To date, Banco Sabadell's BStartup has granted more than 200 million euros of funding to startups. The entity has been supporting these types of emerging companies for more than five years, which has led to 2,895 startups becoming customers of the bank. Furthermore, through its investment vehicles BStartup10, Sabadell Venture Capital and InnoCells, the entity now holds a direct stake in 67 companies.

Further proof of Banco Sabadell’s commitment to the entrepreneurial ecosystem is the presence, for the sixth consecutive year, of BStartup (its business division for entrepreneurs) as a gold partner of 4 Years From Now (4YFN), a platform to connect startups, investors and corporations, organised by the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 4YFN took place in Barcelona from 25-27 February, and Banco Sabadell presented together with its teams specialising in funding and investment in startups, innovation and technology.

In this sixth edition of 4YFN, Bstartup, Banco Sabadell used its stand to present 15 startups in which it holds a stake, which are in different stages of development. Furthermore, as part of 4YFN, Banco Sabadell will be offering its own programme of activities, with presentations by directors of units related to investment and innovation, and also with keynote speeches and conversations with investors such as Martín Casado, partner at Andreesen Horowitz, and Ravi Kurani, from Earlybird Venture Capital.

A new way to pay: with a wave of your hand

Banco Sabadell, through its digital business hub and its corporate venture arm, Innocells, has unveiled a new payments system, which only requires a wave of your hand. It is a prototype formed of a NFC chip which is introduced under the skin. Yesterday, it was revealed to the general public for the first time at the Banco Sabadell 4YFN Stage.

In the live biohacking demo two entrepreneurs volunteered to test out the new system using their own hands. The chip was inserted into the first entrepreneur through an injection between the tip of their thumb and their index finger. The second entrepreneur, who had already had the chip inserted, made a payment using the Banco Sabadell mobile application. Anna Puigoriol, Service Solutions Director of the entity, joined the stage to explain the entity's processes towards achieving these types of developments: “We work to satisfy our customer’s needs, and at this particular time we are carrying out several pilot tests and payment experience demos. Some of them will make the cut, and others wont, depending on how customers react to them”.

These types of chips have the same thickness as a grain of sand and they are commonly used in certain types of medical treatment, but their potential for use is goes far beyond this: they can be converted into house keys or used as a tool to work with augmented reality. The act of inserting technology in human bodies is known as biohacking.

Photo: Banco Sabadell 4YFN stage during the biohacking demo

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