FinTech Program Elevator Lab Opens Regional Challenges In The CEE Market

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Held once per year by local Raiffeisen banks, Elevator Lab’s FinTech Challenges support product development and market entrance. Startups can now apply for a fast-track to Raiffeisen Bank International’s group-wide Elevator Lab Partnership Program!

Ten Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) network banks in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) support the group-wide program with their own FinTech initiatives “Elevator Lab Challenges” and “Elevator Lab Bootcamps“. This supports local FinTechs in the ecosystems in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Romania, Russia, Serbia, and Slovakia. Elevator Lab’s reach makes the program the largest FinTech network in the CEE region.

Fast Track To The Group-Wide Elevator Lab Partnership Program

The winners of the “Elevator Lab Challenges” will receive a wild card for the semi-finals (remote video pitches) of the group-wide FinTech Partnership Program and therefore have the chance to reach the finals in Vienna in October 2019 and further to do a PoC together with RBI Group.

Participants get the chance to develop a pilot project with RBI’s local banks to develop concrete FinTech solutions with the help of experienced mentors and access to real customer data. This makes the Elevator Lab Challenges a unique FinTech incubator – an equity-free collaboration with a local bank to get solutions ready for the market.

“Elevator Lab Bootcamps” aimed at early-stage FinTechs are new in this year’s Elevator Lab round. The network banks are thus responding to the need to support founders from the outset and identify business opportunities in the banking industry.

Apply Now For An Elevator Lab Program

Partnership Program: Applications open until 2 June 2019


  • Albania: Applications open until 3 June 2019
  • Bulgaria: Applications open until 21 June 2019
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Applications will start on 19 June 2019
  • Croatia: Applications will start on 19 June 2019
  • Kosovo: Applications open until 3 June 2019
  • Slovakia: Applications open until 21 June 2019
  • Serbia: Applications will start on 19 June 2019
  • Russia: Applications open


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