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March, 2017

  • 24 March

    FINOVATE EUROPE IN 129 SECONDS. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT.

    First to present was Angelique, CEO of GAINX, who introduced Flow AI, which they described as a tool for ‘innovation strategy management’, including showing where ideas are coming from, predicting what will happen to them, improving and measuring the ROI of ideas, preventing ‘Innovation Drag’. Next up we had Danny …

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  • 24 March

    The Countdown to GDPR… 299(ish) days to go.

    Companies today are using data in ways that were unimaginable when the current Data Protection Act was being drafted. We’re talking about an era pre Google, pre Facebook, pre Uber. Pre internet as we understand it. When the Data Protection Act was conceived, the idea of one company being able …

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  • 24 March

    ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION… WHAT’S THAT GOT TO DO WITH THE PRICE OF BREAD?

    It decides it. You’re in a Supermarket. Ok, so imagine a loaf of bread. It’s worth the most in the morning, when it’s just been baked and has that buy me look feel and aroma. As its freshness decreases over the day, the price decreases. Freshness is the price metric …

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  • 24 March

    Profile: Alison Hutchinson CBE, CEO of Pennies

    Alison Hutchinson CBE, CEO of Pennies: We’re an independent charity that has created a new standard for the payments industry, retailers and charities to enable simple, data-free giving. Our digital charity box gives customers the chance to add a few pennies onto transactions when they pay by card. We don’t …

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  • 22 March

    UK regions attract more early-stage FinTech investments, according to FinTech Global

    London still dominates the UK FinTech sector and attracts over 82% of FinTech investment capital but there are encouraging signs that other parts of the UK are attracting early-stage investments. Although the amount of capital invested in UK FinTech companies based outside London fell last year, analysis from FinTech Global, …

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  • 22 March

    Econaut In The Future Financial Space

    The Finnish activist economist Akseli Virtanen has created a new cooperative hedge fund that mixes art and finance and challenges the entire space surrounding fintech. I was invited to an advisory meeting with the London-based Danish film director Mette Reitzel who is planning to make a documentary about the Finnish …

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  • 22 March

    THE DIGITISATION OF FOREX

    London, regardless of any Brexit uncertainty, continues to be the biggest market in the World for foreign exchange trades, a third of global totals, in algebraic terms, NY + SG + HK = UK. Ever more entrants trying to cut a space whilst margins get thinner and thinner. The new …

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  • 22 March

    Proethical People: Oliver Huggins

    Oliver Huggins, COO of Rates Services at London Stock Exchange Group, grew up in the Suffolk countryside and went to Bristol University before beginning a career in the City in the mid-90’s. He’s got twenty years’ experience in financial markets, initially on the trading floors of large investment banks as …

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  • 22 March

    TECHNICALLY CHALLENGED? BUILDING THE NEW ECONOMY ROADMAP FOR THE CHARITY SECTOR

    If I were to give you two choices to support an organisation working on reducing recriminalisation rates of offenders, which one would you choose? The latest EdTech solution for daily learning and rehabilitation that claims an incredible 0% reoffending rate among its 20,000 users over 4 years; or a local …

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  • 20 March

    Will Mexico take the FinTech Crown as Leaders of the LATAM Region?

    It was a very interesting experience to visit Mexico City on behalf of the Department for International Trade in partnership with the Emerging Payments Association. It’s not every day that UK FinTech companies get a chance to meet with key Mexican stakeholders and decision makers in the industry.  I was …

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  • 19 March

    Nearly 1,000 attendees gather in Kyiv for BlockchainUA

    The international BlockchainUA Conference was held in Kiev on 17 th March 2017, and gathered nearly 1,000 attendees. Forty expert speakers took part in the Conference, from ten different countries. The primary Conference themes were Fintech and Blockchain. Presentations were given at three different locations at once – the Main Stage, …

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  • 19 March

    Simmons & Simmons joins the Bank of England’s FinTech Accelerator Community

    The Bank of England (the Bank) FinTech Accelerator (the Accelerator) has today launched a new Community, bringing together FinTech-related organisations to engage with the Bank, share insights on trends and support the development of the sector.‎ Simmons & Simmons’ head of FinTech, Angus McLean, is the only industry expert from …

