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At the beginning of November, I attended VentureTech22 in Frisco, Texas. The show aims to drive digital transformation and innovation in the credit union industry, giving fintechs a platform to present their technologies to an audience of credit unions, credit union service organizations (CUSOs), credit union leagues and league service corporations, as well as fintech investors.
HubSpot’s INBOUND 2022 was back in person for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, and our marketing team was excited to travel to Boston for the conference. Joining approximately 10,000 other eager marketers in person (with an estimated 60,000 attending virtually) we experienced an electric atmosphere filled with continuous sessions, numerous HubSpot vendors and unlimited networking opportunities.
Fall not only brings a new school year, cooler temperatures and the emergence of college football rivalries, but also the start of conference season. This is the first time in several years people are feeling comfortable enough to travel and gather in person again, so this trade show season is already shaping up to be a busy one.
During the NHL Playoffs, sports fans may hear a lot about the Stanley Cup – the trophy given to the winner in the best of seven series. Beyond a three-foot tall tower of metal, the widely recognized hockey trophy symbolizes the leadership, the competitive desire of the team and the long road it took to win such a distinguished prize.
The uncertainty over the past two years has changed how the financial services industry approaches events. For many, it contributed to the realization of the vital role that industry conferences and trade shows play in the marketing and sales cycle, highlighting the need for in-person events to support lead generation efforts outside of inbound marketing strategies.
This year's FinovateEurope showcased some of fintech's most cutting-edge solutions and minds to date. Overlooking London's financial district, Canary Wharf, we were blessed with two-days of great weather filled with ample networking opportunities and in-person connections. With over 70 expert speakers and 35 demoing companies, FinovateEurope painted a picture of the leading trends and technologies driving the industry.
If your fintech or business deals with credit unions, the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) should be on your list. Over 4,000 attendees made the trip to Washington, D.C. and hundreds of exhibitors were ready to share their technology, form meaningful connections – and finally, collaborate in person.
A few of weeks ago I attended VentureTech 21, advertised as a “fintech showcase for the entire credit union industry”. More than 200 people packed the room at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas to watch 14 fintechs give 15-minute demos, with the aim of securing funding from and/or partnerships with credit unions and CUSOs. The audience included representatives from 48 credit unions, 21 CUSOs, 17 credit union leagues and league service corporations, five venture capital firms and a few journalists. Some of the fintechs that demoed at the event were already operational and had a strong client portfolio, while others had just gone live or were about to in the coming months.
Much has changed in the world of business over the past 18 months and perhaps no particular sector of American business has been impacted as much as conferences and special events. What once were mainstays upon which budgets were set and the annual corporate calendar revolved, the financial services industry – like most others – saw an almost exclusive shift to virtual hosting of conferences, user group meetings, association events, etc. And while conference committees have been pushed to be creative in finding ways to still host events in a virtual environment (Zoom break-out sessions, anyone?), the reality is that most attendees and sponsors found something lacking.