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NCFA Announces 7th Annual FFCON21 Digital ‘Breaking Barriers’ FinTech Conference

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NCFA Canada | FFCON21 Team | March 11, 2021

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FFCON21 to connect HR talent and explore accelerated Fintech trends and innovations paving the way to mass adoption and scale

TORONTO — March 11, 2021 — The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA), organisers of Canada’ foremost Fintech conference, is pleased to announce the return of FFCON for its 7th consecutive year. The annual FFCON Digital Event, held in association with Toronto Finance International (TFI), will take place May 11-13, 2021.

Building on the success of previous conferences, this year’s event -- titled ‘Breaking Barriers’ -- will bring together an international community of leading voices in fintech, digital banking, tokenization, blockchain, CBDCs, digital identity, AI, capital markets innovation, EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion) and sustainable, open, and alternative finance.

“Fintech is evolving quickly and breaking barriers,” said Craig Asano, Founder and CEO of the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada. “Fintech is no longer niche -- it is a permanent technological evolution that is changing the world of finance by high growth fintech companies and incumbent financial institutions. It’s rewiring financial services for the new economy and setting new standards that also demand new regulations. Most importantly, it’s about improving access and delivering better financial products, services and outcomes for everyone especially consumers and small to midsize enterprises (SMEs).”

The theme of FFCON21 reflects the growth and challenges that the Canadian Fintech industry has had to navigate through to foster scalability and mainstream adoption, made all the more complicated through the disruption caused by Covid-19.

“Our Fintech ecosystem has become a great strength in the greater Canadian innovation landscape. COVID-19 has accelerated the pace of change in the industry and highlighted the important role digital innovation plays in the competitiveness of the financial services sector. Rapidly changing consumer habits and ways of delivering products and services offers a significant opportunity for Canadian Fintechs" Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO, Toronto Finance International

Beyond covering important fintech topics, FFCON21 will offer an engaging and fast-paced interactive agenda, including investor speed dating, sports-inspired Fintech Draft pitching and demo competitions designed to identity and feature emerging fintech stars, debates, round table discussions, digital ebooths and virtual expo, 1-on-1 networking opportunities and unique experiences.  Delegates and partners can build their knowledge base, launch or scale an idea or collaborate digitally with visionary entrepreneurs and investors.

New to FFON21 this year, organizers are adding an HR fintech talent marketplace to connect anyone seeking new opportunities with high growth companies, and a ‘deep dive’ masterclass series on the topic of decentralized finance as part of its quarterly Global Fintech Now program for VIP passholders.

The multi-day event will run from May 11-13 inclusive with daily content to span feature themes of Digital Innovation and Breaking Barriers, Creation & Growth and Global Future Forward. Updates to the evolving programme and speaker lineup can be found on the FFCON21 website.

Registration Now Open

Registration for FFCON21 Breaking Barriers is now open with special early bird rates for delegates, exhibitors and startup packages available for a limited time. Tickets can be purchased at https://fintechandfunding.com/tickets/.

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About the NCFA

The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain and cryptocurrency, Regtech, and Insurtech sectors. To learn more about NCFA visit www.ncfacanada.org

 

About Toronto Finance International

Toronto Finance International (TFI) is a public-private partnership between Canada’s three levels of government, the financial services sector and academia. TFI’s mission is to lead collective action that drives the competitiveness and growth of Toronto’s financial sector and establishes its prominence as a leading international financial centre. For more information, please visit: www.tfi.ca

 

About FFCON

FFCON21 (Fintech and Financing Conference) is an annual conference hosted by Canada’s National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association (NCFA). Now in its seventh year, FFCON21, held in association with Toronto Finance International, will bring together professionals and innovators in fintech, open banking, digital identity, blockchain, cryptocurrency, AI, capital markets innovation, sustainable and alternative finance.

