First Compliance Navigator bootcamp sets off in Frankfurt’s TechQuartier

Partnership with Atos, equensWorldline, PwC and TechQuartier aims to dramatically speed up collaboration between Fintechs and banking giants

Paris, October 2, 2018

Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, equensWorldline, subsidiary of Worldline and the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry, PwC, one of the Big Four accounting firms and TechQuartier today announce the launch of the first global Fintech ‘Compliance Navigator’ program. This new program aims to support FinTechs to navigate within European banking compliancy and regulatory standards when working with large financial institutions, in order to accelerate the time-to-market of their new services and products.

The first program of its kind worldwide, Compliance Navigator is a 3-day bootcamp held from 5-7 November, and moderated by TechQuartier, at its hub in the financial capital of Frankfurt. Through open exchanges with senior experts from banks, auditing, payment services and technology, the aim is to support start-ups to strengthen understanding, reduce friction and identify the key steps for cooperation in order to enable them to create solutions that are compliant with existing banking standards.

While the program will offer a high-level perspective on the banking regulatory landscape, the goal is really to dig deeper into key areas that can be particularly challenging for Fintechs, namely data protection, customer onboarding, ‘’know your customer’’ (or KYC), fraud prevention or access control and trusted authentication, among others.

“This program is really a fresh take on traditional acceleration or matchmaking programs. The core of the "Frankfurter model" is the deepening and promotion of B2B co-operation” said Sebastian Schaefer, Managing Director at TechQuartier. “We have been doing this for close to two years now, and our approach to collaboration has become very pragmatic over time. By specifically targeting the challenging topic of regulation, and by doing so alongside the industry’s top experts, we believe we can unlock amazing innovation opportunities.’’

Within the Atos Group we bring Financial Services business together with FinTechs, InsurTechs and RegTechs to co-create new customer services. The ‘Compliance Navigator’ program designed together with equensWorldline, TechQuartier and our partner PwC is a fantastic new acceleration program which aims to support FinTechs navigate European banking compliancy and regulatory standards when working with large financial institutions, in order to accelerate the time-to-market of their new services and products.” said Remco Neuteboom, SVP Chief Digital Officer, Global Financial Services, Atos.

“Changing market requirements make the world of payment services as exciting as it is challenging. Moving from a more competitive perspective, existing market players and FinTechs are beginning to realize the benefits of collaboration – or co-innovation. At equensWorldline we strongly believe that combining our technological expertise with those of our customers and partners with the creativity of FinTechs will hugely benefit the end customer. The recent Worldline e-Payments Challenge and the Compliance Navigator clearly demonstrate our dedication to the concept of co-innovation.” said Alessandro Baroni, CMO, equensWorldline.

Atos and equensWorldline have worked with TechQuartier since July 2017 notably on the ‘Papillion’ training program, in which 3 selected FinTechs were mentored by Atos experts to develop new services, with access to over 150 Financial Services clients, a global network of Atos Business Technology & Innovation Centers and Atos’ FinLab, a hybrid Cloud-based platform to facilitate the creation of new services. PwC also collaborates with TechQuartier in the context of the UX Accelerator, a 3-month program that provides startups the opportunity to test usability of their digital products through PwC’s facilities and experts.

"PwC is working intensively with all types of financial services institutions and we have best insights in all areas of regulation and compliance. By using and leveraging that knowledge we will be an enabler for digital transformation of our clients and provider of trust - bringing together traditional services with the 'new kids on the block’’ said Marc Billeb, Partner at PwC Germany. ’’The Compliance Navigator program is the perfect place to accelerate cooperations with FinTechs even in a high regulated environment and connecting experts from many disciplines."

In total, 10 startups will be selected from applications received from around the world. Applications for Compliance Navigator are open until October 14th. Fintechs can get more information and apply at www.techquartier.com/compliancenavigator

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Press contacts:

Atos: Laura Fau | laura.fau@atos.net | +33 6 73 64 04 18 | @laurajanefau

equensWorldline:

Jörg Richter | joerg.richter@equensworldline.com +49 (0)69 256 60362 | +49 (0)172 - 6 13 95 97

Annemieke Lambregts | annemieke.lambregts@equensworldline.com | +31 (0)88 385 50 27

Techquartier: Hugo Paquin | paquin@techquartier.com | +49 178 218 4576 | @hugopaquin

PwC: Attila Rosenbaum | attila.rosenbaum@pwc.com | +49 211 981 5374