Fintech a Chance for Greater Diversity?


As the shift to digital finance gathers pace and the need for relevant Fintech education grows, the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship is pleased to reveal that a study of learners from Around Fintech in 8 Hours, a new online Fintech foundation course, has found a high degree of diversity among our learners from the first two sessions. The study revealed the following findings: 40% of learners are women 60% of learners come from a non-financial background Learners come from 35+ different countries As the Fintech sector becomes more prominent within financial services, the need for Fintech literate talent is increasing. From the outset, CFTE’s central mission has been to empower professionals to enter the Fintech space through the democratisation of Fintech knowledge. Around Fintech in 8 Hours is the first step in this mission. The objective of the course is to reach as broad an audience as possible…

The Expert Perspective with Fintech CEO, Philippe Gelis


To really understand the Fintech revolution, it pays to learn from the people building the future of finance, which is why we were delighted to catch up with Philippe Gelis, the CEO of B2B Fintech startup Kantox, who is using the concept of the marketplace to simplify the foreign exchange process for SME and mid-cap businesses. A self-confessed wine lover, Philippe shares his Fintech perspective…   How do you see finance in 10 years? I expect retail finance to be much more embedded in our lives with much less friction. For example, retail payments being done without you having to use a credit card (think about Amazon Go), or your car insurance being calculated and debited based on your real car usage. I also expect a lot of sophisticated solutions to make finance much more efficient and distribution much leaner.   Advice to a 20-year-old who wants to be in finance? Do not…

CFTE Newsletter: The Expert Perspective 2nd Edition – Jim Marous


For the 2nd edition of the expert perspective, we interviewed a leading light from the world of digital banking, Jim Marous. Jim Marous is ranked by multiple sources as one of the top Fintech influencers in the world. He writes for the Financial Brand, a media outlet for financial marketers and executives and recently published the 2018 Retail Banking Trends and Predictions. His wealth of experience in banking, innovation and consumer trends see's him as regular keynote speaker at a number of global Fintech/finance events. And he was kind enough to take a moment to share his views on digital finance in a quick-fire Q&A. And remember, if you'd like expert insights plus news from CFTE and our network direct to your inbox every week, register for our newsletter here. The expert perspective with Jim Marous   How do you see finance in 10 years? Financial services will have many of the same services delivered much differently…

What is Fintech? And how to build a career in Fintech


Earlier this week, CFTE had the pleasure to be invited to speak at an event organised by the Oxford Fintech & SmartLaw Society (Oxford FSS) called the ‘Introduction to Fintech and Fintech Careers’. In actual fact, Oxford FSS was founded by Alfonso Delgado, an alumnus from Around Fintech in 8 Hours (our first online Fintech foundation course) with the evening being organised by another Alumnus, Lukas Wagner and Peter Lewinski. To both of them, our congratulations for organising an event that attracted over 120 students on a Tuesday night! For those of you who know Oxford, you’ll know there is always a multitude of events happening at any one time - pictures from the event here. It also goes to show to growing interest in Fintech among the student community. Now back to the event. The Agenda The focus was very much on giving attendees a good overview of exactly what is Fintech…

CFTE Newsletter: The Expert Perspective


In the first newsletter of 2018, we've launched an all-new segment called the 'expert perspective' where we bring you insights from the leading figures in Fintech and finance helping to build tomorrow's world of finance. This week, we kicked off with insights from our two co-founders...   Tram Anh Nguyen, co-founder of CFTE   Could you give everyone a short intro to yourself?  "I'm an ex-trader who has also worked in wealth management. Quit banking to become an entrepreneur. Believe strongly in lifelong learning so started CFTE to help individuals acquire the new skills of Finance 2.0."   How do you see finance in 10 years? "The way banks hire and train talent will be totally different: people will be from a more diverse background. More digital natives with an adaptive and entrepreneurial mindset!"   A company you like in Fintech? "Love Compte Nickel, for their positive social impact."   Advice to…

