Perth-based real estate crowdfunding platform CrowdfundUP’s plans to open a head office in the United Kingdom will be sped up thanks to UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).
The startup is one of ten Australian fintech companies that will travel to London in September courtesy of the UKTI and British Airways to take part in London fintech week.
Co-founder Jack Quigley says he has been blown away by the support being offered by UKTI.
“It’s commendable the amount of work the UK government has given to Australian companies and I applaud them,” he says.
“The reach out from the UK government has been quite exceptional and overshadows the outreach from the Australian government 10 to 1. The Australian government is doing a great job, but we’re really excited to get to the UK fintech scene and learn.”
Quigley says Australia has a chance to cement its spot as the leading fintech hub for the Asia-Pacific region, with the right government support.
UKTI Australia and New Zealand consul general and director-general, Nick McInnes, says the trip is a fantastic opportunity for some of Australia’s brightest fintech startups to learn from London’s finest fintech minds.
“The response from Australian companies has been overwhelming, which tells us that interest in the UK market is strong,” he says.
“Whilst it is only possible for 10 companies to participate in this particular mission, UKTI is committed to supporting all Australian companies who wish to explore opportunities for expanding into the UK.”
The nine startups that will join CrowdfundUP on the UKTI London Fintech Week Delegation are:
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