James joined Crowdcube in 2014 to introduce leading entrepreneurs and businesses in London and the South East to the platform. In June 2015, he was promoted to Head of Business Development.
Prior to joining the Crowdcube team, James founded & ultimately exited his own business and has acted as an advisor to SMEs. James therefore knows first-hand many of the challenges in raising finance and developing early stage businesses. James is actively building further relationships in the London start-up community and helps support our entrepreneurs through the Crowdcube funding process.
Gideon is co-founder of FriendlyScore, a big data credit scoring software for online lenders. Previously, he worked at Credit Suisse and Citigroup in Global Capital Markets. Gideon has a Bachelors in Politics and Economics from Harvard and an MBA from Insead. He stems from South Africa and is passionate about financial inclusion particularly in lower income markets.
Edwina is currently COO of Startupbootcamp FinTech London, part of the award winning Startupbootcamp global startup accelerator. She has been named as one of the top 100 Women in FinTech in the UK. Her background includes a mixture of startups, digital marketing and operations. Edwina holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Nottingham.
Ollie Purdue is the CEO and Founder of Loot, a new banking service for students which integrates financial management tools into the main account to take the stress out of money management. Starting the company straight out of university in June 2014, Ollie has grown the company to a team of 8 people who launched their first product in September 2015.
WorldRemit's founder Ismail Ahmed first saw the opportunity to improve money transfers while at university. Studying in London, he needed to send money to family members in Africa. Every transaction meant an epic journey across the city to an agent who charged a small fortune in fees to send modest amounts of money. It seemed wrong to Ismail that an industry handling billions of dollars every year should deliver such poor service to its customers. Even then, he knew that change was needed.
Over the coming years Ismail worked with a number of remittance businesses as well as international policy makers. As an advisor to the United Nations, he helped companies comply with tough new money transfer regulations, introduced after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2010, Ismail decided that the time and technology were right to shake-up this stagnant industry and he founded WorldRemit.
Avishek Singh, CEO, Stylopay
We are very excited to hear about the Fintech Connect initiative providing a global platform and community for Fintech entrepreneurs. The Fintech industry collaboration and approach would be a great boon for start-ups like us.
Geoffrey Weli Wosu, Head of Marketing, VoguePay
Exhibiting at FinTech Connect Live gives us the opportunity to meet potential clients, and build more partnerships from all over the World. As well as maintaining our leading role as the Payment bridge between Africa and rest of the World. This is an event I would recommend to any brand, company and individual within FinTech industry.
Kaidi Ruusalepp, Founder and CEO, Funderbeam
When finance and technology meet, the future takes notice. We are helping imagine and build that future. Participating in FinTech Connect is a crucial part of our work on merging data intelligence, startup investment and liquidity.
Rasmus Groth, CEO, Veridu
Unmissible, FinTech Connect Live is simply the best event out there for FinTech Start Ups. As an exhibitor it’s going to provide us with major visibility and valuable face to face exposure to key stakeholders across the whole community.
Christopher Kampshoff, CEO, Lendstar
We are really excited to be part of FinTech Connect Live in December. The team is building up a brand new event, which brings early stage start-ups, investors and banks together – perfect for us. We will get the opportunity to present Lendstar, our social financial network, to investors and banks, and get in touch with other people whose hearts are beating for fintech.
Ollie Purdue, CEO, Loot
FinTech Connect Live is the event we’ve been waiting for. An opportunity to promote ourselves to the FinTech community. As a start up we see this as a landmark event in FinTech. Being part of an accelerator program was massively valuable for Loot and we see FinTech Connect Live as an integral part of our journey.