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FinTech North and Lloyds Banking Group in final stages of Dragon’s Den style pitching competitions

FinTech North is an events-led, ecosystem facilitator established to provide a platform to share ideas, celebrate innovation, champion diversity, and share best practice in regional FinTech. The focal point for Northern FinTech, FinTech North occupies a unique position in the ecosystem; working neutrally to promote and support FinTech innovation across the entire North, whilst collaborating nationally as part of the FinTech National Network. In 2023, FinTech North is a community of over 5,000 people that share an active interest in FinTech and Financial Services. 

From November 2022 to March 2023, FinTech North hosted a series of Dragon’s Den style pitching competitions in partnership with UK retail banking giant, Lloyds Banking Group.

Taking place at the Science Museum in Kensington, Central London, the pitching workshops were opened up to Northern FinTechs whose propositions impact people and purpose. The workshops were part of a wider Lloyds Banking Group initiative, which brought together c.30 of the senior executives team at the Banking Group.

In total, 30 FinTechs were brought together in London across 9 separate evenings to pitch to a group of 30 senior executives at Lloyds Banking Group. The participating FinTech founders pitched without slides, speaking about their journey as entrepreneurs and how their proposition impacts people, planet and purpose beyond profit.

We’re now delighted to announce the winners from each cohort. Congratulations to the 9 winners:







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We would like to thank all of the participants, whose innovative propositions and inspiring journeys made a lasting impression on the attendees from Lloyds Banking Group: PrinSIX, Locio, Spark EPOS, WealthOS, Inicio.AI, EzPayz, Ekko, BEX, Rupee, Ondato, rebuilding society, Gratuu, PollenPay, Sportfin, RD Vault, CIRCA5000, ScribePay.

After the final session in April, we will be bringing the pitching competitions to a close. We would like to thank Lloyds Banking Group for their support and providing a platform for Northern FinTechs to share their journey!

“Seeing and hearing the impact purpose-led fintech founders have on friends and colleagues has always been one of the biggest perks of my job. The energy and passion is infectious. Embracing the change that fintech embody is core to success for all in the banking industry. We will be better, the UK will be stronger and we all benefit when we work together. Partnerships and investment in fintech is a catalyst for great change.”

Kirsty Rutter, FinTech Investment Director, Lloyds Banking Group

“We know there’s superb FinTech innovation going on in the North of England. Showcasing regional innovation is one of our objectives as an organisation, so to be able to bring that to life in these pitching competitions, in partnership with one of the UK’s largest banking providers, has been really exciting. Hopefully we’ve been able to provide a platform to kickstart some flourishing relationships between Lloyds Banking Group and regional FinTechs.”

Joe Roche, Engagement Manager, FinTech North

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