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Andrea Richardson

Programme Manager, Disruptive tech and Governments & Innovation team

Pronouns: She/Her

Areas of expertise: Affordable credit challenge, Better markets, Challenge Prizes, Financial Inclusion, Fintech, Governments and Innovation, Government Innovation, Open banking, Open Up Challenge

Andrea leads Nesta’s challenge prize advisory work with the Government of Canada, consulting on the research, design and delivery of outcome-based funding projects.

In this role she’s advised on projects to improve housing supply, reduce food waste, design energy efficient boats, reduce harm from the opioid crisis, address adult learning needs and locate whales in real-time.

Andrea also helped deliver the Open Up Challenge. Open Up was a prize fund to reward fintech companies producing next-generation products and services. The challenge was designed to stimulate the use of new open banking APIs to transform how small businesses discover, access and use business-critical financial services. Andrea continues to support Nesta’s regulatory innovation and financial inclusion challenge prizes.

Outside of work, you’ll find Andrea searching flights for her next weekend adventure, getting excessively competitive over casual board games, or training for her next triathlon.

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