This is not news to anyone: In 2022, men get pregnant Still mostly European and global fintech chains. The numbers speak for themselves. only in the world 12% of companies in the sector (co-founded) by women. all over Europe, go down to 5%. While in France, they are only 12% hold a management position, and even fewer are the founders (9%). the reason ? Fintech suffers from a combination of two industries, finance and technology, where women have historically been underrepresented. However, a small handful of influential founders and CEOs have managed to make their way. In Amsterdam (Netherlands), some of them participated in Money 20/20, an event that FinTech should not miss. Overview.
Kristin de Wendel (Sunday)
Christine de Wendel is one of the important women in the French technology community. He’s one of the few to hold management positions at “unicorns,” these young companies valued at over $1 billion: first Zalando, a German e-commerce giant specializing in fashion, then ManoMano, who specializes in DIY and decoration items. In 2020, she took the lead by launching her own business. Together with Victor Luger (who she met while pursuing the Franco-American Foundation’s Young Leaders Program) and Tigran Seydoux, she created Startup Sunday, an app that offers to pay the bill without having to get up. Already in use by about 5,200 restaurants in France, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States – where it set up its headquarters shortly after its establishment – and in Canada, FinTech will be operating by summer 2022 in Italy, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Elizabeth Rossello (AZA Finance)
Elizabeth Rossello is the founder and CEO of fintech company AZA Finance (formerly BitPesa). Founded in Nairobi (Kenya) but headquartered in London (UK) since then, AZA Finance enables businesses to transfer money, exchange currency, make payments and settle easily in all major African currencies and G20 (including cryptocurrencies). A committed woman, Elizabeth Rosselló aims to expand access to financial technologies. In 2022, she was included in the ranking of the 45 most influential women in financial technology, conducted by Innovate Finance.
Anne Boden (Starling Bank)
Anne Boden is the founder and CEO of Starling Bank, one of the UK’s leading new banks. Since establishing Starling in 2014, the Welsh entrepreneur has managed to make FinTech a leading bank, holding the title of ‘Best UK Bank’ for four consecutive years. With nearly 3 million users and an 8% market share among UK companies, Starling has carved out a niche for itself in the competitive fintech world, and is turning a profit, which is somewhat rare in this sector.
Ann Boden is a thought leader in the fintech sector, championing the place of women entrepreneurs in the ultra-male world of finance, and has been appointed to head a think tank on the topic by the government. In 2018, she was awarded the OBE for her services in FinTech. The entrepreneur spoke at Money 20/20 to discuss the potential threat that cryptocurrencies pose to payment security.
Eleonor Crespo (tincture)
Éléonore Crespo is one of the new characters in French Tech. A former Google CEO and investor in Index Ventures, the young woman co-founded Pigment with Romain Niccoli (formerly Criteo) in 2019. In concrete terms, the startup has developed Saas software that allows companies to plan their finances using dynamic data. The little shot has grown rapidly and raised €21.3 million in 2020, then an additional €63 million a year later.
Simon Maine (elliptical)
Simone Maini is the CEO of Elliptic, a British specialist in blockchain data analysis. With a degree in history from the University of Cambridge, the young woman started her career in the traditional world of finance at Deutsche Bank. She then spent four years at Kroll, a risk advisory firm, before becoming COO of Elliptic in 2016, and then CEO in April 2020. While she insists on the need for more diversification in FinTech, Simone Maini sees cryptocurrency as a tool for emancipation and independence. women’s finances.
Samantha Seton (moneyhop)
Samantha Seton is CEO of Moneyhub, a UK-based platform that provides open banking, open finance and open data solutions aimed at enabling businesses to transform data into personalized digital experiences and initiate payments. Committed to greater diversity and inclusion in FinTech, the leader believes that technology can truly improve the financial well-being of everyone.
What is certain is that Samantha Seton has more than one chain in her bracket: In addition to running MoneyHub, she is a Non-Executive Director of the Charities Aid Foundation, a co-founder of Open51 (the Association for Women committed to Transforming Financial Services and Building the New Digital Economy), and an advisory board member At The Big Exchange (Influencer Investment Platform).