Startup Weekend Fintech London

    Friday, May 6 - 8, 2016

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Fintech London

Friday, May 6 - 8, 2016

Friday, May 6 - 8, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

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

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Come join us and build your idea into a unicorn FinTech startup!

We are delighted to announce a star studded line-up of sponsors, judges and coaches for the much awaited Startup Weekend FinTech at Google Campus on the first weekend of May!

We are proud to have Atom as a headline sponsor, followed by other big names in finance, tech and design - such as Uphold, Th_nk, Vestd and Growth Street. These sponsors will offer swag, mentoring, great prizes and assets that will help make the weekend a great success for all our participants. 

What is Startup Weekend

The startup movement has accelerated growth in many London and global industries, and fintech is one the most exciting and rapidly developing industries in the world! The time for entrepreneurs and innovators to work and invest in their ideas is now. The industry is more susceptible to ideas now than ever before. Our goal for this event is to connect people who are passionate and want to tackle the tough challenges in the financial and fintech industries, all while learning-by-doing, firsthand, what makes a business and an idea successful.

How does Startup Weekend work:

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.


Friday May 6th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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 May 7th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
15-minute talk
Introduction to lean canvas & customer validation

12:00 pm

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

2:00 pm
Design clinic
Get help and guidance from experienced designer mentors in a specialised workshop.

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

5:00 pm
Sore neck?
We have masseurs coming to give energising neck and shoulder massages.

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 May 8th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Design clinic
Get help and guidance from experienced designer mentors in a specialised workshop

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… Final chance to ask questions

2:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation. Tech-check for final presentations also takes place.

4:00 pm
Final Presentations

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Leigh Goodwin
Marketing Manager Atom Bank

Following nearly 10 years at some of the best known advertising agencies in London, working on accounts such as Land Rover, Vodafone and Guinness, Leigh moved to Atom to take on the challenge of building a brand from scratch and helping launching a bank design solely for digital.

Event Judges

Diana Biggs
Founder DCCB, Fintech Consultant & Start up Advisor

Diana Biggs has over 10 years of experience as a business strategy consultant and as an independent entrepreneur. Specializing in financial services and technology, she has advised major financial services institutions, governments, international organizations and NGOs in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Japan and North America.

For the past four years, Diana has been focused on financial inclusion, mobile for development and blockchain and digital currency technologies.

An avid technologist and early member of the 2600 community, Diana has been using the internet since before there was a web.

Chris Adelsbach
Managing Director

Chris is a UK-based entrepreneur, business mentor and angel investor.  He is the Managing Director of the Barclays/Techstars Accelerator in London and focusses on identifying and improving early stage fintech companies.   Techstars operates in 120 countries and runs 22 accelerators in 16 cities across the world.

Previous to Techstars Chris was co-founder of a specialist finance company that was subsequently sold to a leading Private Equity House and NASDAQ-listed company.

Chris is an angel investor in some of the leading fintech companies in the UK such as the fully digital bank - Atom Bank, alternative credit scoring company - Aire Labs, blockchain/insurance fraud detection business - Everledger, fully automated foreign exchange dispensary - Coino and alternative finance provider - Commuterclub.

Lisa Wood
CMO Atom Bank

"Chief Marketing Officer at Atom Bank, Lisa is an experienced marketer with the ambition to create a new bank that's in tune with how people really want to interact with their money.  Responsible for marketing, propositions and PR, Lisa is building a new brand from the ground up to engage and attract customers to a banking proposition designed solely for digital.  With 23 years experience in financial services, Lisa has held roles across a number of marketing disciplines, including building propositions, brand development and acquisition marketing.  Before moving to Atom, Lisa was Head of Marketing at first direct, responsible for refreshing their brand positioning and creating the “Barry the Platypus” campaign to re-engage a younger target audience.

Stewart Bromley

Stewart, who graduated from Warwick University, has over 28 years international blue chip corporate experience, within automotive, mobile telecommunications and finance sectors.

Stewart spent 6 years at first direct and HSBC, where he went on to create the first Digital Centre of Excellence for HSBC Group globally. He was accountable for all aspects of Digital for the HSBC Retail businesses in the UK, and for digital design & delivery for HSBC brands across Europe.

Stewart has led digital projects since the mid 90’s, and ran a mobile services hot-house team in 2000. His experience spans leading technology, people, change and digital throughout his career. At Atom, Stewart is the Chief Operating Officer, which encompasses Customer Operations, Intermediary Management, Customer Experience, Business Change, App Design & Development and the end to end programme delivery of the bank.

Tarek Nseir
Founder & CEO Think

Coaches and Mentors

James Sherwin-Smith
CEO Growth Street

James Sherwin-Smith is the CEO of Growth Street an alternative finance platform for SMEs that offers borrowers better finance terms on business overdrafts. Prior to Growth Street, James worked at MasterCard and management consultancy Oliver Wyman, where he led digital banking and payments across EMEA.

