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Consilium Crypto Joins NCFA as an Industry Partner

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NCFA Canada | March 4, 2020

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TORONTO  and MONTREAL,  March 1, 2020   The National  Crowdfunding & Fintech  Association of Canada (NCFA) is pleased to announce that  Consilium Crypto 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.

Consilium Crypto, headquartered in Toronto, is a big data  company that provides quantitative and qualitative insights to market participants in the digital asset space, including asset managers, family offices and exchanges.

Consilium analyzes 17,000 trading  pairs, over 1000 assets, across 50+ exchanges, and tracks trading activity down to the millisecond. The system monitors raw transaction data, as well as complete price and liquidity information from order books around the globe. These data  pipelines power the core products, designed to help funds  find alpha  and place  large orders efficiently in times of limited liquidity.

With expertise in Big Data, Algorithmic Trading, and Software Development, Consilium Crypto brings the transparency and professionalism of traditional capital markets to the Digital Asset industry.

"As the Digital Asset industry matures, the need for institutional grade data & analytics will grow exponentially. Consilium provides an actionable source of truth for digital asset markets around the globe.”

– Austin Hubbell, CEO, Consilium Crypto

 

As the digital economy grows,  more  and more  assets will become digitized.  The need for a big data analytics platform  is essential to provide  advanced metrics and APIs to support real time data-driven decisions that help executives and professionals get an edge over their competitors.  Consilium Crypto  has built global data pipelines and partnerships and is key infrastructure of the future, available today,  and we look forward to their contributions as an industry  partner of NCFA.” – Craig Asano, Founder  and CEO, NCFA

 

The best place to connect and get more information is at ConsiliumCrypto.ai

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NCFA Interview with Austin Hubbell, CEO, Consilium Crypto

 

What excites you most about digital assets and decentralized finance?

There are so many  exciting  aspects of decentralized finance, it’s hard  to keep  track  of them  all given the fast pace of innovation  in this industry. Here are a few that  come to mind:

  • Democratization of access to capital.  There are so many great ideas and amazing builders in the world that can’t efficiently access capital to grow their business. Large-scale tokenization efforts will allow entrepreneurs and business owners to raise capital efficiently from a global investor base, whether they need $500 or $500 Million.
  • Tokenized funds and structured products. The ability to wrap systematic strategies into smart contracts and have fund management/administration tasks automated through blockchain technology.

 

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

One of the major themes we see  is that  the fractionalization and  tokenization of assets will continue to accelerate, allowing for more  efficient flow of capital  across the globe. Combining fractionalized ownership with blockchain-based digital identity solutions will enable individuals, not just institutions, to participate more  freely in global  capital  markets. In the long term,  it will be important to have  certain  rights and  restrictions, regulatory or otherwise, baked into the smart contracts or “tokens” themselves, allowing individuals  to buy and  sell as they please with very little involvement of third parties and  middlemen.

 

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?

Canada has  a history  of producing world-class companies in the digital asset industry, including some of the top solutions for smart contracts,  interoperability and  tokenized securities. Regardless of where  the entrepreneurs are based or where  the original concepts were conceived, a lot of these companies move  away from Canada due  to regulatory burden or uncertainty. I think one of the most  important issues that  needs to be addressed is this brain drain or “IP flight” that  seems to be accelerating.

Canadian entrepreneurs need some assurances that  they can  experiment with new ideas, launch prototypes and  reasonably test  technology without the fear of serious regulatory consequences. There is too much  time and  money  spent on lawyers, and  not enough on real innovation.

 

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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 Consilium Crypto

Founded in 2017, Consilium Crypto is a big data  company that works with asset managers, exchanges and family offices to provide an actionable source of truth for the digital asset markets. With expertise in Big Data, Algorithmic Trading, and Software Development, Consilium Crypto brings the transparency and professionalism of traditional capital markets to the Digital Asset industry.  The core products are designed to help funds  find alpha  and place  large orders efficiently in times of limited liquidity. For more information, please visit:  www.consiliumcrypto.ai

 


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NCFA and KABN Systems North America enter multi-year exclusive partnership to promote Digital Identity in Canada

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NCFA - KABN Release | Feb 13, 2020

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Digital Identity program to be launched at 20: RISE

TORONTO, ON (February 13, 2020)The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) and KABN Systems North America Inc. (KABN NA) announced today they have formed a collaborative partnership to promote Digital Identity management and usage in Canada through a 3 year exclusive partnership launching at the 2020 Fintech and Financing Conference and Expo (FFCON20) to be held in downtown Toronto on March 23-24, 2020.

