Accelerating Underestimated Founders- Marta Krupinska, Arlan Hamilton

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Marta Krupinska. Polish born entrepreneur, best known for co-founding the global FinTech company Azimo which offers low cost digital money transfers. Founded in 2012 in London, Azimo raised $70M+ in funding from top VC firms and connected over 1 million customers to the platform. Further to her achievements at Azimo, in 2018 Marta became the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the leading global GovTech venture PUBLIC.io and became a non-executive co-founder of FreeUp.io, a full debt prevention platform which gives employees access to their earned wages at a touch of a button. Not only a businessperson, but also a frequent public speaker and advocate for diversity and inclusion, Marta has been recognised as Forbes 30 Under 30 in Finance in 2016, as Fortune Most Powerful Women Alumna in 2017 and as Evening Standard's London’s Most Influential People in two consecutive years, 2017 and 2018. Marta holds a MA in Organisational Psychology and a Management degree from Columbia Business School.

Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5m into 100 startup companies led by underestimated founders

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