• Fintech Acceleration Programme

  • The NadiFin Acceleration programme powered by MiddleGame Ventures in partnership with the LHoFT focuses exclusively on cutting edge fintech startups that are using AI/ML, Big Data Analytics, Blockchain and other “deeptech” tools to create seamless solutions and businesses for the European financial services market.

     

    NadiFin brings together startups from around the globe over two in person sessions in two weeklong sessions in Luxembourg and Dublin, to learn and engage through a unique curriculum to help entrepreneurs scale their businesses for profitable growth. The programme is built from the ground up with experienced Venture Capital knowledge in tandem with key financial services partners working on key Proof of Concept challenges.

     

    The NadiFin programme engages a broad network of investors and strategic partners to facilitate real-world progress outside the classroom. The cohort will compete in a trademarked peer-voting startup accelerator curriculum (powered by Village Capital) leading to a €100,000 investment from MiddleGame Ventures.

  • powered by

    MiddleGame Ventures is a venture capital firm focused exclusively on early-stage fintech startups. MGV partners have invested approximately $300 million in financial services firms over the past 10 years.​ They invest in fintech startups based out of Europe or North America that are raising their series A or series B rounds.

  • program partners

    Village Capital finds, trains, and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world problems. We build communities around entrepreneurs and their ventures to improve opportunities for growth and success.

    The LHoFT Foundation is a public - private sector initiative that drives technology innovation for Luxembourg’s financial services industry, connecting the domestic and international Fintech community.

  • programme

    The NadiFin programme curriculum integrates mentors, speakers, investors, and peers to help startups grow to the next level across all of their key strategic vectors (i.e., value proposition, team, business model mapping, fund-raising, etc). Each workshop will take place over 4 days during which various modules will be taught, including sessions where mentors, sponsors and ecosystem actors will interact with startups, supplemented by networking opportunities where startups and the broader ecosystem will be able to interact. Between the 2 workshops, a one day webinar will be held.

     

    NOTE: To be eligible for consideration, applicants must also have at least one full-time team member; a minimum viable product; and meaningful customer traction or business validation (not necessarily defined as revenue, can also be successful pilot studies, number of users, and/or strategic partnerships) and be able to travel to Luxembourg and Dublin to attend all workshops for the programme dates highlighted below.

    Acceleration

    Our programs bring focused on getting you closer to your next round of investment by meeting with top fintech investors accelerating your diligence of investors for your next round.

    Investment

    The cohort competes in a trademarked peer-voting startup accelerator curriculum (powered by Village Capital) leading to a €100,000 investment from MiddleGame Ventures.

    Community

    Join our global community We’ve worked with more than 1,000 entrepreneurs in dozens of countries worldwide. Our global networks means you get access to a wide range of perspectives.

  • how it works

    You’ll spend 9 intensive days with peer entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and potential customers from March to May for two workshops in Luxembourg and Dublin and a one day webinar.
     
    Participating companies will be directly connected with potential strategic partners and investors through curated events while also giving and receiving in-depth feedback from your peers.
     
     

    Workshops

    March 23-April 27th

    Dublin

    April 22nd

    1 day webinar

    May 11th-15th

    Luxembourg

    Applications

    Opening: Jan 6th

    Selection: Feb 21st

  • NadiFin 2020 programme wait list

    Please use the form below to register your interest to be updated when our next NadiFin programme applications go live.

  • NadiFin Alumni

    Meet the teams from our 2019 program including:

  • programme partners

  • meet the team

    Pascal Bouvier

    GP MiddleGame VC

    Pascal is the co-founder and managing partner of MiddleGame Ventures. Prior to that he served as Venture Partner with Santander InnoVentures and co-founded the fintech venture arm of Route 66 Ventures. Before becoming a venture capital investor, Pascal was an operator with a variety of startups and high growth small firms in software and software services. Pascal started his career in banking. He learned and practiced commercial banking and merchant banking back in Europe.

    Michael Meyer

    GP MiddleGame VC

    Michael is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Middlegame Ventures. Prior to that, he co-founded Route 66 Ventures, a leading fintech venture firm. Michael also co-founded RegTechLab and is Vice Chair of the International Regtech Association. Prior to these, Michael was CEO of Goal Financial and Goal Structured Solutions. Over his career, Michael has been an investor in multiple asset classes as well as an operator in financial services and non-financial services. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Darden School of Business.

     

    Patrick Pinschmidt

    GP MiddleGame VC

    Patrick is a General Partner with Middlegame Ventures. Prior to joining Middlegame, he was a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Treasury where he served as the first Executive Director of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. He was tasked with standing up the post-financial crisis entity for regulatory coordination and managed the Council’s activities spanning 15 agencies across the U.S. financial regulatory system. Prior to his government service, Patrick spent a decade as a sell-side financial institutions and capital markets analyst, where he was the lead analyst at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch for the brokers, exchanges, and financial technology sector.

    Gene Murphy

    Programme M.D.

    Gene is programme MD at the Nadifin Acceleration programme and recently was E.I.R. at Bank of Ireland's working in the innovation team on programmes to support fintech's through incubation programmes. He is a Co-Founder Startup Boost a global pre-accelerator programme for pre seed startups and works with startup communities, city's and VC funds to increase opportunities for entrepreneurs working closely with them to help them achieve their next step in their companies growth.

    Nasir Zubairi

    The LHoFT CEO

    Nasir is CEO of The LHoFT - The Luxembourg House of Financial Technology, a public/private sector initiative to drive fintech innovation in Luxembourg. He is also a Non-Executive Board Director of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) S.A and sits on the IMF’s High Level Advisory Group on Finance and Technology. Nasir has worked in Financial Services for 20 years. He spent 13 years working within Capital Markets at RBS, ICAP, HSBC and EBS. He has been immersed in the Fintech and startup sector for the past seven years. As an entrepreneur, Nasir has built multiple Fintech businesses across verticals. He has advised the boards of leading financial institutions, central banks and governments.

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