How BBVA ‘Advocates’ Internally for Early Stage FinTech Startups

  • JJ Hornblass
  • March 11, 2016
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It is one thing to talk the talk of working with fintech startups. It is a whole other thing to walk the walk.

But exactly how does BBVA walk the walk with the fintech startups it works with? The Spanish bank has several POCs under way, and its OpenTalent startup competition has drawn a wide breadth of startups to BBVA’s fold. Just this week, BBVA agreed to purchase Holvi, a fintech banking startup, for an undisclosed amount.

In this video from Bank Innovation 2016, Scarlett Sieber, who is one of the leaders of BBVA’s fintech charge in the US, details the mechanics of BBVA’s internal startup practice. If you are a banker looking for a roadmap, look no further.

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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 or 212-564-8972.

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