Become part of the Elevator Lab and capitalize on our exclusive benefits, including:

    • Because we believe that we are stronger together!

      We want to cooperate with you in the below mentioned six areas, in order to jointly inspire and convince more than 16 million customers across our widespread banking network.

    • Best in class banking experts and mentors

      Over 20 mentoring sessions (either on site in Vienna or remotely) from all fields of our RBI expertise support you to build a business model more quickly.

    • Exposure to executives and external investors

      Expand your network within the industry but also get introduced to international investors.

    • Equity-Free

      The program is equity free. During the program, we might discuss investment options on an individual basis.

    • Kick off bootcamp, Acceleration Days, Investors Roadshow & Demo Day

      Participate in the kick-off bootcamp, the three co-working weeks in Vienna, the Investors Roadshow (optional) and the Demo Day – all travel and accommodation (hotel & flight) expenses of the finalists for the program sessions are covered by the Elevator Lab.

    • Our mutual pilot project is funded!

      Our mutual pilot project is funded out of a budget of up to €200,000. You will have access to our IT sandbox via APIs. We talk business – we aim at creating a business case to enable cooperation.

RBI Johann Strobl | Elevator Lab


We are looking for start-ups, with proven innovative fintech products and technologies. Elevator Lab is a leading Fintech Accelerator built by Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) to jointly develop scalable business cases and enable international growth.

  • Big Data Analytics

    • Credit rating or fraud detection
    • Predictive analytics
    • Sentiment Analysis
    • Data security & privacy

  • Branch of the Future

    • Augmented / Virtual Reality
    • PoS Solutions

  • Investing and Trading Tech

    • Artificial intelligence (Robo Advisory)
    • Social Trading
    • Crowdfunding

  • Payment & Transaction

    • Peer-to-peer Payment
    • Transaction processing
    • Blockchain
    • Biometrics
    • Machine-initiated Payment
    • Internet of Things (Wearables)

  • RegTech

    • AML & KYC solutions
    • Optical Character Recognition
    • Blockchain

  • SME Banking

    • Digital lending and investment
    • Digital cash management
    • Digital Invoicing
    • Factoring




In the initial stage an internal selection process will be conducted to identify the best start-ups for further participation in the Elevator Lab. Within our four month accelerator program, we will run a proof of concept project with the participants in order to improve their product, to evaluate how to gain traction and how to start to scale internationally (focus on CEE).

After the first batch, we will evaluate the potential of a possible further cooperation together with the startups. Therefore, our accelerator program has the potential to be a stepping stone to reach a significant new market via our extensive network.



1. Application Phase (01.06. – 31.07.)

  • Application until July 31st, 2017

2. Pre-Selection Phase (01.08. – 25.08.)

  • Out of all applicants the top 30 SUPs will be shortlisted

3. Semi-Finalists Personal Presentation remote (05.09. – 07.09)

  • After the remote pitching sessions Top 15 Winner-Startups will be selected

4. Final Selection Days in Vienna (18.09. – 21.09.)

  • Top 15 Finalist Pitches
  • Mentor’s get to know the Startups and their technology
  • 1:1 Mentor – Startup Sessions focusing on PoC Building
  • Final Selection of Top 5 Winner-Startups
  • Winner Ceremony
  • Onboarding of the Winners

5. Kick-Off Days in Vienna (17.10. – 19.10.)

  • Get to know RBI
  • PoC progress evaluation
  • 1:1 Mentor – Startup Sessions focusing on PoC Validation & Building

6. Acceleration Days in Vienna (20.11. – 23.11.)

  • Expert Workshop
  • PoC progress evaluation
  • 1:1 Mentor – Startup Sessions focusing on PoC Execution
  • Investors Workshop

7. Pilot Project Polishing Week & BC in Vienna (12.12. – 14.12.)

  • Expert Workshop
  • 1:1 Mentor – Startup Sessions focusing on PoC Execution

8. Second Pilot Project Polishing Week (23.01. – 25.01.)

  • Expert Workshop
  • 1:1 Mentor – Startup Sessions focusing on PoC Execution
  • Pilot Project Building & Evaluation

9. International Demo Day (20.02. – 22.02.)

  • Official presentation of the PoC projects in front of internal and external guests