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January, 2017

  • 31 January

    OMG!!! Only 345 Working Days to GDPR… (but what is it and what does it mean?)

    The General Data Protection Regulation is the new legislation replacing the current Data Protection Act, becoming a new citizen’s charter for the protection of personal data. So we’ll be running a regular on this because… It applies to any global entity processing EU citizens’ personally identifiable information, data controllers and …

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  • 31 January

    Finance Disrupted at St Pancras

    The Economist Event held at the end of January in the 5 Stars St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel raised more questions than answers, not least of which being what banking may look like in 2030. To branch or not to branch, that being a question Craig Donaldson of Metro Bank addressed, …

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  • 31 January

    Rainmaker Foundation’s live crowdfunding raised more than £33K

    The live crowdfunding event by the Rainmaker Foundation (the new Accelerator that brings disruptive thinking and technological innovation to small charities with great potential) hosted by the London Stock Exchange Group, raised more than £33K. The event was opened by Xavier Rolet, LSE Group CEO, who welcomed the rainmakers and participants. He …

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  • 31 January

    d10e Bucharest

    The d10e team is proud to announce its event, the world’s largest on decentralization, is coming to Romania next month. This is d10e’s sixth conference and will feature a studded lineup of 40 world class presenters. The two-day conference, which runs Feb. 21-22, focuses on the future of decentralizing technologies …

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  • 31 January

    The Isle of Man’s digital economy

    A small Crown Dependency that is part of the United Kingdom in the Irish Sea with a population of just 85,000 is not by accident a focus of the economy in areas such as cryptocurrency, blockchain and FinTech. The simple fact is that before the crisis of 2008, services such …

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  • 27 January

    Car Repair Startup Secures $1M In Funding

    UK-based startup ClickMechanic, an online based marketplace for car mechanics, has announced it has closed a $1m funding round. The oversubscribed round was led by leading early stage VC studio Forward Partners, along with 500 Startups, and a number of renowned angel investors, including Klaus Nyengaard (former CEO of JustEat and Chairman of …

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  • 26 January

    Nava Finance Implements Sphonic’s Risk Management Software As It Prepares For The Launch Of Its Platform

    Nava Finance Ltd, which is set to launch a new consumer lending platform in early 2017, has today announced an agreement with risk management company, Sphonic. Launched in 2011, Sphonic provides an innovative digital risk and compliance platform and specialist consulting services to financial institutions across Europe. Drawing on data …

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  • 24 January

    Acknowledging China’s role in driving sustainable finance

    For many attending the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, China’s strong stance on environmental issues came as something of a surprise. It shouldn’t have. Chinese President Xi Jinping at the World Economic Forum 2017 meeting. Delivering the opening address, Xi urged global leaders to stay in the Paris …

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  • 23 January

    Blockchain experts from 15 countries gather in Kyiv (Ukraine)

    An international conference for professionals working on Blockchain and Crypto, glorying in the name of Blockchain Incredible Party (BIP 001), took place in Kyiv, now for the fourth time. Meeting together were experts from 15 countries. They spoke about the future of Blockchain technology and Cryptocurrency, and the challenges and …

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  • 20 January

    FinovateEurope 2017 Sneak Peeks

    FinovateEurope 2017 is returning to London on February 7 & 8, when over 70 handpicked companies will take the stage at Old Billingsgate Market Hall to demo their latest financial and banking technology innovations. The presenter roster can be found at europe2017.finovate.com/#presenters and for a glimpse into the innovations that will be unveiled, please …

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  • 18 January

    UKBAA Winter Investment Dinner returns on 22nd February 2017

    The annual UKBAA Winter Investment Dinner returns on 22nd February 2017, this year hosted high above the heart of the City of London on the 42nd floor of The Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater) – and The Fintech Times readers can benefit from a special 10% discount on tickets. The UKBAA Winter …

