Mary Alcantara is the Head of Startups at MKB Fintechlab, Hungary’s first fintech innovation lab and design competence center owned by MKB Bank. Fintechlab’s mission is to create better financial services by bringing in top talent and innovations from the fintech ecosystem and keeping a laser-focus on the customer. At Fintechlab, Mary leads the incubation program, manages a portfolio of 26 startups, organizes periodic meetups and hackathons, brokers bank partnerships with startups and scaleups, and hosts a monthly podcast, Beyond Fintech. She is passionate about open innovation, building ecosystems, and helping banks create superior experiences for their customers.
In addition to her work at Fintechlab, Mary is an advisor for a top-priority EU program supporting Hungarian startups with international market expansion. She is also a founding member of the Hungarian Business Angel Network and regularly invited workshop leader and mentor for incubators and accelerators across Europe.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University and her MBA from Central European University.