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FinTech for Breakfast

Held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

With support from Dentons


  • Izabella Kaminska (FT Alphaville

  • Jeff Lynn (Seedrs)

  • Lewis Ide (SWIFT)



Our usual guide to all things FinTech, Izabella Kaminska (now editor at FT Alphaville) is back in the driving seat for our November edition. And it looks set to be as busy as ever. 

“AI” has had a busy month, powering panels at Sibos, Money 20/20, and a serious number of column inches. Like it or not, automation stories are coming fast: dynamically personalised bank websites, voice payments, self-service insurance claims. There’s even an AI ETF.

Tezos, the largest Initial Coin Offering of the summer, is reportedly experiencing management differences – which has crashed the price of derivatives on its yet-to-be-issued tokens. Jordan “Wolf of Wall St” Belfort has warned people that ICOs may be scams. Meanwhile Bitcoin prices have surged through $5,000, with strong demand from Venezuela and Zimbabwe – and UK Bitcoin start-ups are struggling to get themselves banked.

Here in the UK, FinTech funding has been on recent surge, hoovering up 80% of Europe’s top deals in Q3 (according to CB Insights). Recent fundraisings include GoCardless, Onfido, and indeed Seedrs.

Joining Izabella to help make sense of it all we are pleased to welcome Jeff Lynn, co-founder and executive chairman of Seedrs, founding chairman of the Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), and non-executive director of Companies House. Also joining us will be Lewis Ide, a financial crime and cyber expert from SWIFT (and former Brighton & Hove midfielder) with a run-down on the proceedings at Sibos.

Anyway, as usual, this is a caring and sharing experience – so please do share your thoughts on agenda with, or register for the event by calling 0207 621 1056 or emailing Thanks to Dentons, I can promise excellent coffee and buns.

Sincerely yours,

Andrew Hilton