New Event: From Startup to Enterprise – How disruptive FinTechs can make themselves enterprise-ready. Posted at 0:00, Tue, 18 October 2016 in Industry Insights

The Event

2016 has been a massive year for FinTech. We’ve seen millions of dollars investment and a lot of PR to match it. However, much of this has focused on consumer-oriented products and how they are going to “disrupt the banks”. But what about the significant opportunity for software businesses that either will be partnering with – or directly supporting – the banks through innovative new software?

Reserve your spot here.

Many challenges exist for these growing businesses looking to work with banks, including software integration, data sharing and scaling capabilities.

In this event, held in conjunction with Industrie IT, we are excited to be showcasing four fantastic panelists to discuss these issues from both the banking and the startup sides.


George Lucas, MD at Acorns Australia, and Jim Drainas, COO at Cloudcase will be representing startups in this discussion.

Acorns are currently going through a public discourse with the big four banks in the availability of customer data for 3rd party businesses. George is also the Managing Director & CEO of the financial product issuer and fund manager Instreet Investment Limited.

Cloudcase, based out of Stone and Chalk, are building some of the most innovative software around, and have already signed up many of Australia and New Zealand’s leading banks.

From the banking side, we are joined by Cathy Kovacs, Head of Business Development at Westpac and on the front line of Westpac’s support of the FinTech ecosystem. Cathy is also a FinTech company director, sitting on the Board of equity crowdfunding startup, Equitise.

We also be welcoming George Lawson, Head of Emerging Payments at Visa to the panel. Working with issuers, merchants and acquirers, George’s main focus is on mobile, and how this supports new technology.

The event will be hosted by Industrie IT’s Gerhard Diedricks, a long-time supporter of the FinTech ecosystem, and leader of Industrie’s Venture team.


This event will be held from 5.30pm on November 9. There will be drinks and nibbles before a prompt 6pm start, with ample time for Q&A and networking. This is guaranteed to be a lively discussion and spaces are limited, so be sure to sign up as quickly as possible. RSVP here.