Naveed Akram
Co-founder Vestd

Naveed is the co-founder of Vestd and a leading proponent of the equity economy and its power to transform how businesses are conceived and built. 

Previously at Econsultancy, Naveed is deeply experienced in the innovation space where he brought agile thinking and startup methodology to some of the world’s leading brands. Intrinsically invested in the startup scene and his belief in the ability of small businesses to make a big impact on the world, he went on to form Vestd – a collaboration platform that connects entrepreneurs to a wide-ranging network of experts so they can invest in each other. 

Naveed is also the co-founder of ideas accelerator Inaverve, applying his boundless enthusiasm and knowledge (with a healthy dose of intuition) to invest in and advise early stage startups.

Lee Allen
Associate Partner Think

As Associate Partner at TH_NK, Lee helps organisations create and deliver transformative digital services and products. 

He has over 15 years of experience, drawing from the intersection of User Experience, Service Design, Design Thinkingand Knowledge Management.

In this time he has led strategic and design projects for both enterprise clients and start-ups, including redesigning the insurance experience for Bupa, imagining the future of fashion for ASOS and co-creating the Harry Potter legacy with its biggest fans for Pottermore.

Nick Wiles
Head of User Experience Atom Bank

  • Designing UI since 1994 – Anyone Remember Mosaic
  • Both Sides of the Fence – Agencies and Client Side, Contract and Permanent
  • Across the board – Retail, Banking, Entertainment, Leisure, B2B, B2C
  • Responsible for Atom UX
  • Operating in Unknown Territories
  • Excited as hell!
  • Sketching – Walls, Paper, Postits, Napkins, Tablecloths, Refreshing!
  • Mindmapper and solution finder
  • Driven – Understanding Users and Customers, Simple Things, Commonsense
  • Learning every minute of everyday.

Madeleine Blyth
Programme Manger - Barclays Accelerator Powered by Techstars

Madeleine is the Programme Manager of Techstars Barclays FinTech Accelerator. She has always worked with startups, mostly in Business Development and Marketing roles, in every sector from environmental technology to artificial intelligence. She was the editor of an online journal for social entrepreneurs and loves everything related to sustainable food.

Anthony Catt
Managing Director Oxygen Startups

Anthony is the Managing Director of Oxygen Startups, established in 2009 it is one of the UK and Europe’s longest serving Accelerators who have invested in 55 business to date and are currently focused on supporting corporate and public sector organisations such as PWC, AXA, British Council & UKTI in the development of their own accelerators based innovation programmes where they are looking to support early stage tech ventures, from idea to launch to scale. 

Anthony and Oxygen have experience working with FinTech startups and most recently worked with London based FinTech Unicorn TransferWise in New York City, where they designed and delivered a hackathon based design sprint programme called Break The Banks in which 160 developers, designers and entrepreneurs descended on Wall Street to take on some of the industries biggest challenges and create working solution within 4-days.  Alongside this Anthony is also a coach and mentor on the London Business School FinTech programme. 

Olli Sydanlammi
Head of Solutions Delivery Atom Bank

Currently working as Head of Solutions for Atom Bank, Olli has held senior technology leadership positions across the globe for +15 years. His experience includes academic- and hands-on experience in both IT/SW Engineering (BEng) and IT Law (LLM). Olli’s managerial experience covers top performing digital organisations and includes building and launching new innovative products, programs and operational excellence in global business environment.

Diane Faidy
Experience Design Director Th_nk

Diane heads up the experience design practice at TH_NK. She is a multidisciplinary designer who is truly passionate about digital experiences.  She has spent the past 7 years designing multi-platform customer journeys for organisations such as Orange, NASA and Brittany Ferries, and led the user experience team on game-changing start-up Atom Bank.

Alejandro Saucedo
Co-founder at Hack Partners

Alejandro is co-founder at Hack Partners, running HackTrain, together with five of the largest transport owning groups, and the department for transport. Currently two of their ongoing programmes include the RailTech accelerator and the HackTrain hackathon.

Paul Dunphy
UX Analyst Atom Bank

Paul is an interaction designer at Atom Bank. He spends his days designing user journeys in the mobile app; shaping business requirements that define the digital bank of the future; and leading our guerrilla usability testing. Before Atom, he spent 9 years as a human-computer interaction researcher at Newcastle University's Open Lab. There he designed and built things ranging from interactive tabletops, situated displays, Raspberry Pi-based CCTV systems (don't ask), to novel user authentication systems. He also spent time working at Microsoft and Nokia, and is named on 2 patents.      

Dea Markova
Head of Programmes Innovate Finance

Dea currently leads the programmes work at Innovate Finance - the UK's professional membership organisation for FinTech. Her areas of focus areas include scaling up, financial inclusion, distributed ledgers, and insurance. Previously, Dea worked in banking and insurance financial regulation for a while, but she moved to Innovate Finance right after the last Startup Weekend FinTech. 

