February 2018 Newsletter


Welcome to our February Newsletter. After a great start to the year I was honoured to speak at the Robo-Investing Conference following on with a roundtable organized by the Tech London Advocates to discuss latest Fintech investment trends, global cooperation and trade opportunities at the magnificent Guildhall in London.

I was delighted to welcome Fintech companies from Europe to London at the Invest In Great event – with Austrian Fintech companies Kompany and HandCheck with Joy MacKnight Tech-Editor TheBanker & Advisory Board Member of the FINTECH Circle Institute.



A highlight this month included the FINTECH Circle Members Breakfast at the Verizon Innovation Centre in London discussing the future of finance & Fintech trends. To attend future events sign up here. Watch 90 seconds highlights here.

Many thanks to our investors and Fintech startups who attended our pitch event earlier this month. This was one of most successful investor evenings on record in terms of feedback and we wish them all the best moving forward into 2018.

The FINTECH Book has been selected among the Top 10 Finance Books in China! Thanks to all Fintech entrepreneurs, investors & visionaries who contributed. Proud of our global Fintech community – we are on a mission together to make finance a better place!



Finally, we had the pleasure to attend the MENA Investment Congress supported by the Abu Dhabi Global Market which was a great success and showed the strong fintech focus in the United Arab Emirates.


Global Startup Ecosystems & Research

We are partnering with Startup Genome & like to encourage all our entrepreneurs to complete this survey.

Startup ecosystems are growing almost everywhere. The tech sector is growing twice as fast as the global economy, and tech startups are a key way for regions to capitalize on this growth. We measure access to funding, talent, markets or mentors. We also benchmark the founder mindset, know-how, as well as local- and global connections. Our insights have fueled decisions related to the Entrepreneur Parole by The White House under President Obama, Talent Development Strategies by New York City Economic Development, Sub-Sector Strength Identification by the Catalonian government, and many more.

Founders are our number one data source. This year, the survey will be live until end Feb and we’d be very glad if you could participate. You would be supporting a mission-driven project to develop best-practices around startup ecosystem development.

FINTECH Conferences

  • Frankfurt, 28 Feb – 1 March Digital Finance World 2018 PSD2 & AML driven Transformation: Use discount code for 15% off tickets dfw15media 
  • Luxembourg, 1 March FinTechStage Come meet & connect with today’s vibrant Luxembourg FinTech community.
  • London, 6 – 9 March Finovate Europe See cutting-edge banking, financial and payments technology in a unique, short-form, demo format.
  • London, 8 March IBDE Annual Conference – Building Growth in the Insecure World with various fintech sessions
  • Amsterdam, 12 – 14 March Money Live – Retail Banking Meet the leaders driving real change at Europe’s most innovative retail banking conference.
  • London, 19 – 20 March Innovate Finance Global Summit IFGS 2018 will convene the global FinTech community to the FinTech capital of the world: London.
  • London, 21-22 March: FINTECH Circle designed the fintech program of Cloud Expo Europe – Join us for great fintech keynotes and panel discussions. Sessions on Blockchain, AI & Machine Learning,  Diversity & Talent, Get GDPR ready plus a Unicorn Stream.
  • London, 9 – 12 April Jax Finance Four-day conference for software experts focusing on the specific technological needs of the financial industry.
  • London, 18 – 19 April Blockchain Expo Global in London Olympia.
  • Santa Clara, USA, 08 – 11 May FinovateSpring  1300+ attendees. 70+ companies demoing.
  • London, 30 – 31 May Fintech World Forum Focuses on Mobile Payments, Lending, Insurance, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Investment, InsurTech, RegTech, Money, Mobile Banking and Wealth Management.
  • What would you like to learn today? 

    Search through our diverse range of online video courses across #insurtech, #regtech, #wealthtech, #blockchain, #AI, #enterprise innovation and #startup methodologies. All our online courses are bite-size and self-paced – so you decide how you like to learn about the future of finance. Don’t miss our latest Interviews with Advisory Board Members Dr. Chris Coleridge, Cambridge Judge Business Schooland Associate Prof. Dr Markos Zachariadis, University of Warwick Business School.

    Check out our 4 new courses:

    ETF 2.0: AI and the Rise of the Mega-Block? – ‘JB’ Beckett  An easy-to-understand introduction of how blockchain and Artificial Intelligence can address issues impacting investors today and the construction of Exchange Traded Funds.

    How Connected Insurance and Insurtech are revolutionizing the insurance industry – Andrea Silvello  The class aims to explain the concept of Connected Insurance by briefly touching subjects like IoT, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

    How to jump start your start-up – Bill Gourlay  Launching your new start-up venture is an exciting time, but with so many things to consider, how can you make sure that you start out on the right foot?

    InsurTech Landscape:Business Models and Disruptive Potential – Dr. Florian Schreiber  Which aspects constitute a business model innovation? What is the meaning of disruption? How can we distinguish between technology-oriented competitors, enablers that promote the digitization of the insurance industry, and genuine disrupters that may fundamentally change the traditional insurance ecosystem?


