Chris AdelsbachManaging Director at Techstars
Chris is a UK-based entrepreneur, FinTech investor,and mentor. He is Managing Director at Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, where he runs Europe's leading FinTech accelerator in partnership with Barclays in London.
After a 10 year career with GE Capital, Chris co-founded a specialty finance business that became one of the UK's fastest-growing privately held companies which they sold in 2014 to a NASDAQ listed entity and large U.S. Private Equity group.
Subsequent to the sale, Chris has been an active private investor, focusing primarily on disruptive FinTech companies. He is a seed investor in Atom Bank, Monese, Post Quantum, Everledger, Shieldpay, Simudyne, Crowdz, Commuterclub and Cuvva to name a few. He is also an investor and on the board of advisors of Railsbank (accessing to global banking with 5 lines of code) and Quant Network (providing the interoperability layer between blockchains). In 2018, Chris was named the Angel Investor of the Year by the UK Business Angel Association and in 2017 was named the most active FinTech angel in the world by Fintech.Global - having made 40 private investment and a further 40 investments through Techstars in four years.
At Techstars, he spends time meeting founders, mentors, partners, and funders to help accelerate the growth and success of early stage FinTech companies. He has spoken at numerous UKTI Trade missions and is frequently asked to advise international banks who want to launch open-innovation platforms and governments who want to support startup ecosystems. He mentors FinTech founders in London, New York, Tel Aviv, Dubai, and beyond.