Matt Theakston
Senior Experience Designer Th_nk

Over the past seven years Matt has been lead user experience designer on some of TH_NK’s most ambitious programmes, including Bupa, ASOS, Pottermore, Audi and Vue.

He has a background and Masters in Human-Computer Interaction and trained with two former leads from Apple’s human Interface group in Chicago before returning to the UK. He specialises in interaction design, but works across all facets of digital product and service design.

Lucy Nielson
UX Analyst Atom Bank

Lucy Neilson is a world travelling, learning addicted User Experience designer based in the North East of England.

Lucy built on her love of understanding people from her Degree in Media, Culture and Society at Northumbria Uni, to her present role as User Experience designer for Atom Bank. 

Currently focused on mortgages, most of Lucy's days are spent working with the close knit team tackling the unique challenge of working in a 3D environment with a distinctive and different interaction model. 

You'll usually find her with a pen in one hand and a coffee in the other and when she's not in the office she loves to travel and acquaint herself with the local cuisine.

Ryan Miller
Visual Designer Atom Bank

Analogue at birth but digital by design, Ryan has over 10years experience crafting unique visual experiences that aim to make users, humans smile. He currently works as a Visual Experience Designer for Atom Bank where day-to-day he’s tasked with designing & visualising entirely new and engaging ways in which users can interact with and manage their finances. This is an industry term for colouring in.

Dan Bradshaw
Art Director Th_nk

Dan is a digital creative with over 12 years’ experience working in some of London’s hottest digital agencies including TH_NK, FCB Global and LBi.

At TH_NK Dan works closely with design, UX and strategy teams to develop creative concepts and set the art direction for his clients. Over the years he has had the privilege of working with a vast range of businesses including Vue, Virgin Atlantic, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Guinness, Samsung and Vodafone. His digital creative work has earned him many awards, including D&AD, New York Festivals, Webby’s and Lovies.

Arthur Guy
Software Developer Vestd

Arthur is an experienced software developer with over 10 years experience working with companies big and small.

Having spent 10 years consulting with companies at various stages in their life cycle Arthur is now working for Vestd to develop and grow the innovative new collaboration platform for early stage startups and skilled contributors.

Arthur has worked a variety of projects from small internal projects automating manual processes through to designing and building social networks for millions of music fans.His experience working with companies at every stage of the lifecycle has given him a unique perspective and an arsenal of tools to call upon.

Thomas MacThomas
Head of Marketing

Tom is the marketer in residence at early-stage VC platform Forward Partners. 

He is an award winning growth marketer, having gained experience heading up the marketing function at high growth daily deals site Wowcher, online gaming firm William Hill Online and more recently the mobile app Bizzby. 

Tom helps the Forward Partners portfolio startups with marketing strategy and support, everything from PPC all the way through to TV.

Tzachi Davidovich
Co-founder and CEO of Cardlife

Tzachi is the co-founder/ CEO of Cardlife, a London based Fintech startup that helps teams to take control of their online SaaS subscriptions. In his free time, Tzachi supports startups with Founders Nation (his creation of love) and teach marketing at the Startup Institute London.

Danielle Johnson
Programme manager - Accenture’s FinTech Innovation Lab London

Danielle is the programme manager for Accenture’s FinTech Innovation Lab London. Now in its fourth year, the London Lab is run by Accenture in collaboration with a group of the UK's leading financial service institutions, angel investors and venture capital firms. The programme brings together young fintech companies with senior business and IT executives from 16 of the world’s leading banks. 

Danielle is part of Acccenture’s financial services consulting practice – focused on delivering value for investment banking clients. Danielle combines knowledge from her consulting background with experience of working with a broad spectrum of fintech companies through the Lab. This creates a unique viewpoint on the problems faced by the major players, and how start-ups should best position themselves for success in the industry.

James Blackham
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

James has spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs in a variety of roles. He currently leads the team responsible for digital strategy in the bank's Securities Division.  A large part of this involves overseeing the build out of the 'Marquee' platform - an open digital offering for the bank's institutional clients that allows them to connect to Goldman's trading and risk systems through web applications and APIs.

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.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Signature Sponsors

Atom is building this bank for you. They will learn and adapt to you, celebrating your individuality in every way. Your logo, your name, your colours (yes really!). Atom, uniquely yours.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend London is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

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  • Matt
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Gene Murphy
Co-Founder Startup Boost Pre-Accelerator, Co-Organiser Startup Week Dublin

Gene loves Startups! He is the Co-Founder Startup Boost a global pre-accelerator program for pre seed startups, Co-Organiser Startup Week Dublin and works with startup communities, city's and VC funds to increase opportunities for entrepreneurs.   He has also organised, helped or facilitated over 20 Startup Weekends! Previously he was a Co-Founder of Startup Ireland and Entrepreneur In Residence at Bank Of Ireland.

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Product Manager - Arbor Education

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