Startup Weekend FinTech London

    Friday, October 24 - 26, 2014

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  5. Sponsors
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Startup Weekend FinTech London

Friday, October 24 - 26, 2014

Friday, October 24 - 26, 2014
Event starts at 7:30 pm

Campus London
4-5 Bonhill Street
London , UK EC2A 4BX

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Startup Weekend: The FinTech Edition

What is it:
Exactly what it says on the tin! A 54-hour event for developers, designers and entrepreneurs to hack on your latest fintech idea. You will be able to present your own concept and form a team around it or join forces with someone else. Over the weekend, you will be putting the foundations of a business case, designing and building a product prototype, testing your assumptions with a potential customers, and, on Sunday night, pitch the results of your weekend's work to a panel of investors and industry titans from across banking, insurance and payments. What's more, over the weekend, you will have access to over ten industry experts and mentors to help you bring your ideas to life. 

Who is it for:
Anyone with a passion for fintech is welcome! If you've been toying with an idea, but need a final push to make it happen, if you are looking for ways for form a great team, or if you are simply excited to get involved with a fintech startup at its conceptualisation, this weekend is for you. 

What's in it for the winning team: 
Everyone will have the chance to pitch in front of a panel of industry experts and investors. And all Startup Weekend Fintech participnats will receive £300 off the price of the Startup Institute's courses in London!

The winners will also get the following prizes:

The Top Prize: 
The top team will have a chance for really turn their weekend product into a viable proposition under the mentorship of Innovate Finance -- whose network and expertise in fintech will no doubt put the winning team on the path to success. 

The Insurance Prize: A Startup Weekend first! Any team working on an insurance startup over the  weekend will also be eligible for Aviva’s Insurance Prize. For the most innovative and breakthrough insurance startup of the weekend, Aviva will be offering the opportunity of 3 months incubation to help develop and grow the startup further.

The Design Prize: 
Awarded to the company with the best designed prototype. The designer(s) on the winning team will win a 2 week internship at top London creative agency Dare.

The Free Warm-up!  How to make the best of a Startup Weekend? What happens to the Startup Weekend winners once the 54 hours are over? What does it take to launch a successful fintech startup?  Get these and other questions answered at our free warm up event @ Innovation Warehouse, 9 October, 6:30 pm.

About our main sponsor: 
This weekend wouldn't happen without the support of Aviva. Aviva, the UK’s leading insurer, is connecting with the startup community to support and grow talented FinTech startups. From running a FinTech Hackathon in March to sponsoring the NewFinance Insurance Disrupters Programme, to becoming a founding member of Innovate Finance, to actively engaging with over 10 startups, to now FinTech Startup Weekend’s biggest sponsor, they are putting their mission to help nurture talented startups into action. Aviva believe that this is an industry ripe for disruption and look forward to supporting talented FinTech startups that are yet to be discovered! To find out more about Aviva Innovation, head to Twitter @AvivaInnovation or check out their growing community on


Friday October 24th

7:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

8:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

10:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:15 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday October 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm

8:15 pm
Winners announced and wrap-Up

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Bindi Karia
Vice President at Silicon Valley Bank

Andy Young
UK Country Lead at Stripe

Andy heads up UK operations for Stripe, the best way to accept card payments on websites and in mobile apps. An engineer at heart, he started out creating his own games at age 7 on a ZX Spectrum. Prior to Stripe Andy founded and served as CEO/CTO at membership management platform GroupSpaces, which he grew to help thousands of group leaders manage 5 million memberships worldwide, raising $2.5m investment along the way. He is creator of the Selective Tweets app, used by over 1 million people and brands to intelligently connect their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Andy likes building useful things, and using technology to help people.

Vassilios Alexiou
Creative Partner @ Boots Betalab

I work at the convergence of product & service design, creative tech and storytelling.

My background is in computer science and design; I found my calling when I discovered I could combine the two into meaningful interactive user journeys.

This led me to found Less Rain in 1998, with the vision to create work that moves, empowers and connects people.

I spent the next 15 years delivering interactive communication, products, services and platforms - as an agency owner, creative strategist, executive creative director and innovation specialist - working for brands like Red Bull, Victorinox, Sony, Oracle, Intel, Burberry, Land Rover, Fox Entertainment, Penguin, Puma and Alfa Romeo. I joined Dare in January 2014 and along a fantastic team of planners, creatives and technologists, we helped transform businesses like EE and Aviva by digitally connecting the customer experience.

