Click here to close now.


Containers Expo Blog Authors: Elizabeth White, Anders Wallgren, Greg O'Connor, Dana Gardner, Liz McMillan

News Feed Item

Innovate Finance, a New Industry Body for the UK fintech Industry, Launches Today in London with over 50 Founding Members

Innovate Finance, an industry body established to promote the interests of the UK’s rapidly growing financial technology (fintech) sector, launches today in London. Held at Level39, the launch was attended by over 250 of the country’s most senior representatives across the fintech community, financial services industry, government and media.

Innovate Finance is a new industry organisation that will accelerate the UK's leading position in the global financial services sector by directly supporting the next era of technology-led financial services innovators – whether they be young start-ups or established industry players. The body aims to be the voice of a new movement that believes in the immense transformative power of technology to improve every aspect of banking, finance and commerce. It will champion the UK as the undisputed centre of sustainable financial services and technology innovation, cultivate business opportunities for start-ups and drive diversity of choice for consumers.

The organisation launches today with over 50 founding members (refer to Editor’s Notes below for details). It will provide a single point of access to key industry influencers, clients, technologies, talent, finance and international marketplaces. Members are currently comprised of pre-revenue startups and multinational corporations across the insurance, retail & investment banking, technology, payments, remittance, crowdfunding and alternative finance sectors, among others. Driven by a team of fintech entrepreneurs, the organisation is wholly dedicated to growing the UK fintech sector.

Innovate Finance is supported by the City of London Corporation, as lead sponsor. The Canary Wharf Group plc is a founding sponsor committing funding and high-tech office and events space. The body is led by CEO Claire Cockerton, with a Board of Directors that includes fintech leaders such as Nick Hungerford of Nutmeg, Justin Fitzpatrick of DueDil, and Alastair Lukies of Monitise Plc, who will serve as the organisation’s Non-Executive Chairman. An Advisory Council of industry experts includes Eric Van der Kleij, Head of Level39 Technology Accelerator and Nadeem Shaikh of Anthemis Group,among others.

Chancellor George Osborne said:

“Key to the government’s long term economic plan is cementing Britain’s position as the centre of global finance. It’s only by harnessing innovations in finance, alongside our existing world class knowledge and skills in financial services, that we’ll ensure Britain’s financial sector continues to meet the diverse needs of businesses and consumers here and around the globe, and create the jobs and growth we all want to see in the future. That’s why it’s fantastic to be here today at the launch of Innovate Finance.”

Claire Cockerton, CEO and Director of Innovate Finance, said:

“The time has come for radical transformation of the financial services industry. Whether you are a consumer, banker or young entrepreneur – we all see enormous potential for innovation and growth in the financial services sector. Innovate Finance will be a pro-active members organisation dedicated to convening and accelerating visionary innovators, leading with our founding members. “While London and the UK provide the right talent, expertise, and market conditions, we believe our collective entrepreneurial spirit will lead us to compete and prosper on a global stage.

“Today, the organisation launches with our founding members, who will benefit from coming together beneath a powerful new brand to connect with key policy officials, industry influencers, investors, talent – and, most significantly, each other.”

Mark Boleat, Policy Chairman at the City of London Corporation, said:

“Innovation is integral to maintaining the UK's reputation as a provider of world leading financial services. The fintech sector is at the forefront of this drive to improve products and services for consumers and clients so the City of London Corporation is delighted to be working alongside Innovate Finance to accelerate its growth. This will encourage entrepreneurship, boost growth and help to create new high skilled jobs right across London and the UK. The capital already has a bigger fintech sector than Silicon Valley or New York but we firmly believe that there is considerable scope for further expansion.”

Sir George Iacobescu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Canary Wharf Group plc, said:

“We are actively supporting the UK’s mission to become a leading global player in fintech and believe Innovate Finance is an important milestone in delivering this vision. Canary Wharf is an ideal location for the new organisation. It has become an internationally recognised hub for financial innovation and home to some of the world’s largest multinationals and financial service providers. Canary Wharf is a natural point of convergence for the banking, professional services and technology sectors.”

The idea for Innovate Finance was born during the summer of 2013 when the UK Government asked Claire Cockerton and Eric Van der Kleij to write a report summarising the opportunities and challenges of the fintech sector. This report was followed by a series of roundtables with members of the ‘Founding 50’ and other key industry stakeholders to define the organisation’s ambition and structure.

