The Return of In-Person Fintech Events to Europe

July 5, 2021
Makayla Santino

As vaccination rates increase and coronavirus is kept under control, many governments throughout Europe are beginning to open up their countries. It is already looking like conventional in-person events will come back in the next few months.

One example of this is Sweden. The government officially began to allow mass events and even lifted their work-from-home regulations. As of June 26th, events with over 10,000 people are allowed to commence, so long as attendees can provide evidence that they have been vaccinated, tested negative for the virus, or have recovered from it. 

Additionally, wearing masks outdoors is no longer mandatory and some travel regulations have been revoked. Restrictions and quarantine stipulations have been abandoned for travelers coming from the 26 single-border European Schengen countries. Further, Covid-19 tests are only required for travelers that enter the country by plane. 

Currently, Switzerland is collaborating with the EU to figure out a system that enables a mutual recognition of virus vaccine certificates. According to a Swiss government lawyer, it looks like they will reach an agreement sometime next month. 

The Netherlands also lifted restrictions on in-person events of any size as of June 30th. Similarly, the attendants of these events will need proof to demonstrate that they are vaccinated or have recently tested negative for the virus. 

France has embarked on its final phase of  lifting virus restrictions and released a new health pass. This pass will present proof  that people, starting at age 11, are fully vaccinated or have recently tested negative. 

Germany also joins the list of countries alleviating regulations by lifting their work-from-home rules. Similar to France, Germany will implement a digital “travel pass” that provides up-to-date vaccination information.

These are just a few examples of how Europe is moving forward as the virus recedes. In response, fintech event organizers are quickly getting events planned for people to connect face to face once again. 

Some upcoming fintech events include:

Swiss Fintech Fair 2021: 

When: September 8, 2021

Where: Zurich, Switzerland

The event will be invitation-only and is a significant convention for the fintech community in Switzerland. It is expected that the event will invite the top 500 leaders in finance and fintech. These will include leaders of fintech start-ups, scale-ups, C-levels, innovation officers, financial institutions,  and board members of prominent banks throughout Switzerland and Europe. 

Money 20/20 Europe:

When: September 21-23, 2021

Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Money 20/20 is a three day event that also features C-level leaders, innovators, and speakers from across the globe to discuss the future of money. At the event, individuals and companies can make connections with others to meet their objectives and grow their platforms.

Web Summit 2021:

When: November 1-4, 2021

Where: Lisbon, Portugal

Web Summit has been considered to be the biggest tech event in the world. It is held every year in Lisbon and focuses on venture capitalism, Internet tech, and a variety of other technologies. The event hosts a vast variety of companies from start-ups to those at Fortune 500 level. The summit will be in-person with about 1,200 speakers and 2,600 journalists covering the events.  

 

 

Reference: 

“Physical Events are Back in Europe.” Fintech Switzerland, 30 June 2021, https://fintechnews.ch/covid19/physical-fintech-events-are-back-in-europe/46903/.

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