#High Five – Galya Dimitrova from Iris Solutions

The articles in the #HighFive series have one goal and one goal only – present to you inspiring human beings and the companies they are part of in a quick and casual way. The exact way of the real high-five you do with a friend you meet on the street.

In this article you’ll meet Galya Dimitrova who is the CEO of  Iris Solutions – an open banking provider to banks and the fist Bulgarian startup certified as Account Information and Payment Initiation provider according to PSD 2.

Galya has spent her whole professional life in the banking industry reaching C-suit levels in all institutions she worked with. Former Member of the Management Board and Executive Director of Allianz Bank, Credit Agricole and Bank Victoria.

Her areas of expertise are Retail, IT, Operations and electronic channels. Digital transformation enthusiast, she knows the value Open Banking can bring to the traditional banking business and she’s eager to empower them in this respect.

Most successful projects – growing two sons.

And here’s what Galya thinks about our 10 #HighFive questions.

My superpower is… building successful teams, leading with empathy. Hunting and applying modern technology and making it mainstream in the future.

One of my productivity hacks is… Getting into customers` shoes. Empathy is not only for building products, but makes me more productive.

If I am not an entrepreneur, I will be… I will be a dreamer.

For me success is… happy family, the right of free choice and financial freedom.

I dream of… world where prosperity and technology bring about love, compassion and empathy.


The problem which Iris Solutions is tackling is… Help financial institutions seize the value of Open Banking to their current business.

The UVP (Unique Value Proposition) of our product is… We are the open-banking tech stack for the region empowering banks to retain and grow their customers.

The hardest part about building a startup is… survive until market verifies your product and enjoy the journey.

I learned the hard way that… clients will always compare the product to something they are used to.

We believe in our success, because… we never give up and love what we do.

Thank you for stopping by in our Visa Innovation Program blog!

If the entrepreneur and the company which we showcased got your interest in any way, you can reach Galya on LinkedIn and learn more about Iris Solutions on their website.

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