Episode 229: Fintech4Good: Solutions for Immigrants

In episode 229 of Fintech4Good, titled “Solutions for Immigrants” on Breaking Banks Europe, host Elizabeth Kleinveld welcomes Terver Bendega and Ethien Salinas to discuss their startups addressing challenges faced by immigrants. Bendega, CMO of Arrivall, shares his personal journey as an immigrant and the genesis of Arrivall, a platform offering rental guarantees, personal financing, and credit building to ease newcomers’ integration. Salinas, CTO of Íkualo, recounts his co-founder’s struggle to open a bank account, inspiring Íkualo, a financial hub for immigrants simplifying account opening and KYC processes. Both startups prioritize inclusion and empowerment, reflecting on their achievements and future plans. Bendega envisions Arrivall as a catalyst for millions of immigrant success stories, while Salinas sees Íkualo facilitating seamless financial integration. Their inspiring narratives underscore the transformative potential of fintech in fostering immigrant inclusion and empowerment.

About the Author
Elizabeth Kleinveld is an ecosystem builder linking various parties in the Financial Services value chain from startups and scale-ups to regulators, investors and large corporates. She spent twenty years in the tech and banking sectors in the Netherlands, working first with ABN AMRO and then Holland Fintech before joning Startupbootcamp's Global Fintech Accelerator in 2016. There she’s helped over 150 international startups scale their business from Payments, RegTech, InsurTech, PensionTech, Investing, and Trade Finance companies etc. She is passionate about helping female and minority founders and likes to see solutions that increase financial inclusion, giving the underbanked opportunities that they didn’t have before. Kleinveld is very active in the ecosystem and has hosted a number of panel discussions at various conferences, including Money2020, Fintech South, European Women in Tech, and Financial Services Cybertech Forum. Kleinveld has invested in over 40 startups, is on the Board of the Israeli-Dutch Innovation Center and is a Founding Partner of Great Stuff Ventures. Linkedln: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-kleinveld-1493ab X: https://twitter.com/EkleinveldSBC Website: www.greatstuffventures.com Provoke: https://provoke.fm/author/elizabeth-kleinveld/