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6 Months to Go to the Innovate Finance Global Summit 2019 and UK FinTech Week

By Charlotte Crosswell, CEO, Innovate Finance

2018 has been another eventful year for FinTech, both here in the UK and overseas. We have seen a great number of important developments in regulation and policy and the continued rise of capital flows and investment into the sector.  Consumer and business appetite for better financial products and services continues to flourish and global adoption levels look set to hit record highs.

The achievements of the FinTech community over the course of the year have been truly phenomenal. As the UK’s membership body for FinTech, I have the great pleasure of meeting and discussing with the sector’s most inspirational founders, investors, advocates and supporters. Our members are our driving force and Innovate Finance is proud to play a role in connecting and collaborating across industry to ensure we are on the right path for progress and innovation in financial services.

Our key community event is the annual Innovate Finance Global Summit (IFGS) and this year it is our 5th birthday. It will take place in a little under 6 months on Monday 29th April – Tuesday 30th April 2019 at the Guildhall in London and I encourage you to attend and get involved. This will be just one month after the UK’s proposed exit date from the European Union and we aim to show that the UK remains steadfast in its championing of innovation, progress and collaboration. We look forward to bringing you an agenda focused on the key areas enhancing, empowering and safeguarding the sector today and in the years to come.

We are also delighted to mark the start of UK FinTech Week (29th April – 3rd May) and are looking forward to working with partners to help celebrate the success of FinTech throughout the week. Partners this year include the City of London, HM Treasury, the Department for International Trade, London Stock Exchange, London & Partners and Motive Partners. Innovate Finance is proud to support the week and connect the voice of industry with government, regulators and market leaders.

Connecting the FinTech community is one of our key roles and this year we are providing more ways for you to meet your peers, pitch to investors or discover the next Unicorn — whether you are coming from overseas or joining us from across the UK. Our Global Summit features a brand new, bigger exhibition hall, which will combine interactive content with dedicated ecosystem zones for networking and thought leadership sessions. You will hear from the best of industry on: developments in technology, the talent and skills gap, the importance of diversity and new sessions for this year, including Green Finance and Embedded Finance.

Our FinTech sector is strong, innovative and continues to thrive. Our Summit and UK FinTech Week are a great opportunity to celebrate the sector’s achievements and think ahead to the future to ensure it goes from strength to strength.

I therefore encourage you to join our community of business leaders, FinTech entrepreneurs, policy makers and investors from the world’s largest organisations.

I look forward to seeing you in April.