Since its inception, FinTechStage partners with local ecosystems to help building a trusted and enabling FinTech community, through different types of engagement, with a expertise in the InsurTech, RegTech, AI and Financial Inclusion space, and across all technology dimensions.  
We like to call ourselves “unconventional”: interaction, co-creation, lateral thinking are not just words for us, and our Founders have been playing in this field for almost a decade, without a doubt amongst the first FinTech pioneers.   
FinTechStage, by combining plenary discussions and workshops, brings the perfect combination of an exhaustive knowledge of financial services, an unrivalled network of expertise and the reach to the startup world. We connect these three key communities and through them provide concrete FinTech thought leadership and valuable curated networking.
In one sentence, whether we talk to a financial institution, an organization, an Eco-system or a country: we help the building of  FinTech tribes.

The Founders

Matteo Rizzi - FintechStage

Matteo Rizzi

Matteo is a polyglot executive (Italian, English, French and Spanish) with 20+ years of experience in technology and financial services.
In his 13 years at SWIFT, the global financial cooperative, Matteo covered various positions in sales and global account relationship, and in 2007 he founded swiftcommunity.net, the communication platform 2.0 to foster interactive dialogue in the SWIFT financial community.
In 2008 he co-founded Innotribe, the innovation arm of the cooperative. Soon after he launched the Innotribe Startup challenge, the first global challenge for fintech entrepreneurs, as well as the Enablers group, a cross-industry group mentoring Innotribe and SWIFT on strategy and financial trends.
In 2013, Matteo became a Partner in SBT Venture Capital, one of the first funds (100 m USD) solely dedicated to Series A FinTech investment.
SBT Venture Capital has made some ten investments in promising start-ups to date.
Financial News has nominated Matteo as one of the 40 most influential fintech executives in Europe, and Bank Innovation (US publication) named him in the “30 Innovators to watch in 2014, shaping the industry”.
Matteo holds a University degree in Computer Science (University of Genova) and a Post-graduate in Financial Transactions (Solvay Business School).
Passionate about business and social networks, he created in 2003 the world largest Italian expat portal, called italiansonline.net.

Lazaro Campos - FintechStage

Lazaro Campos

Lázaro Campos is a management advisor and board member in digital payment ventures. He counsels start-up companies and consults for financial institutions worldwide in support of their innovation agendas.
He is a Non-Exec Director of miiCard Ltd (a start-up offering digital trust and online identity verification based on bank-account data), and a member of the Advisory Board of Payoneer Inc (an industry-leading B2B payment platform). He is also a Senior Executive Advisor for Booz Allen Hamilton’s international Financial Services practice involved in a variety of innovative digital payment projects, and a member of the Board Financial Crime Risk Committee of Standard Chartered Bank.
In 2014, he was appointed member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Digital Financial Services (DFS) Platform Enablers group in support of financial inclusion for the poor.
Lázaro served as the Chief Executive Officer of SWIFT, the global banking network, from April 2007 until July 2012 where he defined and led an aggressive strategy to re-position the company as a commercially driven, customer centric and efficient cooperative. He also launched an ambitious innovation program that positioned company as catalyst for innovation in the industry (Innotribe.com). Prior to that he held diverse management positions at SWIFT including Business Development EVP and Marketing EVP among others. Before SWIFT, he served in the international division of Banc Agricola, and worked for Toyota Motors.
Lázaro has been rated as one of the 100 most influential people in Finance by Treasury&Risk, and included in Institutional Investors’ Tech 50 disrupters in technology and finance.
Lázaro is Spanish, married and father of three children. He is a motorcycling enthusiast, skiing and sailing aficionado, avid reader and an aspiring cook.


Mariela Atanassova

Mariela is an innovation facilitator combining  deep expertise in financial services, technology and team collaboration. As a co-founder of Innotribe at Swift she was responsible for designing and producing  numerous events, experiences and programs aimed at creating culture change within the financial community.
Mariela works with all the different players in the FinTech ecosystem: startups, financial institutions, accelerators, VCs, regulators and policy makers, helping them transform their organisations, innovate their business models, form new ventures and alliances, rethink the financial services ecosystem.
Current focus areas include innovation frameworks, organisational resilience, digital leadership and learning.
Mariela is an advisor to Startup bootcamp and Rainmaking Innovation, an expert with Anthemis group, and has been listed as one of the 100 most influential women in FinTech.
Other projects include:

  • Member of Inclusive Innovation – a network or scientists and facilitators who work with local communities on social change;
  • Advisor to Value Loops – a sustainability startup focusing on addressing food waste
  • Co-founder of Lifeline Learning – a social business reforming education for the digital age.


