Founders and Team


We founded The FinTech 50 in 2012, when it was the first list in the world to showcase European FinTech for innovation rather than revenue. Back then it was a guide to an emerging sector. Now it is seen as a guide to quality within a super crowded one. It is not a competition, there are no black tie awards and we don't rely on 'entries', nominations or Twitter polls. Instead, we undertake our own independent research throughout the year - and then invite an international panel of experts to select the 50 European FinTechs they believe will be the 'ones to watch' over the next 12 months.

Julie Lake CEO Co-Founder, The FinTech50, FinTechCity
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Julie Lake - CEO / Founding Director, The FinTech50

Julie is CEO and Co Founder of The FinTech50, first launched in 2013 to recognise the European game-changers transforming financial services. Published annually, the list is now helping FinTech companies to raise profile globally, connect with influencers, investors and funders and generate business. Julie is also founding director of FinTechCity, the platform which brings together the European FinTech Community, and The FinTech50 Asia. She is also a member of Yes FInTech's Advisory Council and Fintegrate Zone Advisory Board

Nicky Cotter - Associate

Nicky is a member of ICON, a tech-focused advisory firm.

Selena Cass

Selena Cass - Communications Specialist

Selena is passionate about enabling leaders to bring their vision to life through authentic and impactful communications.  With over twelve years’ experience working for global financial services firm UBS AG, she has been the driving force behind a number of high profile industry campaigns and events aimed at fostering innovation and collaboration between banks and the growing FinTech community.