Our FintechPartnership Program

Our fintech partnership program is offering later-stage fintech startups support in developing unique pilot projects: Develop your proof of concept, gain access to real customer data and work in close collaboration with leading banking experts. Get the chance to become a partner of Raiffeisen Bank International Group!

Your Benefits from the Partnership Program

If you are looking for an equity-free program for fintech and banking that offers you insights in current developments by banking experts in CEE, you should consider joining our fintech partnership program. We fund you in our intensive 4-month program starting after the finale in October 2019 leading up to Demo Day in March 2020. Find out more about the benefits you gain from this fintech partnership:

Pilot project

To develop your product further we test it in the real life banking environment (IT sandbox & real clients!) in the course of a pilot project with the most promising fintechs.

Support of over 150 mentors

Our mentors come from a wide range of business areas within RBI Group and are top experts in their fields. They are supporting fintech expansion by sharing their expertise, giving strategic support and providing critical feedback. Additionally, external mentors are contributing with their specific know-how. Find out more about our mentors here.

Dedicated PoC Fund

The pilot projects are funded by a dedicated Proof of Concept fund. In addition, we cover travel and accommodation (flight & hotel) for up to two people per fintech.

All the benefits

What we are looking for

We are looking for startups, with proven innovative fintech products and technologies. Elevator Lab aims to jointly develop scalable business cases and enable international growth.

Advanced Analytics & Artificial Intelligence

  • Voice banking, voice assistants and voice biometry for CEE languages
  • Intelligent character recognition/ smart document processing beyond OCR
  • Biometry e.g. behavior/ gesture analytics
  • Omnichannel analytics/ digital marketing
  • Citizen data science tools


  • Regulatory compliancen
  • KYC process support & KYC depository (e.g. OCR/
    RPA/ AI/ text mining)
  • Strong customer authentication solutions & digital ID
  • Transaction monitoring/ supervision
  • Recognition & quantification of compliance/ operational risks
  • Product approval tools

Large Corporates & Institutional Clients

  • Digital platform solutions (especially digital onboarding, workflow tools, risk limit management)
  • Blockchain solutions for large corporates
  • Digital contract management
  • Treasury management solutions
  • Data analytics for corporate payments/ trade finance activities
  • Predictive Sales Signal Analytics

Payments and Transaction Processing for Mobility Services

  • Blockchain based micro payment transactions
  • Multimodal payment services for public transport
  • In Car payments for mobility services

In cooperation with

Retail Banking

  • Financial advisory solutions incl. investment
  • Beyond bank advisory
  • Hybrid advisory (e.g. customer service)
  • Social banking

SME Banking

  • Digital SME & freelancer banking
  • Financial advisory for SMEs
  • Value added services for SMEs (e.g. payroll services, automated accounting, invoicing & expense management, cash flow tools)

Cyber Security

  • Third party risk management
  • Insider threat recognition
  • Blockchain use cases for cyber security
  • Zero trust/ dynamic perimeter

FX Solutions

  • Automated FX hedging solutions for small amounts
  • Automated FX Advisory
  • Multi currency account infrastructure/ e-wallets
  • Real time payments
  • Digital & Fast Account Opening for FX Spot & Hedging

Timeline 2019/20

When to apply? What is the current status of our program? Find out more here:

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Any questions?

If you have any questions about the fintech partnership program, are considering to apply or wondering if this is the right program for you – please have a look at our FAQs first:


FAQ Partnership Program

Application phase closed on 2 June 2019


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