May 5th, 2022 - FinTech Wales Foundry, the flagship accelerator program created by FinTech Wales, has today completed its 2022 programme with a pledge to create, between them, more than £70 million in revenue, and create more than 100 jobs in Wales, over the next three years.
Sponsored by Principality Building Society, Admiral Money, and supported by Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, the accelerator programme offered places to eight start-up businesses from across the UK and Europe.
Just six months since the last programme, the Foundry launched with its second season, bigger, and bolder than before. Thanks to lifting of Covid restrictions the program ran in person, with world leading master classes, engaging Fireside Chats with world-renowned entrepreneurs, and support to help founders validate their early-stage ideas, raise investment and create a plan to scale
The Foundry is a 12-week no equity programme backed by FinTech Wales and is the only accelerator of its kind in Wales.
Over 150 companies from across the UK and Europe applied to take part in 2022, of which eight companies were invited to take part in the programme, entitled The Foundry: Validate Raise & Scale.
Those companies are:
- TropoGo — Building Google Maps between 30ft to 3000Ft for Low Altitude Aerial Mobility and Insurance.
- QuoteOnSite – QuoteOnSite is a cloud-based platform that saves SME’s time and money by automating the process of creating, sending, tracking and analysing their quotes, proposals, contracts and other digital documents.
- Yacooba - Mixing blockchain ticketing protocol with a one-click-buy travel marketplace to generate more revenue for promoters and rewards for audiences.
- Finalrentals – Powering local car rental companies to unlock the power of internet with online bookings, insurance, e-payments, and an international voice (AdTech meets FinTech)
- BOMADU - Helping first-time buyers finance property deposits in an innovative way
- AGAM - AI powered credit-scoring platform connecting customers to banks for accessing instant credit.
- Cufflink - helping businesses limit the likelihood, impacts and costs of a personal data breach.
- EverKnock - A concierge to manage every aspect of your home-buying journey.
This year’s programme officially concluded on May 4th at a showcase event held at Techniquest in Cardiff Bay. All four of the non-Welsh start-ups, including businesses from Portugal and Poland, have now registered a presence in Wales and will be creating jobs here.
Economy Minister Vaughan Gething said: “I would like to thank FinTech Wales for providing expertise and support to this vibrant cluster, tirelessly promoting their members both in Wales, across the UK and on the global stage.”
Neil Cocker, Programme Director of the 2022 FinTech Wales Foundry, commented: “This year’s cohort represents some of the most forward-thinking start-ups in areas such as data security, blockchain and insurance.
Last year’s cohort collectively raised more than £9M in investment and created over 20 jobs. Part of the 2021 cohort was Sero, a Cardiff-based energy technology and services company who has recently secured £5.5m investment from Hodge and Legal & General.
FinTech Wales, CEO, Sarah Williams-Gardener commented:
“The work of the Foundry is fast-becoming a key part of our vision to establish Wales as a leading global hub for FinTech. From the applications we receive from all over the world, to the eventual eight companies who make up the cohort, we get a snapshot into the talent that’s out there, and the innovations taking place in FinTech. As the organisation championing FinTech in Wales, we absolutely cannot let this talent go elsewhere and by encouraging these companies to not only stay in Wales, but also relocate, we are helping to create jobs, promoting innovation, showing that Wales is THE place to scale if you are a burgeoning business in FinTech. I could not be more proud of the work that the Foundry does and believe it represents a successful blueprint for any other Accelerator Programme, but we are leading the way in Wales.”