GFT Announce Partnership with FinTech City and the Launch of New Blockchain Innovation Incubator

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GFT, a global provider of advisory, business consulting, IT and software services to the investment banking community, has announced a partnership with FinTech City and the launch of a new Innovation Lab in the UK at its London office.

GFT are joining Santander, ICON Corporate Finance and Investec amongst others as partners of FinTech City, which brings together FinTech CEOs, leaders from Financial Services, VC investors, influencers, and tech superbrands dedicated to providing more opportunities for the global FinTech community.

Albert Franquesa, Principal Innovation Consultant at GFT, commented:

“We have for a long time partnered with tech companies to provide solutions for our Financial Services clients; but we now have a better defined process to cherry-pick the emerging FinTechs that we think can add the most value to our customers. We have already made exciting progress with CODE_n and create@GFT, with the recent launch of our Blockchain prototype that will allow clients to track physical commodities through the use of a distributed ledger based business model. The creation of this prototype is an output of GFT’s ongoing innovation project, known as ‘PROJECT JUPITER’, which seeks to incubate disruptive business ideas and rapidly prototype solutions around Blockchain technology.”

With the initiative, GFT will continue working with financial services firms to help them navigate through the constant demands of financial regulation, whilst innovating to meet the demands of the new era. It will also support the existing GFT innovation platform, CODE_n, which provides international start-ups, technology pioneers and established companies’ access to a global innovation ecosystem, tapping into disruptive trends in financial services markets.

The launch of their innovation incubator ‘create@GFT’ is designed to allow the analysis and review of leading edge ideas and concepts by GFT specialists, as well as being a collaborative space for GFT employees to work with clients and technology partner to develop new ideas and offerings.

 

Chris Ortiz, UK MD commented:

“We are looking forward to continuing our work with Financial Services organisations and technology partners to co-operate, innovate, and do business together. We see a huge opportunity through the new partnership with FinTech City to be a part of the accelerating innovation in the financial services arena.”

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) - Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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