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 panelists 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: Wednesday 6th December

12:30     Doors open


13:00     Chairperson’s introduction


13:10     Opening keynote case study


13:30     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

13:50     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

14:30     Keynote case study 2


14:50     Networking break


15:10     Power Panel: How to balance agility and focus in order to accelerate growth

  • Understanding how to periodically adapt your business to maximise each phase of growth
  • Challenges associated with targeting the right customers, in the right industry, in the right geography
  • Balancing tactical short-term wins with long-term strategic focus

15:50     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 front line
  • How and when to seek additional capital investment versus running the business on cash

16:30     Power Panel: Attracting suitable investment 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

17:10     Closing keynote case study


17:30     Chairperson’s closing remarks


17:35     Drinks and networking


18:30     Leave for Founders Forum dinner