BIS Innovation Hub and Bank of Italy invite global innovators to take up G20 green finance challenge

Press release  | 
06 May 2021

G20 TechSprint

  • G20 TechSprint to highlight the potential for new technologies to tackle challenges in green and sustainable finance.
  • Shortlisted teams will be announced in June and showcase their prototypes in August.  
  • Winners to be announced in October.

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Innovation Hub and the Bank of Italy, within the Italian G20 Presidency, today launched the G20 TechSprint Initiative to highlight the potential for new technologies to resolve some of the most pressing challenges in green and sustainable finance. 

The rapidly growing green finance sector focuses on allocating capital to economic projects that protect the environment and is a key factor in supporting sustainable development.

The BIS Innovation Hub and the Italian G20 Presidency have published three high-priority operational problems and invite private firms to develop innovative technological solutions. The problem statements identify the following challenges, highlighted by submissions from G20 finance ministries and central banks: 

  • Data collection, verification and sharing;
  • Analysis and assessment of transition and physical climate-related risks;
  • Better connecting projects and investors.

This TechSprint shows how fintech innovation can help promote green and sustainable finance, which has advanced to the top of central banks' priorities.

Benoît Cœuré, Head of the BIS Innovation Hub

The G20 TechSprint 2021 has clear and measurable goals to fire the imagination of people worldwide, inspiring everyone into action to develop practical solutions to address issues in the field of sustainable finance.

Alessandra Perrazzelli, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Italy

Interested participants can compete and develop innovative solutions to face these problems using the dedicated  platform, through which Codemotion will facilitate registration and online judging of project proposals, and the IBM Cloud for prototype building.

The TechSprint will be presented during an online event on 7 May at 11:45 CEST.

  • The closing date for applications is 31 May, with shortlisted teams announced on 14 June and invited to showcase their prototypes in a workshop in August for feedback from national authorities and experts.  
  • An independent expert panel organised and sponsored by the Bank of Italy will judge the submissions and identify the most promising solutions. 
  • Selected solutions will be announced in October and cash prizes awarded.

For information on participant application, refer to: Techsprint ( 

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About the Bank of Italy and the Italian G20 Presidency

The Bank of Italy is the central bank of the Republic of Italy. Along with the Eurosystem, the Bank of Italy's mission is to pursue price stability and ensure the stability and efficiency of the financial system, thus safeguarding savings in all forms.

Within the Italian G20 Presidency, the Bank of Italy participates in the work of the G20 Finance Track, helping to define the Italian approach in various G20 working groups on specific economic and financial issues. The Bank of Italy's contribution focuses on financial inclusion, sustainable finance and innovation. Milano Hub is the Bank of Italy's innovation centre, supporting the digital evolution of the Italian financial market and attracting talent and investment.

About the BIS Innovation Hub

The BIS Innovation Hub was established in 2019 to identify and develop in-depth insights into critical trends in financial technology of relevance to central banks, to explore the development of public goods to enhance the functioning of the global financial system, and to serve as a focal point for a network of central bank experts on innovation. It complements the already well established cooperation within the BIS-hosted committees. At present, there are Hub Centres in Switzerland, Singapore and Hong Kong SAR. In the coming months, new centres will open in Toronto, London, Frankfurt/Paris and Stockholm. The BIS has also formed a strategic partnership with the Federal Reserve System in New York.