Oradea is set to be the Fintech Fortress between 13th to 14th of July 2022

The flagship fintech and blockchain event of the Central Eastern Europe (CEE) region is debuting this year in July in Oradea, a city in Romania located at the very heart of the CEE region. Unchain Fintech Festival will take place on the 13th – 14th of July 2022, as a physical event, and will represent stakeholders from the business landscape in payments, loans, insurance, personal finance, e-commerce, banking, and more.

The CEE region has not yet had an event that represents the entire fintech community in the region. With the Unchain Fintech Festival, things will change. Creating an annual place for the ecosystem to meet and share its common goals and challenges, by encouraging cooperation between the region’s financial institutions and talented entrepreneurs, the event will give the whole of the CEE region a platform to showcase the best solutions provided by companies, from one of the most talented regions of the world.

Taking place in Oradea’s old and picturesque citadel, the event will put fintech and blockchain on the map of CEE. Starting with 2022, Oradea will be the fintech fortress in the month of July, every year going forward.

Among the hottest digitalization topics discussed at the conference will be:

Digital Journeys, DeFi & Open Banking – The sometimes painful but necessary process of digitalization that financial institutions have to go through is one of the main concerns on the Unchain agenda. The digital journeys of these institutions, the resources, tools and previous examples that can help them will be one of the central topics on the agenda, as well as curated presentations about the latest decentralized finance and open banking initiatives that can help companies and institutions make progress on their digital journeys.

Regulations & CBDCs -With so much innovation taking root and transactions becoming decentralized and digitalized more and more, regulation is often one of the biggest challenges. This collection of talks will center around ways to make the synch between fintech innovation and regulatory bodies flow better, to the gain of all kinds of organisms involved in the ecosystem, from innovators to banks and to national and transnational institutions that are tasked with regulating or benefit from it.

New Business Models – Payments and Digital Assets -These are a huge branch of fintech innovation that warranted reserving its own category in the agenda of talks to come. As the Western world and the CEE following suit are decentralizing finances, a rise of new payment and business models – culminating with cryptocurrencies, NFTs and metaverse payments – are bringing unprecedented opportunities and challenges.

The main conference talks will be complemented by fireside chat sessions with the region’s unicorns and a start-up pitching stage where the up-and-coming fintech start-ups can pitch their ideas to a jury of experts. All contenders will gain valuable insights and free honest feedback on their ideas and strategy, but only the best start-up will win the big prize. All CEE start-ups from the fields of fintech and blockchain are welcome to pitch their ideas to a committee of field experts using THIS FORM.

By reuniting experts and representatives from regulatory bodies, banks and private fintech companies from all stages of development, the Unchain festival will also act as a would-be accelerator for the CEE’s region fintech innovation curve.

“Together with Visa and all the relevant experts in the financial and tech industry, we will shape the business landscape in payments, loans, insurance, personal finance, e-commerce, banking, and more. We firmly believe that the regional unicorns we have so far have only just tapped into the big potential of the CEE. And, through Unchain Fintech Festival, we aim to grow not just the knowledge and networking of fintech representatives, but also help foster and facilitate the actual innovation and fintech growth of the CEE region,” stated Cosmin Cosma, Advisory Board Chairman of Unchain Fintech Festival.

About Unchain Fintech Festival: Central Eastern Europe’s Flagship Fintech Event

Unchain was created to bring together the global public and private sectors to advance the topic of Fintech in Central Eastern Europe and globally. Unchain is supporting the future of finance by connecting companies and people, trends and challenges. With a 2-day festival at its core, fintechs and other financial institutions alongside the wider ecosystem stakeholders will meet in a city that is at the center of Central Eastern Europe. Representing the rich past of the region, the festival will help showcase the vibrant digital solutions the region has to offer, as well as bringing global trends to the region.