In-house FinTech Lab

Our platform for global FinTechs who are seeking to grow and access new markets, leveraging our 60+ year-old expertise

We’re consultants, technologists, bankers & investors

Founded in 2018, Cedar-IBSi’s FinTech Lab in the heart of Dubai’s Internet City has been home to global FinTechs who need a “soft-landing” opportunity into the MENA region. Our lab platform is the brainchild of the group, consisting of global management consulting firm, Cedar (, and global FinTech market intelligence firm, IBS Intelligence (


Not many know FinTech the way we do. Since 2018, the Cedar-IBSi lab has been home to global technology companies of different shapes and sizes, each of whom have used membership benefits to learn, partner, and accelerate.


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Lab Member Benefits

In addition to the specific membership benefits basis membership tiers, our FinTech Lab offering has grown into a strong community of banking and financial technology enthusiasts, from around the world. We aim to become the world’s leading FinTech lab and accelerator in the years to come and build a strong community while doing so. The last 5 years of our lab’s existence is a strong testament to this.

Our lab offering is multi-faceted, global, and suits FinTechs at various stages of their life. We typically break our value addition up in the following ways:

  • In-person thematic knowledge sessions (peer-to-peer learning) with subject matter experts and thought leaders (one-to-many format)
  • In-person thematic round-table discussion with representation from 2-3 regional banks, moderated by Cedar-IBSi senior leaders. The lab members will get a chance to interact with the bankers in-person
  • Pre-qualified industry introductions for CIFL lab members to get the foot in the door with the industry players. (5% T&C applies)
  • Digital community access (Virtual community on digital platform)
  • Tailored in-person one-to-one advisory session by a senior Cedar-IBSi senior member
  • Training and Masterclass sessions hosted by senior Cedar-IBSi expert
  • Complimentary access to the iconic monthly IBSi FinTech Journal
  • Exclusive access to the iconic IBSi Galaxy Portal – a self-service insights and intelligence portal, tracking and analyzing the global BankTech and FinTech landscape weekly.
  • Special visibility and promotion at FinTech happy hours hosted in multiple cities throughout the year.
  • Exclusive interviews of leaders covered on IBSi Intelligence website and digital channel with 1mn+ pageviews annually
  • Leadership coverage on IBSi’s exclusive FinTech podcast – IBS Intelligence Podcasts
  • Detailed solution demo to Cedar-IBSi’s team and potentially covered in IBSi GALAXY (subscribers include global banks, funds, consultants)
  • Banner feature on IBS Intelligence’s popular website (1mn+ pageviews annually) and weekly FinTech newsletter (15,000+ subscribers)
  • Exclusive access to IBSi Intelligence’s 10+ annual events hosted in the region (
  • Opportunity to pitch to Cedar-IBSi fund team for your planned capital raise
  • Get access to interesting co-investment opportunities via Cedar-IBSi Capital (SEBI AIF) Venture fund
  • Pitch coaching sessions by an industry expert to review of your pitch content, the story and flow of your pitch, recommendations on your deck design, and public speaking skills
  • Use of lab physical infrastructure and meeting rooms
  • Access to open developer platform and data marketplace to unlock innovation
  • Access to the network of Technology Partner Credits
  • Access to Job Board on the IBS Intelligence website to recruit high calibre candidates for your team

What lab members say about us

``Intellect Design Arena has been a member of the lab for a little more than a year now. During this time, they have arranged for meetings with senior management from banks at the lab and also involved our consultants in some very interesting panel discussions. All this has helped us in showcasing our product portfolio to banks and has also increased our brand visibility in terms of thought leadership. Our experience with them has been beneficial and I would highly recommend them.``

Sairus Bapooji - SVP, Head of Middle East & North Africa (iGCB), Intellect Design Arena

``We are happy to be members of the Cedar IBSi Fintech Lab at Dubai. It provides a wonderful gateway to the MENA market. The activities that are planned for the cohort are immensely useful and the team is well experienced and connected. Looking forward to a great journey ahead for us in the MENA region through the active support of Cedar IBSi Lab.``

Dharmarajan S., Founder and CEO, Impactsure

``The lab not only provides us an opportunity to connect and showcase our capabilities with our prospects and customers, but also serves as a platform for exchange of emerging trends and innovations in the Banking and Financial Services industry``

S. Sundararajan, CEO, i-exceed

``As an industry leader both in the areas of QA/QE space and having pioneered a number of innovations in the areas of digital, we have found the CedarIBSI Fintech lab to be a good platform for us to present our use-cases.``

Balaji Viswanathan , MD, Expleo Solutions Limited

``Miles Software has been working with Cedar-IBSi for almost 8 years now. We really liked their services which helped us to connect with potential customers, share view on market and improve company visibility via conference meeting, podcast, interview etc. They have helped us improve business in Middle East.``

Dhaval Patel , AVP Product, EbixCash

``Lab has been an effective forum to showcase our enterprise fraud management product - Clari5's prowess to the decision-making banking leaders community. Cedar's regular thought leadership communication initiatives have been quite beneficial for building brand awareness and attract quality leads``

Naresh Kurup , Chief Brand Officer, Clari5

``Cedar-IBSi FinTech Lab provides us with an opportunity to engage with experts within the BFSI domain to provide their insights on the emerging trends and innovations. It also provides an opportunity to showcase our prowess as Testing/QA experts whist showcasing our innovation capabilities``

Zoeb Madraswala, Director - Regional Head Delivery CRM & BD, Yethi Consulting