FinTech for Breakfast

Held on Tuesday, June 18


  • Jemima Kelly (FT Alphaville)

  • Mark Ackred (Dabbl)

  • Richard Wazacz (Octopus Wealth)



As ever, much to discuss. At the time of writing, Facebook has just announced its 2020 push for its own crypto GlobalCoin, Salesforce’s venture capital arm has raised $125 million in its second fund for European tech start-ups, and there are continued advances made by the FCA in developing a cross-border regulatory “sandbox”. We are, of course, also still seeing the fallout from the Trump Administration’s addition of Huawei to its export black list; something that could roll into the coming years. At a corporate level, I note in particular, Monzo surpassing two million customers, and the continued hype around blockchain/DLT.

I could go on – and my colleague, Leighton Hughes, will undoubtedly do so, and circulate his list of other significant developments as a compact agenda ahead of the next FT4B meeting at Dentons. As always, we will depend on Jemima Kelly for steering the discussion. As you know Jemima is FT Alphaville’s FinTech guru, and all-round ace reporter.

As we know, Jemima offers a sceptical eye on the area she covers, so it is only right and proper that we also offer a more positive view of the FinTech landscape – in this case, from:

  • Mark Ackred, CEO and founder of Dabbl, which describes itself as “a mobile app that allows you to invest in the brands and companies you love.” He is a lawyer by background with experience at IFX Markets, CityIndex and CMC Markets.

  • Richard Wazacz, CEO at Octopus Wealth – a wealth manager company that is part of Octopus Investments, which now handles over £6 billion of assets. Prior to joining Octopus in 2014, he spent 5 years with the Prudential, latterly as director of corporate development for the UK and Europe.

It should be a lively discussion. If you (or a colleague) would like to join us, please let us know by emailing or by calling the Centre on 0207 621 1056. As usual, thanks to the hospitality of our friends at Dentons, there will be lots of coffee, tea fruit, and buns.

Many thanks,

Andrew Hilton