Digitization of SME Finance


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Global SME Finance Forum 2016

+400 Attendees
+60 Speakers
+180 Institutions



BBVA Open Talent 2017

Join us in Berlin for the Award Ceremony hosted by the SME Finance Forum


Why Attend

The Global SME Finance Forum 2017 will be held November 1-3 in Berlin, Germany. The annual flagship event of the SME Finance Forum will bring 400+ senior executives from commercial banks, development finance institutions, fintech companies, as well as regulators to focus on leveraging digital banking to serve MSMEs.

This event will inspire participants to think beyond traditional banking mainstays such as SME collection strategies, sales tools, and credit risk management, and to explore new innovations that improve their competitive edge and enable them to better serve their MSME clients. From the fast-changing landscape of blockchain technology to growing application of AI in chatbots and customer analytics, the digitization of banking is set to take the SME financing industry to the new level.

The action-packed 3–day event will include study visits to high-performing institutions, a B2B marketplace, fintech expos, panels, working groups as well as networking sessions. During the gala dinner, attendees will get the opportunity to meet the winner of BBVA's Open Talent Competition 2017, a global fintech challenge for startups.

Along with highlighting best practices and top institutions from around the globe, the forum will provide ample opportunities for networking, knowledge exchange and peer learning from participants. Through these sessions, breakouts and networking opportunities, SME leaders will discuss the latest trends, witness demonstrations of fintechs and consider specific investment and partnership proposals.
The event is hosted by the SME Finance Forum, which runs a global membership network bringing together 100+ banks, fintech companies and development finance institutions to share knowledge, promote collaboration and inform policy


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SumUp is a leading financial technology company that is set to become the first ever global card acceptance brand. The company enables businesses to accept card payments at the point of sale or on the go. The company has gone on to develop a full suite of SDKs and APIs for third parties to integrate card payments into their mobile apps.


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Bitbond is the first global marketplace lending platform for small business loans. In October 2016 Bitbond received their own regulatory license by German financial services supervisor BaFin. Bitbond uses the bitcoin blockchain for payment processing and is one of the few fully regulated and licensed blockchain based financial services providers.

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Mambu is the core engine powering digital first banking and lending. We provide financial institutions of all sizes with the agility to rapidly design, launch, and service their banking and lending portfolio. With over 180 live operations in 40 countries, Mambu helps financial institutions thrive in the digital age.

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Spotcap allows SMEs to focus on what really matters - their business. The company has developed a sophisticated and dynamic decision process, assessing the real-time performance of businesses to grant short-term credit lines and loans. Headquartered in Germany, Spotcap also operates in Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, UK and New Zealand.

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Market Place

AMP Credit Technologies

AMP Credit Technologies provides loan origination, servicing and risk management solutions to banks and other institutions to increase profitability, improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and extend the scope of their small business lending activities.

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BDC's mission is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and indirect financing, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

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CDC is the UK’s Development Finance Institution (DFI) with a mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people's lives in some of the world's poorest places.

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For data-driven, digital lenders, EFL uses alternative data to score anyone, anywhere and creates a path for un(der)banked consumers and small businesses to earn credit.  

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Fin2B provides alternative financing solutions to SMEs, which have challenges in obtaining access to finance to grow.  Our primary goal is to expand access to finance for SMEs by driving innovations B2b supply chain

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IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. We provide investment and advisory services to financial institutions, as well as fintechs, for the mission of financial inclusion.

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KfW Development Bank is both an experienced bank and an institution specialising in developmental policy. We help our partners to fight poverty, maintain peace, protect the environment and shape globalisation in an appropriate way.

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OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help address critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy and national security priorities.

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Strands is the FinTech partner for Banks, leveraging 10+ years of expertise in Big Data and Machine Learning. Strands BFM (Business Financial Management), easily integrated with any core banking system, is a simple and powerful solution that helps SME owners better understand and manage their finances.

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Triodos is a globally active impact investor with 20+year emerging markets experience. They use values-driven approach with both (subordinated) debt & equity financial instruments.

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Verde International

Verde International fully automates underwriting and integrates behavioral, econometric and financial models with offer optimization to maximize returns for all stakeholders. Aurora collects customer and market data to engineer offers that satisfy lenders, investors, borrowers, regulators, among others.

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The mission of DEG, a subsidiary of KfW (German government-owned development bank), is to promote business initiative in developing and emerging market. To this end, they make long-term financing and advice available to private enterprises investing in these countries. With a portfolio of around EUR 8.6 billion in over 80 countries DEG is one of the world's largest private-sector development financiers.

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Non-Members - Full Price


Non-Members - Early Bird Rate Until Sept 29


SME Finance Forum Members





We are pleased to offer platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsorship tiers starting from $15,000.

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



Berlin, Germany

Intercontinental Berlin


Participants may enjoy a special hotel room rate at Intercontinental Berlin.

Other accommodation options are available at Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Center-West, Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre and Pestana Berlin Tiergarten, all within walking distance from the event venue.

Visa and Travel Arrangements

Participants are encouraged to apply for a Fair and Exhibitions Visa at a German embassy. Once event registration has been completed, participants are provided with an electronic event ticket and agenda for submission. We strongly recommend participants to register early and apply for a German or Schengen visa as sometimes visa procedures can take between 4-6 weeks. Visa FAQs.

You can fly into either Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) or Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL).  Schoenefeld Airport (SXF) is situated 18 km from the city center, to the south-east of the city. Tegel Airport (TXL) is approximately 8 km to the city center. Cancellation or change of travel reservations is the sole responsibility of the attendee.

Transportation will not be provided to or from the airports. A taxi from Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) is approximately 20 Euros and a taxi from Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) is approximately 50 Euros.