Further information about the conference can be found at www.fintechandfunding.com

FFCON21 Contacts

Craig Asano
Founder and CEO, NCFA
casano@ncfacanada.org
(416) 618-0254

Partnership Inquiries
Lauren Linton
Advisor, NCFA
lauren@ncfacanada.org
(416) 569-4349

Media Contact
The Top Floor Public Relations
Michele McDermott-Fox
michele@thetopflooragency.com
(905) 379-1893

David Lewis
david@thetopflooragency.com
(905) 541-5699

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David Durand, Founder and Managing Partner of Durand Lawyers, Joins the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada’s Advisory Group

NCFA Advisor, David Durand

NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | September 9, 2020

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David Durand, Advisor, Innovation and Advocacy

TORONTO, September 9, 2020 – The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) announced today that David Durand, Founder and Managing Partner of Durand Lawyers, has joined the Association`s national Advisory Group to advise in the areas of Fintech innovation and advocacy (Profile | LinkedIn).

David Durand, LL.L., B.Sc. chem., – Founder and Managing Partner of Durand Lawyers – Lawyer (Québec) and Trademark Agent – Lecturer at the University of Ottawa (IP)

David’s background in law and science has transformed Durand Lawyers into a leading boutique law firm with a focus on intellectual property, technology law and data privacy in the fast evolving fintech, crypto and software-as-a-service (SaaS) spaces.

David has been called upon on Canada’s Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) to provide insight on crypto-assets and blockchain within its review of the PCMLTFA, and has, since then, made submissions before the OSC, CSA/IIROC, IOSCO and most recently before the Financial Stability Board (FSB).

As a lawyer and member of the Québec Bar, David and members of the Durand Lawyers team have represented clients in various contract negotiations and transactions, as well as before different Courts, including the Québec Court of Appeal, the Superior Court of Quebec and numerous administrative tribunals.

Prior to founding Durand Lawyers, worked in top-tier IP boutique firms, based in Toronto and Montréal, as well as in the pharmaceutical industry.

“I am proud to be joining the NCFA Advisory Group and look forward to contributing our insights to the association in the fast-evolving FinTech and crypto-asset space. Promoting and supporting technological advancements as well as balanced regulatory environment are key to making Canada a go-to destination for FinTech innovation.” – Me David Durand

“David brings a tremendous amount of bench strength in the areas of fintech innovation and advocacy, and we’re excited to have him join NCFA and contribute his depth of knowledge for the benefit of advancing fintech innovation in Canada.” – Craig Asano, CEO & Founder, NCFA

About NCFA

The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain, cryptocurrency, regtech, and insurtech sectors. For more information, please visit:  https://ncfacanada.org/

About Durand Lawyers

Durand Lawyers brings Law & Business Together. We are a law and business advisory firm specialized in intellectual property, business strategy, as well as civil and corporate law. We are uniquely positioned to help clients in emerging technology industries including SaaS and FinTech. For more information visit our website at www.durand-lex.com.

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NCFA Canada
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Michelle Beyo, Founder and CEO of Finavator Joins the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada’s Advisory Group

NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | July 28, 2020

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Michelle Beyo, Advisor, Payments and Financial Inclusivity

TORONTO, JUL 28, 2020 – The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Michelle Beyo, Founder and CEO of Finavator, has joined the Association`s growing Advisory Group to advise on the areas of payments and financial inclusivity.

Michelle Beyo is Founder & CEO of Finavator INC, Money2020 RiseUp Alumni, WomeninPayments Global Console & Award Committee Member, FinTech Advisor, CPPO Member, Amazon Prime Docu-Series Associate Producer and Participate on season two of The Social Movement.

Michelle started Finavator as she is passionate about payments & financial inclusion. Her background in Telecoms, E-commerce, Prepaid and Loyalty programs nurtures her passion for the world of tech. She has 20 years of extensive industry experience driving innovation across the retail and payments industry. Her most recent roles were as Chief Client Officer for a Blockchain startup focused on consent-based data sharing, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at InComm, and Director of Loyalty Solutions for Aeroplan Division at International Marketing Company.

Her company, Finavator (www.finavator.com), helps Enterprise and Fintech companies present their customers with innovative payment and digital services. Finavator's team has experience and expertise in Payments, Open Banking, Prepaid Solutions, ISO 20022, Challenger Banks, , Affiliate Marketing, Micro Loans, E-Commerce, Rewards and Loyalty Solutions.

