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Matthew Van Niekerk

CEO & co-founderSettleMint

Leuven, Belgium

Member Since October 2023


In 2016 after several years of analysis and experimentation with blockchain technologies in financial services and capital markets, I cofounded SettleMint with one objective: to simplify the blockchain transformation journey for enterprises. When you believe in the benefits that the technology will bring to organisations and to society as a whole, there is an accompanying moral obligation to accelerate the adoption of the technology and that is what we do at SettleMint. Our chain and infrastructure agnostic blockchain transformation platform provides the absolute shortest path between a use case concept and the realisation of the business case underpinning it. Prior to SettleMint, I moved to Belgium in 2006 where I completed my MBA then went to work at KBC. First as an internal management and operations consultant, later as the COO of the Belgian Consumer Finance business and finally as the Head of Platform Innovation at KBC Securities where I was responsible for the technical side of the online retail brokerage platform ‘Bolero’ and the equity crowdfunding platform ‘Bolero Crowdfunding’. A Canadian by origin and an Economist (Western) and MBA (Vlerick) by education, I spent the first 7 years of my international career in Tokyo, working in FX brokerage and where I launched two online retailing companies.

Published content

Are you thinking about launching your own business?

expert panel

19 factors for employees to keep in mind before they leave their day jobs for entrepreneurship.  If you've always wanted to launch your own business and you're thinking that now is the time, slow down a bit to ensure you're making the right moves that will put you strategically ahead in the long run when it comes to laying out your future company's success and where you see yourself and team years from now.  In today's volatile marketplace, nothing is secure, and when you've been working at a corporation for a long time, you've gotten used to receiving certain perks and a support system that will disappear once you're out on your own. That's why conditioning a new mindset is just as important as getting your financial house in order before you jump ship. Here, 19 experts from Fast Company Executive Board each offer their advice to help leaders who've decided to fly solo anyhow and make a better transition from the corporate world to entrepreneurship without missing a beat.

Four challenges that can stand in the way of seeing ROI from your blockchain transformation


Implementing a blockchain transformation across your organization has its challenges, but the rewards can be as big as tapping into your business’ true potential.

5 best practices for banking CDOs to succeed with blockchain transformation in 2024 and beyond


Now's the time to start your blockchain transformation so you continue to evolve digitally and stay competitive in your industry.

Eight questions CDOs should ask when embarking on a blockchain transformation


To realize the full potential of blockchain, banks and financial institutions should adopt the right tools to expedite blockchain projects and transform for the future.

Six reasons why blockchain projects fail—and how to find success instead


As competitors work to implement new blockchain initiatives, now is the time to focus on blockchain solutions so that you’re not left behind.

Company details


Company bio

SettleMint is the Blockchain Transformation Company that connects the dots between people, processes and technology to accelerate value creation with blockchain. It enables enterprises to easily and rapidly build and integrate blockchain applications, while empowering teams with the skills, knowledge, methodologies, guidance and ongoing support they need.



Area of focus


Company size

51 - 200