All OK in Area Near Brussels Airport That Has Become a Fintech Hub

  • JJ Hornblass
  • March 22, 2016
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5633513523_5ffb82e42e_oThe fintech companies in the area around Brussels Airport, where two explosions killed at least 11 people today, that has become a fintech hub in recent months report no damage or terrorist activity.

ING Belgium this year opened the FinTech Village, and its offices are located about 2.5 miles from the airport. The accelerator has eight resident startups right now.

Four of FinTech Village’s startups are located in Belgium, one is in the United Kingdom and three are headquartered in Israel.

The FinTech Village is hosted in the offices of Eggsplore, which is active in the European fintech ecosystem. Eggsplore opened its Belgium operation this year. The venture has plans to open a co-working space for fintech startups also about 2.5 miles from the airport. Among the partners in Eggsplore are BNP Paribas Fortis, Euroclear, KBC, ING, McKinsey & Company, and SWIFT.

Eggsplore officials said via Twitter that everyone at their offices is OK, and there are no reported injuries among their employees, or from the FinTech Village.

Telenet Idealabs, a Dutch fintech accelerator, also has an outpost in Belgium, but not in the area around the airport.

In total, at least 26 people were killed and more than 130 injured in today’s terrorist attacks, as of 9:29 am ET.

 

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JJ started the first iteration of Bank Innovation back in 2007, and has been working on it ever since. He also serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of Royal Media, Bank Innovation’s parent. He founded Royal in 1995 and oversees all aspects of the New York-based diversified media company. Prior to forming Royal, JJ was on the editorial staff of American Banker, the daily newspaper, and worked as an editor of a business magazine in Hong Kong. As a reporter and editor, he has won journalism awards from the National Press Foundation, Newsletter & Electronic Publishers Foundation, and the Reader’s Digest Foundation. He has a BS in Economics from Yeshiva University and a Master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He was also a Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School of Banking. He lives in New York City with his wife, two daughters, and son. He counts among his accomplishments one New York City Marathon, two New York City Triathlons and the 2010 Father’s Day 5K, the first race he ever ran with his daughters. He can be reached at hornblass@gmail.com or 212-564-8972.

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