Founders and Team


We founded The FinTech 50 in 2012. Back then it was a guide to an emerging sector. Now it is seen as a guide to quality within a super crowded one. Each year, we invite a panel of experts who eat, breath and sleep FinTech to select The FinTech50 and our analysts undertake independent research to create our masterlist of companies. 

Julie Lake The FInTech50

Julie Lake - CEO / Co-Founder

Julie is CEO and Co-Founder of The FinTech50, launched in 2013 to recognise the European game-changers transforming financial services. Published annually, the list is now helping FinTech companies to raise profile globally, connect with influencers, investors and funders and generate business. Julie is also founding director of FinTechCity, the platform which brings together the European FinTech Community, and The FinTech50 Asia. She is also a member of Yes FInTech's Advisory Council. Latest media: CNBC, CityAM, TechCityNews

Fearghus Barkley - The FInTech50
Selena Cass

Nicky Cotter - Co-Founder

Nicky is also a founding member of ICON Corporate Finance. She connects FinTech companies to FinTechCity’s global network of investors and strategic acquirers.


Fearghus Barkley - Senior Analyst

Fearghus is our invaluable research analyst on The FinTech50, working with us and the panel to identify the final FinTech 50. In 2017, Fearghus graduated with a distinction in his MA in international business from UCL.


Selena Cass - Communications Specialist

Selena is passionate about enabling leaders to bring their vision to life through authentic and impactful communications.  With over twelve years’ experience working for global financial services firm UBS AG, she has been the driving force behind a number of high profile industry campaigns and events aimed at fostering innovation and collaboration between banks and the growing FinTech community.