ShareIn aims to build crowdfunding bridges with China

The chief executive of an Edinburgh-based crowdfunding platform is heading to China as part of an effort to stronger links with the world's second-largest economy.

ShareIn boss Jude Cook will take part in a crowdfunding summit in China. Picture: Chris Watt

Jude Cook, who co-founded ShareIn five years ago, has been invited by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to join a UK delegation at a summit on big data, credit systems and risk control being held next week in the south-western city of Guiyang.

At the event, which runs from 2 to 4 November, she will take part in a roundtable discussion, co-hosted by the FCO and Guizhou government, focusing on cross-border crowdfunding issues.

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Cook said: “I’m thrilled to have been asked to attend this event. It’s such a fantastic opportunity to forge strong links and move closer to our goal of online cross-border investment between China and the UK.”

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The three-day summit is expected to host 1,500 attendees and is organised by China Finance Association, China Banking Association and the Guiyang municipal government.