Tech Angel Forum - Introduction to FinTech

Tech Angel Forum - Introduction to FinTech

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 18:30 - 21:00
Added by: Marina Atarova | Type: Conference | Price: Free

Investing in tech requires a degree of prudence as the risk is higher than most other asset classes. During this event we will tap into a few ways to approach the challenges of investing in Financial Technology.

This event is for wealthy individuals, family offices, policy makers and seasoned entrepreneurs interested in investing in FinTech. If you wish to attend please contact [email protected]

Financial technology, also known as FinTech, is a line of business based on using software to provide financial services. Financial technology companies are generally startups founded with the purpose of disrupting incumbent financial systems and corporations that rely less on software.

Global investment in financial technology more than tripled to $4 billion in 2013 from $930 million in 2008. The nascent financial technology industry has seen rapid growth over the last few years, according to the office of the Mayor of London. Forty percent of London's workforce is employed in financial and technology services. Some of the better-known FinTech companies in London include FundingCircle, Nutmeg and TransferWise.

It is an educational event with the goal to increase access to capital & improve entrepreneurial success through an efficient & fast investment procedure, a bond with fellow high- net-worth individuals and connections with innovation happening outside the corporate world.


6.30pm Networking and Startup Exhibition 
7.00pm Keynote Speech 
7.15pm Panel Discussion 
8.00pm Networking and Startup Exhibition 


Jenny Tooth OBE CEO of UKBAA
Jenny Tooth, since July 2012 has taken the role of CEO of the UK Business Angels Association which has superseded the British Business Angels Association, the trade body for angel and early stage investing. Jenny has been providing strategic support to BBAA since its establishment in 2004, supporting both policy and interfacing with Government, as well as developing the trade body’s major annual events. Jenny has over 20 years’ experience of supporting SMEs access to investment, both in the UK and internationally.


Nicolas Cary Co Founder of BlockChain
Winner of the 2015 European Digital Leader award for his inspiring and innovative contribution to initiate progress in the digital world, Nicolas accumulated over 300K miles last year doing FinTech advocacy, keynoting conferences, and attending grass roots meet ups across the Europe and around the world. His company Blockchain is the world's leading Bitcoin software company. Blockchain has over 4 million users, they run the most widely trusted block explorer, and manage the most widely used developer platform in the Bitcoin eco-system. In 2014, Blockchain raised the largest first outside capital round in industry history announcing over $30.5 million closed from leading venture capital firms. 

Iqbal Gandham CMO of Nutmeg
Iqbal was educated as a Spacecraft Engineer, however, he ended up joining the Internet bandwagon, before the advent of Hotmail, and when Yahoo was only heard of in westerns. He co-founded the largest website hosting company in India, and went onto build a cloud computing startup, becoming Tech Pioneer's at the World Economic Forum, in the process. He is one of a few individuals who can lay claim to have worn both the CTO and CMO hats with equal degrees of success. The latter, which he wore at Nutmeg, the UK's first online discretionary investment manager. At Nutmeg he was instrumental in launching the company, re-branding, full-stack marketing and worked through two rounds of investment. He can be found lurking on the OpenCoffee mailing list from time to time.

Sarah Wadham, Director General of the EIS Association
Sarah has worked for over ten years in the Business Angel space and has helped several companies, mainly in software and technology, raise finance from Business Angels and EIS Funds. She was previously a technology analyst and broker with Dominick and Dominick, a New York brokerage firm. Sarah is also the founder of Aphrodite Angels, a network of high level professionals who offer a range of services to help people going through transformation and major life changes.

Paul Dowling  Founder of Dreamstake
Paul is the CEO and co-founder of Dreamstake, Europe’s leading funding platform for tech startups. He is working with the 1,000 plus startups on the platform to obtain funding from VCs and angel investors. Before launching Dreamstake Paul was a Managing Consultant with Cap Gemini and was previously involved in Business Development for Racal and Lego. He has a total of 25 years experience of tech. Dreamstake is his third startup. He has an MBA from Kingston University and is a regular speaker at startup conferences.


We would like to thank our Media Partners :  UKBAA,  FinBuzz and MasterInvestor