After fielding more than 300 applicants around the globe, Accenture has selected 20 start-ups to participate in its largest ever fintech accelerator programme.

Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and gamification technology are all key features in this year's 12-week programme running in London.

By the end of the programme, 8 start-ups will be selected to present at the programme's Graduation Day to a group of venture capitalists and financial industry executives. All of the start-ups will receive mentorship from representatives of 28 financial institutions.

Accenture's Tom Graham told Finextra "the transformation requirements that the financial services industry must undertake to remain relevant arguably pose a bigger challenge than the immediate geo-political uncertainty casting a shadow over the industry".