With finance and fintech touching virtually every business and entity of people’s lives, the NCFA and KABN NA will be embarking on awareness and education programs on the value of having a secure, re-usable online identity that can reduce identity fraud and replace the need to show credentials every time you need to prove your online identity.

KABN Systems North America Inc. is a Canadian Fintech company tha specializes in continuous online Identity Verification, Identity Management and Monetization and is currently in the launch phase of its digital banking and financial services platform, Pegasus Flyte.

See:  Davos 2020: Financial inclusion and fintech is key to meeting the UN SDGs

KABN NA recently announced that it has executed Definitive Agreements with Torino Power Solutions (CSE:TPS), subject to all necessary approvals, Torino will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of KABN NA, which will constitute a fundamental change of the Company and that will result in a reverse takeover (the “RTO”) of Torino by KABN NA.

The theme for the 6th annual FFCON20 is RISE, focused on increasing the success and sustainability of Canada’s fintech and financial sector fostering partnerships between fintech companies and financial institutions, opening investment channels and connecting emerging talent with markets.  KABN will be a prominent partner of this event and all other events that the NCFA presents over the next 3 years.

FFCON20 facilitates thought-provoking and relevant discussions, lively debates and personal networking for the cross-pollination of ideas and experiences. The two-day event also provides a variety of competitions where investors can find deal flow and companies can get direct access to prominent investors.  FFCON20, at its core, brings markets to life and provides an open forum for collaboration between emerging companies and major stakeholders.

“Identity is a key component of the online fintech environment and consumers are becoming more aware of its value and vulnerability. We’re very excited to partner with KABN North America to educate consumers and businesses on the value of digital identity in the marketplace, how to protect it and how to manage it.”  Craig Asano, Founder and CEO, NCFA

“We are excited to have the opportunity to partner and work with the NCFA and leverage their leadership in the Fintech sector and create leadership in the digital identity arena. KABN is focused on collaboration with industry stakeholders and supports educating North Americans about the value of digital identity, to create better use of our private data.” Ben Kessler, CEO, KABN Systems North American Inc.

For more information on FFCON20: RISE click here

 

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.  For more information, please visit: ncfacanada.org

KABN Systems North America Inc. operates the North American programs of the global KABN Network.  KABN provides an Always On patent pending, re-usable identity validation and verification platform, allowing users to continuously and confidently prove themselves to the online community, Exchanges and other services.  KABN NA’s identity services provide the backbone to its financial, loyalty and engagement programs including the Pegasus Flyte Prepaid Card program and KABN KASH, an innovative cash back program where users are connected to major merchants for savings when they shop.  For more information, please visit www.kabnsystemsna.com

For more information, contact:

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

Ben Kessler,
CEO
KABN Systems North America Inc.
info@kabnsystemsna.com

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FFCON20: RISE Event Challenges, Grows Canadian Fintech Industry

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Global NewsWire | FFCON Team | Feb 6, 2020

FFCON20 spirit of competition 500 - Consilium Crypto Joins NCFA as an Industry PartnerTORONTO, Feb. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NetworkWire – The sixth annual Fintech & Funding Conference and Expo (RISE) convenes on March 23–24, 2020, in Toronto. The must-attend, two-day gathering features a fintech challenge, industry workshops, invaluable pitching, prime networking and a global education. Co-hosted by the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) and Toronto Finance International (TFI), the conference and expo is designed to forge crucial relationships between entrepreneurs, investors and major financial stakeholders.

“FFCON isn’t just about bringing people together,” said Craig Asano, NCFA Founder and CEO. “We are dedicated to creating an experiential environment designed to challenge and grow the Canadian fintech industry and bring markets to life. We have learned that when open-minded and innovative professionals get together and facilitate engagement, debate and share ideas, the opportunities flow. That is what happens at FFCON.”

