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Fintech Technology companies to meet international investors and corporates

Geneva – April 15, 2016 – Next May the 3rd and 4th, the first Tech Tour & IVC Fintech Summit will bring to Paris a delegation of 100 international investors of the highest caliber, actively looking to invest in innovative Fintech companies. They will be joined by the key French stakeholders, both public and private: the French Treasury, national banking and insurance associations (FBF and FFSA), Paris Europlace and CroissancePlus and supported by Oakland Partners and its Global Partners Pictet & Cie and Orrick.

Fintech is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world venture capital sphere and this digital revolution will clearly disrupt the whole banking, insurance and finance industry in the years to come.  “Global investment in financial-technology (Fintech) ventures tripled from $4.05 billion in 2013 to $12.2 billion in 2014, with Europe being the fastest growing region in the world, according to a new report by Accenture (NYSE:ACN). Last year, Fintech investment increased at more than three times the rate of overall venture capital investment.” ¹

Since 1998, the Tech Tour has established itself as the leading showcase for growth-stage technology companies in Europe. As is customary for the Digital Tech, Healthtech and Cleantech Summits, the inaugural Fintech Summit will showcase 20 European Fintech growth companies selected by an international committee of venture capital investors in the field. These will broach all sectors in the nascent industry:

  • Payment & Transaction Services
  • Tools & Software
  • Financial Services & Banking
  • Risk & Fraud Management & Blockchain

Participants will gather for the opening networking dinner to celebrate the entrepreneurs the evening of May 3rd at Cercle de l’Union Interalliée.

Three plenary panel discussions will convene industry leaders on:

  1. How Fintech and Blockchain technologies are remodeling the financial industry through the active involvement of banks and insurance companies, even more than start-ups.
  2. Fintech perspectives in France for entrepreneurs and financiers.
  3. Fraud, Security, Money laundering and Transparency issues, which will play a key role in determining, beyond the hype, the true success of this technology wave.

The Summit attracts a high-level and exclusive group of the key Fintech players who are spearheading development in this rapidly growing sector. It will be co-hosted by CroissancePlus, the French growth entrepreneurs’ association, and Paris Europlace, the official organization in charge of promoting and developing the Paris financial marketplace, in partnership with Bpifrance, France’s public investment bank and strategic national fund, Fédération Française des Sociétés d’Assurance and Fédération des Banques Françaises.

It will provide:

  • Entrepreneurial companies with a significant opportunity to gain visibility among the European Fintech investment community as well as access to a very large potential pool of capital; and
  • Banking, insurance and finance executives, with a unique opportunity to discuss the trends, and innovation with the investors and entrepreneurs.

Confirmed Speakers for May 4 include:

  • Kerry Agiasotis, Western Union Business Solutions
  • Bruno Bézard, Director General, The French Treasury
  • Arnaux Caudoux, Chief Financial Officer, BPI France
  • Stanislas de Bentzmann, President, CroissancePlus, CEO of Devoteam
  • Philippe Dewost, Caisse des Depots et Consignations
  • Guillaume-Olivier Doré, CEO at Robin’Finance and Fintech-Mag
  • Cyril Lalo, Co-Founder & CEO, NagraID Security
  • Nicolas Lesur, Financement Participatif France
  • Olivier Millet, Chairman of the Board, EURAZEO PME and VP, AFIC
  • Alain Papiasse, Deputy COO, BNP Paribas and President of the Steering Committee Paris Europlace
  • Jean Rognetta, Delegate General, Croissance Plus
  • Livio Scalvini, Director corporate innovation,Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Bernard Spitz, President, Fédération Française des Sociétés d’Assurance
  • Frédéric Tardy, Chief Marketing & Distribution Officer, AXA

Commenting on the Tech Tour Forum Selection Committee Process, Baruk Pilo Managing Director of Oakland Partners and VP & Head of Selection CommitteeThe good news is that European Fintech is producing a great number of innovative projects in Asset Management, Insurance, Fraud Management, Payments, Blockchain, Banking and Software. This made the task of the Selection Committee very challenging, as we reviewed close to 300 companies all across Europe over the last 2 months in order to select the top 20.”

