Podim DX Satellite #5 – Fintech – challenges & opportunities

Thursday, 22nd of April 2021 at 18.50 – 20.00

Event partner: Nova KBM

The pace of digitalization is accelerating. Covid-19 pandemic has forced many industries and companies to take huge steps into the digital realms. For some of them digitalization is easier than for others.

During this event we’ll take a closer look at key drivers of digitalization and rapid growth of innovations in fintech space. Banking, which is being digitized and transformed through new technology and business models is a great example of a traditional service that has faced many obstacles on its digital path and still has many opportunities coming its way.

We will also discuss why collaborating with startups can help companies innovate, develop and transform their services.

Our guests are going to discuss current trends, new technologies, challenges, collaborations, different user groups and much more.

Join Aytac Aydin, COO and a member of the Management Board of Nova KBM, Daniel Tomov, Founding Partner and Fintech Lead at Eleven Ventures, and Sevdalina Vassileva, the General Manager at Visa for Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus as they share their experience and insights.

The discussion will be moderated by Urban Lapajne, the program director of PODIM DX and the head of Startup Slovenia

The event is going to be streamed on Podim’s Facebook page, Podim’s LInkedIn page & Der Brutkasten’s Facebook page.

If you want to participate in the discussion and ask questions, you can join our special Zoom call! Once you register, we’ll send you an email with the Zoom link.

There are 50 Zoom spots and once they’re gone, they’re gone. So don’t hesitate and grab yours.




Aytac Aydin has been the Chief Operating Officer in the Nova KBM Management Board since early 2019. He also serves as Supervisory Board Member of Bankart (biggest payment systems company in Slovenia)

Mr. Aydin is a senior executive with more than 20 years of diverse experience in Banking, Consulting, High-Tech and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO). Served as senior consultant at McKinsey & Company, COO in several banks and CEO in a PE owned biggest BPO company in Turkey. He is a results-oriented leader with a successful record for organizing those in need of transformational improvement. Skilled at establishing operational excellence across functions, translating conceptual models into specific growth opportunities, planning and executing multi-faceted projects that are driven by technology and business priorities. He has successfully contributed to many transformation programs mainly in banks ranging from green field to banks with more than 14 thousand employees. He holds two master’s degrees one MSc in Electrical and Electronical Engineering from Penn State (USA) and another one MBA from INSEAD (France).

Daniel Tomov is the founding partner at Eleven Ventures where he has been investing in some of the most promising and exciting tech startups in SEE since 2012 – 130+ to date. Upon the early success of their first fund, Eleven launched an entirely private early-stage VC in 2018 supported by some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs and executives from Bulgaria and the region.

Being passionate about building companies, Daniel has been involved in startups since 2000 as an investor and a founder in diverse domains ranging from software to cleantech.

Sevdalina Vassileva is the General Manager at Visa for Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus. Part of the leadership team of the world’s leading payments network, she is an avid advocate of the benefits that digital payments and technology bring to the economy, business and individuals. She joined Visa with 20+ years of executive experience and expertise in banking, FMCG, technology and innovation.

Sevdalina is actively working with the entrepreneurial ecosystem, mentoring and advising start-up companies in the areas of technology and social impact. She is one of the architects of the Visa Innovation Program, started in Bulgaria back in 2018 in cooperation with Eleven Ventures, and has ever since remained a key contributor to its successful expansion in the SEE region in 2021.


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