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The Emerging Fintech Scene in Chile - Opportunities for UK Companies

Tuesday, 7 September 2021 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm


DIT and the British Chamber in Chile are excited to be hosting the first ever Fintech focussed round table webinar on 7th September. After a scene-setting introduction from Julian Wells, Co-Director at Fintech West, delegates will also hear from a number of other notable experts in the Chilean Fintech space who will be covering such topics as doing business in Chile, what makes Chile attractive for UK Fintechs, the Fintech landscape in Chile and opportunities for UK companies in the Chilean Fintech space, culminating in a Q&A session.

During this session, we will also be announcing the exclusive ‘The Great Fintech Chile Pitch Event’ follow up 1:1 meetings where up to 10 companies operating in the Fintech space will be given the opportunity to pitch their business to carefully selected Chilean Fintech businesses. Open to companies based in the South West region of the UK.


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What will I learn?
UK companies operating in the Fintech arena will be able to learn about Chile’s current Fintech market including emerging market trends and exciting market entry prospects for UK Fintech companies, as well as the Chilean Fintech regulatory environment and more.

This event will also launch the Fintech Chile follow-up pitch event which will take place in September, where 10 of the South West’s export-ready Fintech companies will get the opportunity to pitch to leading Chilean financial institutions.



13:00 - Welcome
13.05 – Introduction by Barbara Hollyhead, DIT Growth Markets Leader LATAC
13.15 – Julian Wells, Co-Director of Fintech West – Overview of UK Fintech
13.20 - Mónica Duwe, CEO HSBC Chile and Felipe Cousiño, Partner Alessandri Abogados - Doing Business in Chile 
13:35 - InvestChile - What makes Chile attractive to Fintechs?
13.50 - Ángel Sierra, Co-Founder & President FinteChile - Fintech Landscape in Chile & opportunities
15.05 - Q&A
15.15 - Event close

Please scroll down the page to see the list of speakers.


Who is this event for?
Export ready UK businesses who operate in the Fintech sector and who wish to identify new export opportunities. Chile is an important, growing and UK friendly Fintech market which businesses may be overlooking.


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Why Chile?

As a UK Fintech business, if you are not already exploring the opportunities that Chile’s Fintech sector offers, you may be missing a trick! Chile has long been a commercially like-minded and open business partner for the UK. Links go back many decades and there are close ties politically and militarily.

In recent times, Chile has become a truly impressive and modern market. With the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in the region. It is an ideal place to develop and explore new opportunities thanks to its natural riches and demand for innovative solutions.

Chile’s Fintech ecosystem is the third highest ranked in Latin America after Mexico and Brazil. What’s more is that right now, Chilean law makers are debating a Fintech bill that will establish a regulatory framework which could help spur investment and innovation – and UK Fintech firms are perfectly placed to be part of this positive change.

Chile is regularly ranked the highest in South America for the ease of doing business by the World Bank due to its economic stability. There are many opportunities in modernisation, digital and ecofriendly initiatives.

Chile is the first country in the world with which the UK signed a post-Brexit trade continuity agreement. It is a founding member of the Pacific Alliance and the CPTPP, and as such prides itself on being open for business.The UK is a globally recognised leading Fintech hub with World Class talent, a forward thinking approach to regulation, an innovative financial sector and access to capital. This has led to such innovations as p2p lending, challenger banks, digital wallets, AI, blockchain, paytech, insurtech, tech for good and more. This means that innovative UK Fintech companies are brilliantly placed to work with partners in the
rapidly emerging and UK friendly Chilean Fintech marketplace.


Please Note: We will send you details of the online platform and login details prior to the event.



Business West (delivery partner for the Department for International Trade)  is committed to providing a professional, friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all participants at its events. Inappropriate behaviour on video, audio & chat facilities will not be tolerated during any portion of a meeting or event. It will be at the sole discretion of the host/facilitator to immediately expel any participants from the event if their behaviour is deemed to be inappropriate and/or offensive.

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We take your data very seriously and are committed to the privacy and security of it. This event is organised by Business West, delivery partner for The Department of International Trade for the SW,  their privacy policies are available at DIT Personal Information Charter.

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Barbara Hollyhead, DIT SW Growth Markets Leader LATAC

Barbara Hollyhead MIEx is a Chartered Marketer with an international business career spanning several decades. Holder of a BA (Hons) Degree in Latin American Studies, she is a fluent Latin American Spanish speaker. Her international experience is in a variety sectors including tech, manufacturing, consumer goods and professional services. For global blue chips and SMEs alike, she has led the creation and implementation of international marketing and market entry strategies as well as business development initiatives across complex multi-audience, multi-brand, multi-market and multi-channel structures. Barbara has lived and worked all over the world including in Latin America. She is currently DIT South West's Growth Markets Leader for LATAC, SE Asia and Japan.



Julian Wells, Director of Whitecap Consulting & FinTech West

Whitecap Consulting is a strategy consultancy with offices in six regional UK locations, including Bristol. It is particularly active in the digital, technology and FinTech sectors.

FinTech West is an inclusive and collaborative events-based initiative supporting the development of the FinTech community in the South West, also helping ensure the region is aligned to and part of the evolving national FinTech scene.



Monica Duwe, CEO HSBC Chile

Monica Duwe’s global banking experience spans over more than 20 years.  She has been CEO of HSBC Chile since 2011. Prior to that, she was BNP Paribas Chile Country Manager where she was responsible for client coverage and origination for Chile and Bolivia. Monica also spent 17 years at Dresdner Bank with assignments in New York, Germany and Chile.



Felipe Cousiño, Partner in Alessandri Abogados

Felipe Cousiño´s experience covers international business transactions, competition law, capital markets and financial services. His practice has focused on insurance and investment funds, in addition to mergers and acquisitions, and the structuring and planning of international joint ventures.


He leads the firm’s Insurance Law, capital markets and investment funds practices and his leadership was crucial in the creation of the regulatory framework for the first registration of foreign mutual funds for public offer in Chile. He was appointed Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Investment Funds Committee for 2011 – 2012.



Invest Chile

InvestChile is the government agency responsible for promoting Chile in the global market as a destination for foreign direct investment, serving as a bridge between the interests of overseas investors and the business opportunities the country offers, providing world-class services that are in line with Chile’s economic development policies.



Ángel Sierra, Co-Founder & President of FinteChile

Co-Founder & President of FinteChile and Board Member of FintechLAC, the Interamerican Development Bank’s (IDB) initiative to boost the Fintech industry in LAC), Angel Sierra is an Industrial Engineer, MBA and Fintech entrepreneur whose firm purpose is to promote innovation and financial inclusion through the use of technology.



If you need information or support to develop and grow your UK Fintech or other business in Chile or other international markets, do get in touch with your local DIT office today: