FinTechStage to make its U.S. premiere at BAI Beacon Conference in Chicago October 5-6, 2016

FinTechStage premiere to foster collaboration and innovation among FinTech companies, and financial Institutions

CHICAGO, IL (September 23, 2016) — In the global financial services industry, FinTechStage has become a recognized brand for its international network of speakers and the depth of the dialogue it brings to the financial services industry since it began in 2015. As part of BAI’s mission to help financial services leaders with the knowledge, connections, and experiences necessary to make smart business decisions – the 2016 BAI Beacon conference held in Chicago on October 5-6, 2016 – will feature the US premiere of FinTechStage.

FinTechStage is brings together a unique network of innovators focused on driving entrepreneurship and investment in FinTech. FinTechStage aims to foster innovation and collaboration among all international players in the field. FinTechStage has utilized the well-established presence of top international speakers to help breathe new life and ideas into the local ecosystems and out of the traditional FinTech marketplaces.

FinTechStage was developed by co-founders Lazaro Campos and Matteo Rizzi, two world-renowned leaders within the financial services industry. Campos is a management advisor with more than 25 years of experience in international financial services and ICT. He is a board member in digital payment ventures; served as the CEO of SWIFT and served in the international division of Banc Agricol. Rizzi brings more than 20 years of experience in technology and financial services, including 13 years at SWIFT. He co-founded Innotribe in 2008, the first global innovation network powered by SWIFT.  He also served as a partner in SBT Venture Capital, one of the first funds solely dedicated to Series A FinTech investment.

“FinTechStage has always been about reaching those areas where banks strongly need innovation and where investors and startups can really help this change,” said Matteo Rizzi, Co-Founder of FinTechStage. “FinTechStage has experienced great success in the markets where it has had a presence, including Amsterdam, Milan, Barcelona, and more. Premiering FinTechStage in the U.S. for the first time at BAI Beacon conference in early October will be very exciting.”

Introducing FinTechStage to BAI Beacon conference was pivotal in further underscoring the role that technology plays in helping to advance business decisions within financial services industry. It will serve as a natural fit in helping BAI further deliver on its mission to help financial services leaders make smart business decisions.

“With FinTechStage experiencing such an impactful result in every market it has been debuted – we felt it was exactly what BAI should be offering those that turn to our organization for the most forward-thinking trends and insights,” said Deborah Bianucci, President and Chief Executive Officer of BAI. “

FinTechStage will offer a comprehensive agenda that will align industry experts with content that will provide an impact, including sessions such as Financial Inclusion – Serving the Underserved; Fintech Trends to Watch; Banking Against the Cyber Underworld; The World of Payments, and more.

For more information on FinTechStage or to learn more and register for BAI Beacon, please go to

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Jennifer Divelbiss

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