"I am excited to be joining the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association as an advisor at this critical time in the fintech industry. We all need to work together to push for Open Banking as it can help drive innovation and competition which will enable consumers to have more affordable services as the pandemic continues to cause uncertainty. Much of my work with clients is around how they can better serve their customers and I am thrilled to be an advisor to the NCFA as they play a key role in advancing the Canadian Fintech Ecosystem.”  -- Michelle Beyo, Founder and CEO, Finavator

“We’re thrilled to have Michelle join the Association who is perfectly aligned with many of NCFA’s values from financial inclusivity to collaboration and partnerships.  Michelle is a real activator and we welcome her positive energy and look forward to her contributions as a Finavator!” – Craig Asano, Founder and CEO, NCFA

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About National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada

The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a non-profit financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners, and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada.

For more information, please visit:  www.ncfacanada.org

About Finavator

Finavator is an award-winning Payments & Fintech consultancy in Toronto focused on offering digital innovation solutions. Finavator helps Enterprise and Fintech companies present their customers with innovative payment and digital services which place the consumer first. Our team has expertise in Payments, Open Banking, Prepaid Solutions, ISO 20022, Challenger Banks, E-Commerce, Affiliate Marketing, Micro Loans, Rewards and Loyalty.

Connect with our team to find out how we can help your business www.finavator.com

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Craig Asano
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FFCON20 DIGITAL Attendees to Receive Exclusive Digital Icon and Early Access to Liquid Avatar

NCFA and FFCON20 | Release | July 8, 2020

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The FFCON20 digital pin is the first event pin offered by Liquid Avatar (www.liquidavatar.com) in support of its new app to power users to verify, manage and monetize their digital identity.

Liquid Avatar, a KABN product offering, provides users with the ability to verify, manage and control their digital identity through an easy to use app or web page. Using high quality icons, users can create their digital identity and verify themselves using KABN’s bank grade validation process and biometrics, supported by Blockchain technologies.

“We’re honored to be able to present our first Liquid Avatar event pin at FFCON 20 DIGITAL,” said Mr. Ben Kessler, CEO – KABN. “Liquid Avatar gives users control over the use of their digital identity and data providing them with the ability to share what they want, when they want and with whom they want, easily and efficiently, while protecting the use of their digital assets.”

Liquid Avatar creates a re-usable, always on, verified digital identity that can be used, together with the app’s “wallet” and “keyrings” for current and future digital credentials and to manage private and public data. Liquid Avatar is built to support a wide range of digital credentials, wallets and authentication processes, creating a potentially agnostic authenticated storage environment for the user.

“We’re very excited to work with the KABN team to provide attendees with the inaugural Liquid Avatar event pin with potential future value offerings from NCFA and its partners, and to commemorate FFCON20 DIGITAL, and what a transformative year 2020 has been for the digital economy and those on the RISE,” said Craig Asano, Founder and CEO – NCFA Canada. “Users will be able to claim their digital pin and gain early access to the Liquid Avatar app.”

KABN will be presenting Digital Identity and Convergence Marketplaces, as part of the FFCON20 DIGITAL programme on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 2 pm Eastern. Attendees of that event will get additional Liquid Avatar rewards.

See:  Get tickets to FFCON20: DIGITAL RISE July 9 - August 27

 

Now in its 6th year, FFCON20 will be an online experience bringing together prominent industry experts, entrepreneurs, professionals, regulatory bodies and ecosystem stakeholders in fintech, digital identity, blockchain, crypto, AI, capital markets innovation and alternative finance to discuss innovation and Canada’s ability to compete and scale globally, the latest industry developments and emerging trends, regulation and thought leadership.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘RISE’ reflecting the joint efforts of the two associations, NCFA and TFI, to build and increase the success and sustainability of Canada’s fintech and financial sector.

The Programme

Tickets include access to all eight weeks of FFCON20 DIGITAL

  • July 09: FFCON20 Kickoff | Scaling FinTech Funding, Innovation & Competition
  • July 16: Digital Banking, Open X, Future of PayTech
  • July 23: Sustainable Finance
  • July 30: Leadership & Adaptability
  • August 06: Digital Identity and Convergence Marketplaces
  • August 13: Currency Wars & The Rise of DeFi
  • August 20: Ai in FinTech: biased and in need of regulation?
  • August 27: The Biggest Debates in Fintech and Fintech Draft Finals | Official Close of FFCON20

The agenda can be accessed on the programme page.