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  • 17 January

    Beringea invests in personalisation site for children’s products, My 1st Years

    The company behind the dressing gown HRH Prince George wore when meeting President Obama has secured a £5m growth funding round. My 1st Years, the children’s gifts personalisation site, has secured £5m in growth funding led by venture and growth investor Beringea, and supported with funds managed by Hargreave Hale. …

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  • 17 January

    UK Tech sees reasons for optimism in 2017

    The UK digital community is recovering from the initial Brexit shock, a major new nationwide survey by Tech City UK finds Tech entrepreneurs and investors are bouncing back from the impact of the vote to leave the EU with a recent survey finding that the digital community’s confidence has recovered sharply …

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  • 16 January

    Yandex.Checkout to provide online payments for Renault Russia

    Yandex.Checkout, Russia’s leading online payment service, has enabled Russians to prepay for their Renault cars online. Renault.ru online store offers its customers a variety of 2016 vehicles, which are now available for booking and prepayment via the store website. “Russian people are already used to online shopping, they no longer …

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  • 12 January

    Blockchain Based Lifeforms

    The art collective Okhaos has applied blockchain to create life. The Plantoid is a robot plant sculpture to which you can pay bitcoins to help it employ artists to replicate itself through use of smart contracts. It is set up to own itself, process energy, act autonomously and reproduce which …

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  • 11 January

    Banking on a Digital Transformation Strategy? These 4 Steps Can Help.

    The “innovate-or-die” mantra is even more resonant in the banking industry than most. That’s why finance companies, faced with the possibility that a young digital upstart could eat their lunch (as Uber has for taxis, and Airbnb for hotels), are investigating third-platform apps by the hundreds. On the lending side, …

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  • 10 January

    Looking for Automatic Enrolment help?

    The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) set up Pension Solution to specifically help small employers navigate automatic enrolment. The PLSA is an independent not for profit organisation uniquely positioned to offer impartial services, and has ninety-years expertise in helping employers manage pension schemes. If you are a small business …

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  • 10 January

    Moneymailme app launches video calls with cash transfer in world first

    London, 9th of January 2017. The social money transfer app Moneymailme has released the fintech industry’s first app to offer video calls with cash transfer capabilities. In launching its new service, Moneymailme joins the small group of global innovators providing video call services in apps and provides a world first …

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  • 9 January

    Young finance professionals in Northern England more satisfied than those in London

    Ambitious ‘generation next’ based in the north of England have greater career satisfaction than young professionals in London according to a survey into career aspirations by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). ACCA’s survey of its youngest members and students, dubbed Generation Next, backed by a separate poll conducted by …

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  • 6 January

    FinTech Fortnight Launches in February 2017

    The first ever ‘FinTech Fortnight’ is launching in February 2017, drawing attention to this rapidly advancing sector which is impacting and evolving all aspects of finance. FinTech is becoming more revolutionary, and incrementally more important; a recent study by PWC theorised that FinTech will be an industry in its own …

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  • 6 January

    New Equity Partnership Blazes A Trail In Innovation

    Disruptive insurance startup and innovation consultancy share vision… Leading innovation consultancy Fearlessly Frank, has today announced it will be taking an equity share of disruptive insurance startup Sherpa. The announcement of this new strategic partnership comes after 12 months of stealth work between the two companies, and solidifies Sherpa‘s objective …

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  • 4 January

    Real Risk for fintech: The Growth in the Cost of Cyber Attacks

    According to Elizabeth Denham, the new Information Commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), “Cyber Security is not an IT issue, it is a boardroom issue”. She was speaking in the aftermath of one of the most significant and high profile cyber-attacks in UK history, where the communications company TalkTalk …

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December, 2016

  • 28 December

    Real Risk for fintech: The Growth in the Occurrence of Cyber Attacks

    According to Elizabeth Denham, the new Information Commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), “Cyber Security is not an IT issue, it is a boardroom issue”. She was speaking in the aftermath of one of the most significant and high profile cyber-attacks in UK history, where the communications company TalkTalk …

