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FinTech Scotland Deepens Collaboration with Leading Global Financial Firms for Inaugural Innovation Challenge


FinTech North is delighted to share some exciting news from fellow FinTech National Network members, FinTech Scotland.

FinTech Scotland, in partnership with professional services supporters DeloitteTesco BankMorgan Stanley and abrdn, has launched a first-of-its-kind innovation challenge. The industry led call to action will encourage financial institutions and innovators from across the fintech community and beyond to learn collaboratively and facilitate industry forums to collectively share best practices for companies to develop new solutions to key financial regulatory challenges.

The inaugural innovation challenge, spearheaded by the newly established Financial Regulation Innovation Lab (FRIL), and funded through the UK Governments’ Innovation Accelerator programme, delivered by Innovate UK, focuses on ‘Simplifying Compliance through the Application of AI and Emerging Technologies’. The first in a series of industry-led innovation calls, the initiative is dedicated to fostering confidence in the adoption of emerging technologies into financial services. Notably, this call aims to demonstrate the ability technology could have in meeting global regulatory requirements, setting a new standard for future advancements in the industry.

FinTech Scotland and the financial services firms, in conjunction with professional services leader Deloitte, are inviting entrepreneurs and innovators to identify and use technologies to address industry compliance challenges. Launched under the principle of responsible innovation, these calls set the stage for exploration and development of effective solutions that will yield positive outcomes for the pressing needs of consumers and businesses alike, resulting in an overall economic contribution.

Nicola Anderson, CEO of FinTech Scotland, said: “We are extremely excited to kick off this inaugural industry innovation challenge. Demand-led innovation calls are an important part of the toolkit that the Financial Regulation Innovation Lab will employ to drive positive outcomes. It is also an opportunity to bring together financial institutions and innovators, enabling financial institutions to learn collaboratively about ways to improve compliance processes to drive efficiency for the sector and, ultimately, increase consumer protection.”

In partnership with the University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow, the Lab aims to leverage expertise in financial services risk and compliance and combine this with emerging technologies to build capabilities that maintain and grow both Scotland and the UK’s position as a global leader in financial services regulatory innovation.

Kent Mackenzie, Fintech Lead for Scotland at Deloitte said: “Deloitte is excited to be one of the challenge supporters of the Financial Regulation Innovation Lab’s first innovation call. Simplifying compliance is critical to delivering change in financial services, and industry-wide solutions can help enable us to accelerate this positive change. The Lab provides a unique environment to support collaboration, and this groundbreaking initiative will further support how financial services firms are innovating to meet their regulatory obligations.”Joanne Seagrave, Head of Regulatory Affairs at Tesco Bank: “At Tesco Bank we embrace the opportunity that the Financial Regulation Innovation Lab’s innovation call series offers to collaborate with innovators. This will allow us to gain further insight on how utilising AI and emerging technologies could help support us in managing the evolving regulatory change landscape. It also presents a significant opportunity to advance industry understanding.”

Angela Benson, Head of Glasgow Finance at Morgan Stanley: “Morgan Stanley recognises the opportunity in employing AI and emerging technologies to address the industry’s global regulatory obligations. We are delighted to partner with FinTech Scotland on this innovation challenge to foster ideation and support the next generation of innovators in this space. Having opened our office in Glasgow over 20 years ago, we have seen first-hand the depth of talent Scotland has to offer.”

Gareth Murphy, Chief Risk Officer at abrdn: “At abrdn, we’re delighted to join the Financial Regulation Innovation Lab’s inaugural innovation call to action. It is essential that we continue to evolve the mix of people, process and technology in all of our activities. We draw on extensive experience in financial services, in Scotland and globally. This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to seizing the ongoing opportunities that financial services and innovation present.”

The programme includes three phases: challenge definition, solution design & testing, and final demonstrations. Applicants will receive invaluable insights about financial firms through close collaboration, a support network, academic expertise and service design support. Successful companies will receive grant awards up to £50,000 for further development and implementation. Fintechs and other teams of innovators are invited to join the challenge. The application window is open from 1st February. To find out more click here.

The Innovation Challenge Call finale event will take place in April 2024.

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