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Bankia Accelerator by Conector launches its third edition with seven startups that will promote sustainable solutions

The corporate director of Strategy and Technological Innovation; the director of Reputation and RSC; and the director of Sustainability will be some of the directors of the entity that will advise these startups.
 

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By  Communication Bankia

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19 November 2018 - 12:00

  • All selected projects contribute to the optimal use of resources and offer sustainable solutions
  • Bankia executives will be involved in the initiative once again with their mentoring to startups

Bankia Accelerator by Conector, the startup accelerating initiative promoted by Bankia and Conector Startup Accelerator, has launched its third edition dedicated to circular economy and sustainability projects with seven finalist projects.

After the celebration of the 'Startup Day' on which entrepreneurs defended their projects to enter the program, Bankia and Conector have chosen the ones with the most votes to be part of this edition focused on startups whose product or service contributes to the optimal use of resources, as well as the reduction, reuse or recycling of the elements involved. The seven selected startups propose diverse solutions, but all have this common denominator. The finalists are:

  • Hoop: Solution for the optimisation of vehicle occupancy. With its platform they connect drivers and passengers who share the same destination and/or point of departure.
  • Flip&Flip: Brand of sustainable backpacks made from reused materials.
  • RecircUP: Software platform installed in conventional waste collection containers providing them with IoT technology including gamification, information station and container monitoring in real time.
  • Ecodicta: Clothing rental platform by subscription at an affordable price, including companies with sustainable production chains and consolidated brands.
  • Rentya: Circular economy platform for the rental of products between individuals and companies that extends the life cycle of these material goods.
  • Recyclers: Online platform for direct purchase from upcycling and sustainable item creators at an affordable price.
  • Niimaar: Zero Waste lifestyle & design products online shop.

The entrepreneurs leading these projects will have the possibility, until the end of March 2019, to network with key people in their industry, participate in a weekly training program, have an exclusive team of mentors and work in a free coworking space lent by Bankia. In addition, they will receive contributions in the form of perks as well as preparation and contacts to search for investors.

The first step that the startups of the program will have to carry out is to set up the mentors board that will advise them during the whole acceleration process. On each board there will be at least one Bankia mentor and the rest will be from the Connector network. Some of the executives of the financial entity that will advise the startups are: the corporate director of Strategy and Technological Innovation of Bankia, Ignacio Cea; the director of Reputation and RSC of Bankia, David Menéndez Garbajosa; and the director of sustainability of Bankia, María José Galvez Cardona.

Cea has highlighted his "excitement for being part of the program and being able to support the career and projects of the startups, as well as encourage and share knowledge and experience and learn from each other".

The program will end in April with the celebration of 'Demo Day', a private investment forum where entrepreneurs will present their startup to investors, business angels and venture capital guests.

Bankia Accelerator was born with the aim of promoting the Spanish entrepreneurial fabric, talent, quality employment and, in this third edition, also contribute to create innovative and sustainable solutions for an optimal use of resources.

About Connector Startup Accelerator

Conector is a startup accelerator driven by some of the most prominent entrepreneurs in the technology field in Spain. Its partners are Carlos Blanco, founder of Encomenda VC and Nuclio VB; Gerard Olivé, founder of Antai VB and BeRepublic; Marc Ros, founder of AftershareTV and 60dB; Marc Vidal, founder of Idodi VC; Miguel Vicente, founder of Antai VB, CornerJob, LetsBonus and Wallapop; Risto Mejide, founder of AftershareTV and 60dB; Xavier Verdaguer, founder of Imagine; and Elisabeth Martínez, the CEO of the accelerator. Conector was born with the vocation of promoting and helping the Spanish entrepreneurial ecosystem by supporting projects and entrepreneurs in the digital industry (Internet, mobile and new technologies). Connector has more than 250 mentors from all over Spain, are experts in the different areas of the digital industry, and has accelerated more than 120 startups, which have raised over 50 million euros in investments.

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Ignacio Cea, Bankia's corporate director of Innovation and Cybersecurity.

