PayExpo Europe 2018

8-9 October 2019
Business Design Centre, London


Chris Adelsbach

Chris Adelsbach

Angel Investor, Managing Director, Techstars
Chris is a London-based entrepreneur, FinTech investor, and mentor. He is the founding Partner at Outrun Venture and a Venture Partner at Techstars. Previously, he was Managing Director at the Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars where he ran Europe's leading FinTech accelerator. The accelerator portfolio recently passed in $1 billion in company valuations.

Chris spent the majority of his professional career in the United Kingdom. In 1997, he moved to the UK to join GE Money and remained with this business until 2006, taking on various roles in Finance, Operations, and Sales and Marketing. In late 2006, he co-founded a specialty finance business, Marlin Financial Group that quickly became one of the UK's fastest-growing privately held companies, appearing in the Sunday Times Fast track 100 for four consecutive years. In 2014, Chris and his co-founders sold their business to a NASDAQ listed entity and large U.S. Private Equity group.        
Subsequent to the sale, Chris has been an active private investor, focusing primarily on disruptive FinTech companies. He is a seed investor in Atom Bank, the UK's original "mobile first” bank (now backed by BBVA), Monese (now backed by Paypal), Everledger (now backed by Fidelity), Shieldpay (now backed by Visa), Simudyne (now backed by Barclays) and Smart Pension (now backed by JP Morgan) to name a few. He is also on the board of advisors of Railsbank (accessing to global banking with 5 lines of code) and Quant Network (providing the interoperability layer between blockchains). In 2018, Chris was named the Angel Investor of the Year by the UK Business Angel Association and in 2017 was named the most active FinTech angel in the world by Fintech.Global.  He has made over 50 private investment and a further 50 investments through Techstars in five years. In 2019 Chris co-founded Outrun Ventures which invests in early stage UK and European Fintech businesses.       
  • PayExpo is fantastic because it has thought provoking discussions and is a great place to connect with other leaders in the industry.
    Megan Caywood
    Starling Bank
  • Very well organised, covering all the key topics with an inclusive and relevant speaker and exhibitor base.
    Helene Panzarino
    Rainmaking Colab Fintech
  • Very wide ranging and varied content with a good mix of fact and opinions, hotly debated.
    Ian Dawson
    Hays Travel Limited
  • This is both a networking event and a trade show, and should be in everyone's diary.
    Paul Love Twelves
    Open Payments Cloud
  • Had a great time across the two days, very well looked after and heard some interesting things about the industry. Look forward to returning next year!
    Jon Ellis
    Atom Bank
  • PayExpo 2018 was fantastic with a great variety in exhibitors as well as content for talks and debates. We found some very good potential partners that will help us make a major impact in the banking industry over the next few years.
    Simon Phillips
    Money Global Limited
  • I really liked the sessions and panel discussions and I am looking forward to some more presentations.
    Liisi Kirsipuu
  • I found the event very interesting and lively, I really liked the presentations in theatre 2 as I am coming from a payments area I found them very informative.
    Martynas Rajuncios
    Lietuvos Bankas


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