Europe’s 50 “hottest” FinTech businesses announced

Seedrs, Transferwise and Wonga among those listed in FinTech 50 2014

A guide to the 50 financial technology (FinTech) companies in Europe with the most potential to “transform” the industry has launched today, as part of the week-long FinTech City London initiative.

Unveiled at an event at Google Campus last night, the FinTech 50 2014 recognises the “hottest” businesses that look to redefine the future of financial services based on their potential for innovation and turnover.

Selected from a list of over 200 firms by a panel of  industry leaders from across the FinTech sector, such as Google’s Debu Purkayastha and Alex Macpherson of Octopus Ventures, companies named in the guide include equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs, featured in the Startups 100 2013, and Startups Awards winner Wonga.

Other financial businesses featured in the list include TransferWise, founded by 2012 Young Guns Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Käärmann,  Iwoca, co-founded by 2013 Young Guns Christoph Rieche and James Dear,  and Duedil, founded by Damian Kimmelman, member of the Young Guns class of 2011.

Now in its second year, the FinTech 50 is a scheme created by The CEO Agenda and ICON Corporate Finance, in collaboration with Hotwire, Sillicon Valley Bank and Fox Williams, to “salute” those leading the FinTech “revolution”.

Chosen from a range of financial service verticals including retail banking, peer-to-peer lending, international payments and crowdfunding, the FinTech 50 2014 are:

  1. Abundance
  2. Accept Email
  3. Behavio Sec
  4. BlueSpeck Financial
  5. Borro
  6. Bottomline Technologies
  7. Brady
  8. Credit Agricole Apps
  9. Calastone
  10. Clear2Pay
  11. Digital Shadows
  12. Dovetail Systems
  13. Duedil
  14. eToro
  15. Etronica
  16. Expense Magic
  17. Fidor Bank
  18. Five Degrees
  19. Fitnetix
  20. Free Agent
  21. Funding Circle
  22. GoCardless
  23. Help my Cash
  24. Holvi
  25. Iwoca
  26. ixaris
  27. Klarna
  28. Lemonway
  29. Linedata
  30. MBank
  31. Meniga
  32. Merit Software
  33. Nagra ID
  34. Nutmeg
  35. Open Gamma
  36. Openvoice
  37. Paymill
  38. Pensions First
  39. Perseus Telecom
  40. Pingit
  41. Seedrs
  42. Smartstream
  44. Synerscope
  45. TBricks
  46. The Currency Cloud
  47. Thunderhead
  48. Transferwise
  49. Wonga
  50. Zopa

Claudia Bate, associate director at Hotwire, commented: “The FinTech 50 stood out to our judges for showing the potential to change the financial services industry as we know it. FinTech is an exploding sector and these companies exemplify the remarkable talent in Europe.”


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