Our Partners and Speakers

Some notable companies involved include: Exponential, KABN NA, Mavennet, The Finanser, eThereLive, The Top Floor, EQbank, CACHEFLO, Consilium Crypto, DUCA Impact Lab, Deloitte, FundRazr, Holt Accelerator, Lending Loop, Metaverse Foundation, Ledn, Portag3 Ventures, Senate of Canada, LQwD Financial Corp., Accenture, Clearbanc, Bitvo, Singularity Media, Northmark Ventures, Luge Capital, Crowdfund Capital Advisors, Engaiz, Finnovate.io, Senso, FundRazr, Brainfluence, Foxquiilt and Zensurance. The growing list of speakers can be found at the conference speaker page.

Registration Now Open

Registration for FFCON20 DIGITAL is open and tickets are available to one or all 8 weeks in the FFCON20 DIGITAL weekly event series and can be purchased at https://fintechandfunding.com/tickets/.

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About the NCFA

The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain and cryptocurrency, Regtech, and Insuretech sectors. To learn more about NCFA visit www.ncfacanada.org

About Toronto Finance International

Toronto Finance International (TFI) is a public-private partnership between Canada’s three levels of government, the financial services sector and academia. TFI’s mission is to lead collective action that drives the competitiveness and growth of Toronto’s financial sector and establishes its prominence as a leading international financial centre. For more information, please visit: www.tfi.ca

About KABN Systems North America Inc.

KABN Systems North America Inc. focuses on the verification, management and monetization of digital identity, empowering users to control and benefit from its use of their online identity. KABN propriety technology suite includes 4 key products:

KABN ID is an Always On, biometric and blockchain based digital identity validation and verification platform allowing users to continuously and confidently prove themselves throughout the online community.

Liquid Avatar allows users to create high quality digital icons representing their online personas. These icons, in conjunction with KABN ID, allows users to use Liquid Avatars to share public and permission based private data when they want and with whom they want. www.liquidavatar.com

KABN Card is a Visa approved prepaid card program allowing users to manage both digital and fiat currencies and earn cashback and other loyalty incentives.

KABN KASH is a cashback, loyalty and engagement program that powers the KABN revenue ecosystem.

KABN provides its products and services at no cost to consumers and generates revenues through permission-based partner programs.

KABN Systems North America Inc. is the operating division of KABN Systems NA Holdings Corp., a publicly traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol: KABN

For more information, please visit www.kabnnaholdco.com or www.kabnsystemsna.com

About FFCON

FFCON20 (2020 Fintech and Financing Conference) is an annual conference hosted by Canada’s National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association (NCFA). Now in its sixth year, FFCON20, held in association with Toronto Finance International, will bring together professionals and innovators in fintech, open banking, digital identity, blockchain, cryptocurrency, AI, capital markets innovation, sustainable and alternative finance. Further information about the conference can be found at www.fintechandfunding.com

FFCON20 Contacts

Craig Asano
Founder and CEO, NCFA
casano@ncfacanada.org
(416) 618-0254

Partnership Inquiries
Lauren Linton
Advisor, NCFA
lauren@ncfacanada.org
(416) 569-4349

Media Contact
Michele McDermott-Fox
The Top Floor Public Relations
pr@thetopflooragency.com
(905) 379-1893

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Honourable Mary Ng, Minister Small Business, Export and International Trade, Supports FFCON20 DIGITAL’s Innovative Fintech Agenda

Ministry Small Business, Export and Promotion, International Trade | Minister Ng's Office | June 20, 2020

Minister Mary Ng - Honourable Mary Ng, Minister Small Business, Export and International Trade, Supports FFCON20 DIGITAL's Innovative Fintech AgendaI want to send my sincere congratulations to the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) and Toronto Finance International (TFI) on their 6th Annual Fintech and Financing Conference.

Canadians are innovative and entrepreneurial, and Canadian fintech firms and tech businesses are leading the charge when it comes to creating solutions to help Canadians at this extraordinary time.