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  • 21 December

    Blockchain in Islamic Banking – Opportunities Aplenty

    One of the key principles of Islamic Banking is based on having enforceable contracts which are fair, transparent and agreeable between the parties that engage in a banking transaction. Due to this, ethical banking methods are sought after as the end-consumer is well protected and gains full clarity about the …

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  • 20 December

    An in depth view of Blockchain

    The United Arab Emirates is fast becoming involved in financial technology. It is no wonder that when ‘Future’ magazine attended the Blockchain Conference in Abu Dhabi, they learned a lot more about the topic. The conference combined a strategic view of the future for this particular segment, expertise in the …

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  • 20 December

    Health Tech revolution is here!

    The AXA PPP Health Tech & You programme discovers, promotes and supports health tech inventors and innovations from across the world. Founded by three leaders in their fields, AXA PPP healthcare, Design Museum and 2020health, their mission is to grow awareness of digital health and to help people understand how technology …

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  • 20 December

    LONDON BLOCKCHAIN WEEK 2017 kicks off soon!

    Each year, the Blockchain Conference has grown significantly. In 2017, it is expected between 700-1000 participants throughout London Blockchain Week. The audience is a mix of the Fintech ecosystem that specialises in Blockchain & DLT, as well as a senior audience from enterprise, start-ups, VC firms, media, government and academia. JANUARY …

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  • 20 December

    Rainmaker Accelerator 2017: applications are now open!

    Rainmaker Foundation’s six-month Accelerator programme exists to take organisations at a tipping point in their growth on to a entrepreneurial journey exists to build a bridge of innovation between the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Using disruptive thinking from their rainmaker community and technology innovation, they help them answer the big …

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  • 19 December

    New fintech innovation from the Nordics

    FA Solutions have launched a new technological innovation that enables companies in the financial industry to form efficient value networks. This ‘Roboblock‘ network can be established by any company and they can in turn invite their partners to join. For example, with a Roboblock network, a fund company or an …

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  • 19 December

    Have you heard of Rainmaker Fundraiser? If not, you should.

    Join us to mark the culmination of our charities’ accelerator journey by taking part in our Rainmaker Fundraiser on the 30th January. We will be bringing together the most exciting business minds from our Rainmaker community and groundbreaking charities from our accelerator, for a live crowdfunding event to launch our graduates …

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  • 16 December

    BillFront raises $35 million

    14/12/16, London & Berlin – BillFront, a leading financial technology company which enables the digital media industry to get faster access to their media revenues, today announces the successful completion of an integrated debt and equity Series A funding round worth $35 million (£27 million). BillFront will use this Series …

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  • 16 December

    FIFA 17 is now available in Russia through Yandex.Money

    Yandex.Money became the official sales operator of the popular game publisher EA Games. Russian users can now buy FIFA 17 for PC and Xbox through Yandex.Money. FIFA Points for topping up balance are also available for purchase at Yandex.Money website. Users can buy the game and top up their balance …

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  • 16 December

    Yandex.Checkout To Expand Collaboration With Riot Games

    Yandex.Checkout and Riot Games have unveiled a new feature for League of Legends players as the game’s virtual currency can now be purchased via mobile phone balance – a convenient payment method for those who might not have a bank card at hand but have some spare money on their …

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  • 15 December

    Leading health and wellbeing company unveils strategy to support start-ups

    Westfield Health is inviting start-ups and entrepreneurs from the health and wellbeing sector to pitch for partnership, investment and business support opportunities with the company. The leading health and wellbeing company is calling on entrepreneurs to identify the ways it can support their new business growth, and how they could …

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  • 15 December

    Visa and PrivatBank to launch secure contactless payments Visa Token Service

    On Monday 12th December,  Visa and PrivatBank introduced Visa Token Service – an innovative service for contactless secure payments – to the market. It allows users to protect card holders’ private information, by replacing data on a card with digital tokens that users will store on their devices or in …

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