Following the success of the first National ePayments Conference organized by The Mill Enterprise Hub, the second National ePayments conference will take place on Friday, 2nd September, at CityNorth Hotel from 9am – 3pm.
The first National ePayments Conference took place in October 2015 and focused on the theme of collaboration and scaling within the Irish Fintech sector. This year’s e-Payments Conference will focus on driving Ireland as the EU Gateway for Payment firms.
Keynote and guest speakers this year include Louise Phelan from PayPal, Michael Wassfuhr from the Atlanta-based Transaction Alley, Minister Eoghan Murphy, and panel discussions addressing the challenges of ePayments and Fintech in Ireland today (Regtech, Brexit, Talent etc). Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
This year’s international guest speaker, Michael Wassfuhr, brings over 15 years of international C-Level financial experience to his role as Vesta’s senior vice president and chief financial officer. He also sits on the American Transaction Processors (ATP) Board which represents more than 70 Georgia-based companies that develop the products and provide resources supporting the financial service industry’s technology needs. More than 60 percent of industry companies are based in Atlanta and 70 percent of all U.S. payments processed run through Georgia.
According to the government’s IFS Strategy 2020, 35% of existing Financial Services jobs in Ireland are already based outside of Dublin. An M1 ‘Digital Payments Cluster’ is a key part of the NorthEast Action Plan for Jobs which proposes the creation of a ‘Digital Payments Hub’ in Drogheda, and development of an M1Payments Corridor with the potential to create hundreds of sustainable new jobs. Last year’s conference was completely sold out, and included two panels of companies from across Ireland, and international payments expert, David Birch. Additional contributors include Bynk, VESTA, Frontline VC, DKIT, Currency Fair, Aphix Software, DCU, Abarta Consulting, and the IDA.
According to Breanndán Casey, BDM of The Mill Enterprise Hub, “The cluster presence of a number of Payments service companies within the North-East region is well recognised, and we’re working with a Steering Group of private and public organisations to take it to the next level. This conference will look at how Atlanta developed it’s Transaction Alley, and open up discussion on how the North-East can offer a similar solution as an EU Gateway for Payment firms, large and small. There will be an opportunity to network, reflect on the state of the Payments industry on a national and international perspective, and hear the latest thoughts from leading innovators in the fast-growing sector. ”