Helene Panzarino

Helene Panzarino, Managing Director, RAINMAKING COLAB

Originally a Commercial Banker, Helene is a highly experienced FinTech Programme Director, Investment Readiness Consultant, Exited Entrepreneur, and Educator, and currently MD of the global Rainmaking Colab FinTech Programme, a world-first, post-accelerator programme connecting Series A+ FinTechs to Tier 1 banks financial institutions in order to create genuine commercial opportunities for both.

Helene successfully created and launched the Inaugural Programme of Education and Events for Innovate Finance, the UK FinTech trade body.

Helene is the Lead Fellow (and creator) on a world-first FinTech Pathway in a Masters in Tech Entrepreneurship Degree for UCL, and co-creator and lead delivery partner on the Imperial College FinTech Executive Education Programme.

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), The Parliamentary Rose Report on Female Funding in FinTech, and Scale Up Summit on ‘Female Founders Raising Post-Seed Finance’, BEIS New Business Support Feasibility Study, and an FSB Parliamentary Task Force on Women and Finance. Additional articles include:  AltFi, on ‘Has Open Banking Moved the Needle?’, Banking Tech, on ‘AI in Financial Services’

She is a regular judge, speaker and moderator for the FIA Award, Global Mobile Congress, SWIFT Innotribe, FinTech Week London, The Telegraph Future of FinTech Conference (Skills), The Alt Fi Finance Awards, Nextmoney BBVA Awards (FinTech Funding), EFMA (European Finance) on FinTech and Corporate collaboration, OMFIF (European Central Banks Round Table) Money Live on FinTech/Corporate Collaboration, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, and the Retail Banking Conference London, RegTech Rising, MoneyLive, and Lendit (FinTech Partnerships, Open Banking).

Helene is a member of The FinTech Advisory Board for the BSI (British Standards Institute), Wharton FinTech, a Foundation Member of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, and on the Steering Group of the TLA FinTech Working Group. Named on the Computer Weekly 100 Women in Tech Award 2018, she was also recently inducted into the St George’s Leadership Foundation at Windsor Castle.