The day after the Innovative Finance Global Summit event (IFGS2018), we wake up with a smile of success and our minds full of new energy and inspiration.
The event gathered the global FinTech community at the historic Guildhall and Square Hall here in London, the Fintech capital of the world. It was 2 days of interesting talks, sharing of ideas, networking and culminating in the start-up pitch competition, Pitch360. Attendees were made up from a vast range of players in the field, from the world leading innovators, institutions and investors, to policy makers, regulators and international trade bodies.
On the first day, Akoni’s CEO Felicia Meyerowitz Singh was part of a panel session on Closing the Gender Gap in Fintech, in which Akoni pledged that we will maintain or exceed our 50% female workforce. She strongly believes that diversity will improve the range of products available. Currently only 29% of the workforce in Fintech is female and as Susanne Chishti said, this won’t change very fast if diversity is on a voluntary basis rather than if there are regulatory targets.
This was one of many interesting discussions we heard in the past two days and we are only beginning to process the content. Who knows what we all can produce from such inspiration.
Day 2 was very exciting for us, as we were one of the winners in the start-up pitch competition, Pitch360, for our category – Banking/Enterprise solutions. Akoni Hub’s platform, for maximising returns on business cash holdings, our Dynamic Cash Forecasting tool and our potential white labelling solution, were celebrated with the win and received amazing feedback.
It was a wonderful experience and Akoni looks forward to hearing more of the other fantastic start-ups we met.