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Reports from Rise

Rise FinTech Reports

The latest FinTech insights from across the world

The latest reports from Rise.

These reports bring you the latest FinTech insights from across the world and contain a snapshot of our global Rise network.

With over 250 companies across our Rise sites and over 300 alumni, we have access to a huge range of change makers in the industry. Our mission is to better connect technology, talent and trends from our network to accelerate innovation and growth for Barclays, startups and corporates.

We hope you enjoy and will share these insights.

Rise FinTech Insights October 2020

This edition of Rise FinTech Insights focuses on diversity within FinTech.

Building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment are at the heart of Barclays’ values: Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Stewardship. We are a better, stronger and more successful organisation as a result of it. As Jes Staley, Group Chief Executive Officer, Barclays says: “We are deeply committed to empowering the next generation of leaders, providing access to enterprise, employability and financial skills.”

This edition features contributions from practitioners, industry experts and our Rise site leads on the many ways in which diversity is informing a better future for financial services. Read about:

  • How the next generation is very evidently making great strides in FinTech
  • Why it’s now more important than ever to give diverse founders a seat at the Venture Capital table
  • Ways that diverse teams can help design out bias in AI algorithms
  • The experiences of some of our own diverse pioneers within the Rise ecosystem

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Founder of Stemettes, a remarkable organisation allowing girls and young women to get creative with tech, features in this edition. We have also interviewed her about what needs to be done to encourage more women into tech careers - read the interview here.

We hope you find the report interesting and useful.

Rise FinTech Insights July 2020

Welcome to the July 2020 edition of Rise FinTech Insights, our regular publication on trends and technology in FinTech. In this edition, we discuss the important topic of financial inclusion.

One thing that COVID-19 teaches us, if we needed reminding, is how many people across the world remain disadvantaged by not having access to basic financial services.

It’s a blight that prevents them from transacting for even the most basic goods and services. A simple bank account, for example, can open doors for individuals and families in ways that many of us take for granted. The ability to control payments, make financial decisions and invest in health, education and the future can lead to better lives.

It’s not just a nice-to-have. Without basic financial services, lives can be devastated. In an ever more connected world, it’s a subject that, in one way or another, affects us all.

Also in the report, Patrick Leonard, Managing Director and Co-Head of emerging FinTech for Barclays International spoke with Chris Britt, Co-Founder and CEO of Chime about the key role of challenger bank models in financial inclusion. Click here to read the Q&A: How Chime is helping its members achieve financial peace of mind.

We hope you find the report interesting and useful.

Rise FinTech Insights May 2020

Welcome to the May 2020 edition of the newly renamed Rise FinTech Insights, our regular take on the latest trends, topics, successes and happenings in the world of FinTech.

These are strange and challenging times, but we hope that you, your families and communities are staying safe and well. At Rise, we remain focused on building and maintaining a global community of the best minds in FinTech to disrupt, challenge and confront the way things are done in our industry. This edition of Rise FinTech Insights is part of that effort. We hope you enjoy it and we welcome your feedback. 

Right now, maintaining the ability to innovate is especially important to startups and scale-ups, which is why we've focused this edition on Open Banking. This is a technology that presents rich opportunities for FinTechs to uncover the potential in banking data and develop new financial products like funding platforms, supplier payment services, credit checks or insurance.

The report was officially launched on Thursday 14 May 2020. To celebrate, we held a virtual launch event, which several contributors from the report attended, including;

  • Mike Smith, Chief Product and Technology Officer, Barclays Ventures - Keynote
  • John Pitts, Policy lead, Plaid - "Building Blocks of Open Banking"
  • Sara Elinson, Principal, Fintech Strategy & Transactions Leader, Ernst & Young LLP - "Open Banking and Regulation"
  • Ed Maslaveckas, CEO, Bud - "Data Sharing"
  • Nari Ansari, General Partner, TCV - "FinTech VC during COVID-19"

Click here to listen to the playback of the event.

Now more than ever, people are at the heart of what we do, so you’ll also find another important highlight in this edition: news from our Rise site leads around the world, and how they're helping our communities in these times.

Q4 2019 Rise FinTech Report

Welcome to the Q4 2019 edition of the Rise FinTech report, our regular take on the latest trends, topics, successes and happenings in the world of FinTech.

In previous editions, we’ve looked at the FinTech scene in London, Israel and New York so this time we’re focusing on Asia, a region of constant innovation driven by China and India, which continue to be the largest FinTech hubs based on investment. Across the region, both consumer interest in startup technology and government support are considerable, making Asia fertile ground for disruptive innovation.

In this edition, we share some 2020 predictions and views from our Rise platform site leads as well as important developments in technology and trends that are impacting FinTech startups and the wider Asian population.

We also have an article by Abhishant Pant, founder of The FinTech Meetup, who has made an epic 25,000 km road trip to identify how advances in financial services and financial inclusion are helping address the needs of a large part of the population across Asia.

We hope you enjoy the contributions in this report.

Q3 2019 Rise FinTech Report

Welcome to the third edition of the Rise FinTech report.

Rise, created by Barclays, is a global network of the world’s top innovators working together to create the future of financial services. In this edition, we focus on the evolving New York FinTech scene.

We have an article on the Female Innovators Lab by Barclays and Anthemis, a New York City-based programme for budding female founders. We’re also delighted to showcase the winner of the 2019 Rise FinTech Company of the Year!

With over 150 companies across our Rise sites, we have access to a huge range of change makers in the industry. Our mission is to better connect technology, talent and trends from our network to accelerate innovation and growth for Barclays, startups and corporates.

We hope you enjoy and will share these insights. Join us and rise to the challenge.

Q2 2019 Rise FinTech Report

Welcome to the second edition of the Rise FinTech report.

Rise, created by Barclays, is a global network of the world’s top innovators working together to create the future of financial services. 

In this edition, we discuss ‘open innovation’, dig deep into the Israeli FinTech scene and ask how FinTech impacts financial inclusion. We also highlight some of the FinTechs who’ve made a mark in Q2.

With over 150 companies across our Rise sites we have access to a huge range of change makers in the industry. Our mission is to better connect technology, talent and trends from our network to accelerate innovation and growth for Barclays, startups and corporates.

We hope you enjoy and will share these insights. Join us and rise to the challenge to transform finance.

Q1 2019 Rise FinTech Report

Welcome to the first edition of the Rise FinTech report.

Rise, created by Barclays, is a global network of the world’s top innovators working together to create the future of financial services. This report is a snapshot of our global Rise network and brings you the latest FinTech insights from across the world for this quarter.

With over 250 companies across our Rise sites and over 300 alumni, we have access to a huge range of change makers in the industry. Our mission is to better connect technology, talent and trends from our network to accelerate innovation and growth for Barclays, startups and corporates.

We hope you enjoy and will share these insights. 

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