SIBSPayForward: Meet the Mentors from the Top Fintech Companies in the World

January 18, 2017

I know that working in fintech is challenging, to say the least.

It’s hard to reach the big fish in the market, you have tough legal restrictions and it’s complex to obtain financial data. However, before people think that entrepreneurs building solutions in fintech are some of kind of masochists, believe me they’re not. Fintech is estimated to have a global investment of 8 billion dollars by 2018.

They’re not crazy, they’re just unbelievably bold and ambitious. So, if you happen to be one of them listen carefully: we know exactly what you need to go forward.

What you need is partnering up with the right people, work with those who have sailed these troubled waters before and survived to tell the story, and get the financial data to develop your solutions.

With this in mind, at SIBSPayForward, our new fintech accelerator at Beta-i, we’re defining a program that’s focussed on bringing the best mentors from some of the world’s top fintech companies to help you tackle your market.

Meet 3 of our main mentors.

Founder of the leading equity crowdfunding platform in Europe

Carlos Silva from Seedrs

Carlos Silva is a co-founder of Seedrs, the leading equity crowdfunding platform in Europe, and he is currently the President and Head of Seedrs Europe. Seedrs has launched its platform in 2013 and since then has raised more than 218 million euros for 450 listed investment opportunities.  

Carlos is also a mentor at several acceleration programs like Seedcamp, Lisbon Challenge, and Founder Institute, and serves as an advisor to multiple innovative startups. He has been distinguished with a Young Gun award in the UK, for the most promising individuals under 35, and has been distinguished as one of Portugal’s 40 under 40.



Chief of Product of the world’s leading social trading network

Ronen Assia from eToro

Ronen Assia is the co-founder and Chief of Product at eToro one of the world’s leading fintech companies. eToro is the first global marketplace for people to trade currencies, commodities, indices and CFD stocks online in a simple, transparent and enjoyable way.

Today, they empower over 4.5 million users in more than 170 countries worldwide to manage their funds through eToro’s innovative online investment platforms and active trading community, with thousands of new accounts created every day.


CEO of one of the leading payments company in Europe

Madalena Tomé CEO SIBS

Madalena Tomé is the CEO of SIBS, a leading fintech company which has tracked more than 1 billion financial operations in 2016, and has revolutionised payments with products such as Multibanco, an ATM system, or Via Verde, an automated way to pay for highway tolls.

With over three decades, SIBS’ Group provides, to over 300 million users in different countries, financial services that are recognized to be among the most modern, reliable and secure worldwide, namely in the payments arena.

Before joining SIBS Madalena has worked in world known companies such as Mckinsey and Portugal Telecom, and Deloitte.


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