Women in FinTech
Initiative

Women in FinTech Initiative

Promoting diversity and inclusion are priorities for Innovate Finance and we are excited to be launching a new range of Women in FinTech initiatives in 2018/19 to extend beyond the successful Powerlist that already celebrates the achievements and talent of women across the FinTech ecosystem.

That’s why we have spent time talking and listening to the women in our industry – ranging from founders, investors, investment banks, start-ups and technology firms. We all feel the same: the more we talk about the issues that affect women in FinTech and raise awareness, the easier it becomes to instigate real change.

While we are kick-starting our diversity initiative with Women in FinTech, we intend to broaden this out in due course.

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There is a clear, pragmatic business case for firms to have a diverse workforce, but we recognise that there are both challenges and opportunities for women wanting to work in FinTech, or indeed those already in place.

With this in mind, we have created a programme of regular events that will include a mix of learning opportunities and community building, working in partnership with our members and others. We would also be delighted to work with our members as partners in curating ad-hoc events around a specific theme. We are also busy preparing for our flagship IFGS event in April 2019 and diversity will be firmly on the agenda so we are actively seeking partners to be part of this.

Our key themes for this year:

  • Talent – how do we foster a community that recruits and functions more diversely? 
  • Capital how can a greater number of women founders attract smart capital?

We have designed our events and workshops to hopefully attract a wide audience of women: those starting off in their career, those coming back after a break/change of direction and the influential senior ladies at the top of their game. We want them to share experiences and learn from one another.

It is important to us that our events attract a full community of  participants, so both men and women can interact and gain a better understanding of their respective experiences in the workplace. We also want to celebrate the male champions who have made a real effort to get women more involved in FinTech.

Our new Women in FinTech series will kick off in October 2018.

Our Events and Initiatives 

Power Hours

A quarterly series of moderated breakfast events that will bring a group of 30-50 FinTech women within the ecosystem to meet, greet and hear stories from inspiring speakers (from inside or outside FinTech). 

Webinars

Quarterly recorded panel sessions to discuss key themes that women face in FinTech. The first webinar will kick off in October with Funding the Founders, you can register for this below. Future webinars will tackle portfolio careers and ensuring the future viability of the sector by attracting the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Workshops

Monthly sessions run by partners to equip women with the skills they need to succeed in their careers and raise awareness among the FinTech community of the advantages of a diverse workforce. To kick off, we will be running two workshop streams:

  • Hiring and talent: with the aim being to equip participants with the necessary skills to hire smart (job descriptions, role scoping, interview success, diversity matters, data-enhanced hiring). The 60-minute sessions will run over a breakfast/lunchtime to allow people to get out of the office to attend. These will be run by Equality Group’s Hephzi Pemberton.
  • Executive Shine – using a combination of comedy and theatrical techniques to build confidence in the workplace and polish presentation impact. The 3 hour sessions will run in the evening and will include elements of building inner confidence through improvisation, storytelling and using humour as a powerful and effective form of communication and leadership. These will be run by Streets Consulting.

Women in FinTech Powerlist 

  • Celebrating women in the sector
  • Providing a list for role models for women to aspire to
  • Highlighting the trendsetters and doers who are making a real difference in the FinTech ecosystem,

Women in FinTech Survey 

Conducted with a partner in 2019 to take a pulse on the issues facing women within the ecosystem and map out the demographics in the workplace.

IFGS 2019

Innovate Finance’s Global Summit, now in its 5th year, will take place in the historic Guildhall on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th April. We expect over 2,000 attendees, 300 FinTech companies and 200+ speakers. Diversity will feature within all the main stages/tracks, but we are also hoping to partner with a few key sponsors to create a Diversity “zone” in the Great Hall, with speed-dating mentoring and live podcast sessions broadcast directly from the event. We are very open to new and different ideas!

Coming Up…

Workshop

Executive Shine with Streets Consulting

Date: Thursdsay 29th November 2018
Time: 7pm-8pm

As part of Innovate Finance’s Women in FinTech initiative, this 3 hour workshop from Streets Consulting is designed for any rising fintech executive, focused on helping you build your communications skills and confidence. You will be coached by Lara A King, a award-winning stand up comedian who travels the world helping organisations and executives communicate effectively. Please click to find all the event details.

Webinar

Women in FinTech: Building a Portfolio Career

Date: Thursday 6th December 2018
Time: 2pm – 3pm

With complex working patterns and demands for flexible working options dominating workplace patterns in the early 21st century, how can women in FinTech take the first step to build their own portfolio careers? This webinar hears from leading women in the FinTech space who will share details on their unique career journeys and how women can embrace diverse career trajectories. We welcome all our community to listen in.

Past Activities…

Webinar

Funding the Founders

Date: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Time: 1.15pm – 2pm

Even though VC investment into UK FinTech has grown exponentially in recent years, reaching $1.8 billion in 2017, women still only raise a minute percentage of this. Our panel of CEOs in leading FinTech firms and investors will look at how women in FinTech are raising funding. Who are the funders? What are they looking for and what needs to change? We welcome all our community to listen in.

Workshop

Executive Shine with Streets Consulting

Date: Thursday 25th October
Time: 5pm-8pm

This 3 hour workshop from Streets Consulting is for any rising FinTech executive, focused on helping you build your communications skills and confidence. You will be coached by Lara A King, an award-winning stand up comedian who travels the world helping organisations and executives communicate effectively. Innovate Finance members only – please request the code to signup. 

Workshop

Hiring Strong with Equality Group

Date: Tuesday 6th November
Time: 12.30pm-1.30pm

Equality Group will be covering four sessions across: 1. Strong Hires: job descriptions, role scoping and CV review. 2. Interview Success: training, structure and candidate experience. 3. Diversity Matters: reduce unconscious bias and remove confirmation bias. 4. Data-enhanced hiring: using personality profiling and assessment tools. Innovate Finance members only – please request the code to signup. 

Power Hour

With Alison Rose, CEO, RBS Commercial and Private Banking

Date: Wednesday 14th November
Time: 8.30am-10am

The first in our quarterly series of moderated breakfast events that will bring a group of 30-50 FinTech women within the ecosystem to meet, greet and hear stories from inspiring speakers. Alison Rose will be our first host. Innovate Finance members only – please request the code to signup. 

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Past PowerLists

PowerList

Women in FinTech Powerlist 2017

In 2017 the community was asked to nominate friends, colleagues, clients, partners, and even highlight their own achievements in order to highlight the progress being made – and the tasks yet to be tackled. The 2017 Women in FinTech Powerlist was launched on the 16th November 2017 .

PowerList

Women in FinTech Powerlist 2016

The first Women in FinTech Powerlist was launched in 2016.

We were proud to be one of the first organisations in FinTech to shine a spotlight on all women who were, and still are, driving the global success of the sector.

Get in Touch with Innovate Finance on our Diversity Programme and Women in FinTech Initiative