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José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, chairman of Bankia, has closed the Partners Day of the IV Call of Bankia Fitech by Innsomnia.

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A total of 16 startups from the 4th Edition of Bankia Fintech by Innsomnia present their projects at Partners Day

The 16 startups of the Fourth Call for Proposals of Bankia Fintech by Innsomnia presented their project at Partners Day, an event that took place in the Bankia Tower and which was closed by the chairman of the entity, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri.

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By  Communication Bankia

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25 June 2019 - 18:00

  • Bankia’s auditorium in Madrid was the setting chosen to put the finishing touches to the Fourth Call for proposals for the Bankia Fintech by Innsomnia acceleration program.

Antonio Ortega, Managing Director of People, Media and Technology, was in charge of welcoming the public and startups to the event. "Today we will talk about innovation and talking about innovation means talking about the future," he said.

Ortega recalled Bankia's goal of "being leaders in solvency, profitability and efficiency", as stated in the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, and this is happening, according to the manager, due to a cultural transformation and a commitment to innovation.

"To be a more modern company we have to change the way we relate to our customers, transform the organisation, the relationship between the teams and the way we work. Improve our flexibility, change processes and have a faster reaction time", he explained. As a lever to carry out this change, Ortega has mentioned technological innovation as an instrument to achieve the transformation of the bank.

Lastly, the manager took the opportunity to thank Fran Estevan and Rafa Navarro, cofounders of Innsomnia, for their help and involvement in the Bankia Fintech project.

"Thanks to Fran and Rafa today Bankia Fintech by Insomnia is a reality, a project that already has four calls for proposals and more than 300 projects received. With your help we will turn Bankia into an innovative company that is the bank preferred by society", the said.

The last step for startups

During Partners Day, the final milestone of the competition, the 16 finalist startups (Pangea MT, Newralers, Flkip Simply, My Digital Legacy, Feel Capital, Finweg, Nodalblock, Snapswap, E-customs, Inbest, Opseeker, Afterbanks, Clicpiso, Coinigence, Scanovate, Coinscrap) have presented the PoC (proof of concept) they have been developing these last few months. In their presentations, divided into two groups, the representatives of each startup have been accompanied by their business partners at Bankia. Each of them had 10 minutes to present to the audience the products or services they have co-created in collaboration with the bank. During this process, Innsomnia has been closely supervising and mentoring the projects, contributing one more edition of its Fintech know-how and knowledge accumulated in recent years.

This Fourth Call for national and international companies has made it possible to have various projects aimed both at redefining the usability and experience of digital customers and transforming the bank into a reference in the banking industry of the future.

From now on, startups and financial institution will agree and establish the relationship they want to have. They can jointly build an MVP (minimum viable product), scale up their project to a greater level, create a joint venture to exploit a new business model or become suppliers to the bank.

The best accelerator in Europe

Once the round of proof of concept presentations was done, Ignacio Cea, Bankia’s Head of Corporate Strategy and Technology Innovation, started the round of speeches to close the event. Cea thanked all members of the innovation team, startups and business partners for their work and involvement in the project. And he has extended the work of innovation carried out from its management to all bank employees.

"You are all called to innovate, because we are passionate, we are courageous, we make it possible, there are our values. Feel the call for innovation, simply because innovation is fulfilling ", he assured.

For his part, Fran Estevan, co-founder of Innsomnia, took stock of these three years of a joint project with Bankia.

"During the last three years we have changed and evolved our model, we have picked up the baton and the challenge that the chairman of Bankia launched on 3 November 2016, and we have worked to make Bankia Fintech the best accelerator in Europe. Now our calls are attended by international startups, during these three years we have received more than 300 nominations to take part in our acceleration program. And we have the luck and energy to have the backing of the entire entity, from the presidency, to convince startups to bet on Bankia as the first bank to carry out their proof of concept. Bankia may be the first bank in Spain to launch a proposal to attract international talent and hopefully this will make us go from 300 to 3,000 candidates", he said.

Estevan ended his speech by personally thanking Jose Ignacio Goirigolzarri, present at the event, for having trusted Innsomnia "when the rest of the banking industry was doing something else".

After these words, the chairman of Bankia has taken the floor to conclude this third Partners Day in the history of Bankia Fintech.

Bankia is not transformed, people and our organization are transformed

José Ignacio Goirigolzarri
Chairman of Bankia

Goirigolzarri pointed out the importance for the bank of being able to understand the change in customer habits that comes with digital transformation and know how to make good use of technology to improve processes, understand customer behaviour and offer products and services in the market at the appropriate time.

"It is very important to use technology to provide our colleagues in the network or the managers of 'Connect with Your Expert' with the best means to serve our customers," he underlined, noting that "only customers know what the future will look like". "We must have the capacity to listen to their needs and respond quickly," he added.

Because "Bankia does not change, only our people and organisation do”, he concluded.

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