Calling all fintechs for Elevator Lab!

by Arbresha

Call, Startup Know-How

21. May 2019

Calling all fintechs!

Apply until June 2nd, 2019 for Elevator Lab – the largest corporate fintech program in CEE!


Elevator Lab is a leading fintech partnership program powered by Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) to jointly develop scalable business cases and enable international growth. With their strong footprint in CEE (14 markets including Austria, 16.1 million customers) and more than 30 years of experience in the markets they are a strong partner for every fintech which wants to expand into this dynamic region.

Let’s bring your solution to our markets! This is what Elevator Lab Partnership Program aims for with its participants. Their fintech partnership program is offering later-stage fintech startups support in developing unique pilot projects: Develop your proof of concept, gain access to real customer data and work in close collaboration with leading banking experts. After the Demo Day, the fintechs will have the chance to be evaluated for a possible partnership with RBI Group and thus the possibility to reach possible more than 16 million customers across the CEE region. The application phase for the Elevator Lab Partnership Program is open until June 2nd, 2019 at

In addition, ten RBI network banks in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) support the group-wide Elevator Lab Partnership Program with their own fintech initiatives Elevator Lab Challenges and Elevator Lab Bootcamps. This supports local fintechs in the fintech ecosystems in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Slovakia. Elevator Lab’s reach makes the program the largest fintech network in the CEE region.

Elevator Lab Challenges:

As a participant, you get the chance to develop a pilot project with our local bank – develop concrete fintech solutions with the help of experienced mentors and access to real customer data. The winners of the respective Challenge receive a wild card to the semi-finals of the Elevator Lab Partnership Program.

Elevator Lab Bootcamps:

The Bootcamps are aimed at seed/early-stage startups and single founders are new in this year’s Elevator Lab round. The network banks are thus responding to the need to support founders from the outset and identify business opportunities in the banking industry. The grand prize is a ticket to the two-week Digital Entrepreneurship Summer Program (July 15th – July 26th 2019) offered by Talent Garden Innovation School Vienna and the Vienna Business Agency in Vienna.

To apply for an Elevator Lab Bootcamp or Challenge, please consider the respective deadlines and websites:


  • Albania: Applications open until June 3rd
  • Bulgaria: Applications open until June 21st
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Applications will start on June 19th
  • Croatia: Applications will start on June 19th
  • Kosovo: Applications open until June 3rd
  • Slovakia: Applications open until June 21st
  • Serbia: Applications will start on June 19th
  • Russia: Applications open


If you want to learn more about Elevator Lab, are considering to apply or wondering if this is the right program for you – please have a look at

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