13 finance events in Europe to attend in 2022

Patrick Whatman

Published on April 5, 2022

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Despite setbacks from the COVID-19 pandemic over the past couple of years, the global events industry is now making a strong comeback. Even before the pandemic, events were a $1 trillion-plus industry and have created more than 26 million jobs.

Marketing and sales teams are returning to trade shows to drum up buyers and spread the word about their brands.

But we can't forget about finance teams. Finance professionals need to network and upskill too. And thankfully, there are a range of interesting events that'll help you do just that.

In 2020, the pandemic drove a 1000% increase in virtual events across all industries, and that growth has remained. The new normal for B2B events and conferences is often a mix of virtual and hybrid (in-person and online) hosting.

In this post, we’ve shared hybrid, virtual, and in-person fintech events for companies with finance and fintech products, and finance leaders looking to exchange ideas.

We'll keep this list updated throughout the year, so you'll always be able to find the most exciting events approaching.

Note: We also have a list of the top London finance events for 2022. Since we don’t want to repeat ourselves, we haven’t included any of those in this list.

Now, let’s see what the rest of Europe has to offer for 2022.

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European fintech events

In this section we have events specifically for companies in the fintech sector. That mostly means payments, insurance, and new financial technologies.

1. Paris Fintech Forum

The Fintech Forum is Paris’ annual reunion for C-level executives, finance leaders, and other decision makers in leading European companies. Speakers include executives from global companies and NGOs, founders of budding unicorns, and even world leaders.

In 2021, they adapted their conference format by delivering 13 fully virtual Fin & Tech events, spread across the four seasons of the year. 300+ fintech CEOs & chairs gathered to speak in panels, interviews, and debates–all of which can be re-streamed online from their website.

2022 will be the Paris Fintech Forum’s 7th edition. This year promises to be even bigger as a hybrid event with exclusive digital content and online networking, and in-person events hosted in Paris.

Key themes:

  • Open banking & digital currency

  • Online networking and speed meetings

  • Entrepreneurship in fintech

When: April 21 - November 24, 2022

Where: Hybrid events in various locations around Paris and online

To register: Event website

2. Money 20/20

Money 20/20 is one of the largest events on our list, last year they had more than 4,500 attendees coming from 1,800+ companies. The conference hosts a mix of panel discussions by global leaders in the fintech industry, networking opportunities, interactive sessions and parties.

Their mission? No less than creating the future of money. The 2022 conference promises to be “25% bigger” with even more of the biggest names and key players in the payments, banking, fintech and financial services sectors.

Can’t make this year’s event? Check out their digital initiative MoneyFest for more on-demand fintech content created by industry leaders and changemakers.

Key themes:

  • “Back end is out, front end is in”: UX/UI, channels of interaction, consumer trends, customer behavior and journey

  • “Champions are out, interoperability is in”: Alternative payments methods, M&A, cross-industry collaboration, ecosystem development, geopolitics

  • “Proprietary is out, standardization is in”: Digital money (CBDC, cryptocurrencies, forms of programmable money), open banking and open finance, PSD2, PSD3

  • Full 2022 event agenda here

When: June 7-9, 2022

Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

To register: Event website

3. Merchant Payments Ecosystem

MPE is Europe's largest merchant payments event. This summer, they’re giving the stage to 120+ industry leaders to discuss trends and strategies for surviving and thriving in the changing finance landscape.

The MPE 2022 conference program will be organized into 4 tracks including hyper-focused speeches, panels, and live Q&A sessions by leading global merchants. Join 1,200+ other professionals in the sector to network and learn about the future of card acquiring and payments acceptance.

Key themes:

  • New era of card acquiring and processing

  • Digital currencies and cryptocurrencies

  • Payment acceptance in Europe and PSD2/SCA

  • Booming e-commerce

  • Security & fraud prevention

When: July 5-7, 2022

Where: Berlin, Germany

To register: Event website

4. Sibos

Hosted annually by SWIFT since 1978, Sibos is a world-renowned conference and exhibition connecting thousands of international executives, decision makers, and thought leaders in the financial services industry.