    Managing Platforms in Financial Services – Prof. Dr. Bjorn Cumps
    Learn how to design, grow and manage a platform business. Fintech Partnerships Ecosystems, APIs & OpenBanking

    Grandmaster The Fintech Chessboard – Lex Sokolin
    Strategic Fintech Course on roboadvisors, AI, Chatbots, blockchain Initial Coin Offerings ICOs.

    Digital Transformation and Convergence Ecosystem – Jean-Stephane Gourevitch
    Learn about key drivers in digital transformation in Banking & Insurance. Course covers WealthTECH, InsurTECH, AI, Blockchain and IOT.

    Fintech in Turkey – Melike Belli
    Enroll in our FinTech Course on Banking in #Turkey. Learn about key Players and the Turkish Tech Ecosystem.

    FINTECH China 101 – Allen Chen
    Learn about the FINTECH Boom in China & understand Baidu Alibaba & Tencent’s strategies. How to partner with China


    WealthTech and the Killer AIs – Richard Turrin
    Learn how AI works with fantastic examples transforming how asset & wealth managers interact with clients.

    AI Robotisation of Mutual Fund Selection 101 – ‘JB’ Beckett
    Learn how Machine Learning & AI can revolutionize Mutual Funds selection & Portfolio Management.

    Lead Generation for Wealth Managers – Frank Bertele
    Build high-performing lead generation & client engagement engine to drive revenues. Includes wealth management private banking.

    Beyond Robo-Advice – Vaughan Jenkins
    Learn how fintech supports emotional client engagement. Covers Robo-Advice, Machine Learning and WealthTECH.

    Robo-advisor is not a bot – Katarina Prozorova
    Learn about the Role of AI in Robo Advisors, mind-machine interfaces and Wealthtech future trends.

     Uber Moment for Asset Management – Bolko Hohaus
    How fintech & WealthTECH will transform active Asset Management. Covers Robo-Advisors, Blockchain and AI


    Guide to Strategy and Branding – Yuri Poletto 
    Learn how to apply strategic planning tools to your FinTech Business. Covers Brand Identity, Value Proposition, ROI, Insurtech.

    The Insurance Evolution – Henrique Volpi
    Learn how Insurtech initiatives are changing #insurance landscape with Data Analytics, AI and Blockchain globally.


    FinTech Implementation Risk – Dimitri Anagnostopoulos
    FinTech Course on Enterprise Innovation: Lessons on implementing new Tech while managing Risks & Behaviour.

    Innovation Methods and Disruptive Tech – Sylvia Michalski
    Learn about disruptive Fintech technologies via case studies in banking, insurance & capital markets, Insurtech.

    Design Thinking Your Strategy – Claude Diderich
    Learn how to apply Design Thinking to prototype & validate Fintech solutions and Business Models.

    Disrupt Banking Business Model – Kamales Lardi
    Learn how to evaluate impact of fintech disruption & jumpstart innovation. Create transformation Roadmap.

    Fintech Customer Focus Secrets – Tibor Bedo
    Become a Customer Research Expert: Scan your customer needs & improve products with data.

    Mentoring in a FinTech Environment – George Vukotich
    It’s not easy to build up your fintech startup. Learn about tools and how to find best mentors to make a difference


    The EU General Data Protection Regulation – Peter Lancos
    RegTECH Course to learn about GDPR, Data Protection, European Privacy Regulation & Compliance


    Blockchain: Moving from POC to Reality – James Burnie
    Start your Blockchain Journey today! Learn key concepts behind “Distributed Ledger” DLT in 1 hour

    Cryptocurrency Deployment Fundamentals – Steven Dryall
    Jumpstart your cryptocurrency project: Build platform community & achieve liquidity. #bitcoin BTC ETH Alts


    “Augmentum Capital, the venture group backed by Lord Rothschild, is planning to list a fintech investment fund on public markets in one of the sector’s biggest flotations in a decade” (FT) Read more 

    “Investment of US$8.7 billion* in Q4 2017 propelled global fintech funding over the $31 billion mark for 2017, sustaining the high level of investment seen in 2016, according to the KPMG Pulse of Fintech report.” (advisor. ca) Read more 

    “Britain’s financial technology industry shrugged off the Brexit vote, attracting more than double the amount of venture capital investment last year than in 2016, according to new data published ” (FT) Read more 

    “Fintech and banking business TruFin has raised £70m after floating on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market.”Read More


    Genome came into existence as a partnership to codify success factors of startups and startup ecosystems. Powered by data covering half a million companies, 300 partners and 10,000+ startup executives taking their survey every year. Here you can read their latest study, which has been downloaded + 200,000x and cited + 1,500x in various media. If you are a startup, pls complete the survey here.

    Standard Chartered has created a new business unit, SC Ventures, to invest in promising fintech startups and accelerate innovation initiatives across the group. Read more 

    Finally if you’d like to catch up with our FINTECH Books contributors you can find their short form articles about WealthTECH, InsurTECH and RegTECH on our Insights blog.

    That’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed our February newsletter!

    Best wishes,

    Susanne Chishti
    CEO, FINTECH Circle & FINTECH Circle Institute
    Co-Editor of The FINTECH Book