2018 was another challenging but exciting year for the FinTech and payments industry. New regulation came into force; the latest advances in tech were released and there was an encouraging rise in the number of women launching and leading FinTechs.

The European Women in Payments Network also saw great success in 2018. Membership increased significantly, bringing further awareness and engagement. And we had a fantastic conference in Amsterdam in October.

Looking forward, 2019 is set to be another exciting year as the EWPN remains committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive industry, celebrating and supporting women’s achievements across the payments ecosystem. Our goal is to make organisations such as ours redundant, and we know everyone involved with the organisation will be right behind us.

Make a date for EWPN Annual Conference & Awards in partnership with Money20/20 Europe

As you may know, 2019 sees a change to our conference. Having sponsored our 2018 Awards dinner, Money20/20 is the exclusive partner for the EWPN Annual Conference this year. It therefore made sense to run our conference alongside Money20/20 Europe.

Money20/20 Europe runs from 3rd-5th June and the 2019 EWPN conference will take place on 5th June 2019 at RAI Amsterdam. The celebratory EWPN Dinner and Awards will be held in the Hilton, Amsterdam, near the RAI, on the night of 4th June.

Book early for great deals

There are a range of early bird and exclusive discounts available for EWPN corporate members:

EWPN Annual Conference & Awards entry:

  • €250 before 31st March 2019
  • €500 from 1st February 2019 for both corporate members and other delegates

Money20/20 entry:

  • Full price three-day-pass tickets are €2495 / €3495 on the door (including free entry to EWPN Annual Conference on June 5th). The Awards Dinner that takes place on June 4th is NOT included in the Money20/20 ticket. Tickets for the Awards Dinner only can be purchased through EWPN.
  • EWPN corporate members qualify for 60% off the Money 20/20 ticket price making the price of a ticket €1495.
  • If you are an EWPN corporate member and would like to attend Money20/20 Europe or have already booked your EWPN conference ticket, please contact events@ewpn.eu for your code. The discounted corporate member price is only available to corporate members who have an EWPN annual event ticket.
  • If you are attending EWPN and are not a corporate member, you can book your Money20/20 ticket with a discount of €200 off the prevailing ticket price using code EWPN200 when booking your pass through the Money20/20 website.

Be Part of the Story

Partnerships with like-minded brands help EWPN extend awareness and engagement. And there are a range of sponsorship opportunities available this year for specific events, as well as research and other projects.

Packages start at just €3,000. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of EWPN, our conference and/or the awards dinner, please do drop us an email at sponsorship@ewpn.eu.

WANTED: The leaders making our industry more diverse

The EWPN awards celebrate individuals and organisations standing out from the crowd, doing incredible things to make our industry more diverse and inclusive.

Winners will be those organisations demonstrating their commitment to encouraging diversity and inclusion, and individuals who show clear leadership, mentorship, integrity, ethical standards, and professionalism and who continue to make a positive contribution to the industry.

Nominate yourself, your business or someone else by visiting the EWPN Amsterdam 2019 website. Closing date is 15th March 2019.

Have you got something to share with EWPN delegates?

We are looking for speakers to inspire women in payments at the EWPN Conference. Share your knowledge and expert insights to not only raise your own profile but also help pave the way for tomorrow’s women in payments.

We are looking for speakers for our panel discussions. And great case studies to share.

We are also keen to hear from members on the areas you feel are important to discuss at the EWPN Conference. To help inspire you, some of the areas we are interested in covering include Mobile payments & digital wallet; Fraud, Risk & Security; Future of Payments in EU; Current Challenges; Women & Leadership; Neurodiversity; Correlation between diversity & profitability.

If you’d like to join EWPN in creating more visibility for Women working in Fintech & Payments, please email us at speakers@ewpn.eu, with the following information:

  • Presentation title
  • Designated topic
  • Presentation level – i.e., Fundamental, Intermediate or Advanced
  • Speaker Information: Your name, job title, organisation, phone number, email address, Twitter handle, LinkedIn profile, biography and area of expertise

More information and application guidelines here: http://ewpnamsterdam2019.eu/speakers/call-for-speakers

Money20/20 Rise Up programme

Alongside Money20/20’s sponsorship of our conference, we are also keen to align our values and aims. In particular, we are supporting the Rise Up programme which launched in 2018.

Money20/20 created Rise Up to address the gender imbalance in leadership positions within the Financial Services and FinTech industry, promoting the belief that inclusive businesses are better businesses. It is a global programme, designed to provide support and actionable skills for women working to take the next steps to increased seniority within their careers. This exclusive programme will expose participants to contacts, mentors, executive training and learnings that will catapult their career to the next level.

In 2018, Money20/20 hand-selected 30 women to take part in an exclusive agenda at Money20/20 USA, complete with a series of bespoke content sessions and unique networking opportunities. Alongside regular programming, they took part in one-to-one mentoring with the most respected industry leaders, private meetings with keynote speakers and other special events.

EWPN is the exclusive supporting partner for Rise Up in Europe, and at least five EWPN members will be selected to join the 2019 Rise Up Academy.

More details on the Rise Up programme will follow in our next update.

Join EWPN for free!

To ensure our network can engage women and men from across the entire banking and payments market, we have decided to scrap EWPN membership fees for individuals from 2019.

We already have a diverse membership spectrum, but as we work together to address the gender imbalance in the industry, we need the backing and input of women and men of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience. The more women who get involved, as well as men who recognise the critical issues we seek to address, the greater support and inspiration we can provide to each other. In turn, this means we can have a greater impact on current and future generations of women in cards & payments, FinTech and banking.

As an individual member of EWPN, you will gain exclusive access to women in the payments industry, including, but not limited to: CEOs, Presidents, Senior Managers, emerging leaders and women from all levels in the cards & payments, FinTech and Banking industries. EWPN provides a platform for professionals to inspire and empower one another through networking opportunities with established industry leaders and newcomers alike, mentoring programmes, discounts to industry events and the overall promotion of diversity in the industry.

Join the EWPN as an individual member for free here.

Become a Corporate Member of EWPN

We will continue to offer exclusive benefits to corporates who pay to join the network. There are three levels of corporate membership: Platinum, Gold or Start-up.

EWPN Corporate Membership offers organisations many benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Complimentary passes for the EWPN annual event
  • Free access to leadership and/or industry clinics at the EWPN annual event and national events in Europe
  • Discounts for other events organised by EWPN
  • Discounts for partner events, including 60% off entry to Money20/20 Europe
  • Unlimited access to the community section
  • Free access to the EWPN recruitment portal
  • Monthly newsletter updates

Join the EWPN as a Corporate member here.

Local Meetups

In 2019, we have already held our first local meetups in Portugal and France, with an event taking place in Hungary soon. Further first-time local meetups are planned to take place in Switzerland, Poland, Cyprus, Ireland, Denmark and the Ukraine. And of course, 2019 meetups will take place in countries where meetups have already taken place. Follow us on Twitter (@EWPNEurope), LinkedIn or Facebook to stay up-to-date.

There are a number of European countries where we are still seeking country ambassadors such as Lithuania, Sweden, Finland, Bulgaria, Romania. Contact us (nadja@ewpn.eu) if you are interested in becoming a country ambassador.

EWPN Portal

We have recently launched our new look website and will also be launching a portal for members in the coming months.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

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