By @SimonCocking we found out more about the recent  Accenture FinTech Innovation initiative in Citi last week.

When was it on?

The Accenture FinTech Innovation Lab Showcase took place in Citi, on March 10th, from 12pm – 2pm.

How many years has it been going?

The FinTech Innovation Lab Dublin launched in 2014, on the back of successful Labs run in New York and London. The Dublin Lab launched at the same time as the FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong.

What was the inspiration to start it?

The inspiration behind the FinTech Innovation Lab Dublin came from the success of the Accenture FinTech Innovation Lab New York. The Lab was run in conjunction with the Partnership Fund for New York City and has created 385 jobs there since it was launched. Citi has partnered with Accenture in the New York and London Labs as well as the Dublin Lab, where Citi currently mentors three of the six finalist startups.

What exciting things can people look forward to?

The companies taking part in the programme in 2017 are fine-tuning their approach and focusing more on the areas of interest for large corporations. The companies that Citi is mentoring; EuroComply; ID-pal; and Xintec; have based their startup idea on developing solutions in RegTech, KYC/Onboarding and Fraud Detection; areas that are of particular interest to multinationals and large corporations.

The Showcase allows the finalists to interact and meet with seniors in large organisations, like Citi, in order to discuss their ideas with decision makers in corporations. Vikram Paranjpe, Citi Programme Co-Ordinator, said; “For Citi hosting the Showcase is a great learning and networking opportunity. It provides an effective platform for our senior Citi colleagues to engage with emerging and high potential Irish FinTech companies and to sample the FinTech energy, passion, innovation and entrepreneurialism that exits in Ireland today.”

What opportunities are on offer for those taking part?

Companies in the 12 week accelerator programme work with industry mentors to develop their product for real world application. A series of workshops, panel discussions, one-on-one meetings and user-group sessions, such as the Showcase, help finalists to hone their product in advance of two Investor Day presentations in Dublin and in London at the end of March. Venture Capitalists and financial industry executives will attend the Investor Days, and over $386m funding has been raised through the programmes to date.

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