These are the women who make FinTech in Europe

This is not news to anyone: in 2022, men keep is still mainly the strings of European and global FinTech. The numbers speak for themselves. In the world only 12% of industry companies were (co)founded by women. throughout Europe, it drops to 5%. While in France they only 12% to hold leadership positions and even fewer to be founders (9%). Reason? Fintech suffers from a combination of two industries, finance and technology, where women are historically underrepresented. However, a small handful of influential founders and leaders manage to break through. In Amsterdam (Netherlands), some of them took part in Money 20/20, a FinTech event not to be missed. Review.

Christine de Wendel (Sunday)

Christine de Wendel

Christine de Wendel is one of the influential women in the French tech community. He is one of the few to have held leadership positions at two “unicorns,” those billion-dollar-plus young companies: first Zalando, the German fashion e-commerce giant, then ManoMano, home materials and decoration specialist. In 2020, she took the plunge by launching her own business. Together with Victor Lugger (whom she met while participating in the Franco-American Foundation’s Young Leaders program) and Tigran Seydou, she created the startup Sunday, an application that offers to pay the bill in the comfort of your bed. FinTech is already being used in approximately 5,200 restaurants in France, Spain, the UK, the United States, where it was headquartered shortly after its inception, and Canada. By the summer of 2022, FinTech will operate in Italy, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Elizabeth Rossiello (AZA Finance)

Elizabeth Rossiello

Elisabeth Rossiello is the founder and CEO of fintech company AZA Finance (formerly BitPesa). Based in Nairobi (Kenya) but since then based in London (UK), AZA Finance enables businesses to transfer money, exchange currencies, make payments and settle easily in all major African and G20 currencies (including digital currencies). A driven woman, Elizabeth Rossiello is committed to expanding access to financial technology. In 2022, she was named one of the 45 Most Powerful Women in FinTech by Innovate Finance.

Ann Boden (Starling Bank)

Ann Boden

Ann Boden is the founder and CEO of Starling Bank, one of the UK’s leading neobanks. Since starting Starling in 2014, the Welsh entrepreneur has managed to make his FinTech a leading bank, having been named “Best British Bank” for four consecutive years. With nearly 3 million users and 8% market share among UK companies, Starling has successfully carved out a place for itself in the competitive world of FinTech and is making profits that are quite rare in this sector.

Considered a thought leader in the fintech sector, Ann Boden defends the place of female entrepreneurs in the very masculine world of finance and has been appointed by the government to head a think tank on the subject. In 2018, she received an OBE for services to fintech. The entrepreneur spoke at Money 20/20 to discuss the potential threat cryptocurrencies pose to payment security.

Eleonora Crespo (Pigment)

Eleonora Crespo is one of the new leaders of French Tech. A former Google executive and investor in Index Ventures, the young woman co-founded Pigment with Romain Niccoli (ex-Criteo) in 2019. Specifically, the startup has developed Saas software that allows companies to plan their finances using dynamic data. The young shoot grew rapidly and raised €21.3 million in 2020 and a further €63 million a year later.

Simone Maini (elliptical trainer)

Simone Maini

Simone Maini is the CEO of Elliptic, a UK-based blockchain data scientist. With a degree in history from the University of Cambridge, the young woman began her career in the traditional financial world at Deutsche Bank. She then spent four years at Kroll, a risk management consultancy, before becoming Elliptic’s COO in 2016 and then CEO in April 2020. women.

Samantha Seaton (Moneyhub)

Samantha Seaton

Samantha Seaton is the CEO of Moneyhub, a UK-based platform that provides open banking, open finance and open data solutions to enable businesses to transform data into personalized digital experiences and initiate payments. By pushing for more diversity and inclusion in FinTech, the leader believes that technology can truly improve the financial well-being of everyone.

What is certain is that Samantha Seaton has more than one bowstring: in addition to managing MoneyHub, she is a non-executive director of the Charities Aid Foundation Bank, co-founder of Open51 (an association of women committed to transforming financial services and building a new digital economy) and a member of the advisory Council of The Big Exchange (impact investment platform).