Another great trip to Sri Lanka last week with our development team. We are super excited to invite two new members, Ameer Najath and Thisara Ranasinghe to the team. Thank you also to Suram, Danushka, Thushara, Dhara, Rajith, Sameera and Sanath for another super week !
It was such an honor for the CEO of Capassa, Marit Wetterhus to participate at the First Roundtable of the OECD Digital for SMEs (D4SME) Global Initiative at the OECD in Paris. Marit Wetterhus was the main speaker for the Fintech session. Thank you to OECD Secretary General Angel Gurríaa, the Minister for small Business Stuart Nash of New Zealand and Chair for the OECD Digital for SME initiative, the Minister of SMEs and Startups of Korea Young Sun Park, the Minister of State for Trade and EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection of Ireland Pat Breen, as well as Director OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities Lamia Kamal-Chaoui and her great team for a fantastic event. Thanks also to all the other participants that made the day such an incredible experience.
CEO of Capassa Marit Wetterhus and all the other participants at the First Roundtable of the OECD Digital for SMEs (D4SME) Global Initiative at the OECD Headquarters in Paris
The First Roundtable will be chaired by the OECD Secretary General and co-chaired by the Minister of Business of New Zealand, the Minister of SMEs of Korea, and the Minister of State for Trade and EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection of Ireland.
It is a real honour to be asked to participate in such high-level discussions on how to help SMEs with digitalization globally. The focus areas, which are all very important to Capassa, are access to digital infrastructure, AI, blockchain and fintech. Capassa – Your Digital CFO is a Fintech company that aims to help SMEs make better financial choices. SMEs are important for growth globally and it is paramount that they take part in the digital transition. At the Roundtable, Capassa will join policy makers from governments and public institutions, entrepreneurs, business representatives and representatives of private sector associations across the OECD and beyond.
Capassa was honored to get the opportunity to present the Digital CFO and talk about how to finance innovative SME’s in Europe at the European Banking Summit October 3rd. The panel consisted of Kris Boschmans, Policy Analyst at the OECD Alberto Casorati, Advisor, European Investment Bank Adrià Batlle, Head of Business Design, InnoCell Armando Melone, Policy Officer, European Commission Stephen Pegge, Managing Director of Commercial Finance, UK Finance & Director, UK Business Angels Association. Daniel Bouzas was a great panel moderator. It was great to discuss how we can help innovative SMEs with their financing and changes we need to make to ensure that innovative SMEs get a better future!
Capassa’s CEO, Marit Wetterhus participated in the opening panel debate with Stephane Boujnah, CEO of Euronext, the company that bought the Norwegian Stock Exchange, Martina Dalic, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia and Carlos Tavares, Chairman of Banco Montepio in Portugal, discussing the need for a better way to finance SMEs. Moderated by Dr Christian Ossig, Chief Executive of the Association of German Banks and Chair of the EBF Steering Committee. The Markets4Europe campaign, launched last week, outlining 6 crucial principles for Capassa and other innovative SME’s: https://markets4europe.eu/. The report has been made by Vítor Constâncino Martina DalicEnrico Letta Viviane Reding and Peer Steinbruck. Thanks to Wim Mijs, Burçak Inel Martenczuk, Raymond Frenken, Daniel Bouzas, Tina Marolt, Francesco Indacoat the European Banking Federation.
Capassa was fortunate to be invited to discuss the digital future and how to expand into the British market by Richard Wood, the British Ambassador. The beautiful residence set the scene for great discussions with other entrepreneurs, investors, consultants and Cristian Strømmen, Director of Trade & Investment at the Department for International Trade at the British Embassy.
Capassa’s CEO, Marit Wetterhus participated at the event Exploring the Digital Future during Oslo Innovation Week where Nikolai Astrup, Minister of Digitalisation, Chief Digital Officer, Ewan MacLeod at Nordea, Richard Wood. British Ambassador to Norway and Meryn Willetts, CMO at VipiCash participated in a panel discussion about what we should do to support digital transformation. The event was attended by over 100 participants that were eager to share their insights. Thanks to the photographer Åsmund Holien Mo for great pictures from the event.
Capassa had the great opportunity to speak about Your Digital CFO at the SHE Conference in Oslo Spektrum.
Thank you to Heidi Aven and the rest of the SHE-team. Thank you also to Jørn Haanæs, Startup Director at Oslo Business Region, Giang Nguyen, Pia Merkesdal and Ingar S. Bentsen at TheFactory and the startup community represented by Startuplab Meri Sorgaard, Combine Siw-Cathrine Braa, 657 Camilla Watz Johannessen, timetoRIOT Kimberly Larsen, Angel Challenge Virginia E. Vegas, As We Are Now Anette Miwa Dimmen, Katapult Ocean Rikke Hegge Jørgensen, The Ocean Bottle William, Arkwright X Esben Poulsen, Unloc Kris Riise, Aleap Andre Hansen, ShieldME Henriette Bjørn, Norway Health Tech Anita Moe Larsen, MESH Anders Mjåset, Ombu, Isak Førre Skogland and Sindre Bjørnstad.
Capassa won first prize in TheFactory’s spring 2018 accelerator program.
Thanks to all the Mentors, Executive Advisors, TheFactory Alumni and the staff at TheFactory for all your help and support !!!
Capassa was one of the 5 companies that won pitch and selection night at TheFactory, and is now selected to participate in the accelerator program for another two months.