Brett King to Kick Off Bank Innovators Lab Day in London

By January 23, 2014Events, News


We are excited to announce that world-renowned author and innovator Brett King will provide opening remarks to welcome bank innovators to our Bank Innovators Lab Day taking place in London on Thursday, February 13th at Level39, Europe’s largest FinTech accelerator space, immediately following FinovateEurope.

Brett King is a global leader in advocating for innovation in the banking industry, and we could not be more thrilled to have him set the tone at our event. Brett can also be heard each Thursday at 3:00PM ET / 20:00 GMT on his Voiceamerica radio show Breaking Banks. The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes.

I joined Brett on his show on January 9th, along with BIC member Brad Leimer from Mechanics Bank, and we talked about how especially important it is for smaller banks to innovate new customer experiences and new products.

Listen to the episode here.

About the Bank Innovators Lab Day

Bank Innovators Lab Day after Finovate Europe

“This will be a real lab, where we will scope, design, prototype, test, validate and start over again, to create better solutions.”

– Mariela Atanassova, Lab Day facilitator and co—founder of SWIFT’s Innotribe.

 Immediately following FinovateEurope, the immersive, hands-on BIC Lab Day will bridge the gap between the problems faced by banker and the prototypes that excite entrepreneurs.  The Lab Day will help innovators digest, discuss, and dive deeper into the themes concepts, as well as specific presentations from FinovateEurope, and beyond.

Having Brett King open our day and Mariela Atanassova’s expertise facilitating the Lab Day will ensure an impactful day for all attendees. Not only will they be in a true “lab” setting, but they will also hear from the best and brightest.

– BIC co-founder, Will Trout.


A limited number of tickets are still available at  BIC members can also receive a 20% discount to FinovateEurope by using the discount code BIC20.


About Brett King

Brett King is a global bestselling author, a well known futurist and speaker, the host of the “BREAKING BANK$” Radio Show on Voice America (an Internet Talk Radio Network with over 9 million monthly listeners) and the founder of the start-up “Moven“. King was voted as American Banker’s Innovator of the Year in 2012, and was nominated by Bank Innovation as one of the Top 10 “coolest brands in banking”. BANK 3.0 (in 8 languages) has been topping the charts in the US, UK, China, Canada, Germany, Japan and France since its release late in 2012. His latest book, Breaking Banks, is due out early 2014 with Wiley. He is widely considered the world’s foremost expert on retail banking innovation today. Twitter: @BrettKing

About Mariela Atanassova

Mariela Atanassova is a co-founder of Innotribe, SWIFT’s initiative for collaborative innovation in the financial industry.  For the last six years, she has been working as an innovation facilitator in the financial industry, mixing design thinking with different facilitation techniques, gamestorming and group processes, to help groups work together, learn, create and innovate.  With 10+ years of experience in the Financial Industry (including leading more than 300 workshops and conferences), her expertise includes design thinking and systems thinking applied to group interactions and workshops, as well as designing and facilitating distributed processes for large groups (analysis, idea generation, decision making, etc.), visual thinking (graphic facilitation), strategic thinking and collaboration/crowd sourcing techniques.

About Level39

Level39 is Europe’s largest accelerator space for finance, retail, and future cities technology companies. Occupying the entire 39th floor of the iconic One Canada Square building at Canary Wharf, Level39 was opened by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, in March 2013, and has quickly become an important part of London’s booming Tech City. At Level39, we put our high potential entrepreneurs in the same space as some of the world’s most influential technology buyers and investors, accelerating their traction and access to markets. Level39 also creates and & hosts accelerator programmes and curates a busy events calendar. It is Level39?s aim to fuse London’s finance and technology sectors, enhancing London’s position as the digital capital of Europe and helping the positive transformation of the finance sector. Twitter: @Level39CW