Chelsea Hardy, Nexus engagement manager
Chelsea Hardy, Nexus engagement manager at the University of Leeds’ new £40m innovation centre, has shone the spotlight on Leeds this week, as part of the FinTech North international trade mission.
The three-day event, planned by the Department of International Trade (DIT) and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), saw 20 fintech scale-ups from the Baltic and Nordic regions, visit three of the north’s major economic regions – Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.
Chelsea, who joined Nexus last month from J.P. Morgan’s fintech team, highlighted the strengths of the Leeds City region, particularly in terms of supporting high growth start-up and scale-up companies.
Chelsea said: “The trade mission enabled us to demonstrate the many benefits Leeds has to offer the financial technology sector, especially to businesses who are looking to leverage research expertise to accelerate growth.
“With a strong financial services presence, a booming tech sector, and world-class research and development capabilities at our universities, Leeds has a major opportunity to drive fintech innovation and growth. Having worked with numerous financial start-ups on their journey from idea to conception, I truly believe that emerging technologies can transform the future of finance.”
Based in a brand new £40m building on the university campus, Nexus will feature state-of-the-art facilities including office and lab space, collaboration areas, event and meeting space and a dedicated team who will be responsible for facilitating productive working partnerships and collaborations. Connecting businesses to the University’s world-class research and facilities and talent, Nexus will give businesses a competitive edge in a dynamic market.
PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards, in association with HSBC and the Department for International Trade, seeks to recognise the most entrepreneurial exporters from across the North of England.
For more info visit www.northernexportawards.co.uk.
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