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The Convergence of

the Real and Financial Sectors

in SME Finance

07-09 October - Amsterdam





The Convergence of the Real and Financial Sectors in SME Finance

07-09 October - Amsterdam


Global SME Finance Awards 2019


Showcase your Good Practices

in SME Finance:


Enter the Award competition Now!

Global SME Finance Awards 2019

Showcase your Good Practices in SME Finance: Enter the Award competition Now!


Why attend

Globally, some of the largest and fastest growing SME financiers may not have started as banks. From tech companies, logistics firms, commodities traders, and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods distributors, financial institutions are facing increasing competition from the real sector in financing small businesses. The real sector firms enjoy a competitive advantage in the form of large amounts of data and analytical skills, which give them insights into the behaviors of SME borrowers.

How will traditional financial institutions cope with this competition from the real sector? And are there untapped opportunities from these new competitors? The Global SME Finance Forum will examine the different ways in which the real sector has entered the SME finance space, and the various ways in which financiers are coping with the “new kids on the block.”

This year, we will celebrate the 5th anniversary of our annual flagship event and 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 and a gala dinner. We will also be announcing the winners of the Global SME Finance Awards 2019. Endorsed by the G20 countries’ Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, these awards recognize outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies in delivering innovative products and services to their SME clients.

To get a sense of what to expect from the event, take a look at this video highlight from our Global SME Finance Forum 2018 in Madrid! 


Learn about industry trends


Meet industry leaders


Make partnerships & business deals

Study Tours

The SME Finance Forum's study visits are an integral part of the peer learning opportunities offered to our members. Whether you are looking to expand your SME lending, in the nascent stage of your SME lending, or just thinking about starting SME lending, study visits offer the opportunity to learn best practices from highly respected peers.

During the visits organized in Amsterdam and other Dutch cities, you will have the opportunity to learn about the latest fintech innovations and good practice in SME banking and non-financial services from local institutions. We will take our members to Funding Circle, Medical Credit Fund, TCX Fund, Rabobank, TREFI and Child & Youth Finance International.


By hedging currency risk, TCX contributes to more sustainable development in emerging and frontier markets. Its aim is to develop local capital markets, while protecting its shareholders’ investments and their clients.

Funding Circle

Funding Circle is a global SME loans platform, connecting SMEs who want to borrow with investors who want to lend in the UK, US, Germany and the Netherlands. Since launching in 2010, investors have lent more than €8bn to 68,000 businesses globally.

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The Medical Credit Fund

The Medical Credit Fund (MCF) is the first and only fund dedicated to providing loans to SMEs in the health sector in Africa. Its innovative approach combines financing with technical assistance supporting business and quality improvement

Venue and Accommodation

Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol - Book NOW!

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  • Enhance your brand awareness and be associated with the Global SME Finance Awards whose winners will be announced during the event
  • Develop your business during study visits, B2B marketplace and network with techpitch presenters and speakers
  • Join trusted repeated sponsors (Mastercard, Credit Ease, Experian, BBVA, Strands, Mastercard Foundation....)

Sponsorhip opportunities are limited and offered on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Please reach out to Hourn Thy, Head of Operations if interested.

Strategic Partners

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