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  • 17 March

    Financecoin price levels continue to display uptrend movements despite failed ETF listing application

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday denied a request to approve the listing of what would have been the first digital currency exchange-traded fund (ETF) built to track digital currencies. This is the first of an estimated three applications filed with the SEC in total. Prior to this …

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  • 16 March

    NOW Money wins heavyweight title at Get In The Ring Abu Dhabi

    FinTech, NOW Money, has won Get In The Ring Abu Dhabi, an annual start-up pitching competition, which aims to provide resources and exposure to start-ups by setting them in a ring to compete against one another in a pitching “battle”. The competition, which was organised and hosted at Abu Dhabi …

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  • 15 March

    Leeds tech conference FinTech North announced

    FinTech North 2017 is once again set to take place during Leeds Digital Festival week and aims to attract 350 delegates and support from the FinTech community in the Leeds City Region, across the UK, and internationally. FinTech North 2017 will be hosted on the 26th April 2017 at aql …

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  • 15 March

    Starling Hackathon Opens Door on Open Banking

    Starling Bank announced it is to host its first hackathon, opening up its API to outside developers for the first time. The hackathon makes Starling the first UK licenced bank to launch a public API in keeping with the ambitions of PSD2 and the Open Banking initiative. Starling’s public API …

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  • 15 March

    Ovum Highlights New Big-Data Search Technology

    Technology research company Ovum has shone its spotlight on new big data precision search tool Nalytics.com, stating that its precision search and discovery platform could be the answer for companies looking for a search solution which does not require a big investment in IT infrastructure. In its “On the Radar” …

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  • 14 March

    BLOCKCHAIN IS THE KEY?

    Blockchain will dramatically improve the working processes between all parties and across most areas in the insurance value chain. It creates a single, shared and logical view of data. The process of buying or amending a policy, making a claim and all supporting activities should be much simpler and more …

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  • 14 March

    BLOCKCHAIN FOR INSURANCE – THE CHANGE IS HERE

    Insurance has a reputation for being a late adopter of technology, to suffer from a low level of client trust and to have inefficient (and often manual) processes. As a consequence, the adoption of a new technology that provides significant efficiency improvements, introduces systematic trust, allows comprehensive improvements to business …

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  • 14 March

    DATA for insurance

    To make the most of InsurTech, brokers must adapt to the benefits of connected channels and the data received within them. Insurers require data in real time in order to better price and rate the risks. New sources of data such as smartphone apps, Internet of Things and Connected Homes …

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  • 14 March

    More pressure is on

    From July 2017, Lloyd’s will have the authority to monitor and regulate the data requirements as outlined in version 5 of the Coverholder Reporting Standards. A core set of regulatory, tax, premiums and claims information, the standards are intended to make it easier to work with the Lloyd’s market by …

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  • 14 March

    A Fintech World

    A view from the Financial Services Forum event at Henderson Global Investors high on the 12th floor of 201 Bishopsgate. A panel of Rob Sanders from DOOR, Dagmara Lacka of BoldMind, and Mark Bradbury of Apply Financial debated the fintech revolution and where in the cycle we sit today. The …

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  • 14 March

    Insurance on the cusp of big change?

    The insurance industry is often seen as an ”Old Boys Club”, a conservative sector characterised by inertia. However, a rapid large-scale change seems to be imminent. Lemonade – the insurtech company powered by artificial intelligence and behavioral economics, set a world record for the speed and ease of paying a …

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  • 14 March

    Moneyhub Enterprise launches new ‘nudges’ technology surfacing key personal finance insights directly to the user

    Moneyhub Enterprise has developed a new “Nudges” product for personal finance apps, which continuously syncs and curates the customer’s key financial data into user friendly cards as they log in to their account. The creator of financial technologies for businesses and their customers believes the days of static PFM tools …

