PRESS RELEASE - January 15, 2020
TITLE: NADIFIN FINTECH ACCELERATOR PROGRAM APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2020
Applications for the NadiFin Fintech Accelerator program are now open. We seek global fintechs that are post seed and pre series B working to improve financial service experiences in Europe.Applications open for the second year of the NadiFin Accelerator program for early-stage fintech startups creating unique solutions across the global financial services market.
Luxembourg: Applications are now open through February 21 for the NadiFin Fintech Acceleration program powered by venture capital fund MiddleGame Ventures. The effort is supported by ecosystem partners the LHoFT concluding in Luxembourg (week of May 11) during the ICT Spring Europe event and at the LHoFT (Luxembourg House of Financial Technology), Enterprise Ireland, the B.P.F.I. and Huckeltree. NadiFin brings together post-seed through pre-series B stage fintech companies to learn and engage through a unique curriculum and a series of workshops led by experienced fintech VCs including Pascal Bouvier of MiddleGame Ventures.
Pascal Bouvier, Managing Partner, MiddleGame Ventures announced, “We are delighted to build on the success of the 2019 program and welcome the second NadiFin cohort. I have always been fascinated with what the next generation accelerator looks like. We believe that NadiFin is an evolution for accelerator programs. First, it is investor-led and incumbent driven. Second, the peer-to-peer focus (learning, ranking) of the program is ideal for a startup team to fully digest and implement the curriculum. I look forward to interacting with every startup selected as I will be one of the facilitators for each workshop”.
Up to 12 promising fintech companies from around the world will convene at NadiFin over two, five-day workshops beginning in Dublin (week of March 30) taking place at Huckeltree Dublin and concluding in Luxembourg (week of May 11) at ICT Spring Europe event and the LHoFT (Luxembourg House of FinTech). The program focuses exclusively on cutting-edge fintechs that use Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics, Blockchain and other ‘deeptech’ tools to create seamless solutions and businesses for the financial services market and are preparing to raise their series A or B round.
Rupert Schneider, Co-Founder and CEO of Gardenia Technologies, a graduate of NadiFin 2019, noted that the program provided “very valuable perspectives on my business; the opportunity to meet some fantastic entrepreneurs and great mentors; potential future clients and partners; and an investment from very credible investors".
NadiFin features a bespoke curriculum built to prepare entrepreneurs for scaling their businesses for profitable growth. The program is uniquely built from the ground up with experienced investor knowledge from MiddleGame Ventures, supplemented by key learnings from previous participants, in tandem with input from financial services partners.
“The NadiFin program gave our team great insights from the best minds in the fintech industry and helped us refine aspects of our business model that have subsequently had a meaningful impact on our company’s performance,” said John Byrne, CEO of Irish regtech company Corlytics, a participant in the 2019 program.
The curriculum integrates mentors, speakers, investors, and peers to help the selected cohort grow to the next level across all of their key strategic vectors (e.g., value proposition, team, business model mapping, fund-raising). The NadiFin Fintech Accelerator Program 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.
Each workshop will take place over five days during which specific modules will be taught, including sessions where mentors, sponsors and ecosystem actors will interact with the cohort, supplemented by networking opportunities (dinner, cocktail hours) where the broader ecosystem in the respective host cities and across Europe will be able to interact. The first workshop takes place during the week of March 30 in Dublin, with the concluding week in Luxembourg (week of May 11) during the ICT Spring Europe event and at the LHoFT (Luxembourg House of Financial Technology
How to apply
Fintechs that are preparing to raise their series A or B round can now apply to the NadiFin Fintech Acceleration Program by going to www.nadifin.com and completing the application process before February 21, 2020. Applications will be reviewed by the selection committee composed of MiddleGame Ventures (MGV), advisory board members, sponsors and select mentors.
NadiFin is a new breed of accelerator. Launched by MiddleGame Ventures in 2019 and based in Luxembourg, it focuses exclusively on cutting edge Fintechs that are using AI/ML, Big Data Analytics, Blockchain and other ‘deeptech’ tools to create seamless solutions and businesses for the financial services market. Apply now through February 21 at www.nadifin.com
About MiddleGame Ventures
Luxembourg-based MiddleGame Ventures (MGV) is a leading financial services technology venture capital firm with a focus on supporting innovation in the financial sector as organisations reinvent themselves to compete and service clients in the digital age.
Central to MGV’s thesis is that disruption in banking, payments, capital markets, asset management and insurance business models by new intermediaries will drive a fundamental re-architecting of incumbents and create entirely new value chains.
MGV is well-positioned to help this financial services renaissance based on the founding team’s extensive investment, operational and regulatory experience.
MGV was established in 2018 by Pascal Bouvier, Michael Meyer and Patrick Pinschmidt. Bouvier and Meyer have substantial FinTech investment experience having co-founded Route 66 Ventures and consulted with Santander InnoVentures. Pinschmidt was a senior official at the US Treasury Department following a decade as a sell-side research analyst covering financial services for Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch.
MGV is headquartered in Luxembourg with offices in Dublin and Washington DC.
For more information on the MGV team, strategy and portfolio, please visit www.middlegamevc.com.
About The LHoFT Foundation
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 to develop solutions that shape the world of tomorrow. Senior executives from 13 leading private sector institutions sit on our board as leadership circle partners alongside representatives from the Luxembourg Government, such as its Chairman, Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg Minister of Finance, as well as leaders of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, Luxembourg for Finance and PROFIL, the Luxembourg Financial Industry Federation. www.lhoft.com
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