D3 Bahamas, which premiered this week at the Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island, included three days and nights of Web3 and Fintech. As the lead sponsor for this global event, supported by the Securities Commission of The Bahamas, Deltec’s Chairman Jean Chalopin joined over 80 speakers hailing from Hong Kong to the UAE and the USA.
Deltec’s CEO Odetta Morton joined a select panel of judges evaluating the ideas of innovative startups in the Web3 and Fintech space. 9 startups among over 130 submissions to D3’s “Start-Up Pitch” were selected. She also served as a lead judge for the final round analyzing the merits and potential of nine standout start-ups, each given four minutes to pitch their idea:
Custonomy Company Ltd.
Racer Club Labs
On reviewing the finalists, Odetta noted that “all nine are amongst the best the globe has to offer, each championing an idea for a better world, notably demonstrating the power of innovation. Deltec embraced innovation for just this reason. At Deltec, we call this: ‘Trusting Disruption.’”
Several years ago a new pair of words echoed throughout Deltec’s many hallways and meeting rooms, “Trusting Disruption.” But why? What does that mean? In the words of Jean, it’s that healthy blend of pragmatism, innovation, courage, and a sincere care for the world we live in.
In an exclusive interview with Henri Arslanian leading up to and at D3 Bahamas, Jean answered several key questions on Deltec as the bank of innovators. Here are three, showcasing Deltec’s commitment to innovation and collective prosperity.
Jean: “I think that, as human beings, whoever has the ability to support the construction of the future, in all possible aspects, and even in a small way, should do it….If we understand well an innovative development, we are most likely to speak the language of our clients, and be able to serve them in the right way, and therefore, contribute to the building of the future.”
Jean: “The basic services are the same, but with a need of more dedicated financial products and services, more geared to the activity of the innovator. A bank focusing on innovators needs to learn these innovations and understand what it means in term of needs, support, reporting, assistance, and so on.”
Jean: “I hope you are not going to find me too ambitious! I would like to see Deltec to have become the most international bank of innovation – an international operation that understands, promotes, and knows how to serve many different sectors and agents committed to building the future.”
As D3 Bahamas closes this week, new start-ups are going to have new investors, new futures, and new heights that were beforehand not even envisioned. It has been a week of innovation, and of new dreams turning to new realities. No other place in the world had a week like The Bahamas.
As 2023 draws to a powerful close, this premier nation for digital assets remains set to introduce a new Digital Assets and Registered Exchanges Bill, 2023 (DARE), again using its multi-century history of legal expertise to fast-track innovation. As entrepreneurs and start-ups continue to bring new ideas every year, there has never been such a need for global regulatory certainty. The Bahamas will deliver just that.
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