On Monday 19th – Tuesday 20th March Innovate Finance kicked off UK FinTech Week 2018 and gathered leaders and innovators across FinTech, financial services and technology for two days of discussion and debate at the historic Guildhall.

Over 2000 delegates and 300 FinTech companies from across the world convened in London for IFGS 2018. With stage sessions, roundtables, workshops and fringe events taking place across the two days and the Square Mile, the Summit was a festival of FinTech and showcased world-class speakers tackling the issues set to define the sector.


2000 attendees. 45 countries. 200 speakers. 100 Exhibitors.

Key Announcements


Innovate Finance and City of London Corporation Launch New FinTech Strategy Group
FinTech Sector Strategy Launched at International FinTech Conference
FCA Calls For Global Effort to Speed Up FinTech Growth

Member Announcements

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Cyber Scaleup Digital Shadows Expands into Singapore and Germany – UKTN

Tech Tracker Live: Chancellor Philip Hammond Is Expected to Launch the Govt’s Fintech Strategy This Week – Evening Standard

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Spotcap Funds New “business Breakthroughs” Section in the Guardian – AltFi

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Currencycloud Rounds Out Global Payments Offering with Ar Solution – PYMNTS.com

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Sessions to watch

Fireside Chat with Lance Uggla, CEO, IHS Markit

From zero to 19 billion dollar company: Lance Uggla, founder of unicorn Markit (now IHS Markit) talked with Philip Stafford, Editor, FT Trading room, about his journey from UK startup to global information giant.

As well as discussing his position on the cryptocurrency ‘Wild West’, why he plans to stay in the UK despite Brexit and the future of data in financial services.

Panel Discussion: FinTech Leaders – Inspiration for the Next Generation

FinTech has shifted the competitive landscape, reshaped customer expectations and fundamentally changed the way financial services are structured, provisioned and consumed. In this session, FinTech founders will discuss and explore how their organisations compete differently based on unique customer value propositions, business models and what the challenges and opportunities are for growth. Speakers: Anne Boden, CEO, Starling Bank, Jeff Lynn, Chairman, Seedrs, Rishi Khosla, CEO, OakNorth, Ron Kalifa, Vice Chairman and Executive Director, Worldpay

Keynote: John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to HM Treasury and City Minister

From access to global talent and predictable and stable trade to clarity and certainty of economics and legal conditions, what constitutes the sound platform FinTech needs to flourish? John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the HM Treasury, took to the IFGS 2018 stage and discussed the Government’s commitment to supporting FinTech growth, the launch of a cryptocurrency study and ensuring FinTech can mature into ‘adulthood.’

Panel Discussion: AI & Machine Learning – Will the Robots Rise?

Is 2018 finally the year AI technology turns from a concept to a reality at an enterprise level? In what form will these artificial intelligence products and solutions take and what challenges might we face from the rise of robotics? Deloitte’s Gurpreet Johal and a panel of experts explored where AI is being implemented at an enterprise level and how it’s shaping the future of work. Speakers: Christine Foster, Managing Director for Innovation, The Alan Turing Institute, Jesse McWaters, Financial Innovation Lead, World Economic Forum, Kirill Evreinov, Solutions Engineer, Google Cloud UKI, Google, Satadru Sengupta, General Manager and Data Scientist, Insurance, DataRobot

Keynote: The Rt Hon Nick Clegg, Former Deputy Prime Minister and former Leader of the Liberal Democrats

The second day of IFGS 2018 was kicked off with The Rt Hon Nick Clegg in the Livery Hall. He discussed the original dream of the internet and the importance of avoiding the consequences of a looming techphobia. Highlighting how we need technological innovation to help solve big global problems, from stopping climate change to mending our democracy.

 Innovate Finance across UK FinTech Week 2018

Across UK FinTech Week 2018 the Innovate Finance team were present at a number of events, including:


Wednesday 21st March

Our CEO Charlotte Crosswell attended the market opening at the London Stock Exchange with Robert Jenrick MP and Nikhil Rathi, CEO of LSE Plc. She also delivered the keynote for their International FinTech Forum, with a focus on international opportunities and expansion.

Wednesday 21st March

Our Head of Policy and Regulation, Sameer Gulati and Policy Advisor, Peter Cunanne attended the FCA Global Sandbox workshop.

Thursday 22nd March

The Innovate Finance team attended HM Treasury’s International FinTech Conference. With our COO Janine Hirt attending a private lunch with Hon Alexander Downer AC, High Commissioner and Australian Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, to mark the FinTech bridge announcement.

Thursday 22nd March

Our CEO also spoke at the Citi Digital Symposium on the panel: The Only Way is Ethics, focussing on financial inclusion.



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