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Celebrating International Women’s Day at FinovateEurope

The midway point of FinovateEurope falls on a notable holiday– International Women’s Day. This combination makes it the perfect time to celebrate all of the women who have graced the Finovate stage over the past two days.

Out of our 68 demoing companies, 21 were represented by women presenters– that’s 31%. This figure is 35% higher than at FinovateEurope last year, when 23% of the presenting companies were represented by a woman on stage. And it’s 55% higher than at FinovateEurope 2016, when 20% of the companies featured a woman on stage; more than 2x higher than FinovateEurope 2015, where 15% of the companies had female speakers; and a huge leap from our first event in 2007 with zero (see note 1).

These numbers spell out definitive progress. And with this in mind let’s celebrate women in fintech today– and every day, recognize how far we’ve come, and make an effort to foster a more inclusive environment within our industry.

The companies appear in demo order:

ApPello

Bernadett Nagy and Agnes Magyar

 

Opentech

Lisa Ann Caringi

 

ebankIT

Diana Winstanley

 

Google & KBC Bank

Petrina Grady and Deniz Oran

 

Avaloq

Esther Kaufmann

 

Salt Edge

Lisa Terziman-Gutu

 

CASHOFF

Yulia Clarke and Lina Perez

 

Horizn

Janice Diner

 

Fintech OS

Paula Costea

 

Electronic IDentification

Patricia Diez Diez

 

3rd-eyes

Stephanie Feight

 

Exate Technology

Sonal Rattan

 

IBM Trusteer

Eileen Turner and Sarit Kozokin

 

ING

Iwona Ziolkowska and Ewa Szerszen

 

CREALOGIX

Jo Howes and Eszter Vass

 

Solna

Inna Kaushan and Fatima Ayoub

 

Sensibill and NatWest

Wincie Wong

 

Smart Valley

Dr. Anna Elmirayeva

 

Partner HUB

Katalin Kauzli

 

SMART VALOR

Olga Feldmeier

 

ITSector

Luisa Silva


Editor’s Note: While sadly it’s true that no women were on stage during the 20 demos of the first Finovate. One company, iPay Technologies, was founded by Dana Bowers, but she chose not to speak that day. And Finovate might not even exist if it wasn’t for Melanie Flanagan, then Marketing Manager at Yodlee (also co-founded by a woman), who was the first person to agree to demo. Finally, Susan Hawkins, then SVP at Metavante,was instrumental in getting both her company and Monitise on stage. So there you have it, woman called the shots for at least 20% of Finovate v1.0’s content, even if they ended up delegating the on-stage pitching to men. Thanks Melanie, Dana and Susan! — Jim Bruene, Founder