By FintechOS · June 07, 2021
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The SME Financing Challenge: How to Use Technology to Improve Access to Finance


SMEs’ cash flow is their lifebloodHow can technology help them stay alive or fund their expansion plans? Join FintechOS’s live session during the Amsterdam FinTech Week (XFV) event (4th-11th June).

There are more than 25 million SMEs in the EU, accounting for 65% of the private-sector employment, according to Eurostat. Last year’s crisis brought a major threat to the viability of SMEs, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) shows.  

“During a crisis such as COVID-19, SMEs’ dependence on bank financing and the inability to raise other sources of funds at short notice can turn a liquidity shortage into a solvency problem”, says IMF. 

In short, “SMEs’ cash flow is their lifeblood”, as Ed Herman, Global FSI Leader at Microsoft pointed out in a recent FintechOS webinar on the topic of SME lending. 

Does Herman’s statement reflect the status quo? Here’s the reality-check: 

  • More than half of the European SMEs felt their business might not survive another year, according to a survey conducted by McKinsey in five European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK) in August 2020.   
  • SMEs need for external finance – to stay alive or fund expansion plans and other strategies – was €400 billion ($481 billion) in 2019 in Europe. ​ 
  • Nearly a fifth of SMEs were relying on family and friends for a helping hand. ​ 

Hence, one question arises: how can SME’s access to finance be improved?  

We have one word for this: technology. 

Catalin Dediu
FintechOS will reveal a 3-step strategy for a future-fit SME Financing approach during the Amsterdam Fintech Week event. Catalin Dediu, VP of Product Management at FintechOS (photo) will deliver a key note speech on this topic on June 8th.

FintechOS will reveal a 3-step strategy for a future-fit SME Financing approach during the Amsterdam Fintech Week event, where we will host a live session on this topic on June 8th .

Session: The SME Financing Challenge: How to Use Technology to Improve Access to Finance 

Date & time: June 8th, 10.00-10.30 AM CET 

Speaker: Catalin Dediu, VP of Product Management, FintechOS 

To watch this session, please register using this link. Below you can find some highlights of the key note speech by Catalin Dediu, Vice President of Product Management at FintechOS:

• The current state of SME banking; key trends and drivers;
• Why SMEs are dramatically underserved by banks;
• How banks can improve access to finance for SMEs:
– Personalization
– Automation
– Ecosystems and value-added services
• How the right technology can enable banks to better support SMEs.


MAIN PHOTO Credit: Unsplash


Amsterdam Fintech Week (XFW) gathers all stakeholders and players active in the ecosystem of digital finance. The goal is to connect players within the European Fintech space and to involve key stakeholders to participate. You can check out the agenda and register here. 


For more findings on this industry, download our white paper Seize the Moment: How Data and Tech Can Bring an SME Lending Surge for Bank

On the same topic: The 4 Steps to Future-Fit SME Banking. 


Related articles: 

What’s Gone Wrong with Traditional SME Lending – And How to Fix It 

SME Banking: Weathering the Storm 

SME Banks Need to Act Fast: Responding to The Wave of Newcomers 

Cov-19 Response: Banks will have to rise to new digital expectations 

What’s Gone Wrong with Traditional SME Banking 

How to Unlock the Potential of SMEs 


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