700 visitors at Switzerland's biggest fintech tradeshow
Zurich, 09/17/2019 – Today members of the fintech and financial industries met up in Zurich's Kraftwerk for the Swiss Fintech Fair 2019. The ticket contingent was completely exhausted several days before the event already with more than 700 attendees, 50 booths of fintech exhibitors. Additionally there were show rooms with walk-in live presentations, workshops, startup pitches, talks and panels. A thai massage professional offered attendees the opportunity to recharge in a short break enjoying a free business massage.
Federal Councilor and minister for economic affairs Guy Parmelin visited Swiss Fintech Fair and met with selected startup exhibitors in the course of a guided fintech tour. Several major Swiss banks - like the country's biggest universal bank, UBS Schweiz - sent VIP delegations of board members and high-ranking executives to the fintech show. Furthermore, Carmen Walker Späh, president of the government council of Zurich, visited the tradefair for a personal exchange with startup entrepreneurs and especially female founders.
Among the numerous guests there were many visitors from all parts and even outside of Switzerland. The program was partly held in English language to respond to the international the audience.
Christina Kehl, initiator of the Swiss Fintech Fair and managing director of Swiss Finance Startups is more than happy: “Our event keeps growing and further developing every year. In 2015 we launched the what was called Swiss Fintech Day at the time as a mainly politics focused event. Meanwhile the Swiss Fintech Fair has become the biggest fintech industry event in Switzerland. Just a few years ago it took quite some effort to put fintech on the political & public agenda. Today fintech is indispensable for the Swiss financial center.”
The Swiss Fintech Fair is hosted and organized by the non-profit organization Swiss Finance Startups (SFS, www.swissfinancestartups.ch). SFS is a strong advocate for a vibrant fintech and startup friendly ecosystem in Switzerland. The Swiss Fintech Fair as well as Swiss Finance Startups are not profit oriented and all proceeds go directly to the startup mission of the association.
Only with the support of sponsors and partners it is possible to keep prices especially low for startup exhibitors and attendees. This is important to even give young startups access and a platform. Main partner is in 2019 again UBS Switzerland. UBS Switzerland supports Swiss Finance Startups several years now and is strongly committed to support entrepreneurship and startups on the Swiss financial center.