UK fintech takes the lead in the Forbes 30 under 30

By Emily Nicolle on Tuesday 23 January 2018

Alternative LendingDigital BankingSavings and Investment

Some familiar faces have popped up on the news magnate’s radar this year.

Some familiar faces have popped up on the news magnate’s radar this year.

The finance and technology categories of Forbes’ annual 30 under 30 list are awash with some names you might recognise, as UK fintech proves it is set to dominate in 2018.

The gender balance has been particularly notable in the finance sector this year, as Forbes named Starling Bank’s Chief Platform Officer, Megan Caywood, and Lendable co-founder Victoria van Lennep alongside her business partner Martin Kissinger, as ones to watch.

Other notable women in the same list included Natasha Ratanshi Stein, a Principal at Piton Capital, and Angelica Anton, founder of Chinese-targeted investment firm SILK Ventures.

Speaking to Forbes, van Lennep said: “It’s always a risk when you leave your stable job to try and set up a company, which in the very early days, you have no idea whether it’s ever going to go anywhere. In my case, I was also quite young.

“I think the only reason Lendable is such a great success is because it was a team effort all along. I feel very lucky to be part of a team which is [filled with] some of the smartest people I’ve ever met in my life.”

Crowdfunding also made an appearance as Seedcamp partner Sia Houchangnia made the cut, alongside the founders of AI-powered financial data platform 9Fin, Hussam El-Sheikh and Steven Hunter.

In the technology category, Monzo co-founder Jonas Huckestein and the co-founders of digital receipts startup Flux all found themselves highlighted by Forbes. Ishaan Malhi, founder of automated mortgage broker Trussle, and Stephen Whitworth, co-founder of the Barclays Techstars Fintech alumnus firm Ravelin, rounded out the list for the UK.

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