The University of Edinburgh has been named best Financial Technology Partner at the Scottish Financial Technology Awards, reflecting impactful work by Edinburgh Innovations.
The University beat off stiff competition from corporations, law firms and high profile players in the sector including the Data Lab.
‘Biggest contribution to the industry’
The award was for “the academic institution, government body or supply chain partner making the biggest contribution to the industry, helping drive progress and innovation or addressing challenges or standards”.
Taking the fintech partner title reflects activity by EI, focused in particular on the Edinburgh Futures Institute and the University of Edinburgh Business School. The award submission was drafted by EI Business Development Manager Ksenia Siedlecka, based in the Business School.
EI-supported work that contributed to the award includes:
- Development of the Fintech Doctoral Programme.
- The launch and activities of EIT Digital satellite office at the Bayes Centre.
- The establishment and hosting of FinTech Scotland.
- The University’s leadership role in the Data-Driven Innovation programme of the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal.
- The development of the Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence.
- Fintech AIMday and Fintech Fast Forward events.
The award was presented at a ceremony in Edinburgh to Dr Gbenga Ibikunle, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Financial Markets at the Business School and Director, Industry Economy and Society at the Edinburgh Futures Institute.
“We are at the start of an exciting period in the implementation of our fintech sector engagement strategy, and for our efforts to be recognised early on is a testament to the dedication of colleagues from all across the University.
“At EFI, we will continue to work with all stakeholders to establish the University of Edinburgh as the leading higher education institute in the delivery of fintech education and research that supports sustainable growth within the industry.”
– Dr Gbenga Ibikunle.
Ingledew wins Evangelist award
The Evangelist of the Year award went to FinTech Scotland Chief Executive Officer Stephen Ingledew. FinTech Scotland was established with EI’s support by the Scottish Government, the University of Edinburgh and the private sector to boost growth in Scotland’s financial technology sector. It is hosted by EI.
The Scottish Financial Technology Awards are organised by technology media and events provider Digit. They are awarded across 12 categories.