Reverse Pitch Night: FinTech

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NAB Arena

700 Bourke Street

Melbourne, VIC


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The tables have turned!

In conjunction with the Intersekt Festival, we will hear from 4 industry experts on the problems and gaps within the FinTech space; and they will be critically judged by a panel of established startup founders!

Financial Technology is a rapidly expanding Australian industry. Encompassing aspects of lending, personal asset management, and more, FinTech was the most popular industry for Australian founders in 2016; in fact, 36% of companies in the FinTech space are less than a year old! Despite the competitive landscape, Australia's FinTech industry is expected to see a revenue growth of more than 80% over the next twelve months.

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Lynda Coker - Early Stage Innovation | Advisor | Mentor | Investor

Lynda is a chartered accountant with 18 years of working in Financial Services and as a corporate finance advisor to both financial institutions and private equity. She has significant experience of working with Government and regulators during the financial crisis in the U.K. and was involved in authoring the 2014 Financial System Inquiry report to Commonwealth Treasury, Australia.

Currently a FinTech startup mentor, Scale angel investor and an advisor to FinTech companies on product/market fit, business model, regulation, go-to-market strategy, valuation and capital raising. She sits on several FinTech company Advisory Boards and was a recent judge for the 2017 FinTech Australia awards. Lynda is also involved in the following:

Judge for the 2017 Quesnay Female Founders in FinTech Awards (USA)

Elevator for 2017 Pitch@Palace Australia, a global program run by HRH Duke of York

Stone & Chalk Subject Expert Mentor & Uber Connector

Advisor to Hackathons Australia

Mentor on the Tech Ready Women program

Women in FinTech panel chair for FinTech Sydney

Lynda is also a Non-Executive Director for The Studio (new incubator for the Australian startup sector in media and creative industries). She has two bachelor degrees in Information Technology and Business and is currently completing studies in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Vanessa Ronan-Pearce - Director of Partnerships and Events for FinTech Australia

Vanessa Ronan-Pearce is Director of Partnerships and Events for FinTech Australia, the leading national, not-for-profit organisation representing members from the Fintech Startup Community, and was the 2nd hire. She has over 15 years’ experience in corporate marketing, communications, sales and events. In the last 12 months she has founded and developed the successful Finnes, Fintech Australia's inaugural industry awards ceremony, the 2016 Collab/Collide Summit which has now grown into the Intersekt Fintech Festival, Australia's first FinTech Festival taking place in October in Melbourne. Prior to joining FinTech Australia Vanessa consulted to many well-known brands, including Fairfax, CeBit, George P Johnson, Morgan Stanley. She headed up production on events and brand activations for Tesla, Adobe, Visa, HIA, Engineers Australia, Standards Australia, St George, BHP, ANZ and JP Morgan.

Lucy Liu - Co-Founder of Airwallex

Recently named as one of Forbes Asia’s 30 Under 30, Lucy oversees the ongoing business operations within Airwallex. Prior to founding Airwallex, she was an investment consultant a CICC (China International Capital Corp) and director of Hong Stone Investments Development.


Lucinda Hankin - Investment Associate at NAB Ventures

Lucinda is passionate about identifying innovative business ideas and working with talented entrepreneurs to help them scale.

After being admitted as a Lawyer in New South Wales, Lucinda commenced her career in Financial Advisory at Goldman Sachs in Sydney, covering Financial Institution clients. Lucinda subsequently shifted into financial markets, joining the Macro-FX Asset Sales team; providing FX related products and services to Goldman’s global client base.

Lucinda relocated to London in 2015 where she worked as an analyst for Perella Weinberg Partners, covering several European and US fintechs. She then made the leap into the start-up scene – working with and consulting several start-ups and brands in the e-commerce and retail space in London and Sydney.

Lucinda has returned to Sydney to join the NAB Ventures team and hopes to contribute to Australia’s growing start-up community.

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