All the Fintech Ladies: Deutsche Bank Announces Competition for Female Founders

For the second year in a row, Deutsche Bank is teaming up with Google, Atos, TechQuartier to help make a difference for women in fintech. The bank announced the launch of its second Female FinTech Competition this week, featuring a spot in Atos’ Fintech Programme as the competition’s top prize.

“The Female FinTech competition is not only a wonderful opportunity to showcase technology talent, it is also a way for Deutsche Bank to engage and support a community of female founders and help foster innovation,” Global Head of Deutsche Bank’s Strategy & Innovation Network Gil Perez explained.

Fintech companies with a female founder – or with women in their top management – are encouraged to apply. The first prize – participation in the Atos FinTech Program – also features access to the FinHub, a fast-track onboarding program that connects companies with Atos’ network of financial services organization partners – and Atos Financial Services Sandbox – which makes it easy for fintech startups to combine their expertise to develop and test new ideas and solutions.

In addition to the first prize, other program winners will have the opportunity to access resources from both Deutsche Bank and Google Innovation, including the chance to work in Deutsche Bank’s Innovation Lab with the team’s experts and coaches.

The Female FinTech Competition is also in the market for coaches. Women interested in coaching program entrants are also encouraged to sign up and indicate their area of knowledge and expertise.

The deadline for applications is September 23, with applicants submitting their business cases by September 30. A short list of six finalists will be announced on October 15, with the winners announced on October 29.

“We still have a gender gap in the finance industry,” said Sima Ohadi, Chief Behavioral Officer at Odonatech and the program’s inaugural winner last year. “Yet the future looks bright in part thanks to initiatives like the Atos Female Fintech Competition. I participated as a co-founder of Odonatech in the Atos Fintech Competition last year, which helped me get to know some very ambitious and innovative women in this field.”

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