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The SME Finance Outlook

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GLOBAL SME FINANCE FORUM 2020

 

SME FINANCE OUTLOOK 2030

 

26-28 OCTOBER

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

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We are Going Virtual!

The 2020 Global SME Finance Forum – Virtual Edition - will be held over three fully-immersive half-days on October 26-28 and will be accessible to all SME financing experts for FREE.

While we'd love to interact with you in-person, to adapt to the new normal and assure all our members that the virtual conference will emulate the same in-person experience, we will offer one-on-one networking, virtual marketplaceexhibition boothsconcurrent sessionsfireside chats, and panel discussions, as well as the recognition of the Global SME Finance Award winners, and the presentations of the best Call for Insights articles. Please join us for a new and exciting digital journey. Registrations are open at bit.ly/SMEFF20Register

Once you are registered, please use your email to access the platform here: https://smeff20.vfairs.com/# 

If you experience problems, please send us an email at smefinanceforum@ifc.org

Join us in our Virtual Edition for what has become the largest, highest-level, most technically in-depth, more geographically diverse meeting on SME financing that occurs each year!

 

Learn from the industry leaders

 

Find your next partner

 

Stay up-to-date with the latest trends

 

Network with seasoned peers

 

Meet customers, vendors, friends

 

Share your vision

Agenda

GLOBAL SME FINANCE FORUM 2020
SME Finance Outlook 2030

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the world into uncertainty and the outsized nature of the impact on governments, businesses and citizens is causing upheavals in the way we live and work, resulting in massive social and economic changes. While there are many disruptions and negative outcomes such as the unfortunate loss of life and reversals in poverty reduction, there is also the possibility for positive outcomes, as we take a hard look at ways of living and doing business that can and should evolve.  

This is the context in which we offer this year’s Global SME Finance Forum, where we present and examine both challenges and opportunities in SME Finance. On the first day, we take the time to reflect on the current impact of COVID-19 on SME Finance, especially on key stakeholders, financial institutions, SMEs, fintech and policymakers. On the second day, we take a deeper look at the strategic initiatives and measures taken by individual institutions to respond to the pandemic and to better serve SMEs.  On the final day, we will examine what the future will hold for SME Finance and how businesses can evolve, and then offer ideas and thinking of ways to move more optimistically into the future.

SCHEDULE

All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time zone


Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON SME FINANCE Welcome Remarks

Online
Location: Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

Opening: State of the World's Economy

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 
Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

As the world moves into the next phase of responding to COVID-19, will the policies put in place be effective?  How have policies impacted financial institutions in their ability to respond to the needs of SMEs?   What are the broader policy implications going forward for regulators and industry participants?

Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

Reviewing the Policy Playbook: Paving the Road with Good Intentions?

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

As the world moves into the next phase of responding to COVID-19, will the policies put in place be effective?  How have policies impacted financial institutions in their ability to respond to the needs of SMEs?   What are the broader policy implications going forward for regulators and industry participants?


Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

 CEOs and senior business leaders reflect on how the industry has been affected by the pandemic and how institutions have responded to date to the crisis.

Topics: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

The State of SME Finance

Online
Topics: 

 CEOs and senior business leaders reflect on how the industry has been affected by the pandemic and how institutions have responded to date to the crisis.


Topics: 
Location: Online

With the alternative finance sector now six months into its first major economic downturn, what can we expect of the sector when the pandemic abates? How will the industry evolve as a result of the pandemic?

 

Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

Panel 1: Alternative Finance: Is it at a Cross Road?

Online
Event type: 

With the alternative finance sector now six months into its first major economic downturn, what can we expect of the sector when the pandemic abates? How will the industry evolve as a result of the pandemic?

 


Event type: 
Location: Online

"Investing in non-financial services (NFS) generates positive returns while serving SMEs and women-owned SMEs. Learn about the business case for NFS from experts in the financial services sector."

 

Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

Panel 2: Non-Financial Services: The Key to Unlocking the Potential of WSMEs for Banks

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

"Investing in non-financial services (NFS) generates positive returns while serving SMEs and women-owned SMEs. Learn about the business case for NFS from experts in the financial services sector."

