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CTA: Canadian Fintech Opportunities to Enter the UK

UK Opportunity | Jan 17, 2024

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The Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) program is now inviting Canadian Fintech companies to explore and expand to the UK market

The UK's financial services sector, contributing over $460 billion to the economy and accounting for about 12% of the GDP, is a world leader. The progressive regulatory environment, including an Open banking regime, positions the UK as Europe's leading Fintech hub, with over 3,200 FinTech companies, and $23 billion of PE and VC investments last year.

The Canadian Technology Accelerator Program

The CTA program is organized by the Canadian government and tailored for Canadian Fintech companies looking to enter the UK market. It offers:

  • Market briefings and sector-specific sessions.
  • Access to investments, pilot projects, and partnerships.
  • Networking with potential buyers, partners, and investors.
  • Mentoring and strategic market entry guidance.

Who Should Apply?

Targeted at high-potential, scale-up stage FinTech companies, applicants should have a revenue-generating business, a validated technology, and a clear UK market entry strategy.

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The program focuses on various Fintech areas, including:

  • Paytech
  • Wealthtech and Asset Management
  • Regtech
  • Credit and Lendingtech
  • Digital Banking and Open Banking Technologies
  • Digital Identity Technology

Structure

This 8-week hybrid program begins on February 26, 2024 and includes:

  • Virtual onboarding and needs assessment.
  • Participation in the Innovate Finance Global Summit.
  • Market briefings, mentorship, and coaching sessions.
  • Strategic B2B introductions.

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Key Dates

  • Application Deadline: January 24, 2024, at 11:59 pm PT
  • Program Dates: February 26 to April 19, 2024
  • Time Commitment: About 2 hours per week
  • In-market activities in the last week of the program

Outlook

The UK's FinTech sector presents significant opportunities for Canadian companies. The CTA program offers a comprehensive pathway for Canadian innovators to engage with this vibrant market.  Previous participants have lauded the program for its valuable insights and networking opportunities, describing it as an ideal platform for entering the UK market.  Contact Information: For more information, contact Claudio Ramirez, Manager of the Canadian Technology Accelerator – United Kingdom, at claudio.ramirez@international.gc.ca.

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