10x Future Technologies Virgin Money and ULSB Inspiring Women into Fintech

Twenty-five Leicester students travelled to London to attend the ‘Inspiring Women into Fintech’ event in the unique setting of 10x Future Technologies and Virgin Money offices near Victoria Station.

Female students from the School of Business and across the University heard women working at 10x and Virgin Money explain how they have established professional careers in the financial technology sector, known as fintech. Students were also offered the chance to ask questions and network as part of an inspirational trip.

Amanda Jenkins, a University of Leicester alumna, shared her journey to becoming 10x’s Chief Impact Officer, and welcomed students to ask plenty of questions throughout the event.

Speaking about the event, she said: “I and the whole 10x team were so impressed with the young women who travelled down to London. Their energy and commitment to their future careers was inspirational and we all thoroughly enjoyed the day. From a personal standpoint, it was wonderful to hear how the University of Leicester has expanded and improved their facilities since I graduated way back in 1982, and all of us at 10x hope to establish a long and fruitful relationship with the University of Leicester School of Business going forward.”

A wide range of experts from varying disciplines at Virgin Money (including artificial intelligence, coding and communications and marketing) also joined 10x staff for a panel discussion with the students. The panel shared their fintech career stories and had an open discussion with the students on the topical issues and challenges 10x and emerging fintech start-ups are facing.

The students were then able to ask questions about applying for jobs in fintech, learning what they need to do alongside their degree to make them stand out. A key take home was that they need to show an affinity for new technology.