From the beginning of this crisis, our government has listened and consulted with businesses and stakeholders from across the country – including fintech firms – to ensure we are responding to the real needs of Canadians.

To address the specific needs we heard from Canadian tech companies and high-growth firms, we invested $250 million for early-stage companies through the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program.

We created capital matching programs that help innovative businesses cover their operating costs with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC).

Over the last few months, we’ve seen many businesses adjusting their business models – finding new and innovative ways to connect with their customers at a distance through revamping their online presence or creating new digital apps. It’s this ingenuity that will help our economy restart and rebuild more quickly in the weeks and months to come.

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Together, our government and fintech businesses can help business owners, entrepreneurs, and all Canadians harness the full potential of the digital economy.

So as you listen and learn at this conference, know that we are committed to your success. We will continue to modernize our legislative and regulatory frameworks to encourage more innovation and emerging financial technologies.

You’re making Canada proud by solidifying our position as a world leader in innovation.

Sincerely,

The Honourable Mary Ng, P.C., M.P.

 

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Sixth Annual Fintech & Funding Conference —FFCON20— Connects Fintech Community Thru Virtual Interactive Program

NetworkNewsWire | Jonathan Keim | June 16, 2020
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  • Virtual interactive forum on fintech issues & developments
  • Eight weeks, eight themes
  • Presentations from leading industry figures
  • Connecting entrepreneurs and investors
  • Networking opportunities galore

What could be more apposite than a virtual fintech conference? After all, digital technologies, including those related to finance, are part and parcel of the immense virtual world known as the internet. Without digital tech, it would be impossible for the Internet to even exist — and vice versa. So it should come as no surprise to entrepreneurs, investors and others to discover that this year the annual Fintech & Funding Conference, hosted by the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (“NCFA”) in conjunction with the Toronto Finance International (“TFI”), has a virtual interactive agenda. The online event — FFCON20 DIGITAL — will take place every Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET from July 9 through Aug. 27.

See: Vote on your favourite FFCON20 Fintech Draft companies and see them Pitch & Demo July 9 - Aug 27

For each of the eight weeks, the event will focus on a different fintech theme. A global lineup of fintech’s finest will discuss their projects, as well as the latest trends in the space. Attendees will be treated to presentations from a number of notable companies and enjoy ample opportunity to network and engage with peers and presenters.

Since its debut in 2015, FFCON has been providing a platform for pioneers and innovators in the fintech space to share new ideas and insights with each other. The gathering has also developed into an important crucible in the fintech space, catalyzing and facilitating crucial relationships between entrepreneurs and investors. It’s no wonder, then, that FFCON has turned out to be one of Canada’s top tech-networking forums. This year’s FFCON20 DIGITAL is likely to be no different, for the overarching theme of the eight-week event is RISE.

The FFCON series of conference has, year after year, drawn professionals from around the world. Attendees can expect to meet and greet influential figures from diverse fields, including AI, blockchain and crypto, capital markets, digital banking, payments, peer-to-peer finance and wealth management. Participants find themselves in an environment designed to spur growth in the Canadian fintech industry and bring its markets to life.

FFCON event organizers believe that when open-minded and innovative professionals gather together in a convivial environment that fosters discussion and the sharing of ideas, opportunities naturally follow. As such, FFCON offers participants a wealth of opportunity to develop new leads, discover new market channels and forge partnerships around innovation, technology and financing outcomes.

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FFCON20 DIGITAL Weekly themes cover a heterogeneous array of industry issues, including the following:

  • July 09: FFCON20 Kickoff | Scaling FinTech Funding, Innovation and Competition
  • July 16: Digital Banking, Open X, Future of PayTech
  • July 23: Sustainable Finance
  • July 30: Leadership and Adaptability
  • August 06: Digital Identity and Convergence Marketplaces
  • August 13: Currency Wars and the Rise of DeFi
  • August 20: AI in FinTech: Biased and in Need of Regulation?
  • August 27: The Biggest Debates in Fintech (Rated X) | Official Close of FFCON20

The stellar lineup of speakers includes Robert Asselin, senior director of public policy at Blackberry; Pat Chaukos, deputy director of OSC LaunchPad; Elisabeth Laett, managing partner of the Xaphan Group; Dan Dickinson, senior vice president and CIO of EQ Bank and Alixe Cormick, president of Venture Law Corporation.

