Being asked to apply for NTT Data’s Open Innovation Contest was quite a surprise. And it was an honour to be part of the finals in London, as the only German FinTech vendor.
“As digital technology has become more accessible, the speed of doing business has accelerated immensely while decreasing start-up costs. Attention is now turning to open innovation, which is an approach where multiple corporations and talented individuals work together to create new businesses by combining existing businesses and technologies.
NTT DATA has been striving to implement open innovation through a forum known as ‘From the Port of Toyosu’, open innovation business contests, and other events. The aim of its open innovation approach is to generate innovative, sustainable, and win-win business scenarios by bringing together three distinct groups: startups in possession of the most advanced technologies and business solutions, big corporations from a range of industries, and NTT DATA itself.” – NTT DATA
Thanks to innovate finance, IntelliLink and FT Banker for organising, helping and supporting our efforts to represent a suitable part of this.
Mario Alves was the representative for aixigo, here a short extract of his feelings concerning the day: “While seeing all the presentations it became obvious to me that winning wouldn’t be easy that day. The lineup of highly interesting solutions – all very innovative in their own way – made me think about what we, aixigo, do. I truly believe that we are very innovative, but I’m afraid one would need an in-depth wealth management insider’s perspective. That point-of-view would include all the hassle you go through with legacy systems, data and regulation. So the journey has just started and we will push wealth digitalisation further and further in the future. It was a fantastic experience to be there, meet all the great people and see the solutions. Congrats to the winner of this contest!”
It has been a real pleasure to take part, thank you!