The FinTech50 2015 STARTS … HERE



This year we wanted to celebrate The FinTech50 2015 before the final 50 is selected with an invitation-only event for the FinTech community across Europe.

Over one afternoon and evening on Thursday 16 October, hosted by UBS, you are invited to meet FinTech funders, superbrands, investors and start-ups as they share their experience, stories and ambitions for the future.

From 2pm – 6pm leading VC investors will talk funding. Our global tech panel will discuss what they look for when investing or acquiring a business. And five FinTech Superbrands will share their experiences of building a successful business in the UK’s hottest technology sector.

From 6pm onwards we will invite ten new FinTechs to give a 90-second presentation — each. Then round the day off with drinks, canapés and an opportunity to meet our panels and guests.

Speakers include leaders from:

Google, Microsoft, Fiserv, Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, Octopus Investments, Funding Circle, Nutmeg, Currency Cloud, Duedil and investors from across the pond, Silicon Valley’s  Expansive Ventures and New York based private equity firm Aquiline Capital Partners who investing globally in financial services enterprises.

Thanks to our strategic and event partners:

UBSSilicon Valley BankHotwirePRQuant CapitalThe UPGroup

The event  is invitation only and places are strictly limited.  If you are a FinTech CEO. FinTech investors or acquirer and would like to go, please contact


13.30 – 14.00 Arrive

14.00 – 14.05 Welcome

14.05 – 15.00 Meet the Funders
Moderator: tba
Debu Purkayastha, Octopus Ventures
Jan Hammer, Index Ventures
Rob Moffat, Balderton Capital
Julia Bobrovich, Silicon Valley Bank
Vincenzo La Ruffa, Aquiline Capital Partners
Jon Soberg, Expansive Ventures

15.20 – 16.15 Meet the FinTech Superbrands
Moderator: Mark Cappell
James Meekings, Co-Founder, Funding Circle
Nigel Verdon, Chairman & Founder, Currency Cloud
Justin Fitzpartick, COO/CFO, Duedil
Lee Cowles, Managing Director, Nutmeg

16.30 – 17.30 Meet the FinTech Acquirers
Moderator: Alan Bristow, CEO ICON Corporate Finance
Ian Morgan, Head of FS Google UK
Richard Peers, Director of FS Microsoft
Travers Clarke-Walker, CEO EMEA, Fiserve
James Le Brocq, Adviser, Ensygnia & former MD Telefonica

18.00 – 20.30 Early evening party 

19.00 -19.30 Investor  showcase from some of Europe’s freshest FinTechs
MC: Russ Shaw, London Tech Advocates

20.30 Drinks and close 

A top line up of UK & US VCs, the global tech buyers of financial services companies and the FinTech acquirers

Ian Morgan
Industry Director, Financial Services

Ian Morgan
Industry Director, Financial Services , Google
Ian Morgan, Industry Director, Google UK Ian joined Google in September 2006 and, as part of the UK leadership team, is responsible for managing Google’s Digital relationships with the UK’s major financial services providers. He was previously Head of Online Banking at Barclays Bank, responsible for the commercial performance & strategic development of Barclays Internet Channels. Prior to Barclays, held a series of senior Marketing & Product Development roles within both Thomas Cook & BUPA.

How you and Ian Morgan are connected.

Richard Peers
Director Financial Services Industry

Richard Peers
Director Financial Services Industry , Microsoft
Richard is Microsoft EMEA’s Banking Industry Lead working with their largest clients and Fintech innovators. He has spent the last 18 years at Microsoft in sales, services and marketing leadership, with the last three years deeply engaged with clients and agencies in the Financial Services and Retail space. Working on projects and engaging with leadership teams he brings an up to the minute insight on the vision and the practicalities of “Banking re-imagined”. He created the Digital Wallet Foundry in 2013 which combined a conference and a hackathon to bring business and developers communities together. DWF sought to crack the code on Identity, Loyalty and Payments and was widely praised as a thought leading initiative.   Richard is a regular speaker at events and contributor re: payments, innovation, technology and the environment via social media. Skills and engagements cover: Financial Services and Retail clients Future Branch/Store and Omni –channel Cross Sector Connected consumer Wallets: (Payments; Identity and Loyalty); Social Search and Natural User Interface; Digital Marketing Business reimagined; culture and services for the modern workforce

How you and Richard Peers are connected.

Travers Clarke-Walker

Travers Clarke-Walker
CEO EMEA, Fiserve

James Le Brocq

James Le Brocq
Adviser, Ensygnia

James Meekings
Funding Circle

James Meekings
Co-founder , Funding Circle
James Meekings, Co-founder, Funding Circle

Justin Fitzpatrick

Justin Fitzpatrick
COO / CFO, Duedil
Justin is the COO/CFO of DueDil, where he oversees the commercial and financial operations of the company. A US national, he has lived and worked in Asia and Europe for nearly a decade, and established offices for VC backed fintech startups in Singapore, Tokyo and London.  

How you and Justin Fitzpatrick are connected.

