The financing of startups through ICOs using blockchain technology changes the concept of a unicorn. Is it the same to reach a valuation level of $1 billion in this way as through traditional rounds of investment?
12 Jul 2018
Every year BBVA’s Open Talent competition sees an increasingly diverse range of entrants from all over the world, each of who is hoping to make business more effective through technology and the way it interacts with financial services.
11 Jul 2018
BBVA has announced the finalists of Open Talent, the world’s biggest fintech competition. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the competition, which has welcomed over 6,000 entries from start-ups in more than 80 countries since it launched.
10 Jul 2018
Aquademy, a swimming school in Laredo, Texas, specializes in teaching people of all ages to swim – whether they’re babies, toddlers, children, teens or adults – where they learn the basics with the option of also learning four styles of swimming. Additionally, Aquademy holds aqua aerobics classes for adults.
05 Jul 2018
Azlo is empowering a new generation of founders and entrepreneurs with the digital tools to access key financial networks and accelerate their economic opportunity. BBVA has incubated Azlo to help them achieve this mission and to better serve ‘gig-economy’ workers, that are currently underserved by the financial services sector.
03 Jul 2018
Last month, Revolut became one of only five fintechs in Europe to achieve unicorn status, following a $250 million Series C funding round.
28 Jun 2018
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20 Jun 2018
BBVA Compass and the Houston Rockets today announced Buy On Purpose as the winner of the Small Business Opportunity Contest, awarding them the top prize of $10,000.
06 Jun 2018
BBVA Compass and the Houston Dynamo have crowned Reason2Race as the winner of their 2018 installment of The Pitch contest, awarding the organization the $10,000 prize to put towards growing their business.
01 Jun 2018
This year’s edition of the European event will bring together some of the most brilliant minds of today’s tech scene: from legends like Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to the founders of some of the most successful fintech solutions, like Alipay. BBVA will also play a prominent role in the event, where it will share its view on the financial services of the future and its collaboration with the fintech ecosystem.
29 May 2018
The BBVA Open Talent team has recognised a number of fintech businesses with a financial inclusion mission. Their business models, and the resulting impact on society, make Open Talent alumni businesses such as Destacame, ePesos, and Musoni ones to watch.
25 May 2018
BBVA Compass and the Houston Dynamo have announced the four finalists for their annual small business contest known as The Pitch.
24 May 2018
This is the 10th edition of the Open Talent competition. Since it launched, 6000 fintech startups have been through the doors of BBVA, facilitating collaboration with the BBVA team and wider ecosystem. But what makes a winning entry that stands out from the crowd? And how can you craft a ‘pitch’ that resonates?
23 May 2018
Technology serves to create opportunities and also solve problems in the public sector. However, because of its many peculiarities, the pace of innovation is different, and its implications are more profound.
21 May 2018
In two weeks time, BBVA will be a five star sponsor at Europe’s largest dedicated financial services and fintech conference, Money20/20 Europe.
14 May 2018
The very concept of venture capital makes clear the possibility of losing everything invested in projects that don’t go ahead. However, there are investors with an almost flawless track record. Who are they?
London, Paris and Berlin have long been at the forefront of European efforts to create a startup community that can compete on a level with Silicon Valley. In terms of headcount, at least, they are nearly there. Recent data suggests that there are more than 515,000 software engineers spread between the three cities, not far off the Bay Area’s 564,000.
08 May 2018
Every year, National Small Business Week brings out initiatives and recognition for small businesses, showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit from coast-to-coast.
04 May 2018
Creating a startup isn’t the exclusive territory of new entrepreneurs or young people with moneymaking ideas. Big technological companies and their CEOs have recognized how to spot potential in emerging companies, buying them outright or overseeing the development of their growth potential.
01 May 2018
For the third consecutive year, BBVA Compass and the Houston Dynamo are creating an opportunity for a local small business to take the next step in its success.
25 Apr 2018
Adapt or die. An emphatic statement, but one that perfectly captures the spirit that drives startups. The search for innovation is often what characterizes these entrepreneurs, who now how to seize the opportunities enabled by new digital technologies linked to an innovative business idea.
24 Apr 2018
19 Apr 2018
On Tuesday, April 17, a panel of fintech professionals, investors and entrepreneurs gathered at BBVA Open Space, BBVA’s innovation hub in the heart of Madrid, to attend the first edition of BBVA Open Talks in Spain, and try to answer a question that is becoming increasingly relevant in a context marked by artificial intelligence: “Are we aware of how we make decisions?”
18 Apr 2018
With a little under a month to go until the world’s biggest fintech competition closes for entries, BBVA Open Talent has unveiled a new incentive to enter.
