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LendIt Announces Judging Panel for Global Fintech Start-up Competition

Senior figures from technology and finance to find innovator in online lending and fintech

9th September 2016

September 9th, 2016: LendIt, the largest conference series dedicated to connecting the global online lending community, today announced the judging panel for its competition, PitchIt @ LendIt, which is organised in partnership with Capital One, an information-based lending company, and aims to find a future star of the fintech world.

Running the rule over each of the shortlisted companies will be:

  • Amy Lenander, Managing VP and CMO, Capital One UK
  • Nadeem Shaikh, Founder and CEO, Anthemis Group
  • Ravi Anand, Managing Director, ESF Capital
  • Simon Atkinson, Director, Liberum Alternative Finance

PitchIt @ LendIt is aimed at firms innovating within the online lending and fintech space. It provides a showcase for eight high growth fintech firms to pitch their business to the judging panel, as well as some of the technology industry's leading figures attending the forthcoming LendIt Europe 2016 conference in London, which takes place from 10-11 October.

To be eligible to enter the competition, firms must have raised less than £4M in funding, have at least two full-time founders, have a working prototype with customer interaction, and have started their venture between 2014-16.

The closing date for applications is Monday 12 September and can be made at www.lendit.com/europe/2016/pitchit. All eligible companies that enter the competition qualify for a 50 per cent discount on passes to the main event LendIt Europe 2016.

LendIt's Chairman and Co-Founder Peter Renton said: "PitchIt @ LendIt is becoming one of the premier competitions to find the fintech stars of the future and the quality of our judges reflects this. The panel includes investors and advisors to some of the world's most disruptive businesses, some of which are not only challenging and changing the way finance is conducted, but creating entirely new sectors too."

Amy Lenander, Managing VP and CMO, Capital One UK and judge on the panel said: "A number of innovative entries have already come in, and we are looking forward to receiving more in the run-up to the deadline. We are proud to be partnering with PitchIt @ LendIt to support up and coming fintech companies."