The Digital Finance Forum rebrands as Fintech Founders

By Aisling Finn on Tuesday 8 December 2020

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The move comes as the group wants to become a driving force in the fintech industry. 

The Digital Finance Forum rebrands as Fintech Founders
Image source: Christian Faes/Fintech Founders


Industry body the Digital Finance Forum (DFF) has given itself a fresh lick of paint, rebranding as Fintech Founders.

DFF was launched back in 2016, with the aim of creating stronger communication channels between entrepreneurs, startups, government and regulators. 

The rebrand comes as a DFF survey, conducted earlier this year, revealed that founders across the fintech sector feel both them and their businesses have been overlooked by the government.

DFF and its Steering Group have made the step to be more assertive within the fintech ecosystem, now operating under the new Fintech Founders moniker. 

Christian Faes, chair of Fintech Founders and co-founder of LendInvest, said: “Now, more than ever, the Fintech sector is facing real challenges and the voice of founders needs to be heard loud and clear.”

“We have therefore taken steps to strengthen and refresh ourselves and I am delighted that as Fintech Founders we will continue to pursue my ambition for the voice of founders to be understood by politicians and regulators.”

Faes went onto add that Fintech Founders had met with the Kalifa Review, the panel promised in the Chancellor’s budget back in March and headed up by Ron Kalifa, a non-executive director of the Court of Directors at the Bank of England and the vice-chairman of WorldPay, where he has been for the last 18 years.

The chair added: “This will be the first of an exciting and informative programme of events that Fintech Founders will be hosting as we emerge from the pandemic.”

Chaired by Christian Faes, six other fintech founders also sit on the group’s Steering Group.

Members include CEO and founder of ComplyAdvantage, Charles Delingpole, Paul Taylor, founder and CEO of Thought Machine, CEO of Capital on Tap David Luck, CEO and founder of CreditKudos, Freddy Kelly and Thomas Olszewski, founder of Koyo. 

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