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Blukudu co-founder shortlisted for the Editors Choice of the Year at 2017 Women in IT Awards

January 2017

Blukudu is delighted to learn of our director and co-founder’s nomination for the Women in IT awards 2017, taking place at the Marriot Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane on the evening of 25 January 2017. We very much look forward to celebrating her success alongside so many impressive and high achieving women across the tech sector.

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Blukudu leads high-growth technology trade mission to the UK by invitation from the Government of Ontario, Canada

January 2017

Blukudu is delighted to be working with the Government of Ontario for a second year. Coinciding with FinovateEurope 2017, the annual conference focused exclusively on showcasing the best and most innovative new financial and banking technologies, Blukudu will be putting 7 high-growth Canadian tech companies through their paces to ensure they are all UK market-ready, and organising an intensive week-long programme of activities with UK-based corporates across the financial services and insurance sectors.

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Blukudu co-founder named in Innovate Finance Women in FinTech Powerlist 2016

December 2016

Innovate Finance has published its “Women in Fintech Powerlist” for 2016. Approximately 200 women in Fintech globally have been featured on their list. The list was created to celebrate the contributions of women who increasingly play a vital role in the development of the global Fintech sector. Innovate Finance recognise founders, C-level executives, and other industry participants. The project began in March, calling on members of the Fintech community to nominate and submit the names of female colleagues who should be recognised for their contributions to the sector.

Following the great success of our International Women’s Day event in March we want to ensure the contributions that women make in FinTech are recognised,” said Lawrence CEO of Innovate Finance. “With Innovate Finance’s 2016 Women in FinTech Powerlist we pay tribute not just to our FinTech founders and leaders but to women across institutional, government, venture capital and professional services ecosystems. Together they are playing an important role in making FinTech successful.””

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Creating an international springboard for UK scale-ups into the North American market

November 2016

Blukudu is delighted to be working with Invest Toronto, the primary business, sales and marketing corporation for the City of Toronto to promote Toronto’s advantages to tech companies looking to scale internationally.

Through our extensive network in FinTech, the health sciences and advanced manufacturing technologies, qualified UK-based ready-to-scale and scaling companies will be offered one-to-one consultancy and support to enter the North American market from Canada. Toronto is one of the top 5 global capitals of finance, commerce and culture and is renowned for its quality of intellectual capital and ease of doing business (PwC, Cities of Opportunity, 2014).

We are simply delighted to be able to contribute to and support the growth of some of the UK’s fastest growing technology companies while directly encouraging investment into the impressive city of Toronto. With the ink still fresh on The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the opportunities Canada presents for the UK tech sector have never been greater.

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Blukudu director named in Top 30 Inspirational Women 2016

September 2016

Following last year’s inclusion in the Top 100 Women in FinTech (Innovate Finance), in recognition of her contribution to the UK financial services industry, our Blukudu director and co-founder has been named one of 2016’s Inspirational Women Innovators by Brummell. This year, the UK publisher of the most inspirational City women list turned its attentions to those who have shown an innovative approach to the way they think and work. The women selected were from a diverse range of backgrounds, some working for a large corporate, others running their own business, but all demonstrating how effective their new ideas have been and continue to be.

Straight away it was clear that every one of the nominees would be a true inspiration to other women (and men) throughout the City. Our final 30 can be proud of the way they’ve led industry change and, in the process, proved that innovation is the key to success in every business.

For more details: 30 Inspirational Women Innovators 2016

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Science & Technology Facilities Council retains Blukudu for financial services and smart city engagement

May 2016

Blukudu is delighted to be working with STFC, one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary research organisations supporting scientists and engineers world-wide. Through its funding from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), it is responsible for research fellowships and grants in UK universities in the fields of astronomy, particle and nuclear physics, super-computing and space science. It also operates its own world-class, large-scale research facilities, such as materials research, laser, space science and alternative energy exploration, and provides strategic advice to the UK government on their development. STFC helps create a future pipeline of skilled scientists and engineers by using the excitement of their sciences to encourage wider take-up of STEM subjects in school and future life. To support the Council’s mission to maximise the impact of their knowledge, skills, facilities and resources for the benefit of the United Kingdom, Blukudu is helping to engage financial services, smart city and fintech communities to showcase their facilities and the results of their world-class science and technology.

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Blukudu leads ‘most successful trade mission ever’ for Ontario government

January 2016

By invitation from the government of Ontario, Canada, Blukudu has designed and lead a large fintech trade mission to the UK to coincide with FinovateEurope2016. Blukudu experts took care of all planning, delivery and on-the-ground support for the Canadian companies, delivering a one-day intensive UK-market readiness seminar for CEOs, curating over one hundred B2B meetings with decision-makers from banks and insurance corporates, VCs and global technology partners, generating over $5million of business in under four days. The mission closed with Blukudu helping the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to the United Kingdom to host an evening reception for senior corporate executives and industry commentators. It has been recognised by the government as the most successful trade mission ever undertaken.

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Feasibility study and marketing strategy for Krzana.com

November 2015

Krzana.com, the real-time social search engine for the financial services and media industries, is working with Blukudu to develop a tailored offering targeted at different sectors of the financial services industry. Research includes global competitor analysis and market mapping, interviews with investment managers and analysts, and a full proposition review.

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Blukudu co-founder named in Top 100 Women in FinTech

April 2015

Innovate Finance represents the voice of Britain’s global fintech sector. It has published a list of 100 women in fintech in honour of International Women’s Day and in recognition of the role women have played within the financial services industry in the UK. Blukudu is delighted it’s co-founder and director has been recognised in this way. The list includes women of different backgrounds, ranging from CEOs of major banks and startups to educators, policy makers, thought leaders and media professionals. Some are well known in the industry while many others are the unsung heroes that operate behind the scenes and make significant contributions to the future of the sector.

Click to access the complete list of Top 100 Women in FinTech

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Blukudu invited to join Tech London Advocates

November 2014

Blukudu has been selected to join Tech London Advocates (TLA), the private sector coalition of over 2,700 experts from the tech sector who have committed to championing London’s potential as a world-class hub for tech and digital businesses. The group consists of technology entrepreneurs, established digital giants, journalists, government figures and vital suppliers to the industry. The TLA also has overseas advocate groups in 20 countries across the world.

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Judging the annual Web Marketing Association awards

July 2014

Blukudu has, for a second year running, been asked to join the elite panel of judges for the annual global Web Marketing awards. Now in its fourteenth year, the awards recognize excellence in web development, marketing and user experience.

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Blukudu partners with Level39 for fintech and smart city mentorship programmes

June 2014

By invitation from Europe’s largest fintech and smart city accelerator, Blukudu has agreed to join Level39 as a founding member of their Business Club and to provide mentorship to its 200+ startup and high-growth company members. Established by the Canary Wharf Group and opened by the Mayor of London in 2013, it supports high potential entrepreneurs, established and influential technology buyers, and investors to accelerate business growth and access to markets. It aims to enhance London’s position as the digital capital of Europe and promote the positive transformation of the finance sector.

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Scandinavian retail bank retains Blukudu for core banking modernisation

May 2014

Blukudu experts are to provide technical architecture expertise to one of the region’s most successful online banks for a multi-year modernization programme. An early adopter of digital technologies, the bank offers a comprehensive range of digital private, business banking and insurance services combined with award-winning customer service across multiple distribution channels. With nearly a million customers, this innovative bank will transform its core banking, provide multiple new customer benefits and significantly reduce legacy technology risk.