Any small idea can turn out to be a huge and flashy impact in the future; it may sound unbelievable at the beginning, but it is actually the key to many successful businesses nowadays.
While Startups apply in many industries (Consulting, Real Estate, Technology, etc.), the rise of “Fintech” (Financial Technology) has become a hot evolution trend as the new type of innovation that is helping many enterprises these days regarding traditional Financial methods or services. Due to that, Startups & Fintech Talent Forum was hosted on October 23 in IE Madrid Campus with the main objective of introducing our fellow students to both sectors and allowing them to find a variety of opportunities. This event was organized by IE Talent & Careers featuring the company presentations of: Ebury, Verse, Lendix, Revolut, 2gether, ChainGo Tech & N26.
The first to come on stage was Ebury, a company that was founded to help those businesses in need of currency to export & import. It used to be a small company but now is recognized internationally and offers more money than many banks nowadays! They believe that the key factor for a Startup to grow large is that, even if Technology allows for better service, the human touch can´t ever fade away.
The following presentation was Verse, a Startup founded by an International MBA IE Alumni with a Master in Customer Experience and Innovation. Verse allows you to make instant payment through an app while it has different features like “Organize event”. Even though it´s working just fine in the IE community, they are currently working on improvements, such as making the event go public/private, spreadsheet of who paid or not, Verse card, etc.
The third to present was Lendix, a company that focuses on B2B (Business to Business). They started in France and what they basically do is offer loans to Startups & companies. Additionally, transparency is a factor they value a lot. In other words, if a company is about to go bankrupt or have big success, Lendix will let you know right away!
Next up was Revolut, an incredible digital banking alternative that offers solutions (interbank rates, instant transfers without fee…) for people who loves travelling around the world. They value the transparency as well, no hidden fees! They have over 500 employees, 340$ M investment and they have been working with 50.000 businesses around the world.
“We are looking for people not only with Startup minds, but also those who possess Tech background for Finance” said the company representative. Revolut barely spent anything on Marketing, in fact, they only relied on Word of Mouth & Social Media.
The fifth to present was 2gether, also a Startup founded by 3 IE Alumni. By being the first collaborative bank, they want to make it easy enough for people to be oriented, whereas banks are now seen as “they just want to make profits”.
Following up, ChainGo Tech showed everyone the complex value chain for shipping. They want to offer the most innovative software to upload and manage all cargo information, so that people don´t need to spend a lot of time and money on necessary documentation.
Last but not least, N26 presented. This company is an innovative mobile bank that focuses on simplicity, because they believe that it is the best experience so far, as they want to build a bank that the world would love to use.
"Any small idea can turn out to be a huge and flashy impact in the future; it may sound unbelievable at the beginning, but it is actually the key to many successful businesses nowadays"
As one of the IE fundamental pillars: Entrepreneurship, this event led both IE Students and Alumni to take one step forward into the innovation and development of Startups worldwide. After the company presentations, a Networking Hub took place in the Talent Forum as well, companies such as All You Need For Growth, Clicars, Cysae, Entrenarme, Gympass, Lendix, Paycui, Talan, UAV Navigation and many others joined us!
During the event, participants got informed about the different graduate programs of the companies, the type of profiles they are looking for, the skills that a candidate should have to join them, etc. There is no doubt that they were able to connect effectively and make the best out of their time on the forum.
We are proud to say that this event was a success, enriching our fellow students to prove what they are made of, to show the whole world that IE makes the difference.