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The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: Nektarios Liolios

No. 27

  • By Peter Vasiliev


27. Nektarios Liolios
Chief Executive Officer
Startupbootcamp FinTech
Last year: 31

From 2011 to 2014, Nektarios Liolios was in charge of the Innotribe Startup Challenge, one of the SWIFT network’s innovation initiatives overseen by Fabian Vandenreydt (No. 24). Liolios left to start a specialized fintech program under the aegis of Startupbootcamp, a global chain of technology accelerators in such fields as digital health, food technology, and the Internet of Things. In two years London’s Startupbootcamp Fintech has not only helped 15 young companies raise a total of €16 million ($17.9 million), but co-founder and CEO Liolios has taken the model to New York and Singapore. What’s more, applications are open for Startupbootcamp FinTech Mumbai; the Fintech & Cybersecurity boot camp is under way in Amsterdam; and Startupbootcamp InsurTech in London, also co-founded by Liolios, is entering its second year. He describes his mandate as “giving start-ups access to industry players; for banks and other partners, we are about R&D and experimentation.” Startupbootcamp puts companies through an intensive three months of mentoring and introductions to potential customers and funders. It offers London candidates, for example, such amenities as free office space, €550,000 in partner services, and €15,000 in relocation expenses in return for 6 percent of their equity. “The reality is that most of the financial and insurance industries understand the concept of R&D but don’t have the processes for it,” says Liolios, 49. “When a bank or asset manager builds a product, there is no experimentation. It’s a tweak of something.” In his view, they have to get faster: “No one has five years any more” to carry out a complex IT project. Liolios notes that despite considerable entrepreneurial interest in blockchain technology, “nobody has figured out how influential it will be. It has the potential to be transformational.” Half of his most recent cohort of start-ups are in robo-advisory and other asset and wealth management categories. His London graduates include BondIT, an algorithm-based system for bond portfolio managers; private investment management platform Delio; and Epiphyte, a blockchain-powered transaction settlement system.


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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