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28 September 2017, 13:21

Asters becomes partner of the Open Banking Lab fintech startup incubation program


Asters Law Firm is a partner of Open Banking Lab, the new incubation program for startups in the financial technologies sphere.

The initiative has been launched by OTP Bank (one of the largest foreign banks in Ukraine) and 1991 Open Data Incubator (a non-profit incubator for open public data based IT projects) with the support of the National Bank of Ukraine.

Open Banking Lab is the first initiative in Ukraine aimed at promoting the open banking concept. Within this project 1991 Open Data Incubator will support the startups that develop open banking data based products. OTP Bank has become the general partner and the sponsor of the project. OTP Bank and the National Bank of Ukraine will provide an access to their open data and corporate API. Asters is the legal partner of the initiative, while Asters Partner Alexey Khomyakov will become one of the mentors for the incubation program participants.

"OTP Bank has offered its financial and organizational support to this project, because it reflects our mission – to serve as #1 bank for our clients by establishing high standards on the market and by being useful for the society in general. The development of advanced fintech startups that offer topical solutions for the bank, as well as the enhancement of the investment culture and entrepreneurship incentivizing are in line with our mission. We do hope that this initiative will result in helpful and competitive solutions from the incubator participants", – Lilia Lazepko, OTP Bank Board Member, points out.

"From now the open data standards are used not only by the state bodies, but also have the new corporate dimension. The corporate data are high quality, expensive and carefully collected. Within the Open Banking Lab project we offer to a startup community a possibility to work with these data", — says Denys Gursky,  СЕО of 1991 Open Data Incubator. 

"Innovativeness is an engine of economic development in the modern world. As one of the leading Ukrainian law firms we are glad to support the incubation program for innovative projects Open Banking Lab, because it is aimed at increasing the customer service level in banking and at establishing the ground for the future financial industry of online services with large added value. By supporting the development of breakthrough technologies Asters assists the technological advancement of the new businesses that will for sure become the basis of the future economy in Ukraine", – Alexey Khomyakov, Asters' Partner, comments.

Open banking is the new standard in banking. Within this standard banks provide the third party developers an access to their open (non confidential) data and API. Developers get a possibility to use the bank's functionality and content in their own applications and platforms. The submission of applications to participate in the Open Banking Lab started on 27 September 2017. Learn more about the project and apply.

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