Elevator Lab Challenge

powered by Raiffeisen Bank Romania

Elevator Lab is the largest corporate fintech partnership program in Central and Eastern Europe. It was created by Raiffeisen Bank International and aims to find the best start-ups in the field of finance and to build long-term cooperation between them and the banks in the Raiffeisen Group.

This year, RBI Group puts a special focus on the fintech ecosystem in CEE. In Romania, in collaboration with TechHUB Bucharest, we are launching an exclusive Elevator Lab Challenge for the local fintech community.

APPLY to the Elevator Lab Challenge and get access to all the goodies we have prepared: cash prizes for the winners, trainings and exclusive events.

| Application phase closed on 20 June 2018


There are a lot of benefits for you, if you apply in Elevator Lab Challenge Romania, including mentorship meetings with Raiffeisen Bank Romania’s Innovation Team and TechHUB Bucharest professionals, training & access to exclusive TechHUB Bucharest events where you can meet other startups and investors from the community.

We congratulate!


We are looking for startups with proven innovative fintech products and technologies. The Elevator Lab Challenge in Romania is part of Elevator Lab, the group-wide international fintech partnership program by Raiffeisen Bank International. Joining our Elevator Lab Challenge can be a stepping stone to scale your business case up to an international level.

  • Advanced Analytics

    • Augmented credit scoring
    • Predictive analytics
    • SME lending
    • Client & trading data analytics
    • Artificial intelligence (e.g. sentiment analysis, chat and voice processing)
    • Analytics for client interaction

  • RegTech

    • AML & KYC solutions (incl. DLT)
    • Customer authentication (incl. biometrics) & digital ID (incl. DLT)
    • Data protection/management
    • Cyber security
    • Text mining

  • Corporate Banking

    • DLT for trade finance
    • Corporate banking prizing solution
    • eDocument solutions/OCR
    • Robo advisor for FX trading

  • Investing & TradingTech

    • Hybrid-/digital-advisor
    • Smart contract certificates
    • DLT solution for investment banking
    • Automated document generator

  • New Branch Experience

    • Automated branch digitisation
    • Augmented/virtual reality
    • PoS solutions
    • Remote advice
    • Voice banking (Google Home etc.)

  • Open Banking

    • Third party providers for extended banking value chains
    • Fund brokerage platform in open banking
    • Corporate multibank data aggregation (+ value added services)


Register your start-up until June 20th 2018. The most promising start-ups will be selected for The Fintech Demo Night by Elevator Lab Challenge. During the winner ceremony, the top fintechs will present their use cases in front of the jury members and one winner will be elected to continue their participation in the Elevator Lab global challenge.


Mai 07

7 May 2018

» Application Phase Starts

Mai 14

14 May 2018

» „Successful Startup. What is next?“ @ TechHUB Bucharest
Fireside chats with successful Romanian entrepreneurs

Mai 24

24 May 2018

» Office Hours I
Office Hours with Raiffeisen Bank Innovation Team & TechHub Bucharest team where fintech startups see whether they are a fit for the program and get their questions on applications answered

Jun 14

14 June 2018

» Office Hours II
Office Hours with Raiffeisen Bank Innovation Team & TechHub Bucharest team where fintech startups see whether they are a fit for the program and get their questions on applications answered

Jun 19

19 June 2018

» „The Art of Choosing a Cofounder“ @ TechHUB Bucharest
Discussion panel with startup founders that have been part of acceleration programs

Jun 20

20 June 2018

» End of the application phase

Jun 21

21 June 2018

» „How to pitch“ workshop by TechHUB Bucharest
One day workshop on how to pitch your startup idea in a pitch competition for all teams applying for Elevator Lab Challenge powered by Raiffeisen Bank Romania

Jun 25

25 June 2018

» Announce the finalists for the Fintech Demo Night by Elevator Lab Challenge

Jun 28

28 June 2018

» Fintech Demo Night by Elevator Lab
The best teams will take the stage and pitch their products in front of the Elevator Lab Challenge Jury

Aug 27

27-28 August 2018

» For the winner: Trip to Vienna including pitch training for last selection round

Sep 05

5-7 September

» For the winner: Remote video pitches for the last selection round of the RBI Group’s acceleration program Elevator Lab


The finalists will be rated by a mixed jury: Raiffeisen Bank Top Management, TechHUB Bucharest and business angels inside the community. They are in charge with screening the applications and will ultimately also select the best startup.

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