Britain welcomes some of the biggest names in FinTech

Samir Desai speaking the the International FinTech Conference 2017

Samir Desai CBE, CEO of Funding Circle, speaking the the International FinTech Conference 2017.

Chancellor Philip Hammond welcomed some of the biggest names in international FinTech at the second UK FinTech Week from 10th – 14th April 2017. The centrepiece event of Fintech Week 2017 was the first International FinTech Conference organised by HM Treasury and the Department for International Trade on 12th April 2017.

Hosted by the Chancellor and featuring the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney and the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Simon Kirby as well as other leading figures from FinTech, Venture Capital and Financial Services organisations including Taavet Hinrikus (TransferWise), Samir Desai (Funding Circle), Eileen Burbidge (HM Treasury Fintech Envoy), Xavier Rolet (LSE plc), Douglas Flint (HSBC), Alastair Lukies (Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador – FinTech) and Andy Stewart (Motive Partners).

The conference, sponsored by EY, HSBC, Pinsent Masons and Motive Partners includes exhibition space for 100 of the UK’s top FinTech firms. 10 of these firms were selected to pitch their business to attending investors from the main stage. The event was also an opportunity to meet over 200 domestic and international investors who will learn more about the UK’s world-leading FinTech sector.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond said: “Britain is already the best place in the world to start and grow a FinTech company. These events are a great opportunity to show why. We have a plan for Britain and a modern Industrial Strategy and I see FinTech as an essential sector as we forge new trading relationships within, and beyond, Europe.”

Fintech Week 2017

Innovate Finance Global Summit
Monday 10th April – Tuesday 11th April

The first day of Innovate Finance’s conference for the financial technology industry featured a series of keynotes and panel discussions on issues like Brexit, globalization, new technology, regulation and cybercrime. Speakers included Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business, David Sproul, Chief Executive of Deloitte UK, and Chris Woolard, Director of Strategy Competition at the FCA.

The second day’s focus was on ‘Pitch360’, in which start-ups were given the opportunity to pitch their idea in front of the global FinTech community.

Click here for further information on the The Innovate Finance Global Summit.

International Fintech Conference
Wednesday 12th April – Thursday 13th April

HM Government hosted the International FinTech Conference in London on 12 April 2017. The Conference brought together domestic and international investors and UK FinTech firms for an exciting one-day programme that aims to attract more investment into the UK’s world-leading FinTech sector.

Speakers included:

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mark Carney, Governor, Bank of England
Simon Kirby MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury
Eileen Burbidge, HM Treasury’s Special Envoy for FinTech
Alastair Lukies, Founding Partner, Motive Partners and Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador – FinTech
Taavet Hinrikus, CEO, TransferWise
Samir Desai, CEO, Funding Circle
Imran Gulamhuseinwala, Global Head of FinTech, EY
Douglas Flint, Chairman, HSBC
Andy Stewart, Managing Partner, Motive Partners
Elizabeth Corley, Vice Chair, AllianzGI
Antony Jenkins, CEO, 10x
Constantin Cotzias, Director, Bloomberg Europe
Keith Morgan, CEO, British Business Bank
Xavier Rolet, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group
Ron Kalifa, CEO, Worldpay
William Russell, Chair of FinTech Network Action Group, City of London
Chris Woolard, Executive Director for Strategy and Competition, FCA
Adrienne Harris, Former Special Assistant to the (US) President for Economic Policy
Richard Wazacz, CEO, Octopus Labs
Tim Bunting, Partner, Balderton Capital
Samantha Ghiotti, Partner, Anthemis
Jan Hammer, Partner, Index Ventures
Dr Chris Sier, HM Treasury’s Northern Powerhouse Envoy for FinTech
Miles Celic, CEO, TheCityUK
Darren Westlake, CEO, Crowdcube
Edward Twiddy, CIO, Atom Bank
James Varga, CEO, the ID Company
Oli Barrett, Director, Start Up Britain

Click here for further information on The International Fintech Conference.

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