  • “FinTechStage and BAI Beacon 2016 were the perfect match in terms of innovative concept and delivery and invigorating content – looking forward to 2017!”

    Conny Dorrestijn
    Conny Dorrestijn Member of the Advisory Board at Holland FinTech
  • “Fintechstage in Amsterdam was an interesting event with a great variety of topics discussed, from the big themes as PSD2 and blockchain to amusing stories about the history of money and the value of our data”

    Chris Huls
    Chris Huls Blockchain Specialist at Rabobank
  • “It was a delight to speak at Fintechstage in Milan; an amazing gateway to the FinTech community.  The atmosphere was electric and ideal to share our insights through our Bank’s story, while receiving instant feedback as to the uptake and potential impact. Overall, a great event!”

    Natasha Kyprianides
    Natasha Kyprianides Group Head of Digital Banking & Innovation at Hellenic Bank
  • “FinTechStage excels at bringing together the best and brightest of local FinTech ecosystems and mixing local with global though-leaders, investors and innovators.”

    Manuel Silva
    Manuel Silva Partner at Santander InnoVentures
  • “The disruption is coming! FinTechStage is the best FinTech event to see the most innovative startups working with traditional old companies. Don’t miss the next FTS!”

    Ariel Arrieta
    Ariel Arrieta Cofounder and Managing Partner at NXTP Labs
  • “FinTechStage has managed to bring together an interesting set of industry experts, investors, entrepreneurs and other agents to talk about the future of banking in an intimate format, one of the best FinTech specific events I’ve taken part of.”

    Gustavo Vinacua
    Gustavo Vinacua Innovation Center Director at BBVA
  • Thanks again for inviting me to share my views on the InsurTech industry and congrats for this amazing event ! Great line-up, great discussions and great location it was a pleasure to attend it !

    Florian Graillot
    Florian Graillot Senior Associate, AXA Strategic Ventures
  • Fintech stage Milan gave us an excellent opportunity to network with some of the best minds in the Insurance industry from Startups, Incumbents and Investors to Reinsurance giants. We learnt a lot about the latest innovation in this space. Highly recommend the conference and we will definitely be returning to fintech stage 2018

    Vishnu Chundi
    Vishnu Chundi Co-Founder and CEO, AssetVault
  • Lazaro and Matteo got everything right. The speakers, location and agenda were spot on. I really appreciate events like this where I learn as well as lecture!

    Dave Birch
    Dave Birch Director of Innovation, Consult Hyperion
  • FinTech Stage is one part awesome topics, two parts awesome speakers that are liberally agitated by two awesome hosts in Matteo and Lazaro who are the personification of everything right with this industry leaving the audience both shaken and stirred. Can’t recommend it more.

    David Brear
    David Brear Founder & CEO, 11:FS
  • One of the best events I've attended on Fintech.  All the right content and amazing attendees. What more could you ask?

    Chris Skinner
    Chris Skinner Author, Speaker and Troublemaker, 11:FS
  • A stunning fintech conference with senior executives and thought leaders talking about "real stuff". Impressive moment of truth of FinTech.

    Roberto Ferrari
    Roberto Ferrari Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Mediobanca Group


Financial Inclusion has become one of the core objectives of financial policy, more than 60 countries have made explicit national financial inclusion commitments.
The FinTechStage Inclusion Forum aimed at accelerating the international collaborative movement and network to eradicate financial exclusion. However, the level of innovation required to fulfill those commitments often clashes with existing regulatory frameworks. Therefore the need for a different dialogue between regulators and innovator is crucial.
Sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Omidyar Network, and powered by FinTechStage, the FinTechStage Inclusion Forum was a three-day program including a presentation of The Level One Project, our Global Showcase for Financial Inclusion and our Regulators-Innovators dialogue workshop.