Fintech reverse pitch: Bridging banks and startups

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The ANZ-Westpac initiative is supported by Funding NSW

Fintech reverse pitch: Bridging banks and startups

The monetary expertise (fintech) sector is poised for a collaborative breakthrough with Westpac and ANZ on the helm of a reverse pitch occasion.

Organised by Fintech Australia and backed by Funding NSW, this occasion goals to deal with main considerations in sustainability, funds, and combating frauds and scams throughout the monetary companies business.

Tackling business challenges collectively

Rehan D’Almeida (pictured above), FinTech Australia’s basic supervisor, highlighted the sensible nature of reverse pitch occasions, highlighting the concentrate on tangible options to the banking sector’s challenges.

“It’s about making certain that it may be executed,” D’Almeida mentioned. “These early-stage firms don’t essentially perceive the challenges banks face round compliance and different points, so it provides them a possibility to find out about these issues and construct options.

“On the opposite facet, it’s about giving monetary establishments a possibility to be extra environment friendly with their funding by integrating a number of the companies from these rising and established tech firms.”

David Walker, Westpac’s chief expertise officer, shared the sentiment, viewing the occasion as a mutual studying expertise.

“This occasion will present us with a possibility to discover new views on how we will sort out critically vital challenges together with how finest we will scale back fraud and scams, assist companies and enhance the sustainability of houses in Australia,” Walker mentioned.

“We sit up for seeing the recent pondering from this dynamic sector.”

Innovating identification verification and fraud safety

One fintech eyeing the chance to pitch is IDverse (also called OCR Labs), identified for its use of generative AI in delivering software program options for buyer identification verification and fraud safety.

Paul Warren-Tape, IDverse’s basic supervisor for Asia-Pacific, defined the corporate’s function in facilitating belief in digital transactions.

“In any enterprise relationship the place there’s belief, you look somebody within the eye and you already know who you’re coping with. In a digital world we nonetheless must know who we’re coping with on the opposite finish of that transaction,” Warren-Tape mentioned.

IDverse’s collaboration with Westpac on the good confirm buyer onboarding course of exemplifies the potential for fintechs to boost banking operations by progressive expertise, together with biometrics.

Past disruption to collaboration

D’Almeida sees this collaborative method as a shift away from the notion of “disruption” within the business. By leveraging the agility of startups and the expertise of established monetary establishments, the sector can obtain vital developments in addressing its challenges.

“Via these collaborative alternatives you may make the most of the strengths of a nimble startup together with the strengths of a monetary establishment – an incumbent that understands the business and has that buyer base, has that belief throughout the business,” he mentioned.

Widespread curiosity and participation

The occasion has garnered appreciable curiosity, with greater than 100 fintech and rising tech firms registered to attend. Whereas the in-person occasion on the Sydney Startup Hub is at full capability, on-line participation stays open, providing a large platform for startups and scaleups to current their options by March 20.

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