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Manchester’s Fintech Hub Highlighted in FLIP MCR Hosted by Zally and SoSquared

FLIP MCR bridges the gap between founders and investors as it offers insights into investor perspectives ahead of the new year. Taking place at Peak‘s headquarters in Manchester on 25 January 2024, the event will be hosted by Zally and SoSquared following a new collaboration.  

Patrick Smith, founder and CEO of Zally, the Manchester-based user authentication platform and Sam Royle, founder and CEO of SoSquared, the UK influencing marketing platform will host FLIP MCR, the free-to-attend event. Its primary audience is local entrepreneurs who may be seeking or considering seeking private investment in the coming year.

Starting at 6pm and ending at 10pm, FLIP MCR aims to encourage transparent discussions around seeking investment. In turn, it hopes to help generate truly actionable information and introductions for seed and pre-seed founders to benefit from.

Those in attendance will be privy to a number of unique elevator pitches from investment professionals. Additionally, they will have access to several short talks by featured guest speakers and an interactive Q&A session. Notably, each section will feature numerous point-of-contacts for businesses in attendance to use.

Speaking on the event, Patrick Smith commented: “FLIP MCR represents a new type of networking event. We’re ready to help facilitate all the unapologetically candid yet essential conversations that founders need to have in order for the best chance of success in the next 12 months. It’s time we prioritise the needs of founders and provide crucial insights and networking opportunities to help them on their business journey.”

Confirmed investors
  • Andrew Sheffield – VC associate at Playfair, a generalist fund with a contrarian approach to pre-seed technology investing.

  • Tania Rahman – investment manager at Praetura Ventures, a North Western investor with a proven track record of investing in early-stage businesses and providing ‘more than money’ support.

  • Katherine Spooner – investor at Speedinvest, the early-stage investment company with more than €1billion in assets under management.

  • Giles Moore – regional development manager at Par Equity, a venture capital firm, based in Edinburgh, which invests in innovative technology companies with high growth potential.

Experience sharing

To help do this, the event will also feature a fireside chat led by David Leitch and Richard Potter, co-founders of Peak, a multi-national artificial intelligence company headquartered in Manchester. During the talk, the influential leadership team will explore their personal investment experiences and share stories about the challenges they faced as they worked to scale their technology internationally.

In bringing together many of the region’s leading lights under one roof, events like FLIP MCR also reaffirm the growth of Manchester as a leading tech hub in recent times.

Highlight Manchester as an emerging fintech hub

The success of businesses like Peak, SoSquared and Zally highlight the scope of this vibrant ecosystem. Especially as it contributes significantly to the broader economy and is supported by a growing network of accelerators and investment programs.

By pooling the collective wisdom of these companies together, and unlocking rare observations from investors, the trailblazing event aims to ensure those leading the next wave of innovation coming out of the North have access to the same level of opportunity and resources as those founders emerging from more traditional tech and fintech hubs, such as London. In doing so, events like FLIP MCR are helping the region to retain its strong position.

Sam Royle, founder and CEO of SoSquared
Sam Royle, founder and CEO of SoSquared

Speaking on this, Zally’s Patrick Smith commented: “It’s clear that Manchester has a thriving business ecosystem. As we properly kick off 2024, we must continue to harness this momentum and ensure this flourishing community doesn’t go to waste. Events like FLIP MCR are crucial to that effort and can help to cement Manchester’s role as a high-growth economic powerhouse.”

Sam Royle, co-founder and CEO of SoSquared also expressed enthusiasm for the event: “FLIP MCR is a testament to the united vision shared by businesses, investors, and supporters, acknowledging Manchester’s pivotal role in showing the potential the North brings to our economic landscape. It goes beyond a typical networking event, and we are excited to be a part of this movement to amplify the voice of Manchester.”


  • Francis is a journalist and our lead LatAm correspondent, with a BA in Classical Civilization, he has a specialist interest in North and South America.

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