8 ways to survive UK Fintech Week

By Roger Baird on Thursday 25 April 2019

Alternative LendingDigital BankingSavings and Investment

From the Governor of the Bank of England to intimate drinks at 800-year-old city institutions, UK Fintech Week has something for everyone. Here's how to make the most of it.

UK Fintech Week means London plays host to the rest of the world, as arguably the leading city for digital finance.  

Entrepreneurs, politicians, regulators and investors meet between 29 April and 3 May in an attempt to figure out the next steps in extending bank and non-bank finance to consumers and businesses.

This sector is little over a decade old, but it has already changed what millennials and young firms expect from banks, in terms of service quality and how much they are prepared to pay for it.

Global hub

Britain remains a global hub for this industry. UK fintech investment jumped more than fourfold to $20.7bn last year compared to 2017, with half of the top ten deals across Europe signed in Britain, according to KPMG’s biannual Pulse of Fintech report.

Hundreds of senior figures will speak across the week such as Jaidev Janardana, the chief executive of the world’s first peer-to-peer firm Zopa, London Stock Exchange chief executive Nikhil Rathi, Goldman Sachs investment banking partner Anna Skoglund and Yeming Wang EMEA general manager of the cloud computing arm of China’s online consumer giant Alibaba.

People will meet, over a lectern and over drinks, at scores of events next week in a bid to figure out where next?

Below are eight of the hottest tickets in town.

1 - The Innovate Finance Global Summit 2019 - Monday 29 April and Tuesday 30 April 8:40am to 5:30pm (both days) - Venue: The Guildhall

This two-day conference is one of the world's leading fintech conferences, bringing together heavyweights across the financial sector. The keynote speaker this year is Bank of England governor Mark Carney, with a senior Government Minister also tipped to make a fintech announcement on Monday.

On Tuesday afternoon, AltFi editor Daniel Lanyon appears on a panel discussing how the recent rise and fall of peer-to-peer lending in China and other regulatory changes will affect markets.

More details here.

2- Fintech goes global - Part of the Innovate Finance Global Summit - Monday 29 April 6pm to 9pm - Venue: Merchant House

If you need a drink already, you could try this three-hour networking shindig hosted by the Fintech Cocktail Club and US law firm Shearman & Sterling. They promise an evening of “distinctive cocktails” and the chance to “mingle with the best fintech, regulatory, financial services and technology minds”.   

More details here.

3 - Bahrain Breakfast meet up - Part of the Innovate Finance Global Summit - Tuesday 30 April 8am to 9:30am - Venue: The Anthologist

The Central Bank of Bahrain set up the world’s first Shariah-compliant cryptocurrency exchange earlier this year, the Arab kingdom hosts the region’s largest fintech hub, Bahrain FinTech Bay, and last June the nation’s Al Waha Fund of Funds raised $100m to back fintech and technology start ups. The Bahrain Economic Development Board are in town to talk about “the opportunities to tap into the industry’s growth in the region”.   

More details here.

4 - KPMG Breakfast event Wednesday 1 May 8am to 10:30am - Venue: KPMG Number Twenty

The professional services firm hosts a meeting detailing “why London is uniquely positioned as a global hub for business”. It will argue that despite Brexit and a slowing global economy “London can continue to build on its deep pools of talent and the highest concentration of investment in Europe to grow this sector further”.  

More details here.

5 - What if it crashes? Navigating a fintech crisis - Wednesday 1 May 6pm to 9pm - Venue: FTI Consulting Aldersgate Street

If you are fascinated by forest fires, then this event is for you. PR agency FTI Consulting has brought together a number of speakers, including former minister for culture and the digital economy Ed Vaizey and AltFi editor Oliver Smith, to wargame a fintech crisis through interactive technology. Investor activism, regulatory change, political and cyber risk are all expected to rear their heads during the scenario. Drinks and canapes will follow, looks like you will need them.

More details here.

6 - Connect with Citi - Wednesday 1 May 10:30am to 12 noon - Venue: Citigroup Centre

How does a start up pitch to a world leading financial services firm like Citigroup? The US corporation, valued at $160bn, is toasting the tenth anniversary of the launch of its software technology-driven Innovation Labs. The group says some of the unit’s 250 senior staff will be on hand to “share their insights and tips on what you need to consider when engaging with organisations like Citi”.   

More details here.

7 - City of London closing party - Thursday 2 May 6pm to 9pm - Venue: Guildhall

This party, a little confusingly, comes a day before the week ends. However, the City of London Corporation hosts the bash at the Guildhall, and promises to bring together fintech entrepreneurs and investors “both here in the UK and internationally”. It seems fitting for a cutting-edge industry to host end-of-the-week drinks in a building that has been at the heart of the capital’s business affairs for more than 800 years.

More details here.

8 - Leeds fintech day - Friday 3 May 8am to 11am - Venue: Leeds University

The week spreads outside the capital. Leeds University’s Nexus building, a £40m business and innovation hub, and finTech North host a morning of events where they laid out the “current trends and a stake in the future of fintech across the city and the wider region”. The morning will feature a speech from HM Treasury fintech envoy Chris Sier.

More details here.

Check all events for ticket and registration details.


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