University of Ulster student crowned fintech researcher of the year in Northern Ireland

Ulster University Chair of Financial Technology Professor Daniel Broby, with Fintech Scholarship Winner Kenna White, Ulster University Environmental Science Student and Ian Wilson, CEO of

Northern Ireland fintech company Seopa Ltd has announced the winner of this year’s Fintech Fellowship.

Winner Kenna White, an environmental science student from Ulster University, Coleraine Campus, wrote an insightful piece, titled Bitcoin’s Environmental Parlay, addressing the sustainability factors influencing the fintech sector.

Kenna wins a £1,000 scholarship to help cover tuition fees such as textbooks, course materials and living expenses.

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The initiative is designed to help foster greater diversity in the sector by asking students to take an outside look into the world of fintech to explore what it could potentially offer them.

Northern Ireland has been hailed as a key epicenter of growth in the fintech sector, employing 39,000 people, with Belfast ranking as the world’s top destination for fintech investment projects.

Danielle McWall, Head of Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics at Ulster University, explained: “The region has an exceptionally high concentration of FinTech jobs with a higher proportion of FinTech roles than anywhere else in the UK. , generating proportionately 2.5 to 5 times more gross value added than any other region.

Parent company of financial benchmarking platform, Seopa’s approach to fostering greater diversity in its industry has won praise from politicians, academics and business leaders across the UK.

Alex Lee, President of FintechNI, continued, “We are delighted to endorse this important initiative from one of our member companies Seopa. Northern Ireland is now recognized as one of the world’s leading centers for fintech, but maintaining this position in the future depends on the continued supply of quality talent in the sector.

Greg Wilson, the fintech entrepreneur behind, added, “Congratulations to our Fintech Fellowship winner, Kenna White, from the University of Ulster. Kenna’s insightful blog post was one of many interesting entries into their year’s scholarship.

“It is encouraging to see so many students proactively researching and discovering fintech from all educational backgrounds. Diversity is key to building an innovative team for the future. I studied mechanical and manufacturing engineering and started my career as a stress engineer at Bombardier Aerospace before founding Seopa, now our brands and are household names in financial comparison technology.

Seopa has been honored with six Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards and has received a Deloitte Best Managed Company Award annually for the past five years – now a Gold Standard Best Managed Company since 2020.

As a leading fintech employer, Seopa has invested in recruitment throughout the lockdown, with new fintech positions currently available.

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