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FinTech Influencers

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FinTech Influencers is an exclusive, invitation only community founded by The Realization Group and Harrington Starr.

The group aims to identify and discuss how technology can tackle some of the biggest problems that the financial services community faces.

On this page you will find information on our work, including events, awards and related content.


Time for a Reality Check: How Close is the Blockchain Revolution in Capital Markets? – Advanced Technologies Meet Up

20 February 2019     6.00pm    WeWork, 33 Queen street, London, EC4R 1AP

Sophia Grami, CEO & Co-Founder at Synswap, a leading provider of blockchain-driven post-trade services for OTC derivatives, will be leading the conversation about the impact of blockchain in capital markets.

FinTech Influencers – What is new for FinTech in 2019?

5 February 2019     5.30pm    Simmons & Simmons LLP, CityPoint, 1 Ropemaker Street, EC2Y 9SS

This is the first in a series of FinTech Influencer events to be held during 2019. Our panel will discuss the overall Fintech landscape for the forthcoming year and will examine the trends, opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

We would like to thank Simmons & Simmons for kindly providing the space and the catering for the evening.

FinTech Influencers – Advanced Technologies Special Interest Group – Meet Up

5 December 2018     5.30pm     WeWork 33 Queen Street     Event Over

Steve Wilcockson, responsible for GeoFinance Market Development at Geospatial Insight, a leading provider of independent research derived from the analysis of satellite, aerial and drone imagery, led the discussion on The Changing Role of Quants in an Age of Alternative Data

Nominations are in

Most Influential FinTech companies 2019.

This year we launched the inaugural 100 Most Influential FinTech List in the Financial Technologist Magazine.
We’ve assembled another stellar group of judges this year to identify the most influential and ones to watch for 2019.
Is your company listed?
Find out at the next FinTech Influencers event in February.

Who is The Ultimate Fintech Workplace?


For the first time, The Harrington Starr Group has hosted an awards ceremony for The Ultimate Fintech Workplace, Diversity & Inclusion Champions and The Emerging Star of Fintech, voted by a judging panel including; Baringa, EY, Lloyds, Finastra, Barclays, Addleshaw Goddard, The Recruiter Magazine, The Realization Group and more.
Find out who won and much more by downloading the latest magazine.

Bridging the Gap: New Approaches to Creating a Culture of Innovation

We speak to Kim Johannessen of TreoTrade, Seismic Foundry’s Cathy Lyall, Richard Balarkas of Squarebook, Nomura’s Simon Hornibrook, James Maxfield of Ascendant Strategy and Lloyds Banking Group’s Sophie Bialaszewski and Kate Simmons, about what can be done differently by both financial institutions and FinTechs to put innovation back at the heart of the industry.

London is Open for FinTech Business

The recent meeting of the FinTech Influencers (powered by Harrington Starr and The Realization Group) took place at the spectacular offices of Zopa by London Bridge. With over 125 of the most influential names in UK FinTech present, the topic of FinTech 2018 was discussed by an excellent panel.

The Financial Technologist Q2 2018

The second edition of the Harrington Starr revamped Financial Technologist has landed and it’s one of the biggest yet! Featuring the follow up to the Definitive List of the Most Influential FinTechs 2018 with the 50 brightest and most exciting US companies, and the 25 FinTech Innovators.

FinTech Influencers – 2018 Event Programme

FinTech 2018 – What Next? – 25 January 2018 at Zopa

The first in a series of events held during 2018, our panel discussed the overall FinTech landscape for the forthcoming year and examined the trends, opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.


Culture & Innovation – 24 May 2018 at Lloyds Banking Group

In this second in the series of FinTech Influencers events, our panel discussed the challenges both buy-side and sell-side investment firms continue to face around embracing innovation, and investigate how those challenges can be overcome.


FinTech Influencers – Creating the ultimate FinTech workplace – a Blueprint – 1 November 2018 at Lloyds Banking Group

A fireside chat saw David Harris, Partner for FS Banking at Baringa, discuss the secrets behind their culture that has consistently seen them named the best place to work in the UK.
We also unveiled the winners of The Ultimate FinTech Workplace Awards and the 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Champions as well as launching the Financial Technologist Magazine’s special issue on FinTech Talent.