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  • Writer's pictureKoen Vanderhoydonk

In the summer of 2023


I hope you all had a fantastic summer, despite the unpredictable weather here in Belgium. While the sun might not have always been shining, we certainly didn't let that dampen our spirits. In fact, we've been hard at work, and I'm thrilled to announce that we have some exciting news to share with you all.


Drumroll, please... cue excitement


I am delighted to introduce our new scaleup partners: Veripark, Setle, Better Trade Off and Praxis Digital! These incredible companies have joined forces with us, bringing their expertise and innovative solutions to our ever-growing ecosystem.


We are truly excited to have these exceptional partners on board, as they embody the spirit of innovation and collaboration that defines The Connector. Together, we will continue to push boundaries, drive positive change, and shape the future of finance.


As a seasoned banker, I have witnessed firsthand the profound impact of the financial sector on individuals and the global economy. Over the years, I've seen how traditional institutions have grappled with outdated systems, often struggling to keep pace with the rapidly evolving digital landscape. In this era of technological advancements, FinTech and RegTech have become the catalysts driving change and propelling the industry into a new era of modern innovation. These disruptive technologies have revolutionized the way financial services are delivered, challenging traditional institutions to adapt or risk becoming obsolete.


The rise of FinTech is no longer a mere buzzword; it has transformed the landscape of financial services. By leveraging cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain, FinTech companies have opened up new avenues for customer engagement, streamlined processes, and democratized access to financial services.


However, alongside this disruption, regulatory frameworks have become increasingly crucial. While some may view regulations as burdensome, they play a vital role in ensuring the stability and integrity of the financial system. Regulatory technology, or RegTech, has emerged as a powerful tool to navigate the complex web of regulations. By utilizing advanced analytics and data sharing, RegTech enables financial institutions to comply with regulatory requirements efficiently.


We recognized the significance of both FinTech and RegTech in fostering innovation and efficiency. With their finger on the pulse of the ever-changing industry landscape, The Connector. acts as a bridge between financial institutions and international scale-ups, providing expert insights and cutting-edge solutions.


One of the key lessons I learned throughout his journey is the importance of collaboration among multiple entities. In an interconnected world, no single institution can thrive in isolation. It is through collaboration, knowledge sharing, and partnerships that true innovation and transformative change occur.


The Connector. has made collaboration central to its ethos. By facilitating connections between financial institutions and international scale-ups, they create an ecosystem where ideas are exchanged, partnerships are forged, and new solutions are born. This collaborative approach not only fuels innovation but also drives efficiency, as shared resources and expertise are leveraged to tackle complex challenges collectively.


As I reflect on this transformational journey, one thing becomes clear: embracing innovation and sustainability is no longer optional. Entrepreneurs, bankers, and policymakers alike must adapt to the dynamic nature of the financial sector and harness the power of technology and collaboration to drive positive change.


The proliferation of innovative startups and the rise of ethical considerations have brought a newfound focus on human connection and the social impact of finance. The financial sector has a profound responsibility to ensure that its practices align with sustainable principles and ethical frameworks. The Connector. recognizes this imperative and aims to become a trusted partner for financial institutions, providing comprehensive systems and tools that enable startups to scale rapidly while adhering to these values.


In conclusion, the financial services industry is undergoing a monumental transformation fueled by the convergence of digital technology, regulatory frameworks, and a renewed focus on ethics. We hope our story with The Connector. serves as an inspiration for bankers, entrepreneurs, and policymakers to embrace innovation, sustainability, and human connection. By collaborating, leveraging technological advancements, and prioritizing ethical finance, we can pave the way for a future that empowers individuals, fosters economic growth, and positively impacts society as a whole.


Together, let us embrace this transformative era and shape the future of finance, where innovation, collaboration, and ethics converge to create a more inclusive and prosperous world.





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