Strands to sponsor and speak at the 2016 IFC SME Finance Forum in Beijing

The 2016 Global SME Finance Forum will bring together leaders from banks, fintech companies and development finance institutions. Taking place in Beijing, China from September 19-21, this year’s conference will explore new opportunities and innovation in small business finance.

The Forum will also convene the world’s leading experts to examine issues and share best practice examples ranging from SME finance regulation, financing women entrepreneurs to the impacts of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence impact on the financial sector.

Sme Finance forum Strands

As a FinTech leader, Founding Member of the Forum and official Bronze Sponsor of 2016 event, Strands has been invited to participate in 3 important ways:

1.Interactive Session: Nonfinancial Services

During these FinTech sessions, participants will explore technology solutions designed to overcome business banking challenges, expand financial services offered to small business customers, or to streamline existing services.

In this panel, Strands General Manager Pau Velando will be joined by other FinTech experts from Digivation, FernSoftware, SizeUp and IDMission to talk about how FinTech can innovate non-financial services for SMEs.

2.Interactive Session: Artificial Intelligence Impact on Financial Sector and SME Finance

Artificial intelligence has risen to prominence once again as a new frontier. In this high-level panel, Strands General Manager Pau Velando will be joined by experts from the IFC, IBM and another FinTech (IceKredit) to discuss the reality – rather than the hype – of how artificial intelligence and machine learning is poised to change SME finance.

3. B2B Fintech Marketplace Exhibit and Demo

Sales Director (APAC) Xavier Marcillac will share Strands’ latest innovations making business financial management effortless & efficient for SME banking customers.

Learn more about the SME Finance Forum here. You can find photos and takeaways of Strands at last year’s event here.

The official agenda can be downloaded here.

To follow the event on Twitter, check out #SMEFinance2016.