As part of the TECHTalents family of events, VC Innovations offers up the TECHTalents Society – a monthly roundtable gathering where digital leaders and innovation thinkers can debate, discuss and dissect the most pressing issues of the day.

Society members include heads of innovation and digital at leading global institutions, founders of dynamic startup and growth companies and academic heads at the UK and Europe’s leading universities. Each roudtable will include:

  • A spirited debate and opportunity to network with your peers, conducted under The Chatham House Rule
  • A buffet breakfast of both hot and cold food, as well as coffee and tea and juice
  • Access to a follow-up blog outlining the general findings of the talk.

Fintech Goes Global

29 April - Merchant House - invitation only

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FinTech flourishes everywhere – but nowhere more than London. This invitation-only FinTech Cocktail Club during the UK Fintech Week celebrates the launch of Shearman & Sterling's FinTech Foundry program in London.

Strategic investments and partnerships in Fintech

1 May - HSBC London HQ

Powered by HSBC

Conventional wisdom in the financial world is that large incumbent banks need to partner with smaller start-up and scale-up companies for a mutually beneficial relationship that aims to foster innovation and ultimately improve services. During this breakfast session we will look to go into the way partnerships and investments are used to do this within a global bank.

Go West, Young Startup - The launchpad for US success

2 May - Somerset House

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There comes a time in a lifecycle of a growth company when they start to look beyond their domestic markets in order to scale and grow internationally. For a company in the UK that can mean further into Europe, Asia or the United States.

How do you solve a problem like SME banking?

11 July - Somerset House

Powered by Charlie India

SMEs are quite diverse and can range from everything from a tech-savvy FinTech startup in London to a cat grooming store in Sheffield. This makes SMEs hard to classify. Many banks make do with an enhanced retail bank offering or a ‘lite’ version of their corporate offerings — both versions tend to fall short of meeting SME needs. What is the solution? Who will come forward to ease the real pain of SME banking?

The ethical data strategy

21 August - Central London

What does it mean to ensure automated decision-making systems act fairly? Is it possible for so-called ‘black box’ algorithms to perform transparently? And how can personal data be protected securely? In our post-Facebook-aware era, how do we balance data when ethics, privacy and security can exist on a spectrum?


PensionTech/Disruptive retirement

19 September - Central London

Most of the products designed for 50 and up are “grey, big and they’re ugly and not inspiring.” What can we, as an industry do, to take better advantage and to serve this growing market?

AI & the future of work

26 September - Central London

Beyond automation – which jobs are being supported by robotics and machines? Will skills such as communication, caregiving and creativity gain further importance in the future?

Cyber security, cyber safety

23 October - Central London

What are threats we all should be aware of? How do we prepare for risk, and not be ruled by it? While innovation and digital transformation are promising greater efficiencies – are threats from cyber criminals and hackers destined to derail progress?

Creating & recruiting the best talent

12 November - Central London

Over the past few years, the digitization of the economy, business and society has created an incredible demand for skilled digital talent. This is true not only in the UK, but worldwide. How can companies attract and retain the best talent to create productive teams and innovative products?


Internal innovation – creating an entrepreneurial environment within a corporate space

December 4th - Central London

Fostering and encouraging an entrepreneurial environment within a large, multi-silo'ed organisation can be a Herculean task. Can it be done? Where are the success stories and case studies to offer best practice?

The customer journey - From onboarding to value add

11 December - Central London

A financial firm needs to offer their customers products that meet their needs, but also earn their loyalty and retain their trust. What are the challenges banks face providing these customer journeys and what strategies can be used to overcome them?

Open banking - one year later

12 December - Central London

The era of Open Banking was ushered in to the UK and Europe at the start of 2018. More than a year later – what impact has it had on our industry? Has it been a failure, as so many pendants suggest or have we yet to see how Open Banking will evolve? What do we need to do, as an industry to ensure the promises of Open Banking are delivered?

Register your interest in the TECHTalents Society

Spaces are limited, so please register your interest now. We will confirm your attendance at the roundtable closer to the date.


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