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Fintech at Alliance Manchester Business School

The University of Manchester has ambitious plans for the development of fintech. Not only does it play a significant role in driving the evolving FinTech sector in Manchester and the North West, it is also set to become an international powerhouse for fintech research and teaching.

This is following a transformative £2.5million donation from Greensill. This leading British fintech company was founded by Lex Greensill, who is also an Alliance Manchester Business School MBA alumnus.

The donation will enable the University to drive the fintech agenda. We have appointed a Chair in Fintech, Professor Markos Zachariadis, who will be joined by a new team of fintech specialists later this year.

Fintech at The University of Manchester

The University has been growing its activity in fintech over the past two years and is looking to scale-up significantly. Since 2017, the University has:

- Established a partnership with fintech north
- Created an internal multidisciplinary academic network
- Hosted two “innovation lab” events to develop collaborative projects with industry partners
- Attended various regional, national and international conferences to gain insight into developments in the sector and identify potential new partnerships for collaboration
- Built relationships with the local business ‘eco-system’ and with international businesses with interests in the field to align interests and develop new opportunities for R&D collaborations.
- Hosted the Manchester event of the fintech north conference series (the city’s only major fintech conference)

Fintech in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester is one of Europe’s leading digital and technology clusters. It is home to more fintech start-ups and scale-ups than any other UK region outside London. [Source of all stats: Greater Manchester FinTech Ecosystem Report 2020]

The fastest growing tech city in Europe in 2019

The fastest growing tech city in Europe in 2019

More E-commerce unicorns than any city in Europe

More ecommerce unicorns than any city in Europe

Highest percentage of B2C FinTech firms in the UK

Highest percentage of B2C fintech companies in the UK (outside London)

A world-class environment

Our brand-new building gives us facilities to match our international reputation, including a large-scale Data Visualisation Observatory.

Markos Zachariadis testimonial
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"At Alliance Manchester Business School, we’re on a dual mission. We are developing cutting-edge research to support the fintech revolution. We are also dedicated to educating the next generation of analysts, managers, stakeholders, regulators, investors, and entrepreneurs."

Professor Markos Zachariadis

Greensill Professor in Financial Technology (Fintech) & Information Systems