CTO of BigPay & Founding Team at Monzo, Simon Vans-Colina in Tbilisi

Oct 27, 2023, 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Tbilisi Marriott, 13 Shota Rustaveli Ave, Tbilisi, 0108

CTO of BigPay digital bank in SE Asia and founding team member of Monzo, Simon Vans-Colina visits Tbilisi to share lessons learned in his founder journey and why he looks at Georgia for his next project. Simon is a known figure in global fintech, having been part of one of the globally-significant fintechs and helping shape Open Banking in the UK on the Open Banking Working Group.

In-person event
Fireside Chat

About this event

As Tbilisi hosts international guests on trade and transportation at the Silk Road Forum, Startup Grind and Bank of Georgia are hosting a star from the fintech work with his eye on Georgia.

Simon Vans-Colina will share his story and network with Georgian founders and local business leaders in a Startup Grind fireside chat at the Tbilisi Marriott where he also will spend time meeting founders and discussing his thoughts on the future of banking.

Simon was a founding team member of the world-famous digital bank Monzo in the UK, and is an internationally respected expert in fintech innovation. He led open banking at Monzo bank and was also part of the Open Banking Working Group that defined open banking in the UK

After Monzo he became CTO of Big Pay bank in Southeast Asia, a digital bank which grew to millions of users and cofounder of a new project which is still in stealth ode.

After BigPay, Simon has his sights set on another, even more innovative project which is not yet announced but which he is considering doing in Georgia.

In addition we will host a short panel discussion on the future of banking and "next generation" fintech. 

Come find out why he feels Georgia may become the Singapore of the region, and hear his founder journey from engineer to fintech cofounder.

The event is sponsored and cohosted by Fintech.ge and organized by Startup Grind Tbilisi, part of the global Startup Grind network, the largest startup community in the world.

Check out what happened


  • Simon Vans-Colina

    Ex-Monzo Ex-BigPay



  • Colin Donohue

    Startup Grind

    Tbilisi Chapter Director



Friday, October 27, 2023
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM UTC


Doors Open
Fireside Chat with Simon Vans-Colina
Panel: "The Future of Fintech, Does Georgia Have a Role?"
Networking Reception


  • Colin Donohue


    Tbilisi Director

  • Giorgi Tukhashvili

    Startup Grind Tbilsi


  • Nia Basaria

    Startup Grind Tbilisi

    Chapter Co-director

  • Tamar Tukhashvili

    Startup Grind Tbilisi

    Team Member

  • Merab Tevdorashvili

    Team Member


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