Money2020 in Copenhagen, the world largest Fintech-conference, is coming up so we sat down with Liv Freihow, director for industri policy at IKT-Norge and also in charge of our Fintech-forum. She and seven fintech-companies will not just for the first time attend Money2020, they will also host a Norwegian pavillion – FinTech Forest.

Liv, all around the world the interest for fintech is increasing so I wanted to ask you some questions about Norwegian fintech and since this is interesting for so many outside Norway I thought we´ll do this in English.

– Yes, that´s true. There is a huge interest for fintech. Banks and financial institutions are facing enormous technology-driven disruption. For tech companies this represents fantastic opportunities to enter the lucrative market of payments and other financial services. Everyone is trying to spot who the winners will be.

So, what is Money2020?

– Money2020 is the largest fintech conference and meeting place in the world. It is held every year in Las Vegas, and this april, it is coming to Europe for the first time – with more than 3000 attendees, 400+ speakers, 150+ sponsors and 100+ media partners.

IKT-Norge runs Fintech Forum, which you are in charge of. Why this interest in fintech?

– Well, our job is to be at the forefront and help companies realize new opportunities. We have some fantastic fintech companies in Norway, but there was no community or coordinated effort to build market opportunities, open doors and increase awareness about the industry as a whole. IKT-Norge´s Fintech Forum aims to do just that. Many of the Norwegian fintech companies are backed by international investors and count some of the world´s leading banks among their customers and partners – we have a great story to tell!

What do you think the 7 Norwegian fintech-companies, that will join you at Money2020, will experience?

We´re creating a pavilion for seven Norwegian fintech companies, called Fintech Forest. Participating at Money2020 is a big investment, but we are there because we expect it to be one of the best arenas in the world in 2016 to showcase technology, build networks, meet with clients and others in the fintech space, and have fun. We want the world to see what´s going on in fintech in Norway, and Money 2020 is a good place to do just that.

For us who can´t join you, how can we follow you and “Fintech Forest”?

– Follow us on twitter @FinTechForest where we will present the companies participating and other interesting stories. If you want to know more about the conference just check out their website and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me. (see contacts below)

Check out this movie if you want to know more om Money2020, FinTech Forest and Norwegian fintech.

IKT-Norge presenterer Fintech Forest 4-7. april kommer verdens største fintech-event, Money20/20 Europe, til København! IKT-Norge sender en norsk paviljong kalt Fintech Forest, bestående av syv selskaper, for å vise frem det beste Norge har av ny teknologi innen finans. Selskapene som deltar vil i ukene frem mot april bli presentert på våres Twitter-konto og her på IKT-Norges hjemmeside @FintechForest, så følg med!

Posted by IKT-Norge on Friday, February 5, 2016