17 Apr 2018
Kai-Fu Lee, founder of the venture capital fund, Sinovation Ventures, is as popular in China as Elon Musk is in the west. With 50 million followers on “China’s Twitter,” the social network, Weibo, he was dubbed by Wired as the indisputable rock star of China’s technology scene.
12 Apr 2018
11 Apr 2018
Global Finance magazine has chosen BBVA as the best technological bank in Latin America in 2018. Since the outbreak of the financial crisis, the world of fintech and new technologies have become an increasingly pivotal component of financial institutions and transactional security. That’s what’s driven the prestigious publication to pay tribute to the institutions that are doing a great job at harnessing the power of these new technologies.
Some of the senior leaders from BBVA this week attended the Propel Venture Partners CEO summit in San Francisco.
23 Mar 2018
With over 150 startups registered in less than two weeks, the search continues for the best ideas, projects and solutions with the greatest potential to transform the future of financial services.
12 Mar 2018
09 Mar 2018
IBM, Microsoft, Google, Amazon… It may not seem like it, but corporate juggernauts are not the only players working to take AI to the next level. ‘Startups’ from across the world also have a lot to say in the future of smart machines.
05 Mar 2018
BBVA Open Talent, the world’s biggest fintech competition, will this year mark its tenth anniversary by working with more start-ups than ever before.
Find out more and register for Open Talent 2018 here.
26 Feb 2018
The “proptech” companies and the most innovative financial institutions are already offering services that improve the customer experience in the real estate sector.
22 Feb 2018
Unique Experiences is a special program of BBVA in Switzerland, by which clients can access a wide range of experiences and services carefully selected to help them enjoy life and their patrimony. The program encompasses a range of areas such as lifestyle, health, education, innovation, culture and entertainment. It also seeks to bring clients closer to Switzerland, a country whose living standards have put it in the top positions in the rankings of quality of life around the world.
21 Feb 2018
Since it was launched in 2016, the FCA’s regulatory sandbox has supported 60 firms to test their innovation with real customers in the live market under controlled conditions. Now, it is assessing different options to scale up the model at global level to solve the challenges of operating internationally in the fintech market.
15 Feb 2018
When San Francisco comes to mind, so do connotations of entrepreneurship and innovative thinking. So when BBVA decided to set up a course on entrepreneurship for some of the bank’s best Global Wealth clients, Northern California was its top choice.
More and more people in the U.S. and across Europe and Latin America are choosing to start their own businesses or to take jobs that better fit their work-life balance.
06 Feb 2018
02 Feb 2018
Nothing escapes from the whirlwind of digitization, not even a sector as traditional as the winemaking industry. The number of startups dedicated to improving the way this centuries-old alcoholic beverage is produced, marketed and enjoyed keeps growing. In this article we take a look at some of the most-talked about companies.
23 Jan 2018
BBVA is committed to working with the fintech community in a way that delivers real benefits for the start-ups, the bank and of course customers and clients.
22 Jan 2018
Alternative finance keeps gaining traction in Europe and Spain is no exception. By volume of activity —and excluding the UK— Spain ranks fifth in the European Union for the fourth consecutive year in this segment, behind France, Germany, the Netherlands and Finland. In 2016, Spain’s alternative finance sector grew by 162%, to €131 million.
05 Jan 2018
04 Jan 2018
Exercising more and eating healthy foods top the list of New Year’s resolutions seemingly every year. While those are great and common goals across the U.S., some of those fall by the wayside as the calendar months turn.
02 Jan 2018
Every day, new applications and software are making our devices more efficient and our society better connected. But if you want to step back and take a wider view of the digital economy and its impact on all aspects of society, these eleven books, all published in recent months, can prove both entertaining and useful.
28 Dec 2017
The transformation of the economy opens the door to collaboration between big corporations and startups: they need to understand each other and collaborate. It’s a beneficial relationship for all, but one which is not always easy.
19 Dec 2017
Chad Houser of Dallas-based Café Momentum, a restaurant training platform for juvenile offenders, won the top prize of $50,000 last week as the BBVA Momentum program for social entrepreneurs closed out its inaugural season in the U.S.
18 Dec 2017
BBVA has been recognized as one of the corporations doing the most to support startups in Europe. Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), an initiative established by the European Commission to support new companies in the technology field, praised BBVA’s open innovation strategy and included the bank in its ranking of the top “12 Corporate Startup Stars.”
15 Dec 2017
In the era of the digital economy, it’s crucial that entrepreneurs acquire the financial knowledge and skills needed to develop innovative projects with long term sustainability. That´s why the focus on education, and in particular financial education, should be widened to include entrepreneurship, especially among young people.