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FINTECH NORTH CALLS ON FINANCIAL & TECH COMMUNITIES TO SHAPE MANCHESTER CONFERENCE

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Following the runaway success of the two previous FinTech North Manchester conferences, the event is returning to the city on Thursday 2nd April.

With a host of FinTech leaders already lined up for Manchester’s conference, the organisers are calling on the financial and tech communities to get involved in shaping the remaining slots on the agenda for the day. Last year’s conference attracted over 350 sign ups.

Taking place at the University of Manchester’s Whitworth Hall, the conference will bring together high-profile speakers from UK FinTech and beyond, as well as established tech companies and innovative start-ups from the region.

Those already confirmed include keynotes from Markos Zachariadis, Professor of Financial Technology at Alliance Manchester Business School, Ian Johnson, Head of Europe of Marqeta, the leading global modern card issuing platform, Anna Wallace, Innovate Head of Department for the Financial Conduct Authority and the Data and Open Finance guru, Kevin Telford. Innovate Finance and The FinTech Alliance will both also be speaking at the event.

Chris Sier, HM Treasury FinTech Envoy & Chairman, FinTech North said:

“FinTech North was created to foster collaboration and to help the regional FinTech landscape grow further. With that in mind, we are calling on people to tell us what they would like to see on the agenda and how the Manchester event can help them. We want to use the Manchester conference in April to once again showcase the brightest and best and help FinTech’s across the Northern Powerhouse unlock their potential.”

Established in 2016 by Whitecap Consulting and White Label Crowdfunding, FinTech North is a non-profit organisation that aims to reinforce the UK’s Northern Powerhouse as a region of excellence for FinTech. The conference operates an open and collaborative platform helping forge relationships between the region’s startups and innovators, established tech giants and academia.

Manchester is one of the UK’s fastest growing regions for FinTech and was recently named as the number one location in the region for new tech businesses following research by NatWest. This year’s Manchester conference is hosted and supported by the University of Manchester for the third consecutive year, with partnerships also in place with MIDAS and pro-manchester. PR and communications support is being delivered by Manchester-based Galibier PR, who have worked with FinTech North on all the previous conferences.

The conference will also shine a spotlight on Manchester FinTech with a panel discussion and a showcase of some of the city’s most exciting startups and scaleups.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice Chancellor, The University of Manchester, had this to say:

“We look forward to welcoming FinTech North back for its third annual conference in Manchester, each of which has been hosted by the University. Our interest in FinTech continues to deepen and we have recently appointed our first Professor of Financial Technology and Information Systems, who we are delighted will be giving the opening keynote.”

Early bird tickets for the conference can be purchased here and are priced at £69 per delegate until 5th March.

If you are interested in speaking, sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference, or would like to suggest an idea for the agenda, please contact FinTech North Engagement Manager Joe Roche (joe@fintechnorth.uk).

 

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Volante Technologies Recognized as Market Leader in Omdia Universe: Selecting a Payment Hub, 2021-22 Report

Cloud payments company scores highest mark for solution innovation capabilities and strategy

Volante Technologies, the global leader in cloud payments and financial messaging, has been recognized as a Leader in the Omdia Universe: Selecting a Payment Hub, 2021-22 global survey.

In preparing the report, Omdia, the analyst division of Informa, performed an in-depth review of the market and ranked vendors based on a matrix of key capabilities, attributes, and features. The comprehensive process incorporated in-depth client and vendor interviews, and is designed to help C-level executives, payment heads, and IT directors select the payment hub platform that will enable their payment modernization ambitions.

The report states that Volante has been recommended as a Leader “thanks to its co-innovation capabilities.” It highlights “the speed that the payment hub can be implemented” and “the maturity of Volante’s cloud capabilities” along with its “particularly strong low-code integration layer” as contributors to the ranking. The report concludes, “Volante scored the highest mark for its solution innovation capabilities and strategy / product roadmap.”

Philip Benton, Senior Analyst – Financial Services Technology at Omdia, said: “Volante Technologies earned its place as a recommended leader thanks to a combination of genuine innovation and the provision of services which allow the company to deliver significant payments efficiencies to both small and large institutions.”

John Farrell, SVP Global Product Management at Volante, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the top ranking of leader by Omdia. This recognition vindicates our strategy of working as a trusted partner to our customers, and helping free them from the limitations of legacy systems through modern cloud-native payments solutions.

“With 75% of our staff in research and development, we intend to continue investing in our products to maintain our leadership position, and continue delivering outstanding results to our customers.”

 

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H4 Chairman and Co-founder Joe Seifert to join Arteria AI as senior advisor

 

Arteria AI, an award-winning global leader in enterprise digital documentation, has agreed to acquire certain financial services assets of H4, an award-winning contract lifecycle management platform.

As part of the agreement, H4’s Chairman and Co-founder Joe Seifert will join Arteria AI’s team as a senior advisor.

Shelby Austin, CEO of Arteria AI, said: “This is a very exciting time for our business as we set out to unleash the power of data to help global financial institutions solve their client documentation challenges at scale. Since spinning out of Deloitte we have continued on an incredible growth journey accelerated by the market’s clear preference for data-first solutions.”

“It is a strategic decision for us to acquire certain financial services assets of H4 to expand our reach and super-charge our efforts. Joe Seifert will bring invaluable experience and expertise to our team.  We look forward to working together to provide an unrivalled, data-first client documentation solution for global financial institutions.”

Joe Seifert said: “Arteria AI and H4 cover most of the top-tier of the financial services market and it made perfect sense to join forces. Having spent time with Shelby and the team, I’m very excited that the combination will support Arteria AI’s position as a leader in digital documentation transformation across the global banking sector.”

Arteria AI works with the world’s largest banks to accelerate their client documentation processes at scale.  From document generation through signature and beyond, Arteria uses context-specific AI, data, analytics and automation to ensure that stakeholders across the bank are able to serve their clients more quickly.  This can be a key factor in driving additional revenue and minimizing risk and cost.

The company’s co-founders Shelby Austin, Abrar Huq and Jonathan Wong have more than 30 years experience within the documentation space and were leaders within the AI community prior to launching Arteria AI in October 2020.

H4 will focus on its offering for the corporate market, outside of global banking. Rob Fagg, CEO, and Andy Byrne, COO, have agreed a management buyout of H4, continuing their roles and becoming co-founders of the new business. Joe Seifert will remain a minority shareholder in H4.

 

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