Matteo Rizzi – Keynote Speaker

Co-Founder of FTS Group, Investor, Author, Executive Producer of Breaking Banks Europe

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Specialist Subjects

  • Remental & Disruptive Innovation
  • Tech for Good
  • Resilience & Antifragility
  • Deepening the financial sector
  • Talent and rebels
  • Dealing with FinTech startups
  • Investment and FinTech trends
  • Building eco-systems; the game of FinTech thrones


  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish


Matteo Rizzi is the Investment Director of the BLOC Smart Africa fund, where he focuses on Tech4Impact investments in Africa and advises Bamboo’s other funds on financial technology investments.

Matteo is an unconventional investor, entrepreneur and thought leader with two decades of experience in financial technologies. For three years in a row (2014-2016), Financial News has nominated Matteo as one of the “40 most in influential FinTech executives in Europe”.In 2008 he co-founded Innotribe, the innovation arm of SWIFT, where Matteo worked for 13 years. He also launched the Innotribe Startup Challenge, the first global FinTech deal ow of its kind. He left SWIFT in 2013 when he co-founded and became a partner at SBT Venture Capital, one of the first funds solely dedicated to early-stage FinTech investments, with USD 100 million under management, building a portfolio of a dozen startups including eToro (worth USD 2.6 billion today) and Mobeewave (acquired by Apple).

Since 2015, after selling his interest in SBT Venture Capital, Matteo Rizzi took venture partner positions at Omidyar Network, Société General Ventures, Bamboo Capital Partners and NEVA FinVentures, where he was involved in investments in companies like Flutterwave in Lagos. He also created and co-founded FinTechStage (now FTS Group), a platform for investors, innovators, and start-ups to foster FinTech disruption globally, which carried out some 50+ missions and events all over the world and throughout Africa. As a byproduct of Fintechstage, Matteo founded Timepledge, a global program helping African entrepreneurs in several domains of their businesses, from product to strategy to channel management to investors pitching.

He is the author or “The FinTech Revolution” (EGEAN, 2016, ITA) and of “Talent & Rebels, dealing with corporate misfits” (HOEPLI, 2019, ENG, and ITA). Recently,

Matteo Rizzi took the position of Executive Producer of Breaking Banks Europe (a spin-o of Breaking Banks US) available on Soundcloud, iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay and YouTube.

Matteo speaks five languages, holds a University degree in Computer Science (University of Genova) and a Postgraduate in Financial Transactions (Solvay Business School).

Popular Talks by Matteo Rizzi

Remental & Disruptive Innovation

How an unconventional approach to innovation can save your business from disruption.
Idea Management, Talent, Integration with your day-to-day business, and company culture are all parts of a recipe where incremental innovation is one of the outcomes, yet often not complement by a more fundamental and disruptive approach to apprehend the unknown, the unexpected, and the future.
What’s in it for you?
Get inspired by a perspective on innovation you might not have thought about.

Tech for Good

Technology with a purpose, sustainability, financial inclusion, and impact investing are becoming key factors in the way we do business, regardless of the part of the world we are looking at.
What can we learn from the evolution of the emerging markets in terms of technology adoption, financial literacy and entrepreneurship culture?
What’s in it for you?
Understand the dynamics of emerging markets and how to apply some of the lessons learned into your business, witnessing amazing stories of resilience and tech enablement

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