UK: Spotcap Opens Applications for Fintech Fellowship to Address Skills Gap

The industry considers attracting qualified talent as one of their top three challenges.

London, UK - 17 April 2018 - Online lender Spotcap today opened the Fintech Fellowship to applicants. The programme offers a £8k award to a postgraduate student studying a fintech related course at a UK university. Applications will be open for four months and close on the 1  August 2018.

The fellowship launched last year to raise awareness of the fintech talent gap and to encourage industry stakeholders to get involved in addressing the skills shortage. Forty-two universities from across the UK supported the programme. Last year’s winner was Mohammed Hussan, who is using the award to support his MSc in Computer Science.

Seeing positive collaboration between groups of talented entrepreneurs and established financial institutions really inspired me to apply”, said Mohammed. “I believe it is a game-changer.”

Fintech and talent

The fintech industry is the fastest growing sector in the UK with higher than average growth expected; however, finding the right talent can be challenging. 58 percent of respondents to the UK FinTech Census 2017—which was commissioned by HM Treasury—reported that they considered attracting suitable and qualified talent as one of their top three challenges, with access to coding and software skills being of particular concern.

Niels Turfboer, Spotcap’s managing director, comments: “The possibility that access to skilled workers from Europe will be reduced after the UK leaves the EU in March 2019, has put talent on everyone's radar. The fintech sector, academia and the government are all trying to find ways to plug the growing skills gap, but we can achieve more if everyone collaborates with each other.”

This year’s judging panel

Spotcap is delighted about this year’s Fintech Fellowship judging panel, which consists of the following key industry leaders and fintech experts:  
1. Marilena Ioannidou, Director & Team Lead on Fintech Investments, British Business Investment
2. Stephen Ingledew, Chief Executive, FinTech Scotland
3. Elizabeth Lumley, global fintech commentator and advisor
4. Tanya Andreasyan, Managing Director and Editor, FintechFutures/Banking Technology
5. Niels Turfboer, Managing Director, Spotcap

Marilena Ioannidou from British Business Investments, comments: “Initiatives such as the Fintech Fellowship are vital in supporting and inspiring talented graduates, helping to secure the future of the sector.”

Elizabeth Lumley, a global fintech commentator and advisor, adds: "Fintech provides a great opportunity to improve banking and financial services for society as a whole. I welcome initiatives like the Spotcap Fintech Fellowship which can offer an opportunity for people to expand their knowledge and create innovation and advancement."

Tanya Andreasyan from FinTech Futures/Banking Technology adds: “Everything is speeding up, technology is making such huge strides forward. We have to make sure the industry keeps up with the times and the pace of change, and it’s great that initiatives such as the Fintech Fellowship strive to address the issue! Without the right talent, we won’t be able to progress – it’s simple as that.”

For more details on the fellowship, visit the dedicated site:

About the Fintech Fellowship
Deadline: 1 August 2018, 12pm BST
Amount: £8k towards the cost of a master’s degree or MBA at a UK university
Course start: September/October 2018
Host institution: Any accredited UK university
Field of study: Fintech related fields (e.g. business management, engineering, finance, fintech, economics, product design, computing)
How to apply: CV and cover letter answering the following question: What sparked your interest in fintech? They may submit a written response (500-word limit) or upload a short video (up to 3 minutes).
Applicant criteria: British citizen or resident. Must hold an offer of admission to a master or MBA programme at an accredited British university starting in autumn 2018.


Note to Editors
Infographic on the Fintech Talent Gap:
Spotcap logo:
Additional multimedia assets can be downloaded here.
2017 winner announcement:

About Spotcap

Spotcap empowers small and medium-sized businesses with tailored finance, allowing them to focus on what really matters. The company has developed a unique lending platform and credit algorithm which offers a fast and superior assessment of a business’ real-time performance. Spotcap operates as a direct lender in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. The company also offers its proprietary technologies under its Lending-as-a-Service proposition. Spotcap has raised 100 million euros in funding and is backed by a number of high profile investors including Rocket Internet, Finstar Financial Group, Access Industries, Holtzbrinck Ventures and Heartland Bank. The growing team currently consists of more than 120 employees globally.

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