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City of London

Angel First: A Look at the Thriving FinTech Sector and Angel Investment Scene

30 Sep 2015
FinTech Sector and Angel Investment

IoD City held a very successful event examining Angel Investment, particularly with regards to the FinTech sector, in Level 39 in Canary Wharf on 30th September 2015

The venue is a major hub of innovation in the heart of the financial sector and boasts stunning views over the Thames and beyond.

As a reminder, the IoD City of London branch also covers Canary Wharf, bringing together some of the biggest financial institutions in the world.

Global investment in FinTech tripled in the last year to US$12 billion, and projections for annual global investment in FinTech are expected to reach $46bn in 2020.

London is looking to establish itself as the principal global hub for FinTech, but other cities such as Hong Kong are also emerging.

The event examined what is fuelling the sector’s growth, and what are the opportunities for start-ups, established financial institutions and investors?

We also looked at the fast growing angel investment scene, which has been instrumental in helping early stage start-ups take off. An estimated £850m per

We also examined what it takes to become an angel investor, and what are some of the success stories, pitfalls, and lessons learnt by those with experience in the field.

Our esteemed speakers included Eric van der Kleij, the head of Level39, Jenny Tooth, the CEO of the UK Business Angel Association and start-up expert Bindi Karia.

The event was also kindly supported by InvestHK, whose mission is to attract and retain foreign direct investment which is of strategic importance to the economic development of Hong Kong. It also aims to provide advice to firms that wish to set up an office or expand their existing business in Hong Kong.

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