Originally a Commercial Banker with one of the largest global banks, Helene is a highly experienced Investment Readiness Consultant, Programme Director and Exited Entrepreneur, who successfully created and launched the Inaugural Programme of Education and Events for the UK FinTech trade body, Innovate Finance, as well as an Alternative Finance Investment Readiness Programme aimed at connecting SMEs to the right finance provider, and a FinTech and Financial Services consultancy programme to educate and connect large FS providers with early stage FinTech businesses.
Since January 2017 she’s been the Lead Fellow on a world-first FinTech Pathway in a Masters in Tech Entrepreneurship Degree for UCL, a visiting Fellow on the Imperial College Business School MSc in Finance, and co-creator and lead delivery partner on the Imperial College FinTech Executive Education Programme.
Helene has assisted thousands of high-growth SMEs in their fund-raising efforts, in her business advisory work, for a Big 5 accountancy practice, and for a number of EU programmes, and has recently been a key member of the team successfully raising $5m for one of her own interests.
She has an extensive network and active relationships with FinTechs, accelerators, traditional and alternative debt/equity finance providers, political, regulatory, and board level industry figures.
Named a Top 10 Influencer in SME Funding in 2016, Helene is the sole author of Business Funding for Dummies (Wiley) 2016, and contributor to The Entrepreneurs’ Network (TEN) and Scale Up Summit on ‘Female Founders Raising Post-Seed Finance’, Boost Roundtable on ‘Man vs Machine’ for SME finance, Centre for Entrepreneurship Roundtable on ‘Offenders to Entrepreneurship’ and BEIS New Business Support Feasibility Study, and an FSB Parliamentary Task Force on Women and Finance.
She is a regular judge, speaker and moderator for SWIFT Innotribe, Rainmaking Innovation Summit, FinTech Week London, The Alt Fi Finance Awards, Nextmoney BBVA Awards and the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
She is a member of Femtech Global FinTech Network, Wharton FinTech (Penn alum), New Finance, a Founder Member of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, and on the Steering Group of the TLA FinTech Working Group. She is a mentor for Start-up Bootcamp, Mass Challenge and the Ascension Fund.