The Kalifa Review of UK Fintech was published this morning, setting out a plan for the UK to retain its global leadership in fintech by helping the country’s financial technology firms to scale up, access the talent and finance they need, and deliver better financial services.

The Review considers the UK fintech sector’s current position and the “size of the prize” in terms of job creation, trade and investment, financial inclusion and economic recovery that the industry could deliver with the right strategic support.

The core of the Review is a five-point plan of recommendations based upon the key issues of policy and regulation, skills, investment, international opportunities and national connectivity.

Augmentum Fintech CEO Tim Levene said:

“Augmentum has been a pioneer in opening up the fintech asset class to public market investors, allowing institutional investors alongside retail investors to get diversified exposure to this emerging sector.

 

“We agree there is a need to encourage UK institutions, in particular pensions funds, to invest in fintech, one of the UK’s best performing asset classes, and we welcome the report’s recommendations in this important area. Augmentum remains one of the few ways that public market investors can access fintech and we know from conversations with our current and prospective investors that there is considerable appetite amongst UK institutions to access opportunities in this fast growing and innovative space. We believe there is significant opportunity and demand for a greater pool of capital flowing into fintech which in turn can only strengthen the UK tech ecosystem.

 

“Despite Brexit and initiatives by European capitals to provide generous state funding mechanisms to dilute dependence on London and to grow their own tech ecosystems, we still see some of the best European Fintechs and their founders coming to the UK to innovate and to grow their businesses. Over half of Augmentum’s UK based portfolio companies have non-UK founders/CEOs, and we believe this trend will continue, especially if the right policy framework is introduced to ensure talent can still access the UK.”

Read the Review here

Georgie Hazell

Georgie heads up engagement at Augmentum, which involves supporting portfolio companies, engaging with investors and the wider fintech ecosystem (including marketing and events), and supporting the team internally.

Georgie has worked in a number of startups across people, strategy and growth leadership positions. Following her MBA and a consultancy project with Crowdcube, Georgie moved into venture capital.

Passionate about diversity and inclusion, particularly in VC and entrepreneurship, Georgie founded women in tech network Elevate, led on UK expansion for Her Campus Media, volunteers with Diversity VC and mentored with The Girls Network.

Ellen Logan

Ellen is an Investor at Augmentum. She previously worked at OC&C Strategy Consultants and at HR analytics startup Bunch. Ellen studied Economics at the University of Edinburgh.

Outside of the office she spends her time practicing yoga, experimenting in the kitchen and exploring the art galleries of London.

Learn more about Ellen in her ‘Meet the Team’ blog here

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Sofia Wiecko

Sofia oversees the financial and administrative operations at Augmentum and has over 15 years’ experience in financial accounting.

Believing in giving back to the community, Sofia is active in a number of local charities.

Hayley Manning

Hayley is Augmentum’s Office Manager and PA. Prior to working at Augmentum, Hayley worked at law firm Stephenson Harwood.

Nigel Szembel

Nigel leads Public Relations and Investor Relations at Augmentum. Nigel has had an international career in corporate affairs, communications and investor relations which, over 30 years, has included responsibility for UK, regional (EMEA and Latin America) and global functions; covering high-profile public companies, private companies, prominent individuals and public bodies, primarily in the financial services sector but also taking in consumer/fashion, planning policy, arts and the environment.

Akash Bajwa

Akash is an Investor at Augmentum Fintech. Prior to joining Augmentum, Akash worked at the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund, Barclays Ventures and Deloitte. Akash studied Accounting and Finance at Cass Business School.

Outside of work, Akash enjoys writing a blog on trends in technology and venture capital, runs ‘The European Tech Club’ on Clubhouse and volunteers with networks that support more investment in impact-driven companies in the private markets. Akash always looks forward to reading great books and playing tennis with friends as a way to unwind.

 

Learn more about Akash in his ‘Meet the Team’ blog here.

Reginald de Wasseige

Reginald (Reggie) is an Investor at Augmentum Fintech. Reggie started his career in private equity in Belgium (his home country), at Cobepa, and went on to explore entrepreneurship through founding a software company focusing on document security for large organisations. Off the back of both experiences, VC was a natural evolution and Reggie joined ABN AMRO Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Dutch bank, and relocated to Amsterdam. This first VC position introduced him to the world of fintech and was also the start of his international adventure.

Learn more about Reggie in his “Meet the team” feature here

Fareedah Daranijo

Fareedah is Augmentum’s Digital Marketing & Operations Assistant.

Prior to joining Augmentum, Fareedah studied Business and Management at university and conducted various placements across sales, marketing and project management, including with Bosch in Germany.

Outside of work, Fareedah enjoys travelling, learning about different cities and cultures, and volunteering in the local community.