Open Finance Community

SHIFT is a community of fintech leaders and influencers.

Starting in January 2022, we are 300+ members (and growing fast!), with every member equally committed to progressing the open finance agenda through active collaboration.

We are predominantly UK based, but welcome people from around the world that are committed to the advancement of our mission.

Upcoming Events

SHIFT Fintech Showcase

SHIFT Fintech Showcase

Three SHIFT Fintechs will showcase their solutions to a panel of Dragons representing top Financial Institutions and InvestorsRead More »

SHIFT and Woodhurst Launch Ignite to Support Fintech Founders

Ignite is an incubator programme that will provide financial support, financial services expertise, and an extensive industry network to anyone who wants to turn a disruptive idea into reality.

The programme is dedicated to one member at a time and aims to help you find your Market Fit Validation, Lean Solution Design and Launch Collaboratively in the UK. Support will be personalised on FinTech’s needs but you can expect around £60k and a maximum of 10% equity.

How does SHIFT work?

Our members collaborate daily through our bespoke communication channels and networking opportunities to progress the open finance agenda and tackle problem statements…

Private Slack channel

where you can access a number of focused channels on different aspects of open finance. People ask things like, “I’m looking for a data scientist familiar with open banking data”, to “can you hook me up with this investor you’ve worked with”

Varied event schedule

primarily roundtables and informal socials, where we invite senior leaders from banks and financial institutions looking to engage in debate about open finance. We’re planning to run more events where we bring in great speakers with a mix of in-person and virtual events. so watch this space!

Sharing positive outcomes

from our events, including recordings where possible for future reference.

The promotion of member-led initiatives

and debates, encouraging members to connect offline to solve immediate and upcoming challenges.

A few ground rules…

What we expect from SHIFT members?

We expect our members to actively engage with the community, sparing what time they have to help others drive the open finance agenda forward by:

Attending events

We work hard to put on top quality events, no mean feat! As such we ask for your commitment to not only attend but to participate where you feel comfortable.

Get involved

Contribute to conversations where you feel that you can add value and help others where you can to lift the community up.

Don’t indulge in self-promotion

This is not a place for driving sales, poaching staff or shameless boasting (keep that for your LinkedIn feed!)

Suggesting improvements

Sharing your candid feedback, suggesting improvements, and promoting engagement is key to achieving our mission.

Respect share of voice

Giving everybody the opportunity to participate is important to ensuring that the needs to the wider community are considered – no big egos!

Join SHIFT today

Whilst we take direct requests, a recommendation from an existing member is always best. Each new application follows the following process:

Step 1

Check that you’ll be a great fit!

Before requesting to join, we ask that you check our membership criteria:

  • Maintain a “Head of” role or above within a fintech, insurtech or financial services company (if you’re a bank or regulator, why not contact us about speaker slots for some of our events?).
  • Have incorporated their business, having either raised investment or are revenue generating.
  • Offer a product/service that is associated with either open banking, finance or data.
  • Committed to the mission and actively looking to participate with the SHIFT community.
Step 2

Introductory meeting with the team

We meet everybody in-person to get to know them personally to make sure they’ll be a great fit and will add value to (and be liked by) the SHIFT community members.

This the opportunity for both sides to make an informed decision, we look to learn about you, your role, your challenges, as well as telling you about us and the value we add.

Step 3

Join Slack and get going!

Following the meeting, we’ll make the decision as to whether to issue your formal invite.

⚠️ Please note: We do allow consultants in, as long as they bring a Fintech sponsor with them, or are willing to sponsor the community and respect the rules.
Want to sell? Try LinkedIn. SHIFT is a place for learning, networking and collaboration.

Join SHIFT today

If you feel like you’d be a great fit, get in touch by arranging an introductory call with one of our team below.

Who is already involved?

Our current members include…

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