About finleap Milan
finleap’s Italian office opened in October 2017 in Milan, the financial capital of Italy. It is the second office of the company builder, after the finleap Headquarters in Berlin. finleap and its portfolio companies are already active in 15 European countries. finleap Milan has three main objectives: build new ventures for the Italian market, support selected ventures in introducing their services to the Italian market and establish a technical hub to foster finleap’s development capability of digital solutions. Marco Berini is Managing Director of finleap Milan, with 20 years of experience in banking innovation and a strong entrepreneurial instinct, Marco is leading operations there and driving his team to focus on software development, data science, AI, and design.
After one year, finleap Milan already reached their first milestone. In September 2018, finleap Milan launched Beesy, a digital financial management solution based on open banking technologies, with the aim to simplify banking, accounting and tax for small companies and freelancers. In April 2019, Beesy merged with Penta, a digital banking solution for German SMEs, and announced the launch of Penta business banking services in Italy. With its new international team, Penta is now ready to expand its offer and create the first pan-European business banking for startups and SMEs.
Why we chose Italy
Italy is offering a combination of a strong financial hub, with over 700 banks in the market, and a large base of tech talents. Additionally, the country is home to a strong community of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who are in need of digital financial solutions – either for interaction with their customers or for backend solutions. Despite such characteristics, a true fintech revolution is yet to take place. The country has fallen behind the rest of Europe as it struggles to kick-start the transition from traditional to innovative. finleap and its portfolio companies with their various innovative services can create a major impact for Italy’s financial scene by offering digital solutions for banks, insurers, SMEs and other players. The finleap Milan office is located at: Via Alserio, 20 – 20159 Milan (Italy)