This year’s event is expected to attract more than 750 attendees, participants and sponsors from leading fintech startups/scale-ups, investors, industry leaders and key stakeholders. Participants come to develop new leads, discover new market channels and forge partnerships around innovation, technology and financing outcomes.

FFCON has gained a reputation for gathering world-class speakers who drive lively debate and thought-provoking discussions. These professionals share new ideas, important experiences and interesting developments within the fintech space. Presentations also explore the latest topics and innovations along with emerging regulation and its impact on financial technology markets.

“We have the opportunity to leverage North America’s second-largest financial centre, combined with its third-largest tech cluster, and use this momentum to become a global fintech leader. Collaboration among industry stakeholders is a critical element required to move Toronto into the top tier of international fintech hubs, and we are pleased to be working with NCFA to support and grow the sector’s innovation ecosystem,” said Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO, TFI.

FFCON events are built on the idea that all good business starts with an initial relationship, partnership or project. The FFCON20: RISE agenda is strategically designed to create invaluable opportunities for participants to meet and network with entrepreneurs, investors, regulators and government officials as they search for mentors, investment or funding.

Additional details about FFCON20: RISE, slated for March 23–24, 2020, can be found at https://fintechandfunding.com.

About FFCON

FFCON is a must-attend event focused on raising capital, blockchain technology and alternative investing as well as uncovering and celebrating the rising stars and who’s who of fintech, blockchain, and alternative finance. The conference and expo connect high-growth entrepreneurs and startups seeking seed and growth capital with venture capitalists, retail and accredited investors and institutional asset managers.

About National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association

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. 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: 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


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NCFA and TFI | January 23, 2020

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Strengthening Canada's fintech and financial reach through collaboration, competition and networking at FFCON20

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / January 23, 2020 / The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) and Toronto Finance International (TFI) announced today a collaborative partnership and the joint launch of the 2020 Fintech and Financing Conference and Expo (FFCON20) to be held in downtown Toronto on March 23-24, 2020.

The theme for the 6th annual FFCON 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.

With finance and fintech touching virtually every business and entity of people's lives, FFCON draws national interest and global participation from high-growth startups and leading industry experts across a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.

You will find fintech entrepreneurs from across all fintech sectors including digital banking, peer to peer finance, AI, capital markets, wealth management, payments, crypto and blockchain along with innovative financial institutions, investors, regulators, government and major industry stakeholders, all in one place.

FFCON facilitates thought-provoking and relevant discussions, lively debates and personal networking for the cross-pollination of ideas and experiences. The two-day event also provides a variety of competitions where investors can find deal flow and companies can get direct access to prominent investors.

FFCON, at its core, brings markets to life and provides an open forum for collaboration between emerging companies and major stakeholders.

"We're very excited to partner with TFI on co-hosting Canada's national fintech conference and look forward to advancing the development of Canada's fintech ecosystem through innovation, competitiveness, partnerships and inclusive industry support and growth." Craig Asano, Founder and CEO, NCFA

"We have the opportunity to leverage North America's second-largest financial centre, combined with its third-largest tech cluster, and use this momentum to become a global fintech leader. Collaboration among industry stakeholders is a critical element required to move Toronto into the top tier of international fintech hubs, and we are pleased to be working with NCFA to support and grow the sector's innovation ecosystem." Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO, TFI

FFCON20: RISE provides a rich experience through a series of pre-conference and in-conference events including:

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  • The 30-day Fintech All Digital Challenge where celebrities and people at large will try to live for 30 days using only their mobile device for all daily transactions.
  • A 30-day Alt-coin Trading Challenge provides participants with the ability to explore and compete in crypto trading in a fun and safe, simulated environment.
  • The inaugural 2020 Fintech Draft will include live conference pitching, evaluation by prominent investors and access to a fintech export readiness program.
  • And the RISE Exhibitor Expo, will provide emerging companies with the ability to showcase their innovations, give demos and interact with the diverse range of attendees.

