Sofie Blakstad

CEO and founder of hiveonline, the financial trust platform for small businesses, author, cyclist, opera nut and fake Dane

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What is financial inclusion and why is it important?

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?
Fintech revolution

Fintech Revolution: From Data Management to the New Financial Ecosystem

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
MIT IDE Europe Finalists

hiveonline finalist in MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge

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

New whitepaper on hiveonline’s microfinance solution

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

New investment round announced

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