For more information, visit https://fintechandfunding.com.

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Hub & Company Joins NCFA as an Industry Partner

NCFA Canada | June 11, 2020

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TORONTO and WATERLOO, June 11, 2020:  The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) is pleased to announce that Hub & Company has  joined NCFA as an industry partner.

NCFA's industry partners are builders, investors and  innovators who have  provided a significant level of service and/or contribution towards the sustainability and  growth  of NCFA and  related fintech  sectors globally. We encourage the fintech  ecosystem to support and  collaborate with NCFA's global  network  of industry  partners by engaging directly with their ventures of mutual interest.

Hub & Company, headquartered in Waterloo, is a venture studio and consultancy that helps you launch, grow or build your organization to attract the next generation of digital natives with integrated, analytical and unique strategies that promote hyper-virality and scale. Our team has extensive experience in growing brands, building products, and fundraising to meet the ever-evolving needs of new markets, platforms and channels.

"Amongst technologists it is clear that the world of digital finance is the future, the trouble lies in creating and communicating financial products that are relevant to consumers.”

               – Olivier Szczepaniak, Managing Partner, Hub & Company

 

"At it's core, Huband.co represent the future of your canvas.  A forward thinking and adaptable venture studio driven by Gen Z innovators and technologists...we're very excited to see where this partnership can go!"

               – Craig Asano, Founder and  CEO, NCFA

 

 

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NCFA Interview with Olivier Szczepaniak, Managing Partner at Hub & Company

What excites you most about digital assets and decentralized finance?

It seems most of the innovations in the startup ecosystem could be classified as innovations of convenience. They tend to automate workers on the periphery doing menial tasks, digital assets, and decentralized finance can automate away the centre. Instead of putting the taxi drivers out of a job, digital assets and decentralized finance can put Uber out of a job and put the power into the hands of the taxi drivers. I find the potential of creating novel incentive structures most exciting.

 

Where do you see this industry going in 5-10 years?

There has been a tremendous amount of unbundling in the fintech space, everyone is now offering a bunch of different product lines, and around narrow wedges like payday loans and payment financing. I think we’re reaching a point where it will become overwhelming for consumers to keep up with 10 different apps to manage their money. Thus, I think there will be a re-bundling. It may look like something akin to a “super app,” like we see in the Asian market with Grab or Alipay. It could be the return of more robust personal finance management apps. Or it could happen through automation (ex. Tally which consolidates credit card debt). Fintech seems to be maturing and slowly becoming saturated. CAC is going through the roof, and mindshare is getting harder to come by. I believe that this will lead to the rise of embedded finance. Uber, SmileDirectClub, and Shopify are amongst the first to add financial products to their offering. However, flexible payments and insurance are the tip of the iceberg. I foresee brands like Nike or even Fortnite, that have a deep brand loyalty will start to become big players because they have a natural entry point. If more brands start adding fintech as a feature, all these companies will need infrastructure. I expect more investing dollars will go toward these companies that will help them manage compliance, fraud and other building blocks.

The big winners over the next 5-10 years will be companies who embrace the need for a better user experience for the end user, whether that be in international markets or domestically. Digital assets and democratized finance have come a long way, but the industry seems to just be warming up, and at Hub & Co we can’t wait to see where things go.

 

What are the biggest opportunities and challenges with Fintech in Canada and how can industry, government and key stakeholders best lead the way for a sustainable and successful future?

I’m long Canadian talent, short Canadian regulation. Our financial regulation is great for stability but often inhibits startups ability to move quickly. In a global competitive landscape this can be catastrophic. It would be great to see more innovation tracks in our regulatory system.

 

 

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About NCFA

The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

About Hub & Company

Founded in 2019, Hub & Company is a venture studio and consultancy that works with companies looking to improve their bottom-lines, public images, corporate strategies, or products. We built our organization on the foundation of partnership and realized that with the collaboration of a large number of successful individuals, students, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and organizational strategists, we could help our clients grow quickly. For more information at Hub & Company, please visit: https://huband.co

 

 


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