UK FinTech Trade Mission to Zurich and Vienna in January 2019

The 2nd annual UK Fintech Mission to Zürich and Vienna matches senior executives in Swiss, Liechtensteiner and Austrian banks, insurance companies and venture capital firms and the most innovative UK-registered fintech and cybersecurity start-ups to build mutually beneficial business relationships.
€30 million in signed business deals generated from the previous Fintech Missions to Switzerland and Austria.

FinTech Scotland’s Stephen Ingledew and FDATA’s Gavin Littlejohn will join the Zurich Mission.

Switzerland: a leading global centre for finance and fintech

​Why Switzerland? Because it is home to over 260 banks. It is also the largest global financial centre for international clients in cross-border wealth management. At the end of 2015, assets under management in Switzerland totalled £5trillion.

Why join us in Zürich? Because it ranked sixth in the 2016 Global Financial Centres Index and 2nd in Europe (after London). Because a third of Switzerland’s 260+ banks have their head offices here. Some 510 banking institutions are also represented in Zurich in one form or another. Representatives from financial institutions in Geneva will be present too. Like Zurich, Geneva is a significant global financial centre. It ranked 4th in Europe and 15th globally on the 2016 Global Financial Centres Index. Geneva’s financial centre comprises some 140 banks. It is also a major centre for asset management. All these financial institutions understand the need to provide innovative digital solutions for their customers. They eagerly await your applications!

Why Austria? Isn’t it more Mozart than Fintech?

​The companies which you are pitching to have an extremely high market share across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). This means that, if they buy your products/services, you could immediately have a presence across upwards of 15 countries. In 2017, CB Insights ranked VC Speedinvest no. 1 most active Fintech VC in the EU, with a €100m fund dedicated to identifying the most innovative companies. Austria is a country of wealthy consumers, with GDP per capita of €38k (vs. €34k in UK). It also has the highest level of smartphone and internet access in the CEE region. The market for Fintech in Austria is projected to reach €588 million by 2020 and Fintech investments in the DACH Region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) rank 2nd in EU after the UK. Limited domestic expertise means big opportunities for UK companies to get first-mover advantage in the market. Check out our video of last year's event below:


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