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You would have to be living under a rock in Sydney to miss the rumblings that a few digital consumer banks are on the way in Australia. Xinja just this week announced their entrance loudly to the market through their raise via Equitise. A new way to bank is coming to Australia. So when I recently travelled back to the UK I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sit down with one of the pioneers of New-age banking - Anne Boden. Anne is the CEO of Starling Bank the UK’s first ever “NeoBank” to provide a Current Account. Through our conversation we were able to discuss the creation of how NeoBanks came to be, why Anne decided to “just build a bank” and some great lessons along the way for future bank builders in Australia.

Earlier this month, at a Frog Valley event, at Runway East in London, Thibaut Munier, COO Numberly shared his journey of creating, launching and IPO his business originally called 1000mercis, a data marketing, CRM and programmatic advertising company. He described his journey as being extremely focused and data driven.

Last week, Frog Valley presented a Venture Capital-focused event at CAPCO with a panel of experts, looking to the year ahead. The panel comprised of Jeff Tijssen - Head of Fintech and Digital Partnerships at Capco; Gary Stewart -Director of Wayra UK; Cornel Chiriac - Managing Partner of London Venture Factory; and Fernando Valda - Investment Director at Nord Engine Capital. Below are the biggest takeaways from the evening.

I would like you to join me as I take you on a European Startup tour. As I am French, let’s start with France - more specifically Paris - with the aim to understand what is going on there; what the landscape looks like and most of all where would be the best place for a start up to be created, incubated, accelerated, funded and put on a sky rocket.

In future instalments we will continue the startup journey to Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam, Madrid, Lisbon and Bucharest.