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The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: Lawrence Wintermeyer

No. 28 Innovate Finance

  • By Peter Vasiliev

28. Lawrence Wintermeyer
Chief Executive Officer
Innovate Finance
Last year: 34

Innovate Finance, an association launched two years ago by then–chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, City of London Corp., and Canary Wharf Group, may not be the only reason “the U.K. is now recognized as the leading global fintech hub,” as Lawrence Wintermeyer boasts. But with more than 250 members, ranging from raw start-ups to large-valuation “unicorns” to leading financial institutions, Innovate Finance is undeniably one of the focal points for a world-class technological ecosystem on par with the City’s stature as a global financial center. The Brexit vote in June caused barely a blip in London’s fintech development and funding momentum — it was “more of an emotional shock than anything else,” according to Wintermeyer, who adds, “New York is really our sister hub.” It’s a friendly rivalry. Partnership Fund for New York City chief executive Maria Gotsch (No. 12) gave a keynote speech on September 7 when Innovate Finance formally launched its East Coast Program, promoting what Wintermeyer calls “a collaborative environment for our members and influencers.” Two weeks before that Innovate Finance joined in an announcement with SWIFT’s Innotribe innovation arm (see Fabian Vandenreydt, No. 24) that unveiled the Global FinTech Hubs Federation. The idea is to “connect entrepreneurs and investors, report on the landscapes and get some degree of consistency on where the money is going, what’s hot and what’s not, and what’s going on on the regulatory side of things,” says Wintermeyer, 51, a longtime digital strategy adviser who joined Innovate Finance as CEO in March 2015. Also on a global scale, at the United Nations ID2020 summit in May the London organization announced an initiative supporting the U.N. sustainable development goal of providing legal proof of identity to some 1.8 billion people who currently lack it. “Identity is really the first requirement to get access to bank accounts or liquidity,” Wintermeyer says. “We’re keen that this is one step in helping to solve not just financial inclusion but also the heinous things that happen to people who don’t have a legal identity.”


The 2016 Fintech Finance 35

1. Jonathan Korngold
General Atlantic
2. Matthew Harris
Bain Capital Ventures
3. Jane Gladstone
Evercore Partners
4. James Robinson III & James
Robinson IV
RRE Ventures
5. Steven McLaughlin
Financial Technology Partners
6. Amy Nauiokas & Sean Park
Anthemis Group
7. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital
8. Gerard
von Dohlen
Broadhaven Capital Partners
9. Darren Cohen
Goldman Sachs Group
10. Hans Morris
Nyca Partners
11. Meyer (Micky) Malka
Ribbit Capital
12. Maria Gotsch
Partnership Fund for New York City
13. Barry Silbert
Digital Currency Group
14. Jay Reinemann
Propel Venture Partners
15. Mariano Belinky
Santander InnoVentures
16. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSena
SenaHill Partners
17. François Robinet
AXA Strategic Ventures
18. Vanessa Colella
Citi Ventures
19. Michael Schlein
Accion International
20. Kenneth Marlin
Marlin & Associates
21. Rumi Morales
CME Ventures
22. Alastair (Alex) Rampell
Andreessen Horowitz
23. Steve Gibson
Euclid Opportunities
24. Fabian Vandenreydt
SWIFT
25. Vladislav Solodkiy
Life.SREDA
26. Gardiner Garrard III
TTV Capital
27. Nektarios Liolios
Startupbootcamp Fintech
28. Lawrence Wintermeyer
Innovate Finance
29. Bina Kalola
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
30. Hyder Jaffrey
Fintech Innovation
31. Calvin Choi
AMTD Group
32. Janos Barberis
FinTech
Hong Kong
33. Jalak Jobanputra
Future Perfect Ventures
34. Sopnendu Mohanty
Monetary Authority of Singapore
35. Oskar Mielczarek
de la Miel
Rakuten
FinTech Fund

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