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XXVI Meeting of the Financial Industry

Bankia is committed to Artificial Intelligence to offer products and services tailored to customer needs

The corporate director of Innovation and Cybersecurity of Bankia, Ignacio Cea, said that the technology is a strategic element for the entity, which has Bankia Fintech by Innsomnia, to pass directly on customers.

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09 May 2019 - 15:15

  • Ignacio Cea, Corporate Director of Innovation and Cybersecurity of Bankia, has participated in the XXVI Meeting of the Financial Industry
  • The entity has Bankia Fintech by Innsomnia, the largest startup accelerator in Spain, whose participating starups "help the bank's digital transformation".

Bankia's corporate director of Innovation and Cybersecurity, Ignacio Cea, said that the bank is making a firm commitment to Artificial Intelligence in its processes as an instrument to offer its customers the products and services that best meet their needs.

This is what Cea said during its participation in a round table on new business models and new technologies within the framework of the XXVI Meeting of the Financial Industry, organized by Deloitte and ABC.

"In banking, we do not have technological differences with any other industry, we are up-to-date in technology solutions, but it is true that we carry a legacy that, at times, makes our responses go somewhat slower than we would like", he underlined.

In this regard, Cea explained that artificial intelligence is the technology "that is really changing the rules of the game and, at Bankia, we are betting on this with the aim of improving our service for customers".

Artificial intelligence, according to the Corporate Director of Innovation and Cybersecurity, relies on cloud computing and big data. Cloud computing facilitates cost escalation and reduces costs for entities by not having to integrate all the information in their data centres. And big data means making the most of the data in order to be able to provide customers with products and services tailored to their needs.

"Technology is a very important piece and it should help us gauge our capacity to respond to our customers and use this data to create products and services and bring them to customers as needed", he said.

Regarding fintech, Cea pointed out that Bankia has a great interest in these companies "because they are fresh and agile and can improve our services because they complement us". However, "banks have something that fintech does not: massive scale and a large number of customers".

Cea pointed out that the bank has Bankia Fintech by Innsomnia, the largest startup accelerator in Spain, with so fintech can "help us accelerate our digital transformation". "Our strategy is to collaborate with these companies but not enter their capital", he added.

Finally, Cea stated that "banks must focus on what we know how to do correctly, which is to manage risk, lend money, offer financing and, in parallel, innovate and generate new calculation models to reach our customers and offer them what they need when they need it".

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From left to right: Director Programming Commercial Promotion Business Division Bankia Cataluña and Islas Baleares, Jordi Pera; vice chairman ageneral manager of AEBALL, María Rosa Fiol; director Bankia’s Llobregat Business Centre, Daniel Moré.

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Bankia and AEBALLL will promote the competitiveness of companies in L'Hospitalet and Baix Llobregat with innovation programs

The entity shows its commitment to the business sector in the region by signing this collaboration agreement.

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20 May 2019 - 14:30

  • The bank signs a collaboration agreement with the Business Association of L'Hospitalet and Baix Llobregat
  • The agreement also includes the bank’s support to job creation, as well as access to financing and internationalisation processes for associated companies in the Baix Llobregat and L'Hospitalet regions.

Bankia and the Business Association of L'Hospitalet and Baix Llobregat (AEBALL) will promote the competitiveness of companies in L'Hospitalet and Baix Llobregat through programs that facilitate innovation and improve the competitiveness of companies linked to the organisation.

In addition, the bank will support internationalisation processes, job creation and access to financing for companies of the business organisation and Bankia executives will participate in the programs through presentations. The financial institution will also become an associate member of AEBALL.

The agreement was signed at AEBALL's headquarters in L'Hospitalet del Llobregat by the association's vice chairwoman and general manager, María Rosa Fiol; the director of Programming and Commercial Promotion of the Business Division of Bankia in Catalonia and the Islas Baleares, Jordi Pera, and the director of the Llobregat Business Centre of Bankia, Daniel Moré.

"The signing of this agreement highlights Bankia’s commitment to AEBALL, a referential business association in a strategic region for us", said Jordi Pera, "in the bank, we want to support associated companies in their growth and internationalisation by facilitating access to the best financing products".