Nigel Verdon
Chairman & Founder
Currency Cloud

Nigel Verdon
Chairman & Founder, Currency Cloud

Nigel knows more about payments and foreign exchange than is healthy. He was an investment banker (boo hiss!) but thankfully decided to jump ship and use his expertise to build financial start up firms. Nigel founded or co-founded Evolution Consulting Group, a technology advisory firm to banks and private equity firms; RabbitFX, a foreign exchange specialist for private clients; FX Capital Group, a foreign exchange specialist for corporates; and, of course, Currency Cloud.

While on the dark side, Nigel was instrumental in the hugely successful electronification strategy at Dresdner Kleinwort Investment Bank, the digital market electronic trading business. Nigel splits his time between the UK and the south of France, where he is known as England’s premier wine bore.

Lee Cowles
Managing Director

Lee Cowles
Managing Director , Nutmeg
Lee has spent more than a decade growing consumer-facing internet businesses. He joined Nutmeg from Blurb, where he was Managing Director, Europe, and Betfair, where he was Managing Director, UK.  

How you and Lee Cowles are connected.

Debu Purkayastha
Entrepreneur in Residence
Octopus Ventures

Debu Purkayastha
Entrepreneur in Residence , Octopus Ventures
Debu Purkayastha is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at Octopus Ventures, a premier European venture capital firm. Prior to Octopus, till early 2014, Debu spent 6 years at Google. Debu was Principal - New Business Development at Google with a wide product mandate spanning several key strategic focus areas globally. Previously, Debu was Google’s Principal - Corporate Development spearheading its global M&A and Investment efforts including the acquisition of ITA Software (travel search), (offers), Gizmo5 (VoIP), Phonetic Arts (text to speech), Green Parrot Pictures (video image processing), Zynamics (security software) amongst several others. Debu is also a founding member of Google “Campus”, a seven-storey co-working space for startups in East London’s Tech City. Debu sits on the Board of MercyCorps (NGO), Advisory Board of Sadara Ventures (VC Fund) & previously used to sit on the Boards of Fon (wireless) & Mobile Planet (mobile apps). Prior to Google, Debu headed Sabre’s Corporate Development/M&A team in EMEA & in a past life was a Telecoms/Media/Technology M&A Banker with Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in Wall Street, Silicon Valley & London. Debu spends a fair bit of his personal time working with leading NGOs & governmental institutions in several politically sensitive areas including Palestine, Iraq, Kashmir etc. focusing on economic development initiatives. A certified cricket nut & film fanatic, Debu is also passionate about white-water rafting & hiking.

Jan Hammer
Venture & Growth Investor
Index Ventures

Jan Hammer
Venture & Growth Investor, Index Ventures
My focus is on growth stage investments across a number of technology sub-sectors, with a particular interest in Financial Services and Information Services across all stages. I currently work with a range of companies including Adyen, BitPay, Novus, Socialbakers, Zendesk and Zuora.  

How you and Jan Hammer are connected.

Rob Moffat
Balderton Capital

Rob Moffat
Principal, Balderton Capital
Rob is a Principal at Balderton Capital, which he joined in 2009. Balderton are one of Europe's leading Venture Capital firms, investing $100k to $15M in European tech companies with $B potential.  Past investments include Yoox, MySQL & Betfair.  Balderton’s current portfolio includes companies such as Kobalt Music, Wonga, The Hut Group, Citymapper and Lyst. Rob divides his time between sourcing new investments and working with six portfolio companies: Qubit, Wooga, Housetrip, Carwow, Rentify and Scoot. Prior to joining Balderton Rob worked for Google in London, as a Manager in their global sales strategy team, and spent five years in strategy consulting with Bain.   He holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MMath from Cambridge.

Jon Soberg
Expansive Ventures

Jon Soberg
Co-founder , Expansive Ventures
Jon Soberg was formerly at Blumberg Capital where he made 50 Investments including German FinTech start up Kreditech. 30+ Boards

Alex Macpherson
Octopus Ventures

Alex Macpherson
Chairman, Octopus Ventures
Alex has been in the same position as many entrepreneurs having started, built and sold his own business. He founded Katalyst Ventures with his colleagues in 2000, creating the private angel network which would later be known as the Octopus Venture Partners. Over seven years, Alex led the business as CEO until its sale to Octopus in August 2007, providing succession plans for the executive team as a series of VCTs were raised to invest into 42 companies alongside the newly branded Octopus Venture Partners. Since 2007, the amount of assets that the Ventures team manages has risen from circa £20 million to in excess of £200 million at a time when the economy has seen the worst financial crisis in a generation. Alex is firmly of the belief that it is people that make the difference to businesses, whether within his own team, the Octopus Venture Partners, or most importantly, the entrepreneurs that are building the great businesses of tomorrow. Focusing on people rather than specific industry sectors has enabled the Ventures team to build a diverse portfolio of investments, including: Secret Escapes; Calastone; Zoopla; Graze; and SwiftKey. Alex is Chairman of the Octopus Ventures Investment Committee, remaining actively involved in new deal transactions, portfolio management, exits and new fund creation. Under Alex’s leadership, the Ventures team at Octopus has established itself as one of the leading UK venture capital houses.

