Looking forward to a month of events

Welcome to September! I’m excited to write this month’s blog post where we highlight the 2021 FinTech Scotland Festival.

September is always a month the FinTech Scotland team look forward! It’s a time to celebrate fintech, learn about developments, meet new people, and reconnect with old friends who are driving forward fintech innovation across Scotland and across the world.

This year we’re especially grateful to be able to welcome back more in person, and face to face events as we continue to emerge from the necessary restrictions over the last 18 months.

The festival kicks off on the 16th of September with the DIGIT FinTech Summit and concludes with the Times Scotland and Canongate Publishing event on actions and initiatives to drive global fintech leadership on the 14th of October.

For the first time in a long time, we’ll get to see people in person! We’ll experience the atmosphere and energy that comes from fintech innovation and specifically through the people that make fintech.

Fintech entrepreneurs and leaders will share their experiences and talk about the innovations shaping financial services and the future digital economy. We’ll hear from Nucleus, Sustainably and LendingCrowd on their thoughts about the opportunity fintech continues to present and about the fintech Cluster in Scotland. Soar, MoneyMatix and Exizent will give views on the opportunities for fintech to contribute to building back better post COVID. Fintechs such as Pour, Striver, Women’s Coin, Amiqus, Modulr and Gigged.ai also plan to share their experiences and ambitions for the future.

We’ll be hearing directly from fintech entrepreneurs on topics such as fast-tracking innovation, the future of crypto, how blockchain is transforming society, avoiding team burnout in fintech and how to scale a fintech! YES and YES!

The diverse mix of events and topics covered during the festival continue to demonstrate the breath of opportunity and significant range of contribution that makes fintech unique, inclusive and collaborative. It’s this support from a wide range of committed participants that allows fintech innovation in Scotland to thrive.

Like every year, our partners are also very much involved and we’re looking forward to attend events from RBS, Pinsent Masons, BT, PwC, Deloitte, The University of Edinburgh, The University of Strathclyde, IBM, Merkle, Checkpoint, SDI and no less than 6 events from the FCA.

We’re particularly excited to welcome colleagues from across the UK and the world as we continue to build national and international collaboration, share knowledge, and learn about fintech developments across regions and geographies.

We’re privileged and inspired to see the leadership, experience and expertise that plan to contribute across all the events, and I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone involved.

I’ll look forward to hearing your experiences and updates across the duration of the festival and I’m very much looking forward to seeing many of you in the coming weeks.

All the best