Congratulations on reaching the next stage of the Accelerate Competition. We are delighted to have you on board, and look forward to receiving your essay / literature review over the coming weeks as part of the competition.
1. Read our guides
We’ve put together a guide for the structure of your essay / literature review. Read the guide, check out our post templates and example posts
2. Choose a topic
We’ll give you the flexibility of choosing your own topic and subject, but we will give you some ideas to get you started
3. Draft your post
We would ask you to confirm the topic and subject, and then leave you to send us your draft for review
4. Enter Accelerate
You’ll send your final essay / literature review to us for our panel to judge and decide who the winners of Accelerate are
What’s in it for you?
Receive a £500 Scholarship Grant towards your academic studies
Boost your professional reputation as a recipient of the Scholarship
The opportunity to work with experts in fintech and commercial finance
Feedback and guidance from us, as well as the ability to learn about a growing industry
Once you have sent us your final drafts for the posts we will send you feedback before it’s submitted to the panel as part of your entry to Accelerate.
2. Choose your topic
We’ve listed the topics and geographies below, and suggested some possible headlines and subjects as starting points. Please use these to have a think about the kind of areas you would like to write about, and then let us know over email what is of interest to you.
Foreign Exchange / Currency
GBP strengthening (snap elections) How currency movements affect businesses
Business Funding: Debt finance versus equity finance How to value a company How does invoice finance work?
Fintech and Alternative Finance
How companies are using alternative finance to grow The rise of alternative finance Fintech innovations / uses of fintech in alternative finance
Metals and Mining
Silver, Lead and Tin Prices How does metal trading work? How to export metal
House Prices and Most Expensive Cities to Live in Property Prices and Construction Trends
Agriculture and Crops
Soy Bean Prices Cashew Nut Trading Global Food Crisis How do farmers access finance?
Oil and Gas
Oil / LNG Macro economic trends Airline Industry How does oil trading work?
Unicorn Businesses and recent venture capital investment trends Fintech and banking PSDII and PSDIII – what do businesses need to prepare for?
Graphene and Battery Capacity The new iPhone 8
Aircraft and Aviation
How pharmaceutical companies get funding
China macroeconomic trends The growth of fintech in China
Trump and Trade What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership and why does it matter? North Korea and the US North Korea missile testing Twitter and Politics
Trade and US relations with Germany
Frexit and French Elections
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia and Oil Prices OPEC and Commodity Prices – What next?
The Middle East
Syria and Economics
India and Fintech Investment Make in India Campaign Tourism and India
3. Draft your post
Sending your draft post to us
Send your draft posts to James.Sinclair@tradefinanceglobal.com for first review, and someone in the team will review and send over feedback. As mentioned before, we might ask you to make some changes. We will also check your work for plagiarism and duplicate content.
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In 2022, Natasha led TFG’s Women In Trade campaign on #BreakTheBias, writing an article on the impact of gender stereotypes for gender equality in the workplace.
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Natasha worked in education for over a decade before joining TFG. Initially in formal education as a history teacher, and then in leadership roles as a Director of Learning and Head of Classics. Following this, she worked in EdTech as a Learning Design Coach for Aula’s Higher Education platform. In addition to her work at TFG, Natasha volunteers for the Young Women’s Trust as a Work It Out – CV Volunteer.
She holds an MA from Tel Aviv University, a History PGCE from The Institute of Education and a BA from the University of Nottingham. Currently, she is studying for her Level 3 Certificate in International Trade from the Institute of Export & International Trade.
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