For more information on FFCON20: RISE click here

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. For more information, please visit: ncfacanada.org

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


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Cynthia Huang, CEO of Altcoin Fantasy and Airhosts Forum Joins NCFA’s Ambassador Program

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NCFA Canada | October 25, 2019

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NCFA Ambassadors

NCFA Canada Ambassadors are leaders, educators, supporters and advocates of an inclusive and broad-based financial technology, alternative finance and tech innovation communities across Canada. They are circles of influence and ‘go to resources’ for innovation stakeholders, entrepreneurs, and investors to connect with, share and learn about industry topics via locally hosted events and initiatives. Ambassadors are specialists and plugged into an international network of shared resources, thought leadership, and industry professionals striving to cultivate and shape the future of finance in Canada and beyond.

Cynthia Huang, CEO, Altcoin Fantasy and Airhosts Forum

Cynthia began her career in risk management and insurance but after working for a tech startup in 2014, she completely fell in love with tech and startups.  To prepare to make a career change completely into tech, she began attending hackathons and co-founded the largest Airbnb host community globally. After working as a product manager and within corporate innovation, she co-founded Altcoin Fantasy, a crypto trading simulation platform that combines the fun and excitement of fantasy sports and crypto trading without the risk, to help people learn about crypto and crypto trading. Cynthia is passionate about advancing women working in tech, innovation and giving back to the community and is an ambassador for Indie Hackers. Cynthia holds a BA (University of British Columbia) as well as a CRM (University of Toronto) and CIP designation (Insurance Institute of Canada).

“I'm extremely excited to be partnering with NCFA Canada as an ambassador. At Altcoin Fantasy, we focus on driving adoption of new technologies, such as cryptocurrencies, through fun, awareness and education. We share a lot of common interests with NCFA in driving fintech innovation. We believe it’s organizations such as NCFA that will help put Canada on the map as a leader in not just fintech innovation but tech innovation overall. We can't wait to work together to help grow the fintech ecosystem even more within Canada by supporting local homegrown companies on their journey.”  -- Cynthia Huang, CEO, Altcoin Fantasy and Airhosts Forum

“Canada needs more fintech leaders who understand (and prioritize) the importance of education, partnerships and how to move the needle in growing Canadian markets.  Cynthia has been highly successful in expanding the adoption of blockchain technologies and building active communities of practice, and we look forward to her jumping in with both feet on various upcoming initiatives.”  -- Craig Asano, CEO and Founder, NCFA Canada

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

About Altcoin Fantasy

Altcoin Fantasy is a crypto trading simulation platform that uses an innovative combination of fantasy sports with crypto trading, with all of the fun and excitement and none of the risk. Altcoin Fantasy partners with leading blockchain and crypto companies to host fantasy trading competitions where people can learn about crypto and practice trading completely risk-free. Digital currencies and blockchain have the power to democratize access and change the financial economy worldwide but there’s a huge knowledge gap about the space. Altcoin Fantasy aims to democratize access to crypto education and empower people globally to feel comfortable investing in this new asset class and also to help them get started with investing through hands-on practice and even giving them crypto to start investing with. For more information, visit www.altcoinfantasy.com.

Source: NCFA Canada

Media Contacts:

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

 

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Holt Accelerator Joins NCFA as an Industry Partner

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NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | Sep 9, 2019

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TORONTO and MONTREAL, September 9, 2019  The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) is pleased to announce that Holt Accelerator 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.

The name, Holt, is in honour of Sir Herbert Holt, who immigrated to Canada at the age of 18 in the late 1800's. He went on to become the longest serving president of the Royal Bank of Canada, Chairman of the Light, Heat and Power Company (formerly Hydro Quebec), and had controlling stakes or influence in another 300 companies internationally. His great, great grandson, Brendan Holt Dunn, wanted to give back to the Canadian ecosystem with the creation of the Holt Accelerator. Jan Christopher Arp would join as cofounder, and craft / implement the vision of building a fintech platform that accelerates the adoption of fintech solutions our society desperately needs.

"Our family has a history of investing, growing, supporting, and building financial companies for  the past five generations. With the rising need to support the customer journey through fintech adoption, we have decided to launch Holt Accelerator that focuses on integrating FinTech businesses with Canada’s best innovation partners, while expanding their international network.”  – Brendan Holt Dunn, Managing Partner, Holt Accelerator

"Since launching in 2017 the Holt Accelerator has been relentlessly pursuing the growth and development of leading Fintechs in Canada and around the globe.  This partnership is a testament to the valuable bridges being built coast-to-coast, and our collective commitment to support and strengthen the innovation finance ecosystem in the country and around the globe.” – Craig Asano, Founding CEO, NCFA

 

The best place to connect and get more information is at holtaccelerator.ai.

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NCFA Interview with Jan Christopher Arp, Managing Partner, Holt Accelerator

What type of companies and investors does Holt work with, and how does Holt add value and accelerate its portfolio? 

Holt Accelerator seeks fintech companies that solve our 250+ Advisors biggest problems. Specifically, it's about finding the world's best fintechs at home and abroad and matching them with problem owners of financial institutions, as well as providing resources and connections to make a deal. Resources and connections include funding (or access to investors), product development (i.e. through partners or Advisors), or engagement with other relevant stakeholders. The result, companies in our portfolio have closed six-figure customer deals with financial institutions, raised multi-million seed rounds, or international portfolio companies have established Canadian subsidiary offices.

 

What fintech models do you get most excited about today and where do you see exponential growth happening in 1-3 years out?

Many areas excite us, but to name a few:

  • Improved customer profiling for either augmented due diligence, streamlined on-boarding, AML / KYC requirements, and/or increasing sales, as well as improved protection of the associated profile data,
  • Improving financial inclusion through lending, such as "niche" lending products or alternative credit scoring,
  • Democratizing access to existing and emerging asset classes for the masses,
  • Building infrastructure for blockchain during the "crypto winter", with special consideration for securitize token offerings (STOs).

 

Can you give us a run-down of the current cohort?  What’s on the horizon and how best can investors and interested parties meet these amazing Holt-backed fintech founders?

After processing close to 600 applications from 74 countries, we've chosen the top 1% that are best suited to solve Canada's greatest challenges. If you are interested in becoming an Advisor, then take a look at our current cohort below, and let us know which company speaks to you. We will be in Vancouver, Toronto, Waterloo and Montreal, providing a chance to meet them in person, or reach us and we'll make the connection. Our current cohort includes:

  1. Conatix – a cybersecurity firm preventing fraud and data theft from the inside. Conatix helps banks detect suspicious employee activity, improper behavior, policy violations and other threats on IT networks with thousands of employees, in real time.
  2. ConfirmU - helping individuals with little or no credit history gain access to financial products by combining financial data and psycholinguistics into an alternative credit scoring system.
  3. HodlBot - a Canadian based customizable cryptocurrency trading bot that enables users to index the market, create and automatically rebalance their cryptocurrency portfolios.
  4. LexAlign - LexAlign PBC automates the "missing piece" for fraud and AML risk management: the ongoing monitoring, gap analysis and support of customer processes at scale, including for remote deposit capture (RDC), ACH and wires.
  5. Maat.ai - modernizing finance by creating new and compliant digital document management solutions. Their digital ID and wallet make secure interactions easy. This Mexican Fintech is enabling people and organizations to exchange digital documents safely, easily and efficiently, improving the experience for all parties.
  6. Manzil - many of the world's 1 billion Muslims cannot pay or receive interest on financial transactions, hindering their ability to purchase a home. Manzil offers them a murabaha mortgage, balancing modern business practices and religious obligations.
  7. MarketsFlow - tackling the performance gap in do-it-yourself digital wealth management, MarketsFlow offers a portfolio optimization platform delivering high returns for online investors. This British firm consistently outperforms other robo-advisors available today.
  8. WealthBlock.AI - US based WealthBlock.AI invites investors to view financial documents via a secure link and tracks the interaction between these investors and the entrepreneurs, to gauge interest and streamline follow ups.

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?

Canada's biggest threat (and biggest opportunity) is our current inability to sync our world-class cities and provinces from coast-to-coast. The result, slow to advance on pressing matters, such as implementing our own Open Banking Framework (i.e. we are at minimum 5 years behind leaders, and the gap is growing), or defining a strategic direction for our Nation.

“Holt Accelerator will be hosting Deal Day's in various cities across Canada over the next several weeks, and we hope fintech leaders do their part to attend this nation-wide effort to unite us. If you can't engage now, then we encourage you to engage with other events / players, like our partners at NFCA, who have been doing some great work in the space for some time now.” Jan Christopher Arp, Managing Partner, Holt Accelerator

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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 Holt Accelerator

The Holt family legacy is rooted in tradition and entrepreneurship. Our history of investing, growing, supporting, and building financial companies for the past five generations, has led us to create the Fintech accelerator, powered by an AI solutions provider.  For more information, please visit https://www.holtaccelerator.ai/

 

CONTACTS:
Craig Asano
Founder and CEO
NCFA Canada
casano@ncfacanada.org

Jan Christopher Arp
Managing Partner
Holt Accelerator
jan@holtaccelerator.ai


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Paul Schulte, Founder and Managing Editor, Schulte Research, Joins the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada’s Advisory Board

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About NCFA Canada | C. Asano | August 23, 2019

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Paul Schulte, NCFA Advisor, Banking and Financial Services

TORONTO, Aug 23, 2019 – The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Paul Schulte, Founder and Managing Editor of Schulte Research in Singapore, has joined the Association`s international Advisory Board to advise in the areas of Banking and Financial Services (profile).

Paul's roles in banking & financial services in the past 30 years include equity & fixed income research (buy & sell sides) in emerging markets. In recent years, technology has evolved rapidly to challenge all facets of financial services his core belief is: Liquidity & credit are everything; get bank liquidity & solvency right and the rest follows.

Aside from being the founder & editor of Schulte Research, he has taught for 18 years IN MBA programs: Tufts, HK UST, HKU, LMU Hilton School in LA & SUSS in Singapore. He has also worked for the Number 1 investment bank from Switzerland, US, UK, Japan, PRC & Holland starting in 1990. Paul has been a source for the WSJ, NYT, Bloomberg, Nikkei, FT, Economist, Barron’s & Forbes. His clients include some of the largest sovereign, pension, mutual and hedge funds globally. He served as an advisor to IOSCO, ASIC, HKMA, Malaysian SFC, PRC PBOC & CBRC, Thai SEC & Indonesian OJK and Bank Indonesia.

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Paul has authored numerous books such as “The Next Revolution in our Credit-Driven Economy: The Advent of Financial Technology” integrates market theory & practice to help investors identify fintech opportunities & help regulators create a sustainable environment. In conjunction with SUSS, he co-authored "Handbook of Blockchain, Digital Finance, And Inclusion” (AI, the IOT & Insurtech in China).

Check out Paul Schulte's new book: AI & Quantum Computing for Finance & Insurance: PRC VS US. https://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/11371

“At the moment, we're witnessing financial technology stocks eating away at the liquidity foundations of banks -- Alibaba, Tencent, Google, Grab, Kabbage, GS? They are the future.” – Paul Schulte, Managing Editor, Schulte Research

“The growth and influence of global fintech markets (and players) such as Asia is remarkable.  Paul’s experience and ability to see deep into the confluences of financial powers in all things banking and financial services in emerging markets and his core understanding of innovative technologies is a huge asset.  We are thrilled to have him join NCFA’s advisory board and look forward to his contributions as we venture overseas.”   – Craig Asano, Founder & CEO, NCFA

Source:  NCFA

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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. 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: www.ncfacanada.org

About Schulte Research

The focus of Schulte Research is technological change in banks & insurance and the way this affects prices. Our clients include some of the largest sovereign, pension, mutual and hedge funds globally.  In 2014, Mr. Schulte wrote “The Next Revolution in our Credit-Driven Economy: The Advent of Financial Technology”. He was credited for seeing the disruption to banks early. He is an advisor on Fintech to six bank boards, two insurance boards and five regulators. He is also a frequent keynote speaker.  For more information, please visit http://www.schulte-research.com/

 

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