 


Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

Learn more about Experian's unique end-to-end approach which combines robust data management, innovative technology solutions, advanced analytics and a deep understanding of broad financing disciplines to match both private and social capital to underbanked SMEs. 

Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

Virtual Visit to Experian

Online
Event type: 

Learn more about Experian's unique end-to-end approach which combines robust data management, innovative technology solutions, advanced analytics and a deep understanding of broad financing disciplines to match both private and social capital to underbanked SMEs. 


Event type: 
Location: Online

Catering to specific SME sectors by using their advanced knowledge of eight sectors to create insightful loan products for each sub-sector, U GRO uses a unique combination of intelligence and technology using statistical predictive modelling to understand an SMEs potential for growth.

Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

Virtual Visit to U GRO Capital

Online
Event type: 

Catering to specific SME sectors by using their advanced knowledge of eight sectors to create insightful loan products for each sub-sector, U GRO uses a unique combination of intelligence and technology using statistical predictive modelling to understand an SMEs potential for growth.


Event type: 
Location: Online

Presenting emerging innovative tech solutions: Providing a platform to a curated selection of fintechs.  

Topics: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

Fintech Pitches

Online
Topics: 

Presenting emerging innovative tech solutions: Providing a platform to a curated selection of fintechs.  


Topics: 
Location: Online

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

Closing Remarks

Online
Location: Online

The talk will address the following points: economic relief response from Chilean government from a wide perspective; a zoom into economic relief through commercial banking based on government-backed guarantee schemes, and non-financial-institution financial schemes; and the silver lining to the future that comes with the pandemic, mainly on venture capital opportunities and the development of Fintech ecosystem.

Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 7

REBUILDING SMEs - SME Financing in times of COVID: The case of Chile and the Pandemic’s Silver Lining to the Future

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

The talk will address the following points: economic relief response from Chilean government from a wide perspective; a zoom into economic relief through commercial banking based on government-backed guarantee schemes, and non-financial-institution financial schemes; and the silver lining to the future that comes with the pandemic, mainly on venture capital opportunities and the development of Fintech ecosystem.


Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

Celebrating the Global SME Finance Awards 2020 winners with highlights from their winning submissions.

Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 7

Global SME Finance Awards Ceremony

Online
Event type: 

Celebrating the Global SME Finance Awards 2020 winners with highlights from their winning submissions.


Event type: 
Location: Online

Various players from the financial industry will share their strategies for not only surviving but striving to serve SMEs during the pandemic.  What have been their successes and challenges thus far? What are they planning for in the near term?

 

Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 7

Striving in the Time of COVID

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

Various players from the financial industry will share their strategies for not only surviving but striving to serve SMEs during the pandemic.  What have been their successes and challenges thus far? What are they planning for in the near term?

 


Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

Are we headed for a less visible crisis deep within supply chains that could destabilize SMEs and add to the woes of the global economy?  What are good practices in the supply chain finance industry to address COVID-19?

Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 7

Supply Chain Finance: An Iceberg Beneath the Surface?

Online
Event type: 

Are we headed for a less visible crisis deep within supply chains that could destabilize SMEs and add to the woes of the global economy?  What are good practices in the supply chain finance industry to address COVID-19?


Event type: 
Location: Online

Both financial institutions and customers have had to quickly navigate how they can and want to interact as a result of the pandemic, so what have financial institutions done to respond to the impact of the crisis while progressing their digital transformation at the same time?

 

Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 7

Digital transformation: Long Overdue or Just in Time?

Online
Event type: 

Both financial institutions and customers have had to quickly navigate how they can and want to interact as a result of the pandemic, so what have financial institutions done to respond to the impact of the crisis while progressing their digital transformation at the same time?

 


Event type: 
Location: Online

 Presenting emerging innovative tech solutions: Providing a platform to a curated selection of fintechs. 

Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 7

Fintech Pitches

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

 Presenting emerging innovative tech solutions: Providing a platform to a curated selection of fintechs. 


Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

Location: Online
Home
Oct 7

Closing Remarks

Online
Location: Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 8

THE SME FINANCE OUTLOOK 2030 - Perspectives: Moving into the Future

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 
Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 8

Role of DFIs: Rebuilding economies Post-COVID-19

Online
Event type: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

What are some of the emerging products that will be significant for SMEs as we move into the future?  What are the needs of SMEs that are driving the emergence of new products? And what are the implications on the financial industry as it responds to those needs?

Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 8

SME Products for the Future

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

What are some of the emerging products that will be significant for SMEs as we move into the future?  What are the needs of SMEs that are driving the emergence of new products? And what are the implications on the financial industry as it responds to those needs?


Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

The landscape of the global financial services industry has seen considerable changes over the past few years. The entrance of non-traditional financial institutions particularly Fintech and Big Tech has indisputably accelerated innovation in the financial sector and improved service offerings for consumers and SMEs. At the same time, they also make the industry ever more competitive, creating pressure and uncertainties for incumbents, the traditional financial institutions. What does this evolving landscape mean for SME finance?

Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 8

SME Banking: The Evolving Landscape

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

The landscape of the global financial services industry has seen considerable changes over the past few years. The entrance of non-traditional financial institutions particularly Fintech and Big Tech has indisputably accelerated innovation in the financial sector and improved service offerings for consumers and SMEs. At the same time, they also make the industry ever more competitive, creating pressure and uncertainties for incumbents, the traditional financial institutions. What does this evolving landscape mean for SME finance?


Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

Sharing their visions for the future, authors of the top submissions from the SME Finance Forum Call for Insights will present their ideas followed by a thought-provoking speaker to inspire everyone's thinking.  

Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 8

Look into the Crystal Ball: What is the Future of SME Finance?

Online
Event type: 

Sharing their visions for the future, authors of the top submissions from the SME Finance Forum Call for Insights will present their ideas followed by a thought-provoking speaker to inspire everyone's thinking.  


Event type: 
Location: Online

Location: Online
Home
Oct 8

Event Closing

Online
Location: Online

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON SME FINANCE Welcome Remarks

Online
Location: Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

Opening: State of the World's Economy

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 
Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

As the world moves into the next phase of responding to COVID-19, will the policies put in place be effective?  How have policies impacted financial institutions in their ability to respond to the needs of SMEs?   What are the broader policy implications going forward for regulators and industry participants?

Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

Reviewing the Policy Playbook: Paving the Road with Good Intentions?

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

As the world moves into the next phase of responding to COVID-19, will the policies put in place be effective?  How have policies impacted financial institutions in their ability to respond to the needs of SMEs?   What are the broader policy implications going forward for regulators and industry participants?


Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

 CEOs and senior business leaders reflect on how the industry has been affected by the pandemic and how institutions have responded to date to the crisis.

Topics: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

The State of SME Finance

Online
Topics: 

 CEOs and senior business leaders reflect on how the industry has been affected by the pandemic and how institutions have responded to date to the crisis.


Topics: 
Location: Online

With the alternative finance sector now six months into its first major economic downturn, what can we expect of the sector when the pandemic abates? How will the industry evolve as a result of the pandemic?

 

Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

Panel 1: Alternative Finance: Is it at a Cross Road?

Online
Event type: 

With the alternative finance sector now six months into its first major economic downturn, what can we expect of the sector when the pandemic abates? How will the industry evolve as a result of the pandemic?

 


Event type: 
Location: Online

"Investing in non-financial services (NFS) generates positive returns while serving SMEs and women-owned SMEs. Learn about the business case for NFS from experts in the financial services sector."

 

Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

Panel 2: Non-Financial Services: The Key to Unlocking the Potential of WSMEs for Banks

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

"Investing in non-financial services (NFS) generates positive returns while serving SMEs and women-owned SMEs. Learn about the business case for NFS from experts in the financial services sector."

 


Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

Learn more about Experian's unique end-to-end approach which combines robust data management, innovative technology solutions, advanced analytics and a deep understanding of broad financing disciplines to match both private and social capital to underbanked SMEs. 

Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

Virtual Visit to Experian

Online
Event type: 

Learn more about Experian's unique end-to-end approach which combines robust data management, innovative technology solutions, advanced analytics and a deep understanding of broad financing disciplines to match both private and social capital to underbanked SMEs. 


Event type: 
Location: Online

Catering to specific SME sectors by using their advanced knowledge of eight sectors to create insightful loan products for each sub-sector, U GRO uses a unique combination of intelligence and technology using statistical predictive modelling to understand an SMEs potential for growth.

Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

Virtual Visit to U GRO Capital

Online
Event type: 

Catering to specific SME sectors by using their advanced knowledge of eight sectors to create insightful loan products for each sub-sector, U GRO uses a unique combination of intelligence and technology using statistical predictive modelling to understand an SMEs potential for growth.


Event type: 
Location: Online

Presenting emerging innovative tech solutions: Providing a platform to a curated selection of fintechs.  

Topics: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

Fintech Pitches

Online
Topics: 

Presenting emerging innovative tech solutions: Providing a platform to a curated selection of fintechs.  


Topics: 
Location: Online

Location: Online
Home
Oct 6

Closing Remarks

Online
Location: Online

The talk will address the following points: economic relief response from Chilean government from a wide perspective; a zoom into economic relief through commercial banking based on government-backed guarantee schemes, and non-financial-institution financial schemes; and the silver lining to the future that comes with the pandemic, mainly on venture capital opportunities and the development of Fintech ecosystem.

Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 7

REBUILDING SMEs - SME Financing in times of COVID: The case of Chile and the Pandemic’s Silver Lining to the Future

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

The talk will address the following points: economic relief response from Chilean government from a wide perspective; a zoom into economic relief through commercial banking based on government-backed guarantee schemes, and non-financial-institution financial schemes; and the silver lining to the future that comes with the pandemic, mainly on venture capital opportunities and the development of Fintech ecosystem.


Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

Celebrating the Global SME Finance Awards 2020 winners with highlights from their winning submissions.

Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 7

Global SME Finance Awards Ceremony

Online
Event type: 

Celebrating the Global SME Finance Awards 2020 winners with highlights from their winning submissions.


Event type: 
Location: Online

Various players from the financial industry will share their strategies for not only surviving but striving to serve SMEs during the pandemic.  What have been their successes and challenges thus far? What are they planning for in the near term?

 

Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 7

Striving in the Time of COVID

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

Various players from the financial industry will share their strategies for not only surviving but striving to serve SMEs during the pandemic.  What have been their successes and challenges thus far? What are they planning for in the near term?

 


Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

Are we headed for a less visible crisis deep within supply chains that could destabilize SMEs and add to the woes of the global economy?  What are good practices in the supply chain finance industry to address COVID-19?

Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 7

Supply Chain Finance: An Iceberg Beneath the Surface?

Online
Event type: 

Are we headed for a less visible crisis deep within supply chains that could destabilize SMEs and add to the woes of the global economy?  What are good practices in the supply chain finance industry to address COVID-19?


Event type: 
Location: Online

Both financial institutions and customers have had to quickly navigate how they can and want to interact as a result of the pandemic, so what have financial institutions done to respond to the impact of the crisis while progressing their digital transformation at the same time?

 

Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 7

Digital transformation: Long Overdue or Just in Time?

Online
Event type: 

Both financial institutions and customers have had to quickly navigate how they can and want to interact as a result of the pandemic, so what have financial institutions done to respond to the impact of the crisis while progressing their digital transformation at the same time?

 


Event type: 
Location: Online

 Presenting emerging innovative tech solutions: Providing a platform to a curated selection of fintechs. 

Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 7

Fintech Pitches

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

 Presenting emerging innovative tech solutions: Providing a platform to a curated selection of fintechs. 


Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

Location: Online
Home
Oct 7

Closing Remarks

Online
Location: Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 8

THE SME FINANCE OUTLOOK 2030 - Perspectives: Moving into the Future

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 
Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 8

Role of DFIs: Rebuilding economies Post-COVID-19

Online
Event type: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

What are some of the emerging products that will be significant for SMEs as we move into the future?  What are the needs of SMEs that are driving the emergence of new products? And what are the implications on the financial industry as it responds to those needs?

Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 8

SME Products for the Future

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

What are some of the emerging products that will be significant for SMEs as we move into the future?  What are the needs of SMEs that are driving the emergence of new products? And what are the implications on the financial industry as it responds to those needs?


Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

The landscape of the global financial services industry has seen considerable changes over the past few years. The entrance of non-traditional financial institutions particularly Fintech and Big Tech has indisputably accelerated innovation in the financial sector and improved service offerings for consumers and SMEs. At the same time, they also make the industry ever more competitive, creating pressure and uncertainties for incumbents, the traditional financial institutions. What does this evolving landscape mean for SME finance?

Topics: 
Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 8

SME Banking: The Evolving Landscape

Online
Topics: 
Event type: 

The landscape of the global financial services industry has seen considerable changes over the past few years. The entrance of non-traditional financial institutions particularly Fintech and Big Tech has indisputably accelerated innovation in the financial sector and improved service offerings for consumers and SMEs. At the same time, they also make the industry ever more competitive, creating pressure and uncertainties for incumbents, the traditional financial institutions. What does this evolving landscape mean for SME finance?


Topics: 
Event type: 
Location: Online

Sharing their visions for the future, authors of the top submissions from the SME Finance Forum Call for Insights will present their ideas followed by a thought-provoking speaker to inspire everyone's thinking.  

Event type: 

Location: Online
Home
Oct 8

Look into the Crystal Ball: What is the Future of SME Finance?

Online
Event type: 

Sharing their visions for the future, authors of the top submissions from the SME Finance Forum Call for Insights will present their ideas followed by a thought-provoking speaker to inspire everyone's thinking.  


Event type: 
Location: Online

Location: Online
Home
Oct 8

Event Closing

Online
Location: Online

Speakers


Networking

Building relationships that last beyond our event! 

All our event participants share the common goal of supporting SME growth and are looking to build lasting relationships.

But why stop there?

We wanted to ensure that you can meet seasoned peers and find your next vendor or partner even after our event is over!  

Our Networking Lounge will allow you to have one-on-one chats and video chats with fellow participants to make the most out of your time during the event. If you’re unable to make the most of it then, the platform will continue to remain accessible 24/7 until the end of November!

So, prepare your elevator pitch and get ready to virtually meet with colleagues around the world! 

Sponsors

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Fintech Pitch

MEET THEM HERE

Traditionally, this has been one of the most exciting features of our annual event, and this year 10 selected fintechs get the opportunity to present their company and technology live onstage to the hundreds of senior industry experts and banks. 

AwanTunai is a closed loop payment system with distribution financing for the offline “Fast Moving Consumer Goods” and staple food supply chain in Indonesia.

Bnkability ensures that African trade transactions are creditworthy, and projects are investment ready through automation and scoring.

DAKKO is the one-stop financial wellness platform dedicated to improving access to health and wellbeing. DAKKO provides micro recommendations that improve financial and insurance literacy.

DEBITUM is a fintech platform for SME loans and invoice financing that works across Europe. They provide a flexible funding source: lenders can upload loans to our platform and sell it to investors who get a return.

Finturi calls themselves a ‘New Way Of Invoice Financing’. This Dutch startup connects businesses with financiers and helps businesses borrow money against invoices.

Flowcast is an AI startup that provides an enterprise-grade credit risk decisioning engine for global lenders across Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific.

HPD Lendscape which is a global leading secured finance vendor, its platform currently deployed by over 100 finance providers across the UK, EMEA, North America, APAC, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Lucy is a financial technology platform built to help women who are overlooked, underestimated, and underbanked. Lucy is based in Singapore.

Spotcap is a Berlin-based digital lending platform, a direct result of their own multi-year lending experience providing underserved SMEs with flexible financing.

Tradle has the goal of being a global KYC solution for all types of people, all types of organisations and all types of onboarding. 

Strategic Partners