Plug and Play Tech Center @ BAI Beacon
New in 2017 was a strategic content alliance with Plug and Play Tech Center to facilitate innovation and idea-generation at BAI Beacon.
Plug and Play is a global innovation platform that connects startups to corporations and invests in more than 150 companies every year. Since inception in 2006, its programs have expanded worldwide to include a presence in 22 locations globally giving startups the necessary resources to succeed in Silicon Valley and beyond. With over 6,000 startups and 180 official corporate partners, they have created the ultimate startup ecosystem in many industries.
BAI’s collaboration with Plug and Play exposed conference attendees to the latest FinTech trends and inventions. In addition, as part of this alliance, Plug and Play hand-selected six companies to participate at BAI Beacon 2017. These companies’ innovations reflect key areas of interest that were covered by the conference content including, A.I., customer experience, cybersecurity and FinTech for community-based banking organizations.
Plug and Play's Companies to Watch featured at BAI Beacon 2017 included the following:
- Durk Stelter, Chief Revenue Officer, Pypestream
- Manoj Duggirala, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Context360
- Jeff Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Authomate
- David Schoenberger, Chief Innovation Officer, Eclypses, Inc.
- Christian Ruppe, Chief Executive Officer, Monotto
- Ravi Balasubramanian, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Sandbox Banking
Meet the Plug and Play Executives
Scott Robinson, Vice President and Founder
Scott Robinson is the founder and vice president of Plug and Play FinTech, the financial technology focused startup innovation platform in partnership with BNP Paribas, Santander, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, TD Bank, Sberbank, USAA, Mitsubishi, Capital One, Sumitomo, Intuit and many more global financial institutions.
Since the launch of the program in February 2015, Scott and his team have accelerated over 90 FinTech startups and has led numerous investments into the domain. Scott has worked with Plug and Play, a global startup accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley, for the past three years managing a number of FinTech, Blockchain, and Bitcoin-related initiatives.
Additionally, Scott is the founder of Plug and Play Bitcoin, the co-organizer of the world’s oldest Bitcoin Meetup and founder of the first nationally syndicated Bitcoin Job Fair. Prior to joining Plug and Play, Scott worked in various roles with a number of early stage startups where he led fundraising, product development and marketing activities.
Sahil Arora, FinTech Ventures Associate
Sahil Arora is a FinTech Associate at Plug & Play Ventures. His role is focused on finding and working closely with innovative startups disrupting financial services. Sahil represents the startup's best interests and provides strategic advice and relevant introductions to corporations and investors.
Prior to joining Plug & Play, Sahil worked in product strategy for Credit Cards and Payments at The Royal Bank of Canada. He also held prior roles in consumer financial services and SME consulting. Sahil graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business with his Honours Business Administration degree in 2014. He is an active member of the tech community in Silicon Valley and Toronto.
About Plug and Play
Plug and Play is a global innovation platform. We connect startups to corporations and invest in over 150 companies every year. Since inception in 2006, our programs have expanded worldwide to include a presence in 22 locations globally giving startups the necessary resources to succeed in Silicon Valley and beyond. With over 6,000 startups and 180 official corporate partners, we have created the ultimate startup ecosystem in many industries. We provide active investments with 200 leading Silicon Valley VCs, and host more than 365 networking events per year. Companies in our community have raised over $6 billion in funding, with successful portfolio exits including Danger, Dropbox, Lending Club, PayPal, SoundHound, and Zoosk. For more information, visit www.plugandplaytechcenter.com.