Is modefinance looking to the UK?

modefinance is a fintech rating agency that assesses the credit risk of companies at an international level. It owns the license issued by ESMA and operates in an innovative way trying to be faster and more effective than its competitors.

modefinance started out with a 100% foreign turnover and then turned back trying to expand its presence in Italy. “Without any doubt, 2019 will see us involved in a very intense process of internationalization,” explains its founder Mattia Ciprian and the company has already started making its first moves.

modefinance was in fact among the fintech companies the Department of International Trade (DIT) selected in various countries (Israel, Belgium, Poland, Spain, France, Ireland, Lithuania, Italy and others) to participate in the International FinTech Mission to the UK’s Northern Powerhouse, coordinated by DIT, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Whitecap Consulting.

Let’s find out more in this interview with Mattia Ciprian and Alberto Gerin

What was your goal for the UK?

To get to know the Northern Powerhouse (Liverpool-Manchester-Leeds) and let us know about the companies and financial institutions of that area. The objective of the mission was to bring Fintechs to the territory and develop the possibility of their landing in the UK (extra London)

What opportunities did this initiative offer you?

That of getting to know the strength of the Northern Powerhouse, the presence and the actual choice of many financial institutions to settle out of London, yet in the centre of the UK, and of the innumerable possibilities of expansion and collaboration the Anglo-Saxon market offers. We have made some very interesting contacts both with universities and with other Fintechs similar to ours.

What was the format like?

The format was structured over three days. The first evening, at the introductory meeting, we were able to get to know all the other European Fintechs invited, in a very informal way. During the following three days there were presentations of companies, institutions and scientific-technological centres of excellence in Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds and the pitches of us Fintech. In this way, we had the opportunity to introduce ourselves to the British ecosystem and gather feedback and opportunities.

What are the pros and cons of entering the UK market for an Italian fintech?

Entering a structured market like the British one (both for financial institutions and for the innovative Fintech base) is a possibility that we are actually potentially evaluating together with a direct commercial chain and a customer support office. The obvious concern that torments anyone who is doing this same kind of assessment is regarding Brexit, and of the effects that this potential decision will have on both sides of the British domestic and European markets.

How can the Fintech District and other fintech hubs facilitate this step?

Fintech District is a community able to connect companies and projects, and to facilitate the exchange and personal interaction between supply and demand, even before being a platform in which to bring together the Italian realities of Fintech. The next step which aims to make this exchange of products, ideas and people even better, consists precisely in the widening of connections at a European and global level, uniting communities of the different countries with events spread over the territory and thus making the dialogue easier and faster.

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Talent Day, with the Politecnico of Milan

Five companies selected by the Fintech District each prepared a on which more than 40 students from the Politecnico of Milan worked on for a month and a half. They presented their solution during the final event in which the winner was proclaimed. This was the Talent Day, co-organized by Fintech District and the Politecnico of Milan!

Created to promote opportunities for integration at a professional level, this initiative allowed students to get closer to and learn about the Fintech world, identifying the most important players and the diverse opportunities offered by the ecosystem. At the same time, by connecting Fintech companies in search of human capital with undergraduates, it served as a facilitator for the recruitment of young talents.

The companies involved – Fabrick, Wavenure, Splitty Pay, Walliance and Modefinance – developed a related to their own model and subsequently mentored the team along the way, guiding and supporting them during the development of Each team had students coming from the Faculties of Management Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics and having the profiles of Data Scientists, Project Managers, and Developers.

The young participants, who were enthusiastic about Talent Day, found the experience “an excellent opportunity to get involved and confront a new reality, looking for winning ideas”. Each case study was an adventure in itself but the were interesting with the tutors both present and motivating.

“I think the world of Fintech is a world with great prospects for future engineers – Daniele Marazzina, math professor at Politecnico of Milan, commented at the end of the event – this is why we wanted to allow our students to meet the world of startups and try to actually ‘touch’ and feel the job opportunities. The Fintech District was the ideal partner for this, together we were able to make the meeting of Polimi students with some very interesting Fintechs take place”.

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