Fintech FoundersThe FinTech Founders Forum, taking place on site at FinTech Connect Live 2017, is exclusively for founders and directors of start ups that are revenue-generating and progressing toward a major capital investment round. The agenda covers the tangible challenges that leaders face as they scale their businesses, and is the direct product of a market survey carried out among fintech founders. The event will feature panellists and speakers who have already transitioned through the fast growth phase of their business’ life-cycle and will share their war wounds, success stories, and lessons learnt.

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Agenda: Thursday 7th December

13:30     Doors open


13:40     Chairperson’s introduction

Chair: Thomas Bull, Director – FinTech Strategy, Ernst & Young


13:50    Keynote Speech: Why you should ‘grow down’ to unlock your creative potential and think divergently

Speaker: Paul Lindley, Founder and Chief Executive, Ella’s Kitchen


14:10    Power Panel: Building the dream team – how to attract, retain and develop talent

  • How to find and on-board talent which buy into and contribute towards your high performance culture
  • Assessing the potential impact of Brexit on talent acquisition across Europe
  • How to maintain a dynamic culture and focus during rapid expansion phases
  • Scaling your workforce according to the specific needs of your start-up

Panellists: Julian Sawyer, Chief Operating Officer, Starling Bank

Paolo Galvani, Chairman and Co-Founder, MoneyFarm

Panel Moderator: Kay Mellor, Director of HR Services, Isosceles Finance


14:50    Power Panel: Scaling from concept to customers and beyond

  • How to create an effective brand and marketing strategy which speaks to your target customer, and doesn’t break the bank
  • The importance of synergy between your product development and sales & marketing teams
  • Tactics for sustaining revenue growth over the ‘long-run’ and the typical challenges when moving from early adopter customers to a broader demand pool

Panellists: Marek Fodor, Chairman and Co-Founder, Kantox

Paul Riseborough, Chief Commercial Officer, Metro Bank

Abba Newbery, Chief Marketing Officer, Habito

Panel Moderator: Carrie Osman, Founder, CEO & Chief Provocateur, Cruxy & Co


15:30    Keynote Speech: How we created waves of innovation across traditional industries with disruptive technology

Speaker: Emily Orton, Co-Founder and Director, Darktrace


15:50     Networking break


16:10    Power Panel: How to manage your cashflow for sustained growth

  • Effective strategies for managing your cash during your non-revenue generating and early-revenue generating curve
  • How to segment your working capital effectively and avoid running out of operating cash
  • Knowing when to spend and when to hold back – lessons from the frontline
  • How and when to seek additional capital investment versus running the business on cash

Panellists: Anil Stocker, Co-Founder and CEO, MarketInvoice

Edward Berks, Director of Banking and FinTech, Xero

Robert Ellice, Founder and CEO, easyProperty

Tim Sievers, Founder and CEO, Deposit Solutions

Panel Moderator: Mike O’Connell, CEO, Isosceles Finance


16:50    Power Panel: Attracting suitable growth capital from seed through to exit

  • What investors look for in series A and B investment rounds and how this may differ from seed rounds
  • How to make your business as attractive as possible to potential investors
  • Perfecting your pitch for post-series A investment and how to effectively communicate ROI in pre- and early- profit making stages
  • The importance of picking the right investor for your business and any red flags to watch out for during early encounters

Panellists: Goncalo de Vasconcelos, CEO, SyndicateRoom

Adam French, Co-Founder and CEO, Scalable Capital

Nelson Holzner, Founder and Former CEO, BillPay

Panel Moderator: Johan Lundberg, Founder, NFT Ventures


17:30     Chairperson’s closing remarks

Chair: Thomas Bull, Director – FinTech Strategy, Ernst & Young