Impact fintech ’17 is approaching at a surprisingly fast pace. In less than a month, over five thousand participants will meet in Katowice to discuss the future of financial technologies during the largest fintech congress in the CEE region.

If, however, you think that the congress will consist only of speakers’ keynotes and panel discussions, you’re extremely far from the truth! Impact fintech ’17 will offer all attendees a wide range of exciting side events, such as ImpactLink – one-on-one meetings between startups and investors, Startup4Export – a pitching session for promising entrepreneurs, and, for the first time ever – Startup Arena.

Startup Arena is an event targeted at young entrepreneurs. It offers a friendly space for presenting your ideas to other techies. Sixty startups from all over the world will get the opportunity to pitch on a circular stage, surrounded by the audience. This event gives them the chance to improve their presentation skills and get noticed by investors, but also to win the pitching competition – the audience will choose their favorites via a dedicated app.

We’re proud to give you a sneak peek of the startups participating in Startup Arena. If you’d like to meet them, but still didn’t register for Impact fintech ’17, go ahead and claim your pass now!

1. Twisto: this startup, led by Michal Šmída, is the leader on the Czech ‘deferred payments’ market. Their “buy now, pay later” solution is already used by 200 thousand people, who – on average – tend to make purchases 30% more often than people choosing other payment methods.
Twisto’s unique solution is based on the innovative Nikita risk management engine. Nikita can assess the creditworthiness of a customer within milliseconds, basing on big data and machine learning technologies.
Last month, ING Bank Śląski decided to start cooperation with Twisto. They invested four mln EUR in their deferred payment solution and plan to introduce it to the Polish market in 2018.

2. Limitless: launched by Sara Koślińska, the co-founder of Startup Poland, Limitless is a mobile app that helps millennials save for the future, using micro-investments. Their white-label solution allows the users to set their own savings goals, track progress, automate money transfers and assess the risk of each investment. Financial institutions, on the other hand, obtain valuable data about their users, boost their investments, and increase customer retention rates.

3. Querona: this startup, represented by Piotr Czarnas, is a self-serving data warehouse. Within minutes after the installation, it can connect a hundred different types of data sources, making them look like a single database. This tool is a lifesaver for data analytics, as it provides a consolidated overview of both internal and external company data.
During the previous Impact ’17 congress, Querona has participated in Impact Link – a one-on-one meeting with Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas. This short meeting resulted in an invitation to the second edition of BNP Paribas International Hackathon. Querona won the Hackathon, beating thirteen other startups, and got admitted to a 6-month acceleration program.

Interested in other startups that will present themselves at the Startup Arena? Stay tuned for updates!