International Womens Day | Rise FinTech Mentoring

21mar9:00 AM12:00 PMInternational Womens Day | Rise FinTech Mentoring


Event Details

A free monthly mentoring programme for FinTech startups and scaleups.

Our programme is designed to connect FinTech founders with industry experts to support entrepreneurs on their start-up journey.

Our mentors are carefully selected from our FinTech community. They have expertise in a range of areas, including marketing, legal, business development and more.

Please apply by clicking ‘reserve a spot’. We will be in touch approximately 10 days prior to the event to let you know if your application is successful. Mentoring slots last for 30 minutes and will take place between the specified event timings.

IWD March Mentors

Gillian KerrA C-level Business specialist with a proven track record in building businesses and profit for MNCs, SMEs around the world, as well as advising start-up and scale-up companies on how to achieve their growth ambitions.

Highly effective at leading multi-disciplinary, multi-cultured teams and projects to achieve business goals, through identifying and implementing appropriate market and business strategies and executing BDM activities.

Specialising in strategy, marketing, and branding, acknowledged success has been achieved in terms of profits, sales, and awards. Brand creation, brand development, and communications are both a passion and skills that have been honed through market entry launches and campaigns in many countries and regions across the world to achieve sales targets and create loyal customers for my Clients

Industry experience is broad and encompasses B2B, B2B2C & and B2C including a variety of tech sectors – fintech, edtech, health tech – software and creative services, SaaS, PaaS, automotive and FMCG sectors.

Extensive cultural awareness gained from global roles and from living and working in many countries including Japan, China, Thailand, Eastern Europe, France, The Netherlands and Italy.

Kimberley Waldron – An award-winning marketer and entrepreneur, with 15 years in the Financial Services industry, Kimberley hosts the popular Future of Banking podcast, co-chairs the Pro Manchester Fintech committee and is an industry advisor for Salford University’s MSc in FinTech.

In 2009, Kimberley Co-Founded award-winning Fintech PR agency SkyParlour. SkyParlour delivers PR campaigns that ensure its international payments, banking, cybersecurity and eCommerce clients can be seen improving the world around us.

Sara Benjamin – has built extensive mentoring and revenue generation experience throughout a varied Financial Services (Morgan Stanley, BNP-P, UBS and ING Bank N.V.), Fractional CCO (Founder) and Real Estate Development (Co-Founder) career.

She is well-versed in the wide range of knowledge required to produce significant commercial impact alongside key stakeholders. This regularly ranges from the strategising, negotiation and mediation aspects through to the various governance structures necessary to ensure sustainable revenue growth.

Sara is a strong believer in team empathy, continual learning and empowering others to succeed. High EQ levels and always listening with curiosity to fuel productivity are a decided passion.

Sian Lewin – Sian is passionate about innovation, and particularly the relationship between financial regulation, innovation and technology. For the last five years, as Co-Founder of RegTech Associates, she worked with many start-up and scale-up companies in RegTech and RiskTech, providing researched-backed advice on product market fit, go-to-market strategy and important regulatory trends.

Her expertise spans a number of regulatory problem areas, from financial crime through to regulatory reporting, with much of this knowledge gained from over 20 years of experience working in the financial services industry on a variety of regulatory change programmes. As a result, she is a sought after public speaker on topics such as the use of technology in fighting financial crime, the RegTech market and trends, regulatory changes and the use of AI in financial services.

As well as being a practitioner, she also has an academic background in regulation, In 2017, she was awarded a PhD from the London School of Economics. Her systematic research explored the challenges faced by banks in dealing with the volume and speed of regulatory change following the 2008 financial crisis. She also holds an MSc in Regulation from the London School of Economics, and has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Her early career was spent embracing the world of change and programme management on large, complex projects such as the introduction of the Euro, Y2K and from 2003 onwards, implementing regulatory change across a number of global financial institutions.



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