Matteo Rizzi is probably one of the world’s most recognised and respected FinTech people in the world. His twenty years’ experience in this field has seen him foster amazing connections with global businesses, banks, startups, and investors.
After completing his education, Matteo Rizzi, who holds a University degree in Computer Science from the University of Genova and a postgraduate degree in Financial Transactions from Solvay Business School, spent 13 years at SWIFT. Here, he held a key executive position and was involved in various aspects of the business, ranging from sales to global account management.
In 2007 Matteo Rizzi branched out and became the founder of swiftcommunity.net. This business was built based on the experience he had gathered while designing italiansonline.net. The latter was the world’s largest Italian expat portal and came to life in 2003. This predates Facebook.
A year later, Matteo Rizzi became a co-founder of Innotribe, an innovation branch of SWIFT. From there, he went on to launch the Innotribe Startup Challenge, the world’s first global challenge for FinTech entrepreneurs. He also started the Enablers group. This features a cross-industry group of people who mentor Innotribe and SWIFT with regards to strategy and financial trends.
When it comes to his capacity as an investor, Matteo Rizzi has invested in and partnered with SBT Venture Capital. This was one of the first funds solely dedicated to FinTech investments.
By 2015, Matteo Rizzi had created and co-founded www.FinTechStage.com, a platform aimed at investors, innovators, and start-ups with the aim of fostering FinTech innovation on a global scale.
More recently, Matteo Rizzi was a Senior Advisor for Omidyar Network. This organisation, founded by Pierre Omidyar who also founded eBay, sees to global investments in the Financial Inclusion and Digital Identity Division.
Besides his work life, Matteo Rizzi is also the successful author of “FINTECH REVOLUTION”, a book about how FinTech has transformed the banking and other industries. He is also the recipient of a number of awards and accolades. He was, for example, nominated one of the “40 most influential FinTech executives in Europe” by Financial News from 2014 to 2016. Bank Innovation, in 2014, also named him one of the “30 Innovators to watch shaping the industry.”
When it comes to speaking, Italian born Matteo Rizzi is a polyglot. He is fluent in Italian, French, Portuguese, and Spanish, comfortably addressing audiences in any of these languages.
“Matteo Rizzi's speech at the Enterprise Social 2.0 conference in Amsterdam ( #es20) was one of the most authentic presentations amongst the other corporate keynotes, using solid case studies and real life examples. The audience found the information very compelling, conducted with great style and humor.”
“Matteo has done an incredible job creating this fantastic web site that connect so many italians that live abroad!!Great JOB!!”
“Matteo is straightforward and efficient. He's always reliable and helpful. It is great to work with him.”
“Matteo is a good friend and a very professional sales manager. It has been a privilege to have founded Italiansonline with him, and a pleasure to work in the same project.”
“Excellent person, a great sales-man and very professional. I have great time working with him in our association!”