I have recently joined Seven Seconds as Creative Partner. I work exclusively with Boots on designing innovative digital products and services that support their omni-channel strategy. It's terribly exciting.

Greg Rogers
Managing Director at Techstars

Greg is currently Executive Director at Techstars, the world’s leading accelerator programme for early stage technology start-ups and is responsible for accelerators and startup community programs outside of the US.  Prior to joining Techstars, Greg spent eleven years in New York City as an entrepreneur and senior manager. Most recently, he was founder and CEO of Pictela, a next gen ad serving company that was acquired by AOL in 2010. Greg then served as AOL's Senior Vice President of premium advertising until 2013. Before that, he was a VP at Tacoda, an online ad network pioneer that was later sold to Time Warner.  An active angel, Greg was the first investor in Namely and is currently a board member of Schedulicity, a leader in the appointment scheduling space.

Tom Stoddard
Chief Financial Officer at Aviva

Tom joined Aviva in April 2014 as chief financial officer and member of the Group Executive. Thomas is an investment banker, corporate lawyer and an asset based lender and has significant experience in a variety of senior financial advisory positions in institutions which specialise in insurance and financial services. This included acting as an advisor to Aviva. He was most recently Senior Managing Director, Head of Global Financial Institutions Advisory at the investment and advisory firm Blackstone Advisory Partners LP with responsibility for successfully driving Blackstone’s business of advising banks, insurers and other financial institutions globally.He was formerly an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (investment company) and its successor, Credit Suisse (financial services holding company), where he led the global insurance group as Managing Director.

Andrew Brehm
Chief Digital Officer at Aviva

Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in retail and consumer services – in commercial, operational and strategic roles across Europe and America.  He has particular expertise in digital eCommerce, both in entrepreneurial pureplays and major corporates. Most recently he created a connected homes business at British Gas, where he launched the “Hive” brand.  His earlier career was at Carphone Warehouse, Asda and McKinsey.    “I am thrilled to be joining Aviva – a strong brand committed to becoming a truly digital insurer.  We’ve all seen how technology has changed the way we live our lives; from buying groceries online to controlling our heating from anywhere with an app.  Now is the time to bring the digital revolution to insurance; transforming the way people can buy and use our products every day.

Coaches and Mentors

David McDougall
Consultant at Alliants

David McDougall is currently a consultant with Alliants, where he works with companies big and small to innovate and to improve their digital strategy and execution. He also advises early-stage startups in markets including fintech, mobile e-commerce, beauty/fashion, and two-sided marketplaces. He is a frequent organiser and mentor at Startup Weekend and at various accelerators & hackathons in London and beyond, where he teaches teams how to build something people want.

Tom Eilon
COO at

Tom is COO and Founder at Growth Street - currently on a mission to open up overdraft lending to small businesses. Previously Tom was Head of Product and Strategy at Metail, a venture capitalist at Atomico and a consultant at BCG. Tom studied physics at Cambridge University and has an MBA from INSEAD.

Sam Gilbert
CMO at Bought By Many

Sam is CMO at Bought by Many, the start-up using big data and social media to disrupt insurance distribution. Prior to joining Bought By Many as Employee No. 1, Sam was responsible for developing new products and growth strategies at Experian - including leading the UK start-up of LowerMyBills. He previously worked in senior online & strategy roles at Santander and HBOS. 

Scott Campbell
Lead Tech Futures and Alliances at Deloitte

Scott leads Tech Futures at Deloitte. His background is in Technology M&A and strategy. Tech Futures is focussed on advising and supporting our biggest clients harness the innovation that is in the market. He is also responsible for the venture and incubation activities in the firm.

He himself has started two businesses and now invests in start up ventures. 

Abdul Haseeb Basit
Head of Finance & Strategic Projects at Innovate Finance

Abdul is Head of Finance & Strategic Projects at Innovate Finance, the member-driven organisation that aims to accelerate the UK's leading position in global financial services by directly supporting the next era of technology-led financial services innovators. An Imperial MBA graduate, Abdul has worked in financial services across a variety of strategy and transformation roles for over a decade.