Selection Committee Members:

360° Capital Partners, Accel Partners, Atlante Ventures, Axa Strategic Ventures, BPI France, Caixa Capital, CapHorn Invest, Cisco Systems, DealMarket, Earlybird Venture Capital, Eggsplore, Eight Roads Ventures, FR Development, Idinvest Partners, INKEF Capital, Jolt Capital, Mangrove Capital Partners S.A., Microsoft Ltd UK, New Alpha Asset Management, Octopus Ventures, Partech Ventures, Red Bridge, Samsung Electronics, Serena Capital, Seventure Partners SA, Shiraz Partners, SmartFin Capital, Stardust Ventures, True Global Ventures, United Ventures, Ventech, Visa, and Xange Private Equity.



About The Tech Tour

Tech Tour was founded in Geneva in 1998 in response to the growing interest in emerging technology companies in various European regions. Tech Tour brings together investors and high-tech entrepreneurs through its highly successful events. Tech Tour focuses on selecting the highest quality companies for its events and as a result selected companies have been very successful in obtaining funding. Tech Tour over the years has built a very strong and inter-connected community of Entrepreneurs, Investors, Government influencers, Industry experts and Advisers. This community comes together regularly to network, collaborate and to invest their time and money in furthering the high-tech innovation ecosystem in Europe.

About CroissancePlus-PMEfinance

CroissancePlus is the main entrepreneur’s association in France. Its ca. 500 members lead the country’s fastest-growing companies and share their success with employees and stakeholders. They militantly promote entrepreneurship in France and Europe, with high ethical values. CroissancePlus’ international network, ranging from China to California, provides members with immediate leverage on their growth paths.  On September 2015, CroissancePlus merged with PMEfinance, a non political think tank bringing together leading entrepreneurs of every sector and financiers involved with innovation or small caps, in public and private equity, with a particular focus on venture capital and fintechs.

Contact Croissance Plus: Thibault Baranger, Policy Officer, Tel: +33

About Oakland Partners

Oakland Partners provides M&A and Corporate Finance advice to High Tech Companies. Oakland Partners, based in London, has a presence in Paris, Madrid and Tel-Aviv. Our Partners advised companies for M&A transactions and Private Placements for the last 17 years. We have key relationships with both global acquirers of technology companies and long standing relationships with IT giants: IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Google, Intel, ARM, Qualcomm, Symantec,, HP, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, RIM, NEC, Rakuten, Samsung and many others. Oakland Partners industries expertise are: Cybersecurity and Forensics, Big-Data, Fintech, Mobile/Wireless, Cloud, Enterprise Software and SaaS, Storage and Communications Networks, Luxury Goods and E-commerce, Marketing, Digital Media. Our success as a Corporate Finance firm is ultimately measured by the 900 M$ in cumulated transactions done to date by our Partners.

About Paris Europlace

Paris Europlace is the organization in charge of promoting and developing the Paris financial marketplace. It brings together and represents a great variety of players active in the financial industry: issuers, investors, banks, insurance companies and financial intermediaries, whether they are French or non-French entities. As a privileged intermediary with the European and French authorities with which it maintains an ongoing and constructive dialogue, Paris EUROPLACE initiates proposals for the collective benefits of the financial centre.

Contact Paris Europlace: Alain Pithon, General Secretary, Tel: +33 1 70 98 06 40

About BPI France

BPI France is a public investment bank that finances businesses from the seed phase to transfer to stock exchange listing, through loans, guarantees and equity.

EuroQuity is the digital ecosystem created by BPI France to put growth companies in contact with development partners and with investors in particular.

Media Contacts

Rumeur Publique PR Agency: Stéphanie Muthelet, Account Director, , Tel: +33 2 33 73 87 76

Or Tech Tour Media & Public Relations: Simone Theiss, Managing Director,, Tel: +41 22 518 4722 and Murielle Uny, Digital Marketing Specialist,

¹ Source: Accenture Report ‘The Future of Fintech and Banking. Digitally disrupted or reimagined?’

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