A platform for global FinTechs to access the multi-billion-dollar Middle-Eastern market opportunity
10,000+ pages of proprietary research and use cases | 50+ regional banks represented
16 cohort members and growing!
Our FinTech Lab in the heart of Dubai’s Internet City provides global FinTechs a “soft-landing” opportunity into the MEA region. The lab is a brainchild of rigorous brainstorming with regional leaders in the Financial Services world, clubbed with IBSi’s group company, Cedar’s 35+ years of banking and financial technology consulting experience in the region. Since 2018, the CedarIBSi accelerator has been home to global technology companies of different shapes and sizes, each of whom have used membership benefits to learn, partner, and accelerate.
In addition to the specific membership benefits listed below, the lab has grown into a strong community of banking and financial technology enthusiasts. The member community and CedarIBSi expert teams come together once a month, aspiring to constant collaboration and innovation.
Gain more brand recognition and be recognized in the region via our monthly marketing initiatives that include webinars, newsletters, email campaigns and more!
In a pre and post-COVID era, our lab provides state-of-the-art facilities to members seeking hot seats, meeting rooms, private event rooms, among a range of other workspace benefits
Tap into Cedar and IBSi’s regional network consisting of family office, PE/VC fund, and sovereign capital, opening doors to potential capital-raise conversations
An opportunity to leverage our 35+ year regional presence, expertise and deep relationships in order to connect with and assist banks in developing and executing their technology transformation strategies via webinars, roundtables and knowledge sessions
Powered by Finastra’s FusionFabric, our lab offers members a virtual sandbox along with a private cloud set-up, enabling vendors to experiment with dummy data and build proofs-of-concepts for showcasing. All of this is supported by our project management expertise
Unlock regular access to our global research and consulting teams in the form of 1-1 analyst time, market insight sessions, and assistance around corporate strategy and growth in the MEA region
Intellect Design Arena has been a member of the lab for a little more than a year now. During this time, they have arranged for meetings with senior management from banks at the lab and also involved our consultants in some very interesting panel discussions. All this has helped us in showcasing our product portfolio to banks and has also increased our brand visibility in terms of thought leadership. Our experience with them has been beneficial and I would highly recommend them.
- Sairus Bapooji, SVP - Head of Middle East & North Africa (iGCB), Intellect Design Arena
The lab not only provides us an opportunity to connect and showcase our capabilities with our prospects and customers, but also serves as a platform for exchange of emerging trends and innovations in the Banking and Financial Services industry
- S. Sundararajan, CEO, i-exceed
As an industry leader both in the areas of QA/QE space and having pioneered a number of innovations in the areas of digital, we have found the CedarIBSI Fintech lab to be a good platform for us to present our use cases.
- Balaji Viswanathan, MD, Expleo Solutions Limited
We are happy to be members of the Cedat IBSI Fintech Lab at Dubai. It provides a wonderful gateway to the MENA market. The activities that are planned for the cohort are immensely useful and the team is well experienced and connected. Looking forward to a great journey ahead for us in the MENA region through the active support of Cedar IBSI Lab.
- Dharmarajan S., Founder & CEO, Impactsure
Miles Software has been working with Cedar-IBSi for almost 8 years now. We really liked their services which helped us to connect with potential customers, share view on market and improve company visibility via conference meeting, podcast, interview etc. They have helped us improve business in Middle East.
- Dhaval Pate,l AVP Product, EbixCash
Lab has been an effective forum to showcase our enterprise fraud management product - Clari5's prowess to the decision-making banking leaders community. Cedar's regular thought leadership communication initiatives have been quite beneficial for building brand awareness and attract quality leads.
- Naresh Kurup, Chief Brand Officer, Clari5
Cedar-IBSi FinTech Lab provides us with an opportunity to engage with experts within the BFSI domain to provide their insights on the emerging trends and innovations. It also provides an opportunity to showcase our prowess as Testing/QA experts whist showcasing our innovation capabilities
- Zoeb Madraswala, Director, Regional Head Delivery, CRM and BD, Yethi Consulting
Lab Benefits & Middle East Opportunity PresentationView PDF
pages of proprietary research and use cases
regional banks represented
exclusive knowledge sessions annually