Ben Luckett
Strategy Director at Aviva

With over 15 years’ experience in strategic and customer roles Ben has a passion for delivering customer-led solutions.  Ben began his career designing web propositions specialising in information architecture, usability and CRM. He was a founding member of Accenture’s pioneering Integrative Design Group which focussed on creating compelling online customer experiences. He then went on to work for British Gas developing their ecommerce offering and marketing strategy. Ben joined Aviva in 2005 initially to develop customer strategy, as Strategy Director his role now covers strategy and development for the whole general insurance business.

Katarina Jones
Associate Director at Startup Institute

Katarina is the Associate Director of Startup Institute in London, the career accelerator that helps individuals gain the skills, mindset and network to succeed in jobs at startups. Prior to joining Startup Institute, Katarina was the London Coordinator of Startup Weekend NEXT, a co-organiser of Startup Weekend events, and worked at a startup in the environmental sector.

Andries Smit
Transformation Director - Aviva

Andries Smit is a Transformation Director at Aviva and founder of the Disruptive Innovation initiative. Andries is a seasoned Entrepreneur and has started more than 14 businesses over the last 10 years. This combined with his formal training and working experience as a Chartered Accountant gives him unique insight across both startup and corporate, finance and tech. Placing him as an ideal mentor to any new financial services idea or startup.

Richard Marr
CTO and co-founder - Guevara

Richard is a founder of Guevara, winner of Wired Money's startup competition and the world's first social insurance platform. An Imperial College graduate, Richard is a proven technologist and a serial maker. He was an early hire at Justgiving, taking their software quality to the next stage and pushing them up their growth curve. Specialisms include data processing pipelines, search technology, deleting code, and swearing at bugs until they go away.

Joshua Green
Investment Director - Arts Alliance

Joshua joined Arts Alliance in August 2003 and is responsible for a variety of analytic, financial and deal making processes for our activities in Europe. Joshua helped to set up Lovefilm where he served as its interim CFO. Joshua previously held the role of Associate Director of Strategic Development for Arts Alliance Media, and in this role, led the financial and business planning for the Digital Cinema initiative, culminating in a successful bid for US$20m of lottery money via the UK Film Council. He continues his involvement here by assisting AAM in raising debt finance for Digital Cinema infrastructure. 

Greg Hinch
CTO - We Are Pop Up

Greg is CTO of We Are Pop Up, an online marketplace for renting short-term retail, food, and event space, and an alumni of Springboard Mobile 2012 (now Techstars London), where he designed and built the first version of the software. His current duties include managing software product development, infrastructure, technology strategy, and even some time still coding now and then. Having come to the UK from California to work with the founding team on We Are Pop Up, Greg has been developing software and web applications/services since 2003 for corporates, agencies, and startups, primarily in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Paul Anderson
Co-founder - Guevara

Paul is an antipodean caffeine enthusiast who is always keen to take on the open road. Co-founder of peer-to-peer car insurance platform Guevara, he has now fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a car insurance salesman.  Having won Wired Money's startup competition, he now spends his days at Guevara crunching numbers and taking care of operations.  Previously Paul spent time studying the dark arts of Investment Banking and Private Equity.

Heather Smith
Marketing Director

I started my professional career with NCR Ltd in London on the classic graduate programme ensuring a solid grounding in the Sales and Marketing disciplines. Working across a variety of products (including ATMs) and clients (all in financial services) I developed a strong passion for delivering results and making a difference for customers. My personal life then took me to the south coast and I joined Norwich Union Healthcare (now Aviva). Being part of a business start up and developing the marketing model and plan for a well know brand coming into a new product space against very well and established brands was a marketing dream and a great challenge. I then moved to the direct insurance business where I led the sales and marketing for the general insurance products (car, home, travel etc) competing in a highly commoditised price driven space. This is where I developed real strength and depth on the power of Digital marketing and ensuring the whole end to end offer and customer experience was robust. I then had a spell leading the Sponsorship and Corporate Responsibility team and also working for a year on the rebrand from Norwich Union to Aviva. I have been back leading Marketing for the GI and Direct businesses including  the development of My Aviva single customer portal and app as well as the Aviva Drive app. This has demonstrated the value and strength of the composite and is helping us establish strong digital credentials which has led to Aviva being the biggest riser in the Nunwood 2014 Customer Excellence ranking.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend FinTech London team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend London is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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