After hosting successful virtual conferences from 2020-2021, Sibos is making a return to in-person conferencing this fall in Amsterdam. The program will discuss topics around transformative disruption in the financial ecosystem and how fintech companies are meeting client, regulatory and societal demands of the future.

Key themes from Sibos 2021:

  • Digital acceleration

  • Managing risk

  • Transformative technology

  • Banking on change

When: October 10-13, 2022

Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

To register: Event website

Finance meetups

For finance leaders - especially CFOs - wanting a more intimate, expert community environment.

5. CFO Connect

CFO Connect is our global community & resource hub for modern finance leaders, hosting both online and in-person events in San Francisco, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Berlin, and Barcelona.

These informal monthly information sessions and workshops are led by experienced finance leaders from different industries. Join CFO Connect’s online community to learn and exchange knowledge on key and trending topics in the finance sector.

The session subjects change from month to month, and are a great opportunity to build new connections with peers.

Recent themes have included:

When: In-person and virtual events throughout the year

Where: Virtual, and in-person events across Europe and San Francisco

To register: Join the community

6. CFO Forum by Invest Europe

Invest Europe is a world-leading association of private capital providers, including some of Europe’s largest pension funds and insurers.

Their annual CFO Forum is designed for CFOs, COOs and senior finance and fund operations executives in private equity and venture capital. They estimate at least 66% of event attendees are industry practitioners.

The conference focuses on peer-to-peer sharing and round table discussions that allow participants and speakers to exchange their current initiatives, challenges, and strategic objectives. The 2022 program will be released soon.

Last year’s key themes:

  • Evolution of fundraising: new investor demands, co-investment

  • Responsible portfolio management

  • Exit markets & the rise of the IPO

When: June 9-10, 2022

Where: Nice, France

To register: Event website

Banking events

Many of the following events will still apply to those with broader fintech interests. But those one the next part of our list specifically call out banking as a key interest, so we’ve separated them here.

7. Open Banking World Congress

Looking to meet and discuss opportunities in open finance with other banking professionals in Europe? Or want to pitch your early stage startup to industry leaders and gain visibility? This is the conference for you.

Featured speakers will share commercial and strategic insights in the payments landscape. Expect stimulating keynotes, outdoor workshop stages, plenty of 1-2-1 sessions, networking and parties…all in sunny Spain. Can’t make it in-person? You’re all set, virtual attendance is free with registration.

Key Themes:

  • Open banking and open payments in the EU

  • The future of VRP in Europe

  • CBDC & Crypto

When: May 24-25, 2022

Where: Hybrid event, online streaming and in-person events in Marbella, Spain

To register: Event website

8. IDC Finance Summit

Over the past years, the European financial services industry has been grappling with numerous regulatory changes: greener finance, ethical AI, higher capital ratios, greater transparency, anti-money laundering laws, and a new focus on digital operational resiliency.

European financial service providers are fighting to keep pace with international and digital peers in terms of cost, growth and productivity. The 2022 IDC Summit will host expert panels, Q&A, and networking sessions to discuss successful strategies for adapting and thriving on the global scale.

Key themes:

  • Simplification in an Age of Complexity

  • Customer-facing innovation

  • Best practices for resiliency and sustainability

  • Branch strategies for the post pandemic era

When: November 8, 2022

Where: 100% virtual event

To register: Event website

Not strictly finance events

The following selection of events moves outside of strictly finance to the wider tech and startup ecosystem. Of course, there’s still plenty to appeal to finance and fintech-oriented professionals.

9. ECOM21 by Decta

Hosted by global payment processing provider Decta, ECOM21 is the largest professional e-commerce conference in the Baltics.

The annual event has brought together thousands of participants from 54 countries around the world. Attendees and speakers include industry-leading business representatives from key players like MasterCard and Deloitte.

ECOM21 hosts a diverse discussion platform with audiences and expert panels on e-commerce, which present a great opportunity for international networking.