Mark Cappell

Mark Cappell
MD , CappcoPartners
Mark has been embedded in FinTech since 1998 when he was CEO Smartstream, he joined Smartstream when the company size was £2m in annual revenue with 12 employees and played a key role in its growth to £45m in annual revenue and 450 staff. He was part of the management team which secured $ 80m in investment from 3i and the company was sold to Dubai Investment Holdings for £250m.  Her then joined Checkfree, now Fiserv as Divisional CEO of Operational Risk where he managed 265 employees with development centers in the UK and Baltimore. The business was successfully sold to Fiserv and Mark was part of the transition team who worked closely with McKinsey on the merger of the various risk business companies.  He successfully increased the EV of the company by $95m as a result of successfully repositioning the company away from their legacy reconciliation reputation to be known as a risk and compliance solution provider. He launched 4 new risk management products which entailed a complete reorganization of development and the implementation of a new agile development methodology.  He then headed up Charles River,  a leader in trading, risk and compliance software to the financial service industry. Mark has considerable experience working with private equity firms in turnaround and growth situations for their under performing portfolio companies. Private equity firms include: ECI Partners, Kennet Partners, August Equity, Kelso Place, Core Capital, Lloyds Development Capital, Albion Ventures, Francisco Partners, RBS Equity Finance, Dunedin, Darwin Private Equity, Palatine Private Equity, Moonray Investments, Carlyle Group and HG Capital.

Julia Bobrovich
Vice President
Silicon Valley Bank

Julia Bobrovich
Vice President , Silicon Valley Bank

How you and Julia Bobrovich are connected.

Alan Bristow
Founder and CEO
ICON Corporate Finance

Alan Bristow
Founder and CEO , ICON Corporate Finance
Alan Bristow is the Founder and Managing Director of ICON Corporate Finance.  He is recognised as one of the country's leading corporate finance advisers and has over 25 years of combined fund raising and M&A experience. Throughout this period Alan has dealt with some of the world's leading investors and technology companies. He specializes in all aspects of raising venture capital, management buy-outs, acquisitions and corporate sales and has advised on over 200 transactions. Before establishing ICON, he spent his formative years in the City of London before joining Price Waterhouse in Melbourne. He also worked as the Finance Director for an Australian Investment Group, prior to  returning to the UK and establishing ICON as a leading M&A house to the tech sector. He holds a degree in Economics and Politics and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Likes rugby, skiing, sailing and technology that makes the world a better place. He is a frequent speaker and author on venture capital fundraising and selling companies.  

Vincenzo La Ruffa
Head of Financial Technology Group
Aquiline Capital Partners

Vincenzo La Ruffa
Head of Financial Technology Group, Aquiline Capital Partners
Vincenzo La Ruffa is Head of the Financial Technology Group at Aquiline Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in New York investing globally in financial services enterprises. Vincenzo was previously Managing Director and Cofounder of Susquehanna Growth Equity, a private equity group focused on financial technology and software affiliated with Susquehanna International Group. Vincenzo’s prior investments include 29West (acquired by Informatica), CashEdge (acquired by Fiserv), The Logic Group, ETF Securities, Managed Markets Insight and Technology, Credit Karma, and Derivix (acquired by Flextrade). Vincenzo serves on the Boards of the Catholic Charities Appeal of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Mercy Vocational High School, the Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at the University of Pennsylvania and the Tobacco Settlement Investment Board of Pennsylvania.  He is on the Investment Committee of Mercy Investment Services and is a Mentor for Level39.  Vincenzo has frequently lectured on private equity and venture capital at the Wharton School. Vincenzo graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Classics and a BS in Economics from The Wharton School.

Russ Shaw
London Tech Advocates

Russ Shaw
Founder , London Tech Advocates
Russ is currently the Founder of Tech London Advocates (TLA), a private sector led group of leaders promoting London's technology sector and addressing the issues on the horizon. The group is a not-for-profit community of individuals with aspirations to build and promote London as a world leading digital and technology city. He has been appointed as a London Tech Ambassador by the Mayor's Office and a member of the Tech City Advisory Group and is part of the London Technology Week steering group, a member of the UK Digital Skills Taskforce, a Gazelle Entrepreneur, an Ambassador for the International Festival for Business and a participant on the London Enterprise Panel. Formerly his career includes: NED Game Group Plc, Vice President & GM Skype, Global Innovation Director Telefonica, CEO, Mobileway, MD NTL (Virgin Media), and SVP, Charles Schwab In addition to his responsibilities with TLA and the London tech community, he is a non-executive director on three tech boards, two that are public companies (Dialog Semiconductor and Cupid plc) and one that is venture capital backed (Unwire ApS in Copenhagen backed by Maj Invest). IHe is also a limited partner in the ACE fund and Vitruvian's private equity fund.