First ever FinTech conference to take place in the North East

The first ever FinTech North conference in the North East has recently took place, bringing together the region’s financial services and technology community.

A 300-strong, full capacity crowd gathered at Sage HQ to hear from some of the region’s most established tech companies, trade bodies and academics, along with the North East’s most exciting FinTech startups.

Mark Mullen, CEO of Atom Bank, was one of the day’s speakers.

He said: “When Atom started out, our seed capital came from a small group of North East-based investors. Our institutional investors, all based in London, had only one question about us choosing Durham as our home: can you access the talent? The answer is yes.

“Admittedly, there is still some work to do, and so we’re investing a hell of a lot into the North East. For example, we have a close relationship with the Institute of Coding at Newcastle University, we’re The Prince’s Trust STEM partner for the North East, we run an incubator service from our HQ in Durham, and we have two Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with Newcastle University and Durham University.

“We’ll be raising more capital in 2020, and we’ll be spending it here in the North East. It has always been our intention to embed ourselves in our community, so whatever happens to the future of Atom, we create value each day we exist. There is no better kick you can get from business than creating employment in your community.”

Delegates at FinTech North also have the opportunity to hear from some of the North East’s most innovative startups; including reporting and reconciliation platform Kani Payments, SME invoice payment platform Paid, and reverse auction car insurance marketplace Honcho, who were all awarded places on the prestigious Tech Nation FinTech accelerator programme this year.