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Deputy mayor of London for business, Rajesh Agrawal, praises commitment to share technological expertise
InvestCloud Inc., a global FinTech firm, is set to launch a financial technology incubator and accelerator at its European headquarters in Soho, London. InvestCloud Innovation Centre London will offer both new start-ups and established financial firms the ability to quickly deliver digital wealth management solutions supported by the InvestCloud platform.
Deputy mayor of London for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, has praised the move by InvestCloud to establish its latest financial technology incubator in London. The Mayor’s business chief spoke at Innovate to the future – a view from London, an event jointly hosted by the British-American Business Council Los Angeles and InvestCloud on Friday, 23 June in InvestCloud’s Los Angeles Innovation Centre. At the event, Agrawal highlighted the global FinTech firm’s commitment to innovation.
Rajesh Agrawal, deputy mayor for business, said: “InvestCloud’s decision to launch a FinTech incubator and accelerator in the heart of our great city is further evidence that London is open for business and innovation.
As a FinTech entrepreneur, I know from experience London is the ideal location to grow a start-up, with an unrivalled talent pool and a time zone which overlaps with other financial centres, among many other advantages. That is the message I took on my trade mission to the West Coast of the US last week and I’m delighted that companies like InvestCloud continue to invest in London and recognise our city as a global business powerhouse.”
InvestCloud was established by British entrepreneur John Wise in a Los Angeles garage in 2010. Wise had previously founded successful businesses including Synergo Technology and Netik in both the UK and the US. In the space of seven years, InvestCloud has won 670 clients across the globe, and now supports $1.7tn of assets on its digital platform for wealth mangers and financial institutions.
John Wise, co-founder and CEO of InvestCloud, said: “InvestCloud is a global business, and we have a commitment to creatively drive innovation worldwide. This commitment is the reason behind our rapid success not just in the US, but also in London, across Europe and increasingly in broader EMEA and APAC.
“The London Innovation centre is a perfect example of this. By sharing our technology and expertise with financial institutions and start-ups in the UK, and London specifically, we can help them deliver the digital solutions their clients want.
“It’s no secret that the financial services industry is behind the curve when it comes to digital. Many projects cost millions only to be scrapped, and the failure rates for start-ups are incredibly high.
“InvestCloud’s Innovation Centre’s ensure success for these projects, allowing teams to innovate and ideate quickly, drawing on the experience of the Innovation centre team and the wealth of capability within the InvestCloud app library.”
The London InvestCloud Innovation centre will follow the blueprint of the firm’s first technology accelerator at its Los Angeles headquarters. The Los Angeles space enables teams from banks, wealth managers and early-stage FinTech start-ups to undertake ‘residences’ to accelerate the development of new digital solutions. To demonstrate progress, participating businesses will ‘show and tell’ their work on a weekly basis, ensuring success in a defined timeframe.
Innovation Center members have access to their own InvestCloud Sandbox. This includes access to the 200+ InvestCloud financial Apps, over 2,000 APIs, integrated market data, news, financial and accounting data, a document repository and InvestCloud’s unique method of development.
The Sandbox also provides members with InvestCloud mentors offering guidance on funding, design, build, sales and marketing, distribution and production support. Firms working at the Innovation Center can create sub-teams from their own organization, or use InvestCloud’s staff and external partners. Those using the Innovation Center will be able to use InvestCloud’s Programs Writing Programs (PWP) to self-generate lines of code and its Digital Warehouse technology to provide real-time insight and information.
Will Bailey, head of Europe and Innovation, said: “Our dedication to innovation is the reason behind our rapid expansion in Europe, picking up landmark clients from wealth managers such as MASECO, to robo-advisors including Nutmeg. By sharing our expertise, the London InvestCloud Innovation Center means financial institutions can fulfill the needs of their clients. It gives start-ups the best chance to rapidly take creative ideas and launch them to market. It ensures success.”
InvestCloud is now accepting applications for firms to enter the 9,302-square-foot Innovation Center for its Summer 2017 opening.
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