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ARKEA is a cooperative banking and insurance company. ARKEA is entirely owned by its customer shareholders. ARKEA comprises three regional federations representing three main French geographic zones (Brittany in the West, the South West and Massif Central in the middle of France). ARKEA has also a presence across Europe thanks to its corporate and online subsidiaries (Fortuneo, Monext, Financo, Arkéa Investment Services, Suravenir, CFCAL…).

ARKEA employs nearly 10,000 people, counts 3,500 directors and has a total of 4.4 million customers. The bank has 132 billion euro in total assets. ARKEA ranks among the leading banks with headquarters in region.

A pioneer and innovator, ARKEA is known and recognized for its technology culture, particularly in online banking and insurance services. Building on this expertise, the group has forged very strong links with players in the digital ecosystem and is developing various forms of cooperation with them, whether technological or through capital transactions. In a fast-changing environment, in an ultra-connected world that is shaking up all established models, these partnerships with start-ups and fintechs enable it to remain at the cutting edge of technology, consumer trends and cultivate its agility.

ARKEA pursues an original development strategy, with the ambition of establishing itself as the financial services hub model that best meets the aspirations and lifestyles of today and tomorrow.

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This initiative followed the success of the Generation Blockchain contest the previous year. In front of a jury composed of HSBC, Société Générale and Sia Partners, students and recent graduates had to propose Business Cases and prototypes based on Artificial Intelligence with a machine learning dimension.

1st Prize : Panacea


This solution, designed by two ESCP and ENPC students, proposes an algorithmic system capable of detecting aberrant events relating to a stock market value and deducing an anticipated return.

2nd Prize : Premoneo


This solution developed by two students from the University of Paris-Sorbonne and UTC Compiègne, offers an application which allows customers to automatically see any suspicious activity in their bank account.

3rd Prize : Nerio


Created by three students from ENSAE, this solution offers a system for verifying the online identity of a retail client through questions based on visual choices that are supposed to test the user’s personal tastes.


Key figures​

28 Schools represented

85 teams

20 Business cases selected and presented to the Jury





Generation Blockchain, running for the first time, in partnership with BNP Paribas and HSBC France, saw 65 teams of students and young graduates compete in order to bring an innovative solution to a problem using blockchain. The topics proposed by candidates covered many areas including energy, trading, pharmaceutical industry, logistics, and rental property.


1st Prize : Petroleum


Alex Sala (Sorbonne / Science Po) and Alexandre De La Roche (Central Supelec / ESCP Europe) created Petroleum, a trading platform for petroleum products. This team decided to pursue the project and founded the start-up Nexia BS.  

2nd Prize : Review Eat


Henri Qiu (ENSAE), Christian Tran (HEC) and Guillaume Caner (Mines ParisTech) created ReviewEat, an application to book, pay and rate restaurants.

3rd Prize : D-Transport

Victor Le (ENSIMAG) and Mathieu Porcel (ENSIMAG) developed D-Transport, a mutual payment system for the various public transport services in metropolitan France.


Key figures

130 Candidates divided into 65 teams 

25 Business Cases selected after the first phase

16 Projects presented over 2 days