FinPINTech: Swiss FinTech Landscape

The Phenomenon of FinTechs has taken a big dimension over the world, and new financial technologies are coming to the market every day. Switzerland places itself as a worldwide leader in FinTech, and many start-ups decided to relocate their companies there. A regulatory ecosystem is one of the most influential points. Indeed, the financial sector is very much linked to regulatory and having the support of the government is a great added value to this new FinTech era. Providers of cryptocurrencies solutions are the first ones to benefit from these advantages.

The canton of Zug with its famously known “Crypto Valley” is considered a global center for cryptocurrencies where new storage solutions or new digital currencies are developed. The success of this crypto-movement has many factors: finance tradition, stable democracy, robust IT environment, innovative ecosystem and high-skilled workforce. Switzerland as a small country with eased contact between all the players and fast bureaucracies, facilitates this process of market entry to the country. Companies in the region are also forming clusters to offer expertise in Crypto securities. That’s the case of Douglas Bakkum, CEO of Shift devices, a startup that provides a cryptocurrency hardware wallet called Bitbox, who presented this Panel with Marc Lussy, senior advisor and mentor at F10, a leading Swiss Fintech Incubator & Accelerator in Zurich.

These two experts brought an interesting debate about the overall topic in this international event organized by swissnex Brazil in partnership with Inovabra Habitat and Swiss Business Hub.


About the speakers:

Douglas Bakkum
Douglas co-founded SHIFT Cryptosecurity and is the inventor of the Bitbox cryptocurrency hardware wallet. SHIFT builds personal physical keys for the digital world. These keys solve the problem of how digital assets can be secured most safely and are still simple to use. Douglas is an accomplished neuroengineering scientist (Ph.D. Georgia Tech) and former group leader at ETH Zürich (6 years) with a diverse background spanning mechanical engineering (M.Sc. and B.Sc.), AI, cognitive science, and robotics. He also works in the bio-art field, with the Meart and CellF projects, exhibited around the world and awarded with numerous prizes.

Marc Lussy
Marc is a Fintech influencer and senior advisor and mentor at F10, the leading Swiss Fintech Incubator & Accelerator. He is a partner at IBO, a growth state Fintech startup and an independent adviser on digitization. Marc shares his insights as a blogger and as a lecturer for digitization, banking, and leadership at various universities. Before his role as an advisor, Marc Lussy worked as a trader and in wealth management for a decade. Subsequently, he held senior management positions at various banks and were in charge of large-scale change-management and IT projects.

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