PayExpo Europe 2018

9-10 October 2018
Business Design Centre, London

Payments Dragons' Den

Payments Dragons' Den

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What is the next big thing set to change the payments industry? In our exciting, energy-packed Payments Dragons' Den we invited four up-and-coming companies to showcase their financial services products and programmes, set to revolutionise how people move, manage and spend their money.

With only 5 minutes to pitch their product, this fast-paced section saw each of the pitchers put through their paces by our six expert Dragons with questions aiming to tease out any faults in products and business plans.

The 2017 Dragons:

Mark Beresford, Director, Edgar Dunn and Company
David Parker, Founder and CEO, Polymath Consulting
Brian Dunne, MD of and Past President, IMA Europe
William James, Partner, Addleshaw Goddard
Helene Panzariono, Managing Director, Startupbootcamp

Payments Dragons' Den 2017 Winner


After an audience vote and careful consideration from our dragons, Garrett Cassidy, Co-Founder & CEO of Trezeo, was crowned our Payments Dragons’ Den winner. We spoke with Garrett afterwards to learn more about his innovative company and what the future might hold.

Could you share with us why Trezeo joined the Payments Dragons’ Den?

We joined Payments Dragons Den to get the opportunity to pitch the Dragons, get the benefit of their insights and raise awareness of Trezeo across the PayExpo community

How did you come by the idea for Trezeo, what was the main pain point?

We came up with the idea while researching the financial challenges of being a self-employed gig economy worker.  A key pain point for these people is the potentially crippling uncertainty and volatility of income.  This is made worse by a lack of suitable financial products to help address these issues in an accessible and affordable way.

What’s next on the horizon for Trezeo?

We will be launching a pilot with initial customers in the next month, continuing our consumer credit authorisation process with the FCA and raising seed funding to support our launch in 2018.

Cassidy Trezeo
Trezeo Dragon's Den Winner

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Payments Dragons' Den at PayExpo
  • Whenever PayExpo Europe comes up, it goes straight into the diary – no question
    Dean Fiveash
    Vice President, Barclays
  • PayExpo Europe gives you a better understanding of the payments industry.
    Brian Donnelly
    Managing Director, Accenture
  • As a vendor, the event is one of the key places to be seen
    Phil Campbell
    Founder, Kerv Wearables
  • The show is a key date in the industry calendar
    Chris Jacklin
    Managing Direcotr, Nvayo Limited
  • I loved it. I am new to the job and it has given me great insight. A great experience, I am keen to come again.
    Robert Ratcliffe
    Payments Project Manager, Argos
  • PayExpo Europe provides great opportunities to meet new customers and do business.
    Lee Russell
    Senior Director – Prepaid, Mastercard
  • The show’s education sessions are truly mind expanding. It teaches you things you won’t find elsewhere.
    Kevin Chang
    Investment Analyst, Santander
  • This is my first time at PayExpo Europe and I would certainly recommend attending. It has given me a better understanding of the payments and FinTech industry.
    Anthony Clegg
    Commercial Cards Account Director, Royal Bank of Scotland


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