A full programme of events, workshops, roundtables and member benefits can be found at and will include Innovate Finance’s first annual industry forum, policy roundtables and specialised innovation programmes.


Editors’ Notes:

For additional information, please visit

About Innovate Finance

Innovate Finance is an independent membership-based industry organisation that aims to advance the UK’s standing as a leader in financial technology (fintech) innovation – both domestically and abroad. Members range from the world’s leading global corporations to the UK’s most promising fintech start-ups and, through Innovate Finance, will receive a single point of access to policymakers, regulators, investors, customers, educators, talent and key commercial partners. Membership is open to all businesses that have a technology-centric approach to innovation in financial services and a presence in the UK. The organisation has a current roster of over 50 member companies, which are pioneering new digital products and services across the following sectors: insurance, retail and investment banking, payments, remittance, crowdfunding, cloud computing, big data, analytics and alternative finance. Innovate Finance is supported by the City of London Corporation, as lead sponsor, in addition to the Canary Wharf Group and membership fees. For a full list of members, member benefits, workshops and events please see and follow us @innfin.

About the City of London Corporation

The City of London Corporation provides local government and policing services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the 'Square Mile'. In addition, the City Corporation has three roles: (1) we support London’s communities by working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on economic regeneration, education and skills projects. In addition, the City of London Corporation’s charity City Bridge Trust makes grants of more than £15 million annually to charitable projects across London and we also support education with three independent schools, three City Academies, a primary school and the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music & Drama. (2) We also help look after key London heritage and green spaces including Tower Bridge, Museum of London, Barbican Centre, City gardens, Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches, and important ‘commons’ in south London. (3) And we also support and promote the ‘City’ as a world-leading financial and business hub, with outward and inward business delegations, high-profile civic events, research-driven policies all reflecting a long-term approach. See for more details.

About the Canary Wharf Group

Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. Canary Wharf has a working population of over 100,000 people in a diverse range of sectors for some of the world’s leading companies. It has paved the way for the regeneration of London’s Docklands and one in five Canary Wharf workers now lives in a local East London borough. It has helped London and the City consolidate its position at the centre of the business world. Established by Canary Wharf Group plc, at 29,000 square feet, Level39 is Europe’s largest accelerator space for businesses innovating in financial, retail and future city technologies. It helps growing businesses to deliver world-class financial technology products and services through unrivalled access to office, event and social facilities, new customers, partners, talent, investment, ideas and social and cultural amenities provided by Canary Wharf. See and @yourcanarywharf for more details.

Founding 50 Member Companies:



2 Azimo
3 Bankable
4 Barclays
5 Closir
6 Coinfloor
7 Contego
8 Crowd Cube
9 Crowdbnk
10 CrowdShed
11 Currency Cloud
12 Derivitec
13 Digital Shadows
14 Duedil
15 Elliptic
16 Essentia Analytics
17 eToro
18 Fleximize
19 GamBond®
20 GoCoin
22 IBM
24 Lending Works
25 LendInvest
26 Lloyds
27 MasterCard
28 Meniga
29 Microexchanges
30 miiCard
31 Money Mover
32 Monitise
33 Nutmeg
34 OnTrees
35 OpenFin
36 Percentile
37 Ratesetter
38 RBS
39 S&P Capital IQ
40 Santander
41 Silicon Valley Bank
42 Swift
43 Syndicate Room
44 Telefónica
45 TradeRiver Finance Ltd
46 TransferGo
47 Transferwise
48 Trillion Fund
49 Urica
50 Utilidex
51 Visa
52 Xcordis
53 Yoyo

