On Wednesday 18th September, FWB Park Brown, in partnership with FinTech Scotland, the University of Aberdeen Business School and Opportunity North East, welcomed 70 guests to ONE’s Tech Hub for “Aberdeen does FinTech” – part of FinTech Scotland’s “FinTech Festival”.
Financial technology – FinTech – is seeing a surge of growth in central Scotland with new enterprises launching, international firms moving to Scotland and established technology firms developing new FinTech products. This same growth is evident in the North East but for many, “FinTech” is a term which is relatively new.
Kindly hosted by Stephen Ingledew, CEO of FinTech Scotland, “Aberdeen does FinTech” provided an introductory insight into all things FinTech – the corporates embracing it, the entrepreneurial landscape, the academics pioneering FinTech and the organisations supporting the FinTech agenda. Our diverse audience included FinTech entrepreneurs, academics, legal and financial service professionals and students.
Kris Lindahl (co-founder of Digital Future Capital), Jared Owen (Digital and Entrepreneurship Director at Opportunity North East), Tomas Carruthers (CEO of Project Heather) and Dr Marc Gronwald (Senior lecturer in Economics at the University of Aberdeen Business School) made up our esteemed panel for the evening, with discussion facilitated by Stephen Ingledew.
The evening’s discussion centred around “Can Aberdeen do FinTech?” – what opportunities lie in the North East market, how we are already shifting towards digitalisation and the North East’s “USP” as an industry hub. Also discussed were the diverse skillsets needed for the future workforce as well as how to make a career move into digital.