FINkit Teen Tech Accelerator
Apr27

FINkit Teen Tech Accelerator

Today is National Take Your Child to Work Day and at FINkit, we joined in early – running our own Teen Tech Accelerator a couple of weeks ago in the Easter Holidays so as not to detract from our children’s school work, especially as it has still to really take on in the UK as much as the US and they’d otherwise be missing a normal school day. Our objective was to really bring to life ‘a day at FINkit’ so rather than spending a day...

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RegTech Ready, Steady, Go: A Guide To RegTech for Beginners.
Mar27

RegTech Ready, Steady, Go: A Guide To RegTech for Beginners.

RegTech – a buzzword used commonly over the last year in FinTech and Finance – but what is it, who is it for and what does it do? Should you implement it? Do you need it? Just some of the dozens of questions I’ve been asked over the last six months and I thought I’d do a quick beginner’s guide as there are very little of those out there. And as to how to pronounce it – it’s Reg as in Peg, not your Great Uncle Reg who’s worth a...

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Dropping the curtain on ‘Innovation Theatre’: Part Three
Nov30

Dropping the curtain on ‘Innovation Theatre’: Part Three

“Trying to work with a bank is painful at best” Steve Lemon, Co-Founder of Currencycloud In his opening talk at ‘Dropping The Curtain on innovation Theatre’ on Monday, Alastair Lukies, the UK Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador for FinTech compared running a FinTech in the UK to being the baby iguana running for its life from the racer snakes on the BBC’s Planet Earth. Having been one of the early ‘FinTechs’ and spent a...

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Announcing our FINkit Partner Programme
Nov16

Announcing our FINkit Partner Programme

Today, we announce our FINkit Partner Programme, something I’m immensely proud of. You can read the announcement for yourself by following the link on this page, but I wanted to put some human narrative around what we have done and why. Firstly and quite purposely, we haven’t gone for a marketplace approach of ‘sign up and suit yourself’. Instead, my team and I have assessed over 120 FinTechs and Service...

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Friday FT FinTech Reflections
Sep16

Friday FT FinTech Reflections

At the beginning of the week, Retail Banking Correspondent for the Financial Times, Emma Dunkley wrote a report ‘Fintech startups put banks under pressure.’ It’s been passed around the office over the last few days and debated at length. Broadly, the article covers the various routes that banks are exploring to fend off the perceived challenge from faster moving, legacy-free startups: Creating FinTech projects themselves Launching...

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Innovation At The Edge
Aug10

Innovation At The Edge

The CMA’s report this week shouldn’t really have surprised anyone within the retail banking sector. We’ve spent a lot of time in Hackathons, Innovations Labs and Consumer-pilots, but is this visible to your average retail banking customer? Of course not. Banks – despite their best efforts (and some of the pilots are extraordinarily forward-thinking, despite what you might think) – are perceived as slow to react; their efforts are...

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When Challengers Become Black Swans
Jul29

When Challengers Become Black Swans

Hardly a surprise for anyone at FINkit, but this week there has been some great press about the rise of mobile banking (finextra, BBC, Business Insider) that made for good reading.  Well, until we delved a bit deeper.  The problem is mobile phones and tablets have browsers and can run apps. We find this again and again in digital, confusion between consumer touch-points and interactions, and the importance of getting those...

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FinTech enabling banks to leap forward
Jun21

FinTech enabling banks to leap forward

It’s London Tech Week and once again the UK have come out on top in Europe, when it comes to producing quality technology talent. However our new London Mayor has advised us not to rest on our laurels; companies must stay competitive by making the most out of growth opportunities in the tech sector, one of the largest being fintech enabling banks to potentially leap forward if they can take advantage. When it comes to digital growth...

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