María Rosa Fiol, meanwhile, stressed that "we want to help and drive the strong growth of our companies nationally and internationally, as well as the creation of new companies from different industries”.

The agreement includes "a joint program that will promote the growth of the companies linked to AEBALL" once the specific needs of the companies of the association have been defined.

About AEBALL and UPMBALL

AEBALL (Business Association of L'Hospitalet and Baix Llobregat) and UPMBALL (Metallurgic Employers Association of Hospitalet and Baix Llobregat) are business organisations, based in the region, which include more than 3,700 companies, which generate more than 51,000 jobs and are located in L'Hospitalet and Baix Llobregat, a region in constant economic and social growth.

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Felix Uriarte, Bankia's Digital Banking manager

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Bankia has received an award to innovation in digital payment methods

The bank is recognized for its clear commitment to technology and for helping its digital customers, which is one of the key strategies in the development of the bank.

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08 May 2019 - 18:30

  • The entity has been recognized in the category of 'Finance and Insurance', as a company that with its products and services helps to innovate
  • The bank offers its customers the ability to pay through all the available digital platforms: Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, Bizum and PayPal

Bankia has been awarded by 'Actualidad Económica' magazine for the development and innovation of digital payment methods, having become the first bank in Spain to have all the methods of payment available in the market. The award was received by Bankia's Digital Banking manager, Felix Uriarte.

The entity has received an award in the 'Finance and Insurance' category during the 41st Edition of the '100 Best Ideas of the Year' awards. These awards recognise companies that, with their products and services, help to innovate and transform the market.

Specifically, the magazine has assessed Bankia's commitment to technology and to being the first bank to offer its customers the ability to pay through all the available digital platforms: Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, Bizum and PayPal.

Bankia will have more than 5 million digital customers in 2020, after increasing its base by two million new customers. Thus, more than 65% of the bank's customers will have a digital profile and over 35% of purchases will be made through these channels.

As regards the multi-platform strategy, sales at Bankia's digital channels reached 23.5% of total sales at the end of the first quarter of 2019, while digital customers increased by 586,000 compared to March 2018.

At the end of last year, Bankia launched an advertising campaign in cinemas, television, radio and social media with the following message: 'Don't use cash. Because only at Bankia customers can pay with all digital platforms easily and securely'.

 

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Bankia launches an initiative to support companies in the development of innovative businesses

This project is carried out through workshops in various cities and the publication of reports, as well as the creation of an online space for the companies.

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By  Communication Bankia

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31 May 2019 - 10:30

  • The 11 seminars of Bankia Forward by Innsai will be held in nine cities and will focus on the food, agriculture and tourism sectors

Bankia has launched the Bankia Forward by Innsai initiative to accompany companies, whether or not they are customers of the bank, in the development of their future businesses with the aim of inspiring, co-creating and financing innovation projects.

The objectives of Bankia Forward are to strengthen companies’ innovation strategies, help them to understand change, generate networking and provide resources to generate new business.

This project is carried out through workshops in various cities and the publication of reports, as well as the creation of an online space in which companies will have access to useful information and tools for designing a business strategy for the future.

In addition, the Bankia Forward Club has been launched, a tool accessible through the BankiaForward.es website and through Soluciona Empresas, the free Bankia platform with financial and non-financial solutions.

The Bankia Forward Club will provide access to, among other services, applied market intelligence tools for interpreting trends and reports on innovation trends in business models in different sectors.

As part of the Bankia Forward project, 11 seminars will be held in nine cities, in collaboration with local media. The seminars will focus on three specific sectors: food, agriculture and tourism and will take place until 3 December. The cycle started on Thursday in Palma de Mallorca and dealt with the opportunities offered by the food sector.

Conferences will be held in Murcia and Almería in June; in July in La Rioja; in September in Murcia, Granada; in October in Valladolid and Valencia; in November in the Canary Islands and Jerez; and the cycle ends once again in Palma de Mallorca in December.

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