FinTech North Virtual Leeds Conference

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FinTech North Virtual Leeds Conference 25/02/2021 10:00

Following the success of our Virtual Manchester Conference on the 12th November 2020, FinTech North is delighted to host our first Virtual Leeds Conference on the 25th February 2021.

In light of the current situation, the event will be hosted virtually in a webinar format, taking place as a half-day event starting at 10:00 on 25th February.

Last year’s Leeds conference attracted over 350 registrations but the event was neither streamed nor recorded, so attendees had to physically be in Leeds. This year’s event will be able to reach a wider audience and will also be recorded for people who register but cannot attend on the event date.

Ron Kalifa, OBE will cover the independent FinTech Strategic Review which aims to establish priority areas for industry, policy makers, and regulators to explore in order to support the ongoing success of the UK FinTech sector.

Eve Roodhouse will speak about the Leeds City Region FinTech ecosystem and will update our community on some of Leeds City Council’s fantastic work in FinTech, Tech and beyond.

Paul Stoddart (President New Payment Platforms, Mastercard) will talk about the Future of Payments, covering topics such as digital ID, open banking and the role of blockchain.

We’re looking forward to welcoming a range of locally based FinTechs, including several who are new to FinTech North, as part of our Leeds FinTech Showcase, pitching their proposition and presenting innovations to our community.




Timings Speaker Job Title Topic
10.00-10.05 Joe Roche / Julian Wells, FinTech North Engagement Manager / Director Welcome from FTN
10.05-10.15 Chris Sier, FinTech North Chair Welcome from Chair
10.15-10.25 Janine Hirt, Innovate Finance COO National FinTech Sector Update
10.25-10.35 Iain Clacher, University of Leeds Professor of Pensions and Finance UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment
10.35-11.00 Paul Stoddart – Mastercard President New Payments Future of Payments
11.00-11.30 Ron Kalifa FinTech Strategic Review
11.30-11.50 Eve Roodhouse Chief Officer Culture and Economy Leeds City Council, update
11.50-12.35 Panel Discussion:

·       Iain Clacher

·       Eve Roodhouse

·       Julian Wells

·       Chris (chair)

·       Innovate Finance (tbc)

Leeds City Region FinTech, Northern FinTech, National FinTech
Coffee, Tea, Lunch Break
13.00-14.30 Leeds FinTech Showcase

1.   ilumoni – Gary Wigglesworth, CEO

2.    Paperound – Jake Fox, Founder

3.    Data On Demand – Stuart Murgatroyd, CEO

4.    PrinSIX Technologies – Julian Graham-Rack, CEO

5.    tred – Will Smith, Co-founder

6.    Fatgreen– Nick Green, Co founder

7.    Mutual Vision – Sara Parker, CPO

8.    incuto – Jen Anderson, CTO

9.    CurveBlock – Gary Woodhead, Co-founder and CEO

10.  Freeze Debt – Harjit Moore, CEO

11.  DRIAD – Viviene Bardaut, Founder and Director

12.  Dacxi – Katherine Wooller, Managing Director


14:30 Conference Close & closing remarks



Tickets for the conference can be accessed free of charge via Eventbrite, where voluntary donations are also an option for those who wish to support FinTech North’s ongoing efforts to support the northern FinTech community.

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