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In a climate of financial instability, we’re taking a look at how ripe the market is for digital disruption.


At the Futures Forum innovators and business leaders look to the future, which is more important than ever in current times. Through expert talks, we’ll set out to learn new insights and discuss strategies for a changing social, economic and technological landscape.


What opportunities does a crisis like COVID-19 present for growing FinTech businesses, and what are the challenges associated with startups and SMEs in the space? How important is collaboration between corporate incumbents and agile newcomers? And exactly what does this collaboration look like?


These are all the topics and questions we look to answer.



  • Factory Berlin Welcome
  • “FinTech in 2020 and the next big things after Covid-19” Keynote by Deborah Schaer, F10
  • Covid-19 – Threat or Opportunity for FinTech?, Panel Discussion with Société Générale, F10, Penta and Finch Capital
  •  “Sustainable finance in the post-covid era” Keynote by Diane Delava (Mattrvest)


About the Speakers:


Deborrah Schaer (Lead Accelerator & Open Banking at F10 FinTech Incubator & Accelerator)

Deborrah has started her career in the fashion industry and co-founded a fashion startup, before moving to the African continent where she has helped build multiple tech ventures from scratch. After two years in management consulting, she joined a Swiss IoT startup that was acquired by Husqvarna Group, to build a digital business around the smart garden vision.

Now at F10, Deborrah heads the accelerator and open banking activities and works as a startup coach. She is part of the advisory board of several startups and a mentor at Startupbootcamp Africa. Deborrah holds a master’s degree in business from the University of St. Gallen.


Thierry Zois (Investment Manager at Finch Capital)

Thierry joined Finch Capital in May 2018 from Seedrs where he was responsible for setting up the office in Amsterdam covering the Benelux. Prior to Seedrs, he worked at Deliveroo in the international operations team which was responsible for market expansion. Before that he co-founded FitPaal, a company that tackled childhood obesity which was linked to console gaming.


Thierry holds a Masters degree in Management from Imperial College and studied Economics at HEC Lausanne and Luxembourg. He is a Luxembourg national with Greek origins and speaks German, French, Greek, English and Luxembourgish.


Diane Delava (Co-Founder at Mattrvest)

Diane is the cofounder of mattrvest, where she is working with a vision to help youth across the world save for what matters to them.

Coming from a small town in Belgium, Diane is an entrepreneur with a passion to make sustainable businesses while empowering communities of youth across the world. She is an UNLEASH talent and a previous UN Youth Delegate.


Christoph Bauer (Innovation Evangelist at Société Générale)

Christoph is a wanderer in between worlds: Starting off as a communication scientist in a social media agency, he soon went towards consulting and a focus on all things innovative. After switching to a future researcher role at an insurance company, he joined the Societe Generale Team “Der Link” in Berlin which supports the German entities of the global banking group move forward towards digital products and mindsets.


Lukas Zörner (Chief Product Officer)

Lukas Zörner is Chief Product Officer at Penta. Before joining Penta, he founded Mespo, an AI-driven Fintech startup, and worked in Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division.


About F10:

F10 is a Zurich and Singapore based FinTech Incubator and Accelerator which supports and guides Startups in transforming their ideas into successful companies while stimulating worldwide collaboration with international finance organizations.

The accelerator already has a proven track record of innovation, acceleration, and product creation for financial services. Working with SIX, the Swiss stock exchange and other leading financial institutions, F10 is at the forefront of the new financial paradigm, bridging the gap between exciting new ideas and tomorrow’s leading products.


About Factory Berlin:

At Factory Berlin, we unite established companies with the brightest minds from the startup scene to create new, collaborative opportunities and devise concrete solutions for a better tomorrow.




June 11

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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