Originally a Commercial Banker with one of the largest global banks, Helene is a highly experienced FinTech Investment Readiness Consultant, Programme Director, Exited Entrepreneur, and Educator, who successfully created and launched the Inaugural Programme of Education and Events for the UK FinTech trade body, Innovate Finance, a FinTech and Financial Services consultancy programme to educate and connect large FS providers with early stage FinTechs, and a CPD Accredited FinTech Executive Education Programme, FinTech Mastery, which launched in May 2017. Since 2017 she’s been the Lead Fellow on a world-first FinTech Pathway in a Masters in Tech Entrepreneurship Degree for UCL, Lead FinTech Fellow on the Imperial College Business School MSc in Finance, CASS Business School MBA FinTech Lecturer, INSEEC Adjunct Lecturer in FinTech, and co-creator and lead delivery partner on the Imperial College FinTech Executive Education Programme. In November 2017 took on the role of MD for the newly launched Rainmaking Colab FinTech, a world-first, post-accelerator programme connecting Series A+ FinTechs to Tier 1 banks and payment companies in order to create POC opportunities for both. She is an Advisor to Yovo, launching an ICO in the 4th generation telco area, and Disrupt CX, NLP voice bot software for the banking and insurance industry. As an Associate with MPAC Group, she is also an Advisor to the Chinese Crowd-funding Association. She is also the FinTech Partner in Ellanstone Consulting, a tech advisory based on the Isle of Man. Helene has assisted over 14,000 high-growth SMEs in their fund-raising efforts, in her business advisory work, for a ‘Big 5’ accountancy practice, Grant Thornton, and for a number of EU programmes, and has recently been a key member of the team successfully raising millions for one of her own interests via a Hong Kong based PE house. She has an extensive network and active relationships with FinTechs, accelerators, traditional and alternative debt/equity finance providers, political, regulatory, and board level industry figures. Named a Top 10 Influencer in SME Funding in 2016, Helene is the sole author of Business Funding for Dummies (Wiley) 2016, and contributor to The Entrepreneurs’ Network (TEN) and Scale Up Summit on ‘Female Founders Raising Post-Seed Finance’, Boost Roundtable on ‘Man vs Machine’ for SME Finance, Centre for Entrepreneurship Roundtable on ‘Offenders to Entrepreneurship’ and BEIS New Business Support Feasibility Study, and an FSB Parliamentary Task Force on Women and Finance. She is a regular judge, speaker and moderator for SWIFT Innotribe, Rainmaking Innovation Summit, FinTech Week London, The Telegraph Future of FinTech Conference (Skills), The Alt Fi Finance Awards, Nextmoney BBVA Awards (FinTech Funding), OMFIF (European Central Banks Round Table) The Greek Banking Association, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, and the China-Britain Blockchain Association. She is a member of The FinTech Advisory Board for the BSI, and representative for UK in the EU, Wharton FinTech online group (and a Penn alumna), New Finance, a Founder Member of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, and on the Steering Group of the TLA FinTech Working Group. She is a mentor for Start-up Bootcamp and the Ascension Fund.