2018 Top 5 Fintech Predictions


If 2017 has shown us one thing, it's that the technology revolution has finally come to the financial services industry. With the spotlight firmly fixed on the transformative impact Fintech can have across the entire value chain of banking, we take a look at the top 5 Fintech trends that will continue to redefine finance in 2018. Before we dive in, let's put into context the some of the key events of 2017 that underpin why Fintech is here to stay and why everyone connected to finance needs to understand it's significance: Bitcoin has done a Bitcoin. In 2017, the king of cryptocurrencies saw its value soar like an eagle from $700 to over $16,000. It's undergone a slight correction but don't bet against it rising once more (Check here for latest price). ICOs have financed more companies than venture capital! Revolut, the UK challenger bank, has become the fastest growing “bank” in…

CFTE at Singapore Fintech Festival


CFTE’s Fintech tour of Asia came to a grand conclusion at Singapore Fintech Festival, the biggest Fintech event in the world attracting crowds of over 25,000 people from 100 countries. And what a conclusion it was. A huge bravo to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) for organising a spectacular event that drew world-class speakers and members from the global finance community and beyond. From Startups to Fintechs, Regulators, Financial Institutions, Venture Capital Firms, Insurance companies and Universities, they all came together to explore new ways to support global economic growth through Fintech innovation. With so many talking points, we highlight our top 5: #1 Collaboration and knowledge sharing is at the forefront of the fast-growing global Fintech ecosystem, and this was evident at Singapore Fintech Festival. The announcement of the formation of the ASEAN Fintech Network, a platform to connect Fintech hubs across the ASEAN region echoed CFTE’s mission to…

CFTE opens registration for second session of Around Fintech in 8 Hours at Singapore Fintech Festival


Following the success of the first session of Around Fintech in 8 Hours, an online Fintech Foundation course, CFTE is pleased to announce that registrations for the second session, which is released on 11th December, have opened. And to celebrate Singapore Fintech Festival, there is a special £50 discount off the course (discount code: ‘SFFCFTE’) valid until Sunday 19th November 11.59pm. The announcement was made at CFTE’s inaugural event in Singapore, The Future of Finance, the central focus of which was helping professionals understand how to build new skills in a world of digital finance.   [caption id="attachment_715" align="alignnone" width="800"] CFTE co-founder, Tram Anh Nguyen outlining CFTE's vision for education in finance[/caption] It was the stage for the graduation ceremony for participants from the first session to collect their certificates – some of them flying from Australia or Africa - and was held in partnership with LATTICE80, the world’s largest Fintech…

The Around Fintech Update #2


In our previous update, we put the spotlight on Doris, the first-ever person to be certified for Around Fintech in 8 Hours (more on that here). But as more and more people complete the course from across the world we’d like to share their feedback so you can hear what they had to say about CFTE’s first online Fintech course.   “The lecturers were amazing and of course the guest speakers were excellent as well. This is the first online course I have taken and it's so wonderful!” “Being an avid follower of Fintech, I was looking for a foundation course in Fintech from a long time….This foundation course could be excellent starter to anyone who wants to pursue an MBA in finance systems/Fintech/Fintech marketing.”  “The overall program was well structured, practically informative and constructively encouraging, specifically for an entrepreneur of a Fintech startup …I look forward to the next level progression…

The Around Fintech Update #1


"What an incredible course, absolutely love all the content and lectures!" -  Dr. Doris Wang, Taipei   The first cohort of CFTE’s first online Fintech course is well underway And since CFTE is all about ‘firsts’ we thought we’d share with you our first ever graduate from Around Fintech in 8 Hours: meet Dr Doris Wang, CPA (USA), CIA, CGAP, CRMA. We won’t list all her accolades as it would easily fill two pages, but to give you an idea, she is currently a Professor of Accountancy at the National Taipei University, holds a PhD in Accountancy and is Chairman of the Accounting Research and Development Council. The list goes on. So why would someone so experienced and at the top of her profession want to learn Fintech? Her underlying message was simple: if you want to stay at the top you have to evolve and adapt. This urgency was…