Fintech Start-up Programme

PREDA Plus Foundation launches first Fintech Startup Programme to promote technological innovation in financial services.

Fintech Startup Programme will bring together Fintech developers and designers to develop financial products and discover new technologies.

Sign up for the Fintech Startup Program and participate in the digitalization of financial industry!

What we offer

  • Free Certificated Design thinking training for each participant in the Fintech Start-up Programme (voucher of 1000 euros)
  • Free mentorship from eminent national and international professionals on 48 hours Hackathon
  • Presentation of business solution in front of potential investors (Investment networking)
  • Platform for discussion of trends and future perspectives on the topic Future of Fintech
  • Lot of fun

Fintech Start-up Programme

Idea Selection Criteria

  • Innovation & creativity of the solution
  • Scalability (Adoption to changing needs)
  • Understanding of the problem described
  • Team compatibility


Best team will be selected from jury and will be awarded EUR 3.000 (voucher).

Presentation of business solution in front of potential investors

Conditions: Call for ideas

  • Team: minimum 2 and maximum 4 members
  • University students & graduates
  • Ages: does not matter
  • 20 team members are going to be shortlisted
  • Only the selected teams will be competing on the hackathon
  • Submitted ideas should tackle the main announced challenge
  • Participants shall be committed to actively participate during the hackathon preparation (Design Thinking Startup Training) and implementation (Hackathon and Innovation Forum)
  • The solution can build upon an existing product, but the team must be able to show that they developed it further during the hackathon.
  • Solutions that were entirely built before the hackathon will not be considered for prizes
  • Good command of English of team members is preferable

Area of challenge

Here are our four areas of challenge you can choose from for this Fintech Hackathon

Technology and Consumer Banking: the Payment System

An increasing demand for a digital banking experience from millennials and Gen Zers is transforming how the entire banking industry operates. Retail and mobile banking, online, all digital banking, to neobank startups, technology has its hand in seemingly every aspect of the banking industry; and, the influence of technology will continue to launch banking into a digitized future.

Technology and Credit: Lending and Fundraising

With customers preferring digital-first platforms, financial institutions will in future switch to digital however legacy systems will be a challenge. Upcoming trends: digital lending software;  cloud-based microservices; peer-to-peer models; improved credit scoring systems; partnerships and collaboration with data providers, third party processors and technology companies; self-servicing and omnichannels capabilities etc.

Technology and Investing

The need to manage risk, optimize costs and increase efficiency of investments open space for new technology innovations.

Technology and Insurance

Insurtech refers to the use of technology innovations designed to find cost savings and efficiency from the current insurance industry model. E.g. of insurance areas Insurtech can solve: Claim Management, Underwriting (reviewing an individual's profile, assessing their risk profile, and extending them an insurance package offer that includes their coverage), Contract Execution, Risk Mitigation.

Hackathon Timeline

Day 1 25 November 2022
  • 17:00 - Teams’ Check In
  • 18:00 - Hackathon Kick Off (Meet the teams and mentors Rules and Judging Criteria)
  • 19:00 - Start Hacking Period
  • 23:45 - End of Day 1 (Debriefing & wrap-up of the day)
Day 2 26 November 2022
  • 10:00 - Energizing and 1st check-in
  • 10:30 - Continue Hacking and Mentoring
  • 16:00 - 2nd Check-in
  • 16:30 - Continue Hacking and Mentoring
  • 18:00 - Happy hour (DJ & drinks)
  • 19:00 - Continue Hacking and Mentoring
  • 23:45 - End of Day 2 (Debriefing & wrap-up of the day)
Day 3 27 November 2022
  • 10:00 - Energizing and 3rd check-in
  • 10:30 - Prototyping and Mentoring
  • 12:00 - Preparing Presentations
  • 12:00 - Solutions Pitching
  • 14:30 - Growth Talk and Jury Selection of the Best Team

Frequently Asked Questions

Answer: Free admission! Food and drinks will be provided.
  • Free Certificated Design thinking training for each participant in the Fintech Start-up Programme ( voucher of 1000 euros)
  • Free mentorship from eminent national and international professionals
  • Investment networking
  • Fun
Answer: No, only a limited set of teams will be able to participate in the Prohramme. Once you have registered, you will receive e-mail by the organizer ( from 8 th to 10 th of November 2022) to confirm your participation. Detailed schedule will be provided with the confirmation.
Answer: No. Attendees MUST participate in team. Each team shoud be composed of 2 to 4 members. In the on application form, you should provide contact details of each member of the team.
Answer: Bring your own laptop, chargers, adapters and anything else you want to use. We will provide free WI-Fi and power socket.
Answer:No, we encourage people outside of industry to bring their ideas and skills. A different mox of people is great recipe for innovation. Also there will be a number of experts on site to help you
Answer: There are several are of challenges that need to be addressed. The topics are relatively broad and allow participants to come with ideas that are innovative and possible.
  • Technology and Consumer Banking: the Payment System
  • Technology and Credit: Lending and Fundraising
  • Technology and Investing
  • Technology and Insurance