February saw us returning to Niger to meet with customers and prospective partners in the country, with great support from CARE Niger and CARE Denmark. Meeting customer groups is always a priority for us. On this visit we were happy to reconvene with a VSLA federation in the City of… Read More »Connecting with the female entrepreneurs in Niger
CEO and founder of hiveonline, the financial trust platform for small businesses, author, cyclist, opera nut and fake Dane
According to the World Bank, “Financial inclusion means that individuals and businesses have access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs – transactions, payments, savings, credit and insurance – delivered in a responsible and sustainable way.” Written by Sofie Blakstad Today, around 1.7 billion adults don’t… Read More »What is financial inclusion and why is it important?
The place of technology has transformed in our lifetime, moving from the mainframe to the palm of our hands. Once it meant efficiency, but now it’s enabling our lives, and whole economies, to change. In the 1970s, my mother was a COBOL programmer, working for Hammersmith Council. There were sandbags… Read More »Fintech Revolution: From Data Management to the New Financial Ecosystem
hiveonline has been selected as European finalist in the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge, who award over one million dollars in prizes each year to innovators supporting the future of work. hiveonline is one of three innovative companies selected in this category from companies across the whole of Europe. “We’re deeply… Read More »hiveonline finalist in MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge
Thanks to all of you who have pre-ordered our forthcoming book, Fintech Revolution: Universal Inclusion in the New Financial Ecosystem (Palgrave Macmillan). We’ve got some good news for you, thanks to popular demand the price in the US has now dropped. Anyone who’s pre-ordered it will pay the new, lower… Read More »Fintech Revolution: Price drop alert!
We’ve seen a lot of movement in government’s attitudes to fintech and cryptocurrencies over the course of the last two years, and the UN Environment Programme’s Inquiry into a Sustainable Financial Future, driven by Simon Zadek and Nick Robins, has been pivotal in driving the change from lack of awareness,… Read More »G20 Sustainable Finance Study Group
We’re working on several projects for developing economies in the background, and a theme that’s emerging is the need for automation, auditing and removing friction from microfinance solutions. With Microfinance Institutions providing loans to one of every ten people on the planet, and charging an average 40% interest, they’re both… Read More »New whitepaper on hiveonline’s microfinance solution
We’re thrilled to announce that our growing Copenhagen team has found a new home in the stunning Pier47 building at Pier47, 47 Langelinie Allé, 2100 København Ø, Denmark. We’ll be moving in on Monday 12 February, and if anyone would like to come and inspect the premises, you’re welcome to come and… Read More »New Copenhagen premises for our growing team
Following our successful raise of €800,000 last year at a post-money valuation of €4.7 million, we are now raising a further seed round of €900,000 towards our mid-2018 go-live. We are now in customer response testing with our SME app, while we’re working on large consortium partnerships in several countries,… Read More »New investment round announced
We’re pleased to announce we now have a confirmed publication date for Sofie and Rob’s new book, Fintech Revolution: Universal Inclusion in the New Financial Ecosystem (Palgrave Macmillan). It will be published on 4 June 2018, and can be pre-ordered via Amazon or through your usual bookstore. This book is… Read More »Fintech Revolution: pre-order your copy now!