EVENT: #Croydon #TechCity – Thursday 17th April 7:30pm @MatthewsYard – #FinTech Edition


By - Monday 14th April, 2014

It’s that time of the month again when Croydon’s tech scene comes out to play at Matthews Yard and learn from local tech entrepreneurs.

Everyone is welcome – you don’t need to be a business owner or computer-lover to enjoy this!

To attend this Thursday’s Croydon Tech City event at Matthews Yard, please sign up as ‘attending’ here or  to confirm your attendance.


Frank Mukahanana, Founder of QuidCycle

On building what The Financial Times called “the antidote to Wonga”

Frank Mukahanana, Founder of QuidCycle. Image used with permission.

QuidCycle is an embryonic peer-to-peer lending service with a difference. It aims to create a marketplace that will give UK individuals a decent return for lending out money while supplying reasonably priced loans to borrowers. The twist? It plans to offer financial advice and support to leave clients debt-free.

Croydon-based QuidCycle launched in November and bills itself as an “ethical financial services company” but wants to make a profit too. It says its aim is to turn borrowers into lenders so families walk away not only debt-free but with savings of their own.


Sweta Chattopadhyay, Founder of LocalFunded

A ‘Kickstarter meets Groupon’ platform that will revitalise Croydon’s economy

Sweta Chattopadhyay, Founder of LocalFunded. Image used with permission.

Localfunded.co.uk is a localised crowdfunding platform aimed at local businesses and community projects.

In this age of restricted bank lending and a cut in government grants, LocalFunded’s aim is to enable those with project ideas that positively impact the local community, find the funds and support for their project from their local customers. In return for their contributions, backers are rewarded with exciting gifts and rewards that they cant get anywhere else, whether it’s being the first to own something innovative, or a discount on the daily stuff they would have bought anyways.


Andrew Enebe, Founder of Energy Donwell

Helping to develop energy projects across the UK

Andrew Enebe, Founder of Energy Donwell. Image used with permission.

Energy Donwell is a crowdfunding platform that connects local investors to local energy projects to help prevent fuel poverty and reduce local CO2 emissions.

A simple and easy crowdfunding platform where community energy groups can upload their energy projects in order to find funding.


Sybil, Tony and Sharlene – Founders of All Chip In

Building a platform to fun Croydon youth project

Photo by Sharlene Williams. Used with permission.

AND MUCH, MUCH MORE…!


Croydon Tech City – Thursday 17th April 7:30pm – Financial tech startup special

To attend this Thursday’s Croydon Tech City event at Matthews Yard, please sign up as ‘attending’ here or  to confirm your attendance.

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose is a committed Christian who has lived in the Croydon area for nearly twenty years. He is an active participant in his local community, serving at Grace Vineyard Church and organising Purley Breakfast Club, and was ranked "Croydon's 37th most powerful person" by the Croydon Advertiser (much to his amusement). He is the Head of Content at marketing technology company Idio, the founder of the Croydon Tech City movement, a LinkedIn coach, and creator of Croydon's first fashion label, Croydon Vs The World. Working on Instagram training. Views are his own, but it would be best for all concerned if you shared them. Please send your fanmail to: jonnyrose1 (at) gmail (dot) com

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