Paykey, the system that enables users to make payments through any message service or social network thanks to a virtual keyboard, and Musoni, the cloud-based microfinance software, are the two winning startups of BBVA Open Talent Europe 2016.
Both companies had already been recognized with two of the special awards in this year’s edition. Israel’s Paykey received the Special Wired Money Award, while Holland’s Musoni had already earned the Financial Inclusion Award. The two have been chosen over the other candidates taking part in the final which was held, unsurprisingly, in London, the capital of fintech.
“BBVA and the startups we are together participating in this disruption, a change that goes beyond transforming a bank, because it impacts the whole financial industry,” said Derek White, recently appointed Head of Customer Solutions at BBVA. “The European winners of open talent 2016 have the potential to be the actors on the new stage of financial services,” he added during the award ceremony.
Derek White, Head of Customer Solutions at BBVA, Cameron Goldie-Scot, CEO and Cofounder of Musoni, Darío Mutabdzija, President and Head of Business Development de PayKey, y Marisol Menéndez, Head of Open Innovation at BBVA.
The two companies joined Cambridge Blockchain and Precognitive - startups specializing, respectively, in industry authorization and fraud prevention and winners of the United Sates and Rest of the World final - at the top of the BBVA Open Talent podium
To find out the full list of winners of this year’s BBVA Open Talent contest we will have to wait for the Latin American final, which will take place on September 19th and 20th in Mexico.
Each one of the six winners of the BBVA Open Talent contest will receive a €30,000 prize and will be invited to take part in a two-week (non-consecutive) immersion program, coached by BBVA expects in Madrid and Mexico City.