VC’s behind Zopa, Revolut, Transferwise & Clear Score confirmed for judging panel for PitchIt event

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LendIt Europe, Europe’s largest international fintech and lending conference, and Start-up bootcamp FinTech, the leading global FinTech accelerator, have today announced the judging panel for the second annual PitchIt Europe competition.

Representatives from Venture Capitalists: Seedcamp, Blenheim Chalcot, CommerzVentures, and Balderton Capital will form the judging panel of experienced VCs from and around Europe.

Collectively, these four firms are some of the most active investors in the European fintech category and have played key roles in the success of several of the largest fintech successes in Europe.

They will be looking for innovative fintech companies including those focused on lending, payments, wealth management, insurtech, artificial intelligence, blockchain, digital identity and biometrics, regtech, fintech infrastructure, mortgage technology, real estate tech, digital banking, trading and capital markets, or any other category that represents innovation taking place in financial services.

The judges confirmed for the start-up competition this year are:

Additionally, mentors are confirmed from the following firms:

O Kreos CapitalO Growth Unlocked
O SeedrsO Startupbootcamp Fintech & Insurtech
O Target Global VCO Polymath Consulting
O Opus Una Financial Services ConsultingO Capco
O Thiel CapitalO Index Ventures

PitchIt, in partnership with Startupbootcamp FinTech, has been designed to help boost the profile of ‘the next big thing’ from the fintech startup scene across Europe.

Last year’s finalists spanned a broad spectrum of fintech; from alternative credit scoring companies to alternative lending platforms.

The forthcoming LendIt event 2017 takes place on the 9 and 10 of October, at The Intercontinental London - The O2. In order to apply for a slot at the PitchIt event, startups can apply here.

Jason Jones, Co-Founder & CEO of LendIt Conference said: “The judges for this year’s PitchIt competition offer a fantastic range of knowledge, skills and experience. The high caliber of judges we’ve had over the years is a testament to how the competition has evolved, and it’s inspiring to see another strong panel taking to the stage for the competition. I’m confident that their diverse professional backgrounds will see one of the most exciting PitchIt competitions yet.”

Dan Cobley, Managing Partner, Fintech at Blenheim Chalcot said: “Blenheim Chalcot have a firm focus in helping startups get their business idea off the ground, not just through funding – but through a hands on mentoring approach. The new wave of innovation which we’re seeing at events like LendIt is a great opportunity for us to see which businesses are breaking into the market, and how we can work with them to help them grow.”

Reshma Sohoni, Partner and co-founder of Seedcamp said: “To see businesses not only from the UK, but from right across Europe, is what makes this event such a huge draw for Seedcamp. We’re hoping that the combination of energetic and passionate startups taking part, and the success we’ve had with investing in breakout fintech businesses such as TransferWise and Revolut, will help us find the ‘next big thing’ in the industry.”

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