On September 4, 2020, the X Banking Business Forum “FINANCIAL AND DIGITAL ECOSYSTEMS FOR SMEs. Update 2020 ”, which this year was dedicated to innovative models of segments of micro and small and medium enterprises in new economic realities, as well as an overview of new technologies and successful cases in the field of financial and digital ecosystems for SME banking. The forum was traditionally organized by the BUSINESS FORMAT Company. Event format: Offline and Online.

Relevance of the event. Today, one of the main trends in the financial market is the development of ecosystems that unite banks, fintech companies, marketplaces and other digital platforms into a single environment with a host of business services available in one click. According to international experts, currently 9 out of 10 banks operating in the world are interested in the development of an ecosystem that would satisfy the needs of customers through partners’ proposals! 

The Forum was opened with a PANEL DISCUSSION on the topic: “SMEs AS A POINT OF INTERACTION – VISION 2030”, moderated by – Vyacheslav BYKOVETS, General Director of the Union of Entrepreneurs of Small, Medium and Privatized Enterprises of Ukraine. Panelists:

  • Yuri ZADOYA – Chairman of the Management Board, Bank AKB “Concord”
  • Andriy SLABINSKY – Director of the Office for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises under the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine,
  • Alexey DOROGAN – Executive Director, Office of Effective Regulation BRDO and 
  • Andrey BIRYUKOV – Executive Director of Hi-Tech Office Ukraine.

During the discussion, the following issues were discussed:

  • The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on SMEs in Ukraine. Which industries have been hit hardest, and how will businesses adapt to the new environment after being released from quarantine? 
  • Why does a bank need an ecosystem and is it realistic to survive in traditional banking on the horizon for 10 years? 
  • Banks VS FinTech. Is there a real confrontation between banks and fintechs, and will the banking sector face a total “uberization” in the coming years? 
  • Financial marketplaces for SMEs: what will they look like in the near future? 
  • Is the bank of the future for business a bank that does not exist? 

Key topics that were also discussed at the Forum this year:

  • Prospects for the development of the SME segment in the bank. Trends of the new decade. 
  • Digital technologies, ecosystems and marketplaces for SMEs. 
  • SME as a point of interaction. Ecosystems or Classic Banking Products? 
  • How to create an ecosystem, and for which products it is necessary. 
  • New tools and services for SME development.
  • Client growth strategy within the bank. Ecosystem around the customer journey.
  • Lending to SMEs. Whom and how to lend?
  • What is the banks’ strategy to finance and develop SMEs in the Agricultural Sector?
  • Why the bank of the future should be created by the client himself and why you shouldn’t be afraid of it.
  • Must have functionality for modern Internet and mobile banking solutions in the SME segment. 


  • Andriy SLABINSKY – Director of the Office for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises under the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine, 
  • Andrey MATVIYCHUK – Founder and General Director of the IntelSoft Technologies Company, Doctor of Economics, Professor, General Director of the KNEU Science Park. 
  • Gleb DENISYUK – Project Manager, FACTORING HUB Online Platform,
  • Valery MAYBORODA – Authorized Representative of the Entrepreneurship Development Fund, 
  • Irina KRAVETS – Managing Partner of CleverAgri (Supermarket Agrarian Innovations), member of the Expert Committee on AI of the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, Chairman of the Digital Motorsport Commission of the Ukrainian Motorsport Federation (FAU). 
  • Oleg KRIVOLAPOV – Ernst & Young Ukraine, 
  • Elena GIL – Deputy Director of the Department of Micro, Small and Medium Business OSHADBANK UKRAINE,
  • Vyacheslav SHATILLO, Artem KOVCHUZHNY – TOR Consulting Company, 
  • Victoria OMELCHENKO – CEO Banza Company 

The indisputable advantage of the Conference is its practical orientation and access to professional information “first-hand”, as well as an excellent opportunity for direct dialogue with high-level speakers, exchange of experience with colleagues, business expansion, as well as a circle of partners and clients! 

We thank all Delegates and Speakers for their active participation in the Forum program, as well as all Sponsors and Partners for their cooperation and support! 

See you at the Conference next year! 

Conference Organizer – BUSINESS-FORMAT Company