Welcome to „Discover CEE“!

This is Raiffeisen Bank International’s blog and information platform for leading experts, analysts and successful entrepreneurs and companies, to share their ideas, visions and experiences about doing business in CEE. Our goal is to connect opinion leaders, inspire entrepreneurs and businesses and show the potential, diversity and beauty of the entire CEE region.

  • Conquering the global market, from small Bulgarian towns

    By Stoyan Genov, Raiffeisen Bank in Bulgaria | What could five towns in Southeast European with a population of fewer than 50,000 people have in common? Obviously, the small population… But how about global business leadership? Yes, it’s actually possible. The Bulgarian towns Letnitsa (population: 5,000), Bozhuriste (8,000), Lozen (6,000), Montana (50,000) and Vidin (40,000) […]

  • Sofia: SEE’s emerging fintech hub

    By Stoyan Genov, Raiffeisen Bank in Bulgaria | “One of the fastest growing fintech destinations in the CEE Region”; “An evolving fintech hub”; “The most vibrant fintech destination in the SEE region”. You can often hear or read these definitions of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Trust us, this is not an overstatement. Behind these […]

  • Economic and cultural facts about Bulgaria at a glance

    In November, the Discover CEE spotlight is on Bulgaria! Watch out for several blog posts on Bulgaria’s business, culture and success stories. Today, we have the most interesting economic data and cultural facts about Bulgaria at a glance for you. The fact sheet is also downloadable in print version. Click here to print the fact […]

  • Six promising fintechs to participate in Elevator Lab’s current program

    By Katja Fiedler, Raiffeisen Bank International AG | The participants of the third round of Raiffeisen Bank International’s (RBI) fintech partnership program Elevator Lab were announced on the Finalists Day in mid-October. The six chosen fintech startups will get valuable support by experts and mentors in developing unique pilot projects, so-called PoCs (Proof of Concept), […]

  • The Russian fintech scene in the spotlight

    By Angelina Krutova, Raiffeisenbank in Russia | The Russian fintech market has been growing significantly for the past two years in terms of both the number of deals and the volume of investment. The market has several particularities: Russia is a leading global supplier of IT specialists and some areas such as P2P lending, crowd […]

  • Digital Banking Services for Corporate Business: Russian Perspective

    By Marie Mesropyan, Raiffeisenbank in Russia | Big business is still experiencing a shortage of digital banking services. Leaders of the financial industry are actively trying to solve the problem Digital banking infrastructure for business in Russia, especially for large and medium businesses, still lags behind the mass retail segment, experts say. “In general, development […]

  •  “I definitely became more professional and learned a lot in Russia”

    By Anna Gorshkova, Raiffeisenbank in Russia | Prior to moving to Moscow in January 2016, Roland Wass, Head of Risk and Credit Management at Raiffeisenbank Russia, spent 13 years in Belgrade working for Raiffeisenbank Serbia. He spoke to Discover CEE about the challenges of moving to a new country, cultural and professional differences between Austrians […]

  • Russia’s unknown beauty: A local’s perspective

    By Aleksandra Shevchuk, Raiffeisenbank in Russia | Russia is not just big. It is huge. And it’s not just Moscow and St. Petersburg that are worth visiting. We take a look at some of the other beautiful places the country offers. Kaliningrad and the Curonian Spit Kaliningrad is a city with a Russian soul and […]