Key themes:

  • Commercializing AI: AML transactions & retail

  • Building modern and user friendly customer journeys

  • Financial Fraud in the Era of Digitalization

When: April 7-8, 2022

Where: Riga, Latvia

To register: Event website

10. SaaStr Europa

Are you at a fast-paced SaaS tech company? SaaStr is the conference you can’t miss. Join 2000+ B2B founders, VCs, angels, private equity firms, and executives in Barcelona this summer for SaaStr’s 4th edition.

With more than 30 hours of content planned and 60 speakers lined up, there’s a lot to learn and gain from this exciting conference. Founders will also have the opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs and pitch to investors, no matter what series of fundraising they are at.

SaaStr is also committed to diversity and inclusion by providing 500 no-charge passes for members of underrepresented groups in the B2B and SaaS community.

Key themes:

  • How to build pipeline with no brand and sometimes no market

  • Founder's Guide to Scaling Applications: When to Build, When to Buy and What Breaks

When: June 7-8, 2022

Where: Barcelona, Spain

To register: Event website

11. TNW Conference

“TNW Conference is like Woodstock for innovators.” This testimonial paints quite the picture of what to expect at the TNW 2022. With more than 10k attendees from 6000 companies and 1500 startups expected, this year’s conference is sure to be exciting.

Meet and connect with international tech executives, policymakers, startups, scale-ups, and tech enthusiasts. Industry pioneers will share insights across 8 themes: from scaling your business and maximizing your ROI, to solving impactful challenges and the world of AI.

For those who are still on the fence about attending large scale in-person events this year, TNW is offering to carry over 2022 TNW tickets to their 2023 conference at no extra charge. So you can buy tickets with confidence.

Key themes:

  • Societal challenges: sustainability, diversity, and inclusive economies

  • The world of AI

  • Founders and Funding: scaling a business and initializing startup growth

When: June 16-17, 2022

Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

To register: Event website

12. VivaTech

VivaTech is one of Europe’s biggest tech and startup events, focused on outstanding innovation and technology in business and presenting yearly VivaTech Awards.

The annual event reaches 114k visitors online across 149 countries, with a powerful mission to bring positive change and digital transformation to businesses and society.

Attendees are high-level decision makers, business leaders, startups, investors, researchers and innovators excited to network and share knowledge with one another on the latest tech trends, products, innovations, and challenges.

It’s the perfect place for businesses, prospects, and investors to connect – many startups generate 25% of their annual leads at the VivaTech conference.

Key themes:

  • Race to Net Zero

  • Space: The New Frontier

  • Metaverse

When: June 15-18, 2022

Where: Hybrid event, online streaming and in-person conference in Paris, France

To register: Event website

13. Bits & Pretzels Festival

Talk about humble beginnings: Bits & Pretzels launched their inaugural event in 2014 as a small founders breakfast with just 80 participants.

Jump to today: 5000 participants made up of founders, world-leading companies, and famous speakers (Barack Obama opened their 2019 conference!) attend Bits & Pretzels, leading the conversation on how entrepreneurship can drive positive change in Europe and beyond.

Join fellow creators, investors, and startup enthusiasts and experts this September 2022 for 3 days of learning, networking, and new inspiration. Run a startup? This is the right place to get exposure and valuable feedback on your business.

Key themes

  • The European startup ecosystem

  • Uniting European tech hubs: La French Tech

  • Matchmaking: startup recruitment

When: September 25-27, 2022

Where: Munich, Germany

To register: Event website

More events and networking in 2022

Not everyone has the time or budget to attend conferences regularly. Tickets can run into the thousands of euros, and it can be tricky to measure a return on investment. And yet, conferences are as popular as ever.

In-person events are coming back fast, and companies are increasingly eager to send their teams out to participate. Finance leaders – just like salespeople and marketers – have plenty to gain from networking at industry events.

Whether you prefer intimate meetups like CFO Connect, or larger tech festivals like Bits & Pretzels, these are valuable opportunities to discover new ideas and trends, exchange feedback with peers, and build new connections and partnerships.

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