„As a bank, when we approach the blockchain issue, we do so from the vantage point of finding concrete responses to our clients’ needs and raising customer satisfaction with regard to the speed and availability of digital services,” says Petia Niederländer, Head of Retail and Corporate Operations at Erste Group and one of the banking group’s blockchain experts. “As one of the sponsors of the Blockchain Startup Contest, Erste Group is particularly pleased at the fact that all of the many interesting submissions for this competition have a similarly strong focus on the customer.”
Steiermärkische Sparkasse and Energie Steiermark joined Erste Group in serving as the main sponsors of the financial technology competition’s inaugural edition.
Thomas Zeinzinger, the founder of BlockchainHub Graz and one of the organizers of the Blockchain Startup Contest, also appreciated the Austrian participation in the competition: “We were, of course, very excited to receive submissions from all over the world. But we are also particularly proud to see some very interesting ideas from the Austrian participants in the competition.”