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比利时:又一个崛起中的金融科技中心

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比利时:又一个崛起中的金融科技中心

众所周知,比利时是许多欧盟(EU)机构的所在地。而其实,这里同样也是一个蓬勃发展的金融科技中心。

根据比利时欧洲金融科技平台B-Hive的分析,该国在欧洲的金融科技交易数量排名第五。

虽然FinTech在该地区的平均交易规模翻了一番,但B-Hive发现,相应的交易数量却是在逐步减少。

与此同时,区块链、人工智能(AI)和数据分析相关交易的热度正在逐渐攀升。该报告还指出,“大多数[金融科技公司]仍处于初始阶段,主要资金让然是比利时当地的投资者。”

recovr是一家来自比利时的FinTech创业公司。该公司提供信用管理软件,帮助公司完成收债过程。该公司的联合创始人Alessandro Drappa指出,比利时提供了良好的机遇,在过去5年中,所有行业的研发支出都很高,并且[信息和通信技术(ICT)]人才的稳定发展。此外,由于比利时位于欧洲中心,同时也是多家欧盟机构的所在地,因此吸引了不少优秀的人才。

Drappa还表示,在比利时提供产品的FinTech公司必须提供三种语言服务:法语、荷兰语和德语。虽然这种必要性可以被视为一种挑战,但Drappa也将其视为一次机遇。

他表示:

“这是一个非常好的测试市场,因为市场规模小,你可以通过降低营销费用在不同人群中测试你的产品。”与此同时他还指出,互联网和移动金融服务的采用率也“正在快速增长”。

不少大型跨国公司也看到了这座城市的机遇。比如甲骨文就在今年6月宣布,已选择通过布鲁塞尔将其FinTech创新计划带到欧洲大陆市场。而其在欧盟地理位置和政治经济机构中的核心地位也是甲骨文公司选择这里的最重要原因

此举受到了比利时财政部长Johan Van Overtveldt的欢迎,后者表示,他希望这种关系能够“为加速比利时和欧洲的金融创新创造真正的动力”。

Belgium, which is home to many European Union (EU) institutions, is also a burgeoning FinTech hub. The country has the fifth-highest number of FinTech deals in Europe, according to an analysis from Belgium-based European FinTech platform B-Hive.

The average FinTech deal size in the region is doubling, but B-Hive noted a decrease in the number of deals. At the same time, blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics are seeing a particularly high amount of activity. The report also noted that “most [FinTech firms] are still in the inception process with seed funding from mainly Belgian investors as the prime source of financing.”

FinTech firm recovr is among the startups based in Belgium. The company offers credit management software that helps companies with the debt collection process. Alessandro Drappa, the firm’s co-founder, noted that Belgium offers “good opportunities in a context, with high R&D spending for all sectors and a steady development of [Information and Communication Technology (ICT)] talent over the last 5 years,” Drappa told PYMNTS in an interview, adding that the country attracts talented workers because of its location at the center of Europe and the presence of EU institutions.

On another note, Drappa said FinTech firms that offer their products in Belgium have to adapt to three languages: French, Dutch and German. While this necessity can be seen as a challenge, Drappa also sees it as an opportunity.

“It is a very good test market,” Drappa said. “The market being small, you can test your product on different population[s] with reduced marketing fees.” At the same time, he noted that internet and mobile financial service adoption “is picking up fast.”

Large multinational companies see opportunity in the city: Oracle has picked Brussels to bring its FinTech Innovation Program to the continent, the company announced in June. With the program, Oracle plans to dedicate additional European staff and resources to monetizable relationships with digital banking innovators and FinTech firms.

Oracle chose the city due its central location and presence of EU institutions. Rik De Deyn, senior director of banking innovation at Oracle, said in the announcement that “Brussels is easy to reach from most European financial hubs, close to the European Commission and an ideal location to bring together FinTech innovators and financial institutions.”

The move was welcomed by Belgium Minister of Finance Johan Van Overtveldt, who said that he expects the relationship to “create real momentum in the acceleration of financial innovation in Belgium and Europe.”

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