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资金+签证+人脉,英国政府大手笔推动金融科技发展

国际资讯监管与政策

资金+签证+人脉,英国政府大手笔推动金融科技发展

英国脱欧之后的不确定性让本来欣欣向荣的英国金融产业受到了不小的冲击,同时也给巴黎、都柏林和法兰克福等欧洲金融中心带来了不少人气。

为此,伦敦金融城曾多次呼吁英国政府采取措施,保护和鼓励英国金融产业发展。

如今,一切终于有了进展。近日,英国政府启动了一系列金融科技振兴计划,希望通过多项措施,带动英国金融科技产业继续进步。

首先,英国政府将推出一项总额为25亿英镑的Patent Capital基金,支持英国创企的“高潜力增长”,帮助其获得长期投资。

其次,英国政府计划在巴西和南非开设两个国际科技中心

再次,英国政府宣布启动新的签证类别,简化企业家和技术专家的申请流程。而此前,这个签证快车道计划只服务毕业生。而如今,不仅签证受众人群有所增加,而且签证背书方也增加了商业赞助商、金融科技加速器和大学院校三个领域。据英国内政大臣Sajid Javid透露,该项签证政策最早将于2019年初正式推出。而早在2017年7月,伦敦金融城就曾呼吁英国政府为具备高精尖数字技能的专家提供此类签证。

最后,英国政府还会启动科技国家(Tech Nation)计划,并推出首个人才竞赛。获奖者将获得免费联网午餐、去美国与潜在合作伙伴会面的旅费以及金融科技资深人士的商业建议。该计划预计将于今年9月份开始向位于英国的早期金融科技公司开放,入选企业还将获得向金融科技专业人士评委会进行案例展示的机会。

 

The UK government has launched a series of initiatives designed to attract more foreign fintech experts to work for UK startups and to encourage those same startups to remain in the UK rather than uproot to an EU-based neighbouring jurisdiction.

The £2.5bn Patient Capital Fund has been launched to support UK companies with "high growth potential" and to enable them to access long-term investment. The government is also planning to open two international tech hubs in Brazil and South Africa.

In addition, the UK government has announced Startup Visa, a new visa path that proposes to streamline the application process for entrepreneurs and tech experts. It will replace the existing visa fastrack programme that was exclusively for graduates and will enable applicants to use endorsements from business sponsors or fintech accelerators as well as universities.

The new visa plan, which is expected to launch in early 2019, was announced by home secretary Sajid Javid. "The UK can be proud that we are a leading nation when it comes to tech and innovation but we want to do more to attract businesses to the UK and our migration system plays a key part in that," he said.

The initiative is also a concession to the numerous fintech figures that have called on the government to ease its hardline, post-Brexit stance on immigration, arguing that it could negatively affect the UK's ability to attract the best talent amid an ongoing battle among Europe's financial centres to become the international fintech hub of choice.

In addition, the UK government's Tech Nation programme is launching its first talent contest, a programme designed to encourage UK fintechs to stay in the country by offering the chosen applicants free networking lunches, trips to meet potential partners in the US and tips from established fintech executives.

The programme, which will begin in September, will be open to early-stage fintech firms that are based in the UK and can demonstrate some form of market success to a judging panel of fintech luminaries including Anne Boden, chief executive of Starling Bank.

A lack of post-Brexit clarity has rattled the UK's fintech sector and also led other EU financial centres such as Paris, Dublin and Frankfurt to make explicit overtures to London-based startups to relocate.

The City of London has consistently called on the UK government to do more to protect its fintech sector, calling for a digital skills visa in July 2017 and then calling for a single policy vision for fintechs in October 2017.

It remains to be seen whether the Tech Nation initiative will satisfy the City of London's demands but financial services minister John Glen was bullish in his promotion of the initiative. "The programme will help to give some of these start-ups a boost to the next stage, and with it bring innovative new products to the market,” he said.


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