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  • 14 March

    Wanted: the future of financial health

    Fintechs with a focus on financial health can now apply to participate in a groundbreaking incubation programme announced today by the Finance Innovation Lab and Toynbee Hall. The Financial Health Fellowship, delivered over six months in 2017, will boost strategic know-how, transform leadership skills and prepare Fellows to scale their businesses. …

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  • 13 March

    Spring Luxuries to Splash Out On

    Uncovering the Essence of Modern City Life Sponsored by The Montcalm Royal London House As the sun starts to shine again it’s about this time of year I always get the urge for a bit of a rejuvenating splurge. After all, Spring is a time for rebirth and renewal and …

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  • 10 March

    Asian Banks Outline Blockchain Use Cases in Singapore

    FinTech Network will host The Blockchain for Finance Conference, Asia Pacific on June 20-21 in Singapore which will help companies to evaluate the latest use cases and POC’s to help assess the viability of adopting distributed ledger technology. With Financial Institutions eager to identify the commercial opportunity that blockchain technology …

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  • 10 March

    Slaughter and May announces successful Fintech Fast Forward applicants

    Slaughter and May, the leading international law firm, today announces the names of five tech businesses it has selected to join its Fintech Fast Forward programme. The successful businesses, which operate in fintech, regtech, insurtech and cyber security, are the first cohort to formally join the legal incubation programme which …

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  • 9 March

    WORRY+PEACE X MOHARA: NEW VIRTUAL INSURTECH INCUBATOR CO-VENTURE FIRST COLLABORATION OF ITS KIND BETWEEN STARTUP AND EXISTING INCUBATOR MODEL

    Worry+Peace, one of the UK’s leading insurtech startups, and MOHARA, the innovative technology-based virtual incubator, have recently announced a co-venture to power the world’s first virtual insurtech incubator. Designed to offer co-founder capability for both Technical, Insurance and Regulatory needs, the collaboration is a refreshing new opportunity in this hot …

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February, 2017

  • 23 February

    Modernised retro in Shoreditch

    Shoreditch. Presentation of Temples’ new album ‘Volcano’. The musical spirit of the 60s is all around. The final chord of the evening is a delicious private dining at The Holy Birds bar and restaurant located just 2 minutes walk from Liverpool Street station, and serving poultry and cocktails in the …

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  • 23 February

    Payworks’ integrated POS solution taken on by SIX Payment Services

    Payworks, a leading provider of cloud-based Point of Sale technology, and SIX Payment Services (SIX), leading Swiss and Austrian acquirer and provider of the mPOS solution mCashier, continue their partnership with the integration of the white label software development kit (SDK) for mCashier. With the SDK working as an extension …

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  • 16 February

    Cognism receives investment from Swiss, Chinese, UK and SE European investors

    Swiss based Netcetera leads investment in Cognism, UK based start-up with international team from UK, Switzerland, Macedonia and Croatia. Other notable investors include South Central Ventures, Tsingbay Venture Capital, Tom James, James Hodson and others.  London/Macedonian-based startup Cognism has secured $500,000 in seed investment to fund development of its state …

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  • 15 February

    Chris Bates of Bitland Global joins Speaker Lineup for d10e Bucharest

    Every day, brilliant men and women all over the globe are finding new and exciting ways to implement blockchain technology into all sectors of the market. D10e Bucharest is proud to announce the addition of one such individual, Chris Bates, to this year’s speaker lineup. Bates is a telecommunications and …

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  • 15 February

    MPs: Accountants will be in demand during Brexit process

    Members of Parliament believe accountants will be increasingly in demand during the Brexit process, according to a new study commissioned by AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The study has revealed that almost half of MPs (47%) believe that Brexit will have a …

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  • 14 February

    Sonovate fund £156m of the UK recruitment sector since its 2014 launch

    The UK’s leading recruitment finance provider, Sonovate, has funded £156m of the UK recruitment sector since its launch in 2014. This announcement highlights the company’s rapid growth and continued dominance across the sector. Richard Prime, co-founder and co-CEO of Sonovate, commented, “UK recruitment businesses, of which 85% are classified as …

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