask questions and interact with the speakers.

Fintech Demos and Exhibits: The event will include demos and exhibits from leading fintech firms that are promoting small business finance. The fintech demos will be organized under four main themes – trade and supply chain finance, big data/ risk management, non-financial services and payment/ remittances. Fintech booths are also available for purchase.

Marketplace: Is your fintech start-up looking for financing? Are you a bank or VC in search of business opportunities? Is your bank interested in receiving investment and/or advisory services from a development finance institution? The 90 minute B2B Marketplace will help to connect vendors with potential buyers. Join the 30 Institutions already registered, sign up using our scheduling tool.

Study Visits (members only):  You can choose between two exciting business visits to search for inspiration and gain in-depth knowledge of best practices. The study visits are a blend of professional knowledge-building and on-site visits. The hosts for this year’s study visits are DHGate (a leading B2B ecommerce platform), Bank of China and CreditEase (the largest peer-to-peer lender in the world).


Knowledge Sharing




Business Deals

Our partners


Study visits (members only)

Members can choose between three exciting business visits to search for inspiration and gain in-depth knowledge of best practices. The study visits are a blend of professional knowledge-building and on-site visits. The hosts for this year’s study visits are DHGate (a leading B2B ecommerce platform) , Bank of China and CreditEase (the largest peer-to-peer lender in the world).


Matt Gamser, CEO, SME Finance Forum


Ning Tang, CEO, CreditEase

Innovation in Electronic Payment Adoption: The Case for a $19 Trillion Opportunity

Ghada Teima, Lead Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank Group

Fintech Sessions

Financial institutions often face similar challenges as they seek to expand their services to small businesses. During these sessions, explore technology solutions designed to overcome these challenges, expand services offered to small business customers, or to streamline existing services.

Big Data and Risk Management - 14:30 - 15:25

Break - 15:25 - 15:40

Nonfinancial Services - 15:40 - 16:35

Payments and Remittances - 16:35 - 17:15


The Marketplace

Sign up for one-on-one introductory meetings with investors or grantors that are interested expanding quality financial services in emerging economies through fintech solutions and financial institutions.

Welcome Reception

What FinTech can learn from Pharma and Why SMEs are counting it

Michael Turner, Founder, President and CEO, PERC

Welcome remarks

Marcos Bruijis, Global Director, International Finance Corporation

Matt Gamser, CEO, SME Finance Forum

Why Financial Reforms are Vital for SMEs: China’s Experiences

What are the financial reforms and why are they necessary?  Have they all been successful?  What are learned the lessons?


Headwinds and Tailwinds in SME Finance Regulation

Policy and regulation are a fact of life for SME finance.  If well-designed and implemented, they ​can promote sustainable growth in SME finance.  What are examples of regulation and policy ​that benefit SME finance?​  What lessons are being learned about how to avoid unintended consequences of regulation to​ promote SME growth?  What new policies or regulations would benefit SME finance?

SME Finance Forum in Review



Dennis Chang, Division President, MasterCard

Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology: A Game Changer for

“Blockchain” and “distributed ledger” are often described as the new frontier in financial services. But what is it? How does it work? What advantages does it have over current systems? What’s been the experience so far of financial institutions that are embracing it – what are the learnings? And how do regulators react to this new technology?


Case Studies: International Good Practices to Expand SME Finance

Financing Women Entrepreneurs
One-third of private businesses are owned or operated by women – and yet 80% of those needing credit can’t get as much they need.  Women-owned businesses face the same challenges as other SMEs, plus more due to legal constraints and social norms.   Learn how banks have turned lending to women entrepreneurs into a competitive advantage.

Asset-Based Lending:  Moving Beyond Reliance on Fixed Assets
Collateral is a major constraint limiting lending to SMEs as many cannot prove ownership of land, the traditional form of collateral.  But most SMEs have other assets such as receivables and inventory.  Learn from financial institutions and fintechs who have mastered this method of providing much-needed credit to SMEs.

Workshop: Customer Input in New Product Design
“Start with the customer” is the common wisdom in designing new products and services.  In this hands-on workshop, you will experience two very different methodologies for incorporating the customer perspective.  Note: this session ends at 18.30.

Angels & VCs: Alternative Financing Sources
Start-ups rely on family and friends for capital, in part because financial institutions find them too risky.  Yet some financial institutions are finding innovative ways to fund start-ups, as have angel investors and venture capitalists.  In this session, we’ll explore different approaches to providing start-up SMEs the extra capital they need to grow.


Gala Dinner

Recap of Day 1 - Highlights

Global Trade and Supply Chain Finance: New Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

Supply chain finance is often called the win-win-win—where all parties stand to gain. So why, despite its rapid growth in recent years, is trade and supply chain finance still a largely untapped opportunity?   We’ll hear a range of perspectives from those engaged in trade and supply chain finance, including the global regulating body, about the challenges and opportunities. The session will also include examples illustrating how advances in technology platforms are helping.


Artificial Intelligence: Impact on Financial Sector and SME Finance

Artificial intelligence has risen to prominence once again as a new frontier.  What is the reality – rather than the hype – about how artificial intelligence and machine learning is poised to change SME finance?

Looking ahead

Carol Realini, Author and pioneering fintech investor

Closing remarks

Matt Gamser, CEO, SME Finance Forum


SME Finance Forum Membership Meeting - Members only

SME Finance Forum Board Meeting - Board members only

Fintech DEMO






We are pleased to offer platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsorship tiers for the Global SME Finance Forum 2016. We aim to provide our sponsors the utmost opportunities to highlight their brands, actively engage in professional networking and make valuable business connections through logo placement, advert, booth, social media recognition and many more channels.

Sponsorship Benefits
  • Make your brand synonymous with the premier gathering of global SME finance leaders
  • Enjoy ongoing promotion of your brand on our website and social media channels
  • Engage with high-level participants and make valuable business connections

Please see our 2016 Sponsorship Brochure for a full list of sponsorship opportunities.

Media Partner

Caixin Media is a Beijing-based media group dedicated to providing financial and business news and information through online content, periodicals, mobile apps, conferences, books and TV/video programs. Caixin Media aims to blaze a trail that helps traditional media prosper in the new media age through integrated multimedia platforms.