One of the UK’s leading financial comparison platforms Quotezone.co.uk, has announced the winner of this year’s Fintech Scholarship, an initiative designed to help foster greater diversity in the sector by asking students from outside the world of fintech to explore what it could potentially offer them.
The winner, Ella Henry, a MPhil student studying Biological Sciences at the University of Cambridge, wrote an intuitive piece, entitled – Fintech in a finite world: The price of protecting our planet focusing on climate change and the role fintech can play in helping create a sustainable future. Ella wins a £1,000 bursary to help cover any educational fees such as textbooks, course materials and living expenses.
British fintech firms continue to entice lucrative international investment, having just hit the multibillion-pound peak of investor interest in July 2021. There are now 13 UK cities with at least 10 fintech companies, estimated to employ nearly 53,000 people.
Marja Lahelma-Barnsley, Programme Leader for MSc Financial Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University, comments: “FinTech is reshaping the ways that financial needs are met. Man Met’s FinTech qualifications are built with a recognition that innovation needs new ideas even more than it needs new tech.
Greg Wilson, the fintech entrepreneur behind Quotezone.co.uk, comments: “Congratulations to our Fintech Scholarship winner, Ella Henry from the University of Cambridge, Ella’s insightful blog post was one of many interesting entries in their year’s scholarship.
“It’s encouraging to see so many students proactively researching and discovering fintech – from all educational backgrounds. Diversity is key to building an innovative team for the future. I studied Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering and started my career as a Stress Engineer at Bombardier Aerospace before I created Seopa, now our brands CompareNI.com and Quotezone.co.uk are household names in financial comparison technology.”
Seopa has been recognised with six Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards, and has been warded a Deloitte Best Managed Company Award each year for the past four years – topped by the Gold Standard Deloitte Award for Best Managed Company in 2020 – making it five consecutive wins.
As a leading fintech employer, Seopa has been investing in recruitment throughout lockdown, with new fintech roles currently available.