Being a Judge at Cambridge’s Fintech Weekend – Great students supported by innovative Accelerator Program

On the 23rd Nov 2015 I was invited as a Judge to the Cambridge Business School Accelerator which organized it’s first FINTECH start-up weekend from 21-23 November 2014.

This three-day intensive event brought together finance and innovation entrepreneurs who wanted to address challenges in tomorrow’s banking. Participants had 54 hours to test their idea, build a team and pitch to a panel of judges. It was a great event and I was very impressed by both the students knowledge and enthusiasm for the fintech sector and the supportive environment by the Accelerator.

Enabling meaningful venture creation out of Cambridge

Accelerate Cambridge is a start-up “accelerator” established by Cambridge Judge Business School in May 2012. The School is situated in the centre of Cambridge, at the heart of the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Cluster, the city’s academic and business networks, both of which have a long tradition of entrepreneurship.

Slideshare summary with photos and tweets by the great teams:

Highlights of FINTECH Accelerator Weekend at Cambridge Judge Business School


Europe’s 1st Angel Network focused on FINTECH launches in London, UK

On the 20th November 2014, FINTECH Circle, Europe’s 1st Angel Network focussed on fintech investment opportunities launched in London’s Canary Wharf at Level39, Europe’s largest incubator for fintech companies.

It was a great evening with many investors, FINTECH entrepreneurs, senior directors in banking and FINTECH thought-leaders joining us to celebrate the launch of FINTECH Circle together. Both Jenny Tooth, CEO UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) and Claire Cockerton, CEO Innovate Finance gave fantastic keynote speeches on angel investing and the enourmous opportunities the fintech sector provides for investors and entrepreneurs.

FINTECH Circle is a highly vetted and curated Membership Club of senior investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders and influencers who all are enthusiastic about the growing FINTECH sector globally. Membership is by referral or invitation only. In addition to accessing top FINTECH investment opportunities, members also enjoy knowledge sharing amongst peers, access to Board and Non-exec positions in FINTECH companies and the opportunity to attend exclusive FINTECH and angel investment educational seminars. FINTECH Circle members who are self-certified HNW individuals or sophisticated investors will be invited to join FINTECH Circle’s Angel Network with bi-monthly FINTECH pitch events in London starting from January 2015. To apply for membership, please email your contact details to

Press updates:

FOREX Magnets attended launch event and reports

Level39 Fintech Angel Network launches at ClubLounge39

Finextra: Fintech angel network gears up for launch