Newcomers Rethink Finance in Time of Global Pandemic
Edited by Leonard Schoenberger.
When the world faces its biggest global crisis in modern times, a new generation of talent is poised to shape the financial industry of tomorrow. Brexit upset the European order as we have known it for decades. Despite this turning point in history, financial talent on the continent and across the UK is coming up with new business ideas to disrupt the financial industry.
Yolanda Schmidtke, 28, founded DLE Group AG in 2016 because she was not happy with the traditional real estate industry. She saw a need for innovative investment products and financial solutions. Schmidtke took action and transformed DLE Group into a rapidly evolving asset management platform. Today, the company serves institutional investors around the world and currently manages over € 2 billion in assets. Schmidtke is the co-CEO of the company and the only female member of the board of directors.
Paul Allan, 26, is a partner in the Technology Investment Banking department of JPMorgan. He focuses on investing in tech startups in enterprise and consumer software, digital health, and fintech. Prior to joining JPMorgan, Allan founded and sold a number of companies in the fields of medical technology, marketing and biotechnology. More recently, Allan was involved in the release of PathoVi, a company that developed a chemical and technical system to identify pathogens that cause nosocomial infections (HAIs).
A vice president of Dawn Capital, Shamillah Bankiya, oversees the company’s coverage in the UK and Ireland and leads the company’s investments in development tools and the broader data infrastructure. Born in Uganda, Bankiya studied economics and African studies at Yale University. In addition to her work, she is actively involved in community service and an original member of 10×10 VC, a pioneer group for black and mixed-race VCs in the UK.
Jacob Claerhout is a financial all-rounder. During the day he is an early stage venture capitalist at Partech. It focuses on enterprise and advanced technology solutions. A member of the LGBTQI + community himself, he also founded Merit, a venture capital platform where aspiring VCs can learn the trade and build their own balance sheet. To date, it has reached over 1,000 participants thanks to this vehicle which aims to diversify the VC industry.
David Nordhausen, Mike Mahlkow and Constantin Schreiber are the founders of Blair, a startup that allows schools to offer their programs to every student, regardless of their financial situation. They were part of the Y Combinator Summer Lot in 19, raised a 7-figure amount from angel investors and seed funds, and recently secured a $ 100 million debt fund to provide even more funding. to their partner schools.
Dominic Falcao is the founding director of Deep Science Ventures, based in London. Since its inception in 2016, Falcao and its partners have supported the creation of more than 30 companies with a cumulative value of over $ 120 million. These companies focus on solving big challenges such as antibiotic resistance, cancer, energy storage or carbon capture. Since Deep Science Ventures generates revenue through partnerships with multinationals and governments, the focus is less on quick exits and more on solving long-term problems.
All the candidates for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Europe were carefully selected by a panel of top-notch judges including Irina Haivas, Partner at Atomico, Emma Davies, Co-CEO of Octopus Ventures and Sebastian Seifert, former member of the 30 under 30 list. and founder of viafintech.