#FinTech startups: win a chance to meet with RBC’s Gabriel Woo at #GROWconf next week

Gabriel Woo, RBC

Last week, BetaKit announced that we’re sending one lucky person to GROW Conference in Whistler, BC next week for one-on-one time with Shopify chief platform officer Harley Finkelstein.

The contest was an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs building retail and e-commerce startups. For those in the FinTech space, we’ve got another free ticket to GROW conference to give away, along with the chance for a one-one-one with Gabriel Woo, vice president of digital, payments and cards at RBC.

As centuries-old, traditional institutions, banks have been slow in the past to adopt the digital-first model. But lately, Canadian banks have been making strides in bringing themselves into the 21st century, and RBC has shown leadership in this area with its early testing of the Nymi band for RBC customers, and participation in We Are Wearables back in March.

“RBC is being proactive in seeking partnerships,” said Woo. “We want to go where the puck is, and it happens to be at GROW in Whistler.”

Fittingly, Woo will be taking the stage on day one of GROW conference to talk about how tech partnerships can change financial services. He will be joined on stage by former Nymi President Andrew D’Souza and Stephane Wyper from MasterCard. Attendees (and the lucky person who gets one-on-one time with Woo) will learn how to leverage a strong partnership with a large institution to succeed while staying true to their own startup vision.

“RBC’s success depends on our ability to keep pace with our clients’ changing expectations,” said Woo. “We would love to meet companies who have ideas that can help us deliver financial advice and services in ways that are more personal, more relevant and better integrated with other aspects of their daily lives.”

BetaKit is giving away one free ticket to GROW, plus one-on-one time with Gabriel Woo. To win, leave a comment on this post explaining how attending the conference will help your company grow! We’ll randomly select one commenter as the winner Wednesday, August 12th.

Note: BetaKit is only providing a GROW ticket and some one-on-one time with Gabriel. It’s your responsibility to get to Whistler for the conference!

  • Attending GROW will help our tiny startup get access to like-minded folks, who can join our team and also we can find VCs interested to back our growth.

  • Alex Lam

    Our startup will leverage GROW to get outside our bubble for fresh insights & find new interesting people to work with.

  • Anthony Tsui

    We will be able to connect and learn from both the speakers and other attendees at Growconf. It will be a tremendous opportunity to hear from all these innovators.

  • Thomas Beattie

    Voleo is launching a Canadian financial literacy campaign in
    partnership with the TSX and TSX Venture Exchange, and proactively seeking
    financial services partnerships on the commercial version of its
    mobile, social investment platform. GROW presents an opportunity to connect
    with those like Gabriel who aim to leverage the best of fintech.

    • Thomas! Congrats, sir. You won the ticket and the time with Gabriel Woo. Hold tight while we connect you.

  • eugened

    Meeting Gebriel Woo and attending GrowConf will be hugely helpful for our spend management startup. It would be great to get insight from a financial services perspective on the solution that we are tackling. It would be a great opportunity to meet fellow startups, partners, and investors.

  • Daniel Eberhard

    Half the battle is having a dialogue with the banks. I’ve said multiple times there isn’t a fintech vs banks mentality here. It’s a collective. Gabriel Woo is a great example of that, having participated in multiple startup focused events. As our company squarely sits in both payments and cards, a conversation with Gabriel would generate a lot of mutual value. We’d be very interested to know how Gabriel (and RBC) think about the sector, the technology, regulation and how they plan to innovate going forward.

    Thanks for the opportunity.