The Digital Finance Forum has rebranded as Fintech Founders, according to a note from the group.
Founded and Chaired by LendInvest founder Christian Faes, the name change is said to indicate the group’s wider, scaled-up ambitions to become a network of influence and authority for all Fintech founders.
The Forum was established in 2016 with the aim of creating conversations and better collaboration amongst Fintech entrepreneurs, start-ups, and government officials. Over the last four years, the Forum has hosted a number of events and brought people closer together but as the DFF’s annual Summer Survey earlier this year made clear, many founders across the Fintech sector feel they and their businesses have been overlooked by Government.
Faes, and its Steering Group, have decided to refocus and to take a more assertive approach under the new name of Fintech Founders.
Faes says that now, more than ever, the Fintech sector is facing real challenges and the voice of founders need to be heard:
“We have therefore taken steps to strengthen and refresh ourselves and I am delighted that as Fintech Founders we will continue to pursue my ambition for the voice of founders to be understood by politicians and regulators. We are an organisation that will always reflect the concerns and issues of our members. We are also committed to being a direct channel for sharing ideas and solutions, and promote the excellent work that our sector delivers to the wider economy.”
Faes says that Fintech Founders will continue their work with the UK government to address the challenges of Fintechs in the UK.
“We have engaged with the Kalifa Review of the UK fintech landscape and will continue to call for the pressing needs of founders to be at the forefront of Government thinking. As part of this, we will be meeting with Ron Kalifa in the coming days. This will be the first of an exciting and informative programme of events that Fintech Founders will be hosting as we emerge from the pandemic.”
The new Steering Group includes six Fintech founders with additional members joining soon:
- Christian Faes, LendInvest (Chairman)
- Charlie Delingpole, Comply Advantage
- Paul Taylor, Thought Machine
- David Luck, Capital on Tap
- Freddy Kelly, CreditKudos
- Thomas Olszewski, Koyo