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Ben Perlmutter, a Sales Engineer with IBM Cloudant, demonstrated techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user experience, both offline and online. The focus of this talk was on IBM Cloudant, Apache CouchDB, and ...
Container technology is shaping the future of DevOps and it’s also changing the way organizations think about application development. With the rise of mobile applications in the enterprise, businesses are abandoning year-long development cycles and embracing technologies that enable rapid development and continuous deployment of apps. In his session at DevOps Summit, Kurt Collins, Developer Evangelist at, examined how Docker has evolved into a highly effective tool for application delivery by allowing increasingly popular Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (mBaaS) platforms to quickly crea...
Cloud computing delivers on-demand resources that provide businesses with flexibility and cost-savings. The challenge in moving workloads to the cloud has been the cost and complexity of ensuring the initial and ongoing security and regulatory (PCI, HIPAA, FFIEC) compliance across private and public clouds. Manual security compliance is slow, prone to human error, and represents over 50% of the cost of managing cloud applications. Determining how to automate cloud security compliance is critical to maintaining positive ROI. Raxak Protect is an automated security compliance SaaS platform and ma...
The cloud. Like a comic book superhero, there seems to be no problem it can’t fix or cost it can’t slash. Yet making the transition is not always easy and production environments are still largely on premise. Taking some practical and sensible steps to reduce risk can also help provide a basis for a successful cloud transition. A plethora of surveys from the likes of IDG and Gartner show that more than 70 percent of enterprises have deployed at least one or more cloud application or workload. Yet a closer inspection at the data reveals less than half of these cloud projects involve production...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 7-9, 2016 at Javits Center, New York City and Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 18th International @CloudExpo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York and Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound cha...
We are rapidly moving to a brave new world of interconnected smart homes, cars, offices and factories known as the Internet of Things (IoT). Sensors and monitoring devices will touch every part of our lives. Let's take a closer look at the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is a worldwide network of objects and devices connected to the Internet. They are electronics, sensors, software and more. These objects connect to the Internet and can be controlled remotely via apps and programs. Because they can be accessed via the Internet, these devices create a tremendous opportunity to inte...
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi’s VP Business Development and Engineering, explored the IoT cloud-based platform technologies driving this change including privacy controls, data transparency and integration of real time context with p...
We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on about how much data there is, in his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing at HGST, showed how to capture all of your data in one place. After you have your data under control, you can then analyze it in one place, saving time and resources.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data shows "less than 10 percent of IoT developers are making enough to support a reasonably sized team....
Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year’s Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points.
DevOps is about increasing efficiency, but nothing is more inefficient than building the same application twice. However, this is a routine occurrence with enterprise applications that need both a rich desktop web interface and strong mobile support. With recent technological advances from Isomorphic Software and others, rich desktop and tuned mobile experiences can now be created with a single codebase – without compromising functionality, performance or usability. In his session at DevOps Summit, Charles Kendrick, CTO and Chief Architect at Isomorphic Software, demonstrated examples of com...
As organizations realize the scope of the Internet of Things, gaining key insights from Big Data, through the use of advanced analytics, becomes crucial. However, IoT also creates the need for petabyte scale storage of data from millions of devices. A new type of Storage is required which seamlessly integrates robust data analytics with massive scale. These storage systems will act as “smart systems” provide in-place analytics that speed discovery and enable businesses to quickly derive meaningful and actionable insights. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Paul Turner, Chief Marketing Officer at...
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign, explored the key ingredients of cross-channel marketing in a digital world. Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects).
The Internet of Everything is re-shaping technology trends–moving away from “request/response” architecture to an “always-on” Streaming Web where data is in constant motion and secure, reliable communication is an absolute necessity. As more and more THINGS go online, the challenges that developers will need to address will only increase exponentially. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Todd Greene, Founder & CEO of PubNub, exploreed the current state of IoT connectivity and review key trends and technology requirements that will drive the Internet of Things from hype to reality.
Two weeks ago (November 3-5), I attended the Cloud Expo Silicon Valley as a speaker, where I presented on the security and privacy due diligence requirements for cloud solutions. Cloud security is a topical issue for every CIO, CISO, and technology buyer. Decision-makers are always looking for insights on how to mitigate the security risks of implementing and using cloud solutions. Based on the presentation topics covered at the conference, as well as the general discussions heard between sessions, I wanted to share some of my observations on emerging trends. As cyber security serves as a fou...
Continuous processes around the development and deployment of applications are both impacted by -- and a benefit to -- the Internet of Things trend. To help better understand the relationship between DevOps and a plethora of new end-devices and data please welcome Gary Gruver, consultant, author and a former IT executive who has led many large-scale IT transformation projects, and John Jeremiah, Technology Evangelist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), on Twitter at @j_jeremiah. The discussion is moderated by me, Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
With all the incredible momentum behind the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, it is easy to forget that not a single CEO wakes up and wonders if “my IoT is broken.” What they wonder is if they are making the right decisions to do all they can to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve customer experience – effectively the same challenges they have always had in growing their business. The exciting thing about the IoT industry is now these decisions can be better, faster, and smarter. Now all corporate assets – people, objects, and spaces – can share information about themselves and thei...