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The tech capital is busier than ever. London Tech Week (11th-17th June) brought 55,000 people together to celebrate everything tech from the world’s first electric cake to the latest developments in Augmented Reality.

Our founder and CEO Anne Boden is much sought-after on the tech speaker circuit. Her diary is always jam-packed with appearances on industry-leading panels and platforms, where she regularly shares the story of Starling Bank and her thoughts on the most pressing fintech issues.

During London Tech Week, Tech Nation FinTech Programme, a growth programme for financial technology startups, announced that Anne will be joining the judging panel. Applications will close on 17th July so if you’re an early-stage fintech startup, enter now to be in with a chance of attending a 24-hour induction, networking events and insight sessions with some of the leading entrepreneurs, investors and partners in fintech.

Two other headlines caught our eye during London Tech Week. The first was the launch of the British Patient Capital Programme by the British Business Bank (BBB). The £2.5bn programme aims to match the US in creating the next generation of ‘unicorn’ firms (not the mythical creatures, the tech startup companies that reach a $1 billion dollar market value.)

The second was the government’s statement on the new Startup Visa that proposes to streamline the application process for entrepreneurs and tech experts. The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, wants to attract talent and encourage business in the UK through the new “startup visa,” available to people who want to start their own business in the UK.

The FinTech Strategy Group, created by Innovate Finance and City of London Corporation, is also seeking to help grow fintech in the UK. Anne became part of the group when it launched in March 2018 and will continue to work with them to open up opportunities within fintech. She’s also a member of the fintech Strategy Group, created by Innovate Finance and City of London Corporation.

Anne made an appearance with TechCrunch journalist Steve O’Hear at StartupGrind Europe where 2,500 founders, investors, and innovators met to learn, share and connect with each other for London Tech Week.

As a tech founder, Anne knows only too well what it’s like to get a DM from Steve at 10pm seeking her take on his latest scoop. But this time the tables were turned and Anne became the one interviewing Steve on stage.

Steve’s wide exposure to tech entrepreneurs, and his own experience as co-founder and CEO of Beepl, a question and answer site, means he has a unique take on the startup and scaleup scene. He was outspoken on the lack of transparency in the big tech firms and revealed that his favourite entrepreneurs were, “the ones who are honest and transparent, especially when things go wrong.” Steve spoke about the tendency of companies to bring in lobbyists (rather than PR specialists or former journalists) to run their communications once they reach a certain size, a contributing factor when it comes to honesty and integrity within the industry. He added that the best time was to get a scoop from founders and CEOs was, “when they don’t think they have any news to tell.”

At Starling, we’re always up for celebrating the latest tech news and developments to move fintech forward, including the latest three letter acronym Anne engaged with… (our office is looking beautiful at the moment filled with flowers for Anne Elizabeth Boden, MBE).

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