Funding & Future Growth for FinTech and other SME’s in the UK

30th November 2023 from 6:00pm — 8:00pm • Information Technologists' Hall

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A “Fireside Chat” and open discussion, jointly hosted by the WCIT Entrepreneurship Panel and the Financial Services Technology Panel

FinTech today is a hot topic and “behind the scenes” affects every one of us. As such, we are delighted to welcome 2 outstanding speakers for our November Event. Our Moderator Rob Wirszycz will host the guest speakers and moderate the open forum discussion.

More than 99% of the UK private sector businesses are SMEs, and FinTech is the UK’s most substantial start-up sector, with over 1,400 high-growth FinTech firms currently active, with UK FinTech investments hitting £13.8bn in 2022. So, the support, nurturing, funding, and mentoring for FinTech and other tech scale-up companies is fundamental to the success of the UK market. This forum focuses on the key steps in the growth of a SME – how to attract the right investment at the right time. It aims to offer the attendees the ability to gain invaluable insight into the UK Tech world, the funding potential, ongoing innovation, the topical issues and the future direction, and to hear from investor professionals their tips to ensure success and pitfalls to avoid.

There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss with the presenters their views on this crucial market for the information technology landscape here in the UK.

Panel speakers

Rob Wirszycz works as chairman, advisor and mentor for high growth businesses. Over the last 18 years, he has been directly involved in multiple fundraisings and exits. He is also the immediate Past master at the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. A serial entrepreneur and Chair & Co Founder.

Ian Merricks is Founder and Proposition Lead for VenturePath, which is the membership-based community of the UK’s most ambitious tech scaleup founders (£1-10m+ revenue). It provides these entrepreneurs with the network, knowledge, peer support and on-demand business growth skills training, plus if required, access to VC funding from a pool of £6bn+ of growth capital. Ian is also Managing Partner at White Horse Capital; an investment advisory boutique, specialising in advising growing businesses on their commercial and corporate finance strategies.

Kirsty Rutter is Group Strategic Investment Director at Lloyds Banking Group. Making investment in fintech an accelerant of Lloyds Bank’s strategic objectives. Equity investment, portfolio management and business development. She is also Non-Executive Director at Ocula and Moneyhub and passionate about the opportunity new technologies provide customers & businesses


John O’Connell is a high-profile technology entrepreneur and investor, having founded , floated on the London market and sold Staffware plc for £200m almost 20 years ago. He has since invested in & chaired c. 20 technology businesses, LSE & AIM Listed, VC/PE backed and startups, evolving to ScaleUp Group which has raised c£60m for its clients inc. co-investment by John and his fellow 30+ entrepreneurs, who also give advice & guidance, and help find management talent etc.


Cost £12 inc VAT to include refreshments.

FinTech EP Event Flyer – November 2023