UK FinTech Week launching in 2019 to highlight the UK’s commitment to innovation, collaboration and openness.

Nationwide festival to celebrate best of UK FinTech – with Mark Carney speaking at flagship event.


29 January 2019, UK: UK FinTech Week (UKFW) will launch across the country from April 29th to May 3rd 2019, with Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, set to speak at the flagship event – the Innovate Finance Global Summit (IFGS).

UKFW will be a week-long series of events, showcasing the UK as an epicentre of innovation. The events will explore, debate and try to solve some of the most important issues of our time by taking a think-tank and collaborative approach, sharing insights, fostering collaboration, and celebrating the UK’s position as a global capital of FinTech. UKFW partners include HM Treasury, Innovate Finance, The Department for International Trade, the Financial Conduct Authority, the London Stock Exchange, London & Partners and The City of London.

Key themes will include ensuring that the UK remains an investment friendly environment for FinTech in the wake of Brexit, continues to attract a diverse pool of talent to fuel the FinTech sector and that it is promoted as a market open for FinTech businesses scaling.

UKFW is an opportunity to demonstrate why the UK will remain a world-leading FinTech hub. Taking place just one month after the UK’s proposed exit date from the European Union, the five days will focus on championing the country’s commitment to innovation, collaboration and openness.

“The UK is a world-leading and unique ecosystem for FinTech. It has deep reserves of entrepreneurial and tech talent, progressive regulators and policy-makers, steadfast financial institutions, investor and professional expertise, and a supportive government. All of this combined ensures it will remain the capital of FinTech, despite the challenging and changing political and economic landscape." says Charlotte Crosswell, CEO at Innovate Finance, UKFW Partner.

“Events like UK FinTech Week, where pioneers and thought-leaders from around the world come together to fuel conversation and change, reinforce the UK’s position as an industry leader. We are proud to have the Innovate Finance Global Summit 2019 (IFGS) as the week’s opening and flagship event.”

UKFW will showcase the strength of technological innovation and financial services across the entirety of the UK. Events will be taking place in major cities during the week and businesses are invited to host their own events in celebration of UK FinTech.

“UK FinTech Week 2019 provides a great opportunity to celebrate the UK’s position as a leading global hub for FinTech – showcasing the best of British FinTech firms, innovation and talent. There is significant potential to export the impressive FinTech products and services we see developing here in the UK to the benefit of consumers and businesses internationally. By working closely with industry and partners we are much more likely to succeed in that ambition, and it is exactly this kind of collaboration that is embodied in the Innovate Finance Global Summit and UK FinTech Week.” Tomas Helm, Head of FinTech at Department for International Trade, UKFW Partner

Other speakers at the Innovate Finance Global Summit Summit 2019 (FIGS) include Anne Boden, CEO of Starling Bank, Nikhil Rathi, CEO of London Stock Exchange plc, Kaushalya Somasundaram, Head of FinTech Partnerships & Strategy at HSBC, and many more. Visit the IFGS website for more information and tickets.

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About Innovate Finance:

Innovate Finance is an independent membership association that represents and connects the UK’s global FinTech community. Founded in 2014 and supported by the City of London and Broadgate, Innovate Finance is a not-for-profit that advances the country’s leading position in the financial services sector by supporting the next generation of technology-led financial services innovators.

More than 250 global members have joined the Innovate Finance ecosystem to date. These companies range from seed stage start-ups to global financial institutions and professional services firms. All benefit from Innovate Finance’s leading position as a single point of access to promote enabling policy and regulation, talent development, and business opportunity and investment capital.

By bringing together the most forward-thinking participants in financial services, Innovate Finance is helping create a global financial services sector that is more sustainable, more inclusive and better for everyone.

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