Save the Date for Global SME Finance Forum 2019: The Convergence of the Real and Financial Sectors in SME Finance, taking place October 7-9 in the Netherlands. 

Theme and agenda

This year’s Global Forum will focus on the convergence of the real and financial sectors in small business financing. Globally, some of the largest and fastest growing SME financiers may not have started as banks. From tech companies, logistics firms, commodities traders, and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods distributors, financial institutions are facing increasing competition from the real sector in financing small businesses. The real sector firms enjoy a competitive advantage in the form of large amounts of data and analytical skills, which give them insights into the behaviors of SME borrowers.

How will traditional financial institutions cope with this competition from the real sector? And are there untapped opportunities from these new competitors? The Global SME Finance Forum will examine the different ways in which the real sector has entered the SME finance space, and the various ways in which financiers are coping with the “new kids on the block.”

This year will mark the 5th anniversary of our annual global flagship event. The action-packed 3-day event will include study visits to high-performing institutions, a B2B marketplace, fintech expos, panels, working groups as well as networking sessions and a gala dinner. 


Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email Hourn Thy [email protected].

Propose session idea, speaker or fintech pitch

Submit your ideas on the event website

Global SME Finance Awards 2019

We will be announcing the winners of the Global SME Finance Awards 2019. Endorsed by the G20 countries’ Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, these awards recognize outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies in delivering innovative products and services to their SME clients. See the list of 2018 winners here. 

Registration coming soon

We will share more information about the event and registration in the coming few weeks. Mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you in the Netherlands!

The SME Finance Forum Team

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