Ohpen wins Innovation Award from the UK’sDepartment for International Trade


Awarded for its “revolutionary core banking platform”

16 October 2017 – Amsterdam/ London: Ohpen was recognised for its investment and innovation into the United Kingdom economy by the Department for International Trade (DIT). His Excellency Peter Wilson, British Ambassador to the Netherlands and professor doctor Barbara Baarsma presented the award to Ohpen UK’s CEO Angelique Schouten and COO Matthijs Aler.

The DIT’s Annual Investment Awards were held in Amsterdam where Ohpen’s headquarters is based. Winning in the Innovation category, Michiel Veldhuizen, Country Director Netherlands of the Department for International Trade commented on behalf of the panel:

Ohpen, with its revolutionary core banking platform hosted in the cloud, is fundamentally changing the way financial services providers work. Working with a team of 25 best in London their innovation provides a solution to the serious problem facing all financial service providers. Namely that they are dependent on a patchwork of outdated core banking systems and are forced to spend ever more time, money and effort just to keep them running. Ohpen’s innovation allows its clients to focus on its core business: providing financial services to their customers.

The Ohpen team was on hand to accept the award. Understandably, they were thrilled, with Schouten stating:

We are about innovation, not stagnation which is not always easy in such a conservative industry. Our philosophy is legacy out, agility in. The team works hard to offer a compelling core banking solution to retail banks, asset managers, insurers, building societies and other financial services companies, with peace of mind and up to an 80% IT cost-saving. To be recognised by the Department for International Trade is an honour and on behalf of the entire Ohpen UK team – thank you!

The awards look to recognise those Dutch businesses that have successfully invested in the UK during the last 12 months. The DIT Investment Awards are now in their seventh year and nominations are submitted across five categories: sustainable investment, innovation, new entrant, fastest growing investment and acquisition. The innovation category is about an investment project or company that either brings something new to the market or approaches a sector in an original manner.