Stefan J Dicker joins us as the Vice President of Open Innovation and the Head of Rise New York. Rise is a global community of startups and corporates creating the future of financial services. Created by Barclays, Rise nurtures and grows companies through its international network of Rise hubs. Rise New York also houses a world-class event space and is home to the New York cohort of the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars. Through the Accelerator Barclays drives growth and new product development for early-stage businesses in their long-term relationship with the global investment bank in three core locations: New York, London and Tel Aviv.

Stefan joined Barclays’ Group Innovation Office three years ago and has led countless initiatives including Rise Challenge Forums, which allows Barclays businesses to innovate over two days with support from entrepreneurs and Barclays senior leaders. Within Barclays, Stefan launched a Rise Ambassador program for colleagues to foster inhouse support of all opportunities emerging from the Rise Ecosystem. He was also instrumental in making the very first New York Accelerator a success by driving engagement with several early-stage companies working with the Barclays Investment bank – one of which allows Barclays to provide financial services to corporations transacting in cryptocurrencies.

Stefan has spoken about corporate innovation and the Barclays track record at several conferences, most notably at FinTech Mexico last spring. He joined the team with international experience – having lived in 3 continents before moving to New York – and with a background in technology and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has found his calling in working with entrepreneurs globally to change the face of financial services.