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Holt Accelerator Joins NCFA as an Industry Partner

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

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/

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Craig Asano
Founder and CEO
NCFA Canada
416 618 0254
casano@ncfacanada.org


 

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Holt Accelerator | Samah El Falah | Sep 11, 2019 Holt Deal Day event series are seeking senior representatives of financial institutions, or fintech investors and experts to attend Holt’s Deal Day, taking place at Vancouver (Sept. 20th), Toronto (Sept. 23rd), Waterloo (Sept. 27th), Montreal (October, 2nd). Don’t miss out on the opportunity to interact with eight up & coming Fintech stars who will surely make a difference in Canada and beyond. As an investor, corporate or expert interested in Fintech, our Deal Days offer you an insider’s view of the upcoming trends and current challenges the industry is facing. What do the Deal Days consist of? Coffee / Registration (30 minutes) Canada Fintech Presentation by Holt (15 minutes)  Presentation on the current Fintech Ecosystem. The challenges & insights we gathered about 3 core fintech areas: Cybersecurity/Data Protection, Wealth Management (including Digital Assets), & Lending. 10 table mini-breakout session (30 minutes) Detailed roundtable discussions surrounding one of the topics covered during the Holt presentation. Speed-Dating (2 hours and 30 minutes) You will have the opportunity to see the 2019 cohort pitch after being part of the Accelerator program for a month. Just like our Selection Days, each pitch will end ...
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Exponential Group Joins NCFA as an Industry Partner | Interview with ExG Co-Founder, James Wallace

NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | Aug 20, 2019

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TORONTO, ON Aug 20, 2019  The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) is pleased to announce that the Exponential Group (Exponential Ventures, Exponential Capital and Exponential Markets) 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.

"Since founding NCFA in the summer of 2012, one of it's core missions has been working with communities of change that are passionate about enabling inclusive opportunities for 'big vision' companies seeking to change the world but need access to capital and resources to innovate competitive products and services that otherwise may not exist.  These companies often focus on new economies of scale that look beyond 'for profit' models alone.  Supporting and leading this change by developing new infrastructure and partnerships while leveraging new technologies can be a beacon of light resulting in massive transformation and change." - Craig Asano, Founder and CEO, NCFA

 

Meet James Wallace, Co-Founder of the Exponential Group

Exponential Group is the world's first fully integrated early-stage seed capital, business advisory, later stage capital raising, digital issuance and trading.

 

Q1. How did you get to where you are today?

James:  A whole lot of failures that led to a massive amount of learning.

 

 

Q2. What can you attribute your achievements to date to?

James:  Empathy for the excluded, plus grit and determination.

 

 

Q3. What’s the story behind founding Exponential Group and specifically what problems are you interested in solving as a Founder?

James:  An unwavering intention to migrate society to a free, inclusive and abundant paradigm by resolving government and financial exclusion.  Alleviate suffering and expand human potential to enable meaningful living.

 

 

Q4. Can you tell us more about the Digital Asset Impact Fund?

James:  The exchange-traded diversified digital asset impact fund will allow anyone access to a fund that holds a board basket of digital assets. These assets include tokenized real estate, currencies, precious metals, art, and venture capital. This is the easiest way to participate in migrating the economy to the digital asset world.

 

 

Q5. What role/impact do you think blockchain and digital securities will have on the future of financial services?

James:  Blockchain introduces trust to the Internet for the first time. Said another way, a trusted engagement is a secured value exchange, whether that’s an exchange of time reading content on a blog, giving personal data to your government, or trading any store of value such as a digital asset for fiat currency.

Different blockchains verify various aspects of user engagement online. As more and more blockchains connect to support the services of web users, non-blockchain equipped services will simply fall away, as they will not (and can never) be trusted.

Connections to web pages and native applications that are not secured and validated by blockchains will simply cease to exist over time. Bad players will slowly go extinct as blockchain-based services prevent their access to users.

The network of blockchains will eventually become the new Internet. And, because we believe absolute trust scales absolutely, ExV invests in platforms that create and grow trust with their users, in addition to adding significant value by solving a major problem.

 

Q6. What’s the greatest risks and challenges to improving mass adoption and education of blockchain and other technologies with the potential to impact great social change?

James:  Education and updating regulation. In parallel, we need to help everyday investors understand that there are only benefits to digital securities, as well as press the regulators to allow access to digital asset investments for retail investors. We believe the rest will happen naturally.

 

 

Q7. Where do you see Exponential Group in 3-5 years from today?  How can our community help out and get involved and where can we get more information?

James:  Exponential Group will continue to focus on expanding cross-border digital securities trading and as a result we believe in 3-5 years we will be one of the largest global investors, issuers and traders of digital securities.

Exponential Group is looking for dynamic founders to assist in issuing high quality digital securities and investors that wish to upgrade their investment portfolios to contain digital assets.

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

 

Thanks to James and the Exponential Group for their support of the NCFA Community.  We look forward to collaborating and continuing to advance the development, adoption and growth of industry!

 


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NCFA 2019 Conference Closes with Renewed Focus on Fostering Innovation in Fintech

NCFA | Team FFCON19 | April 16, 2019

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5th annual Fintech and Financing Conference in Toronto addressed challenges and successes of entrepreneurs and innovators transforming the financial industry

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / April 16, 2019 / The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA), the non-profit cross-body organization that promotes and supports fintech and funding throughout Canada, closed its 5th annual flagship Fintech and Financing Conference - FFCON - which featured numerous fintech market leaders, as well as industry experts, government officials, and prominent tech investors.

"FEARLESS" was the theme for this year's conference, celebrating the boldness and innovative nature of the FinTech industry, where entrepreneurs constantly challenge pre-existing financial systems with innovative new products and services. The conference brought together more than 500 attendees who experienced keynote speeches, immersive learning, workshops, startup pitch presentations and awards, an exhibitor floor, and networking receptions.

Key themes explored at FFCON19: FEARLESS:

  1. RISK is a conscious choice and necessary to innovate;
  2. Digital trust and security are essential for mass adoption;
  3. The digital bank and future of fintech is already here;
  4. Collaboration and new social (decentralized) models can revitalize markets controlled by incumbents with too much power and no incentive to change;
  5. Private-public market funding trends shifting - seek low-cost liquidity, online funding does work, needs aligned critical mass, can unlock value;
  6. Digital asset markets evolving (EIO, STO, stablcoins). Revisit playbooks, diversify, invest/build/prep for growth in securities, currency, record keeping, smart contracts;
  7. Canadian fintech lacks a national strategy; regulation is complex, costly and needs to be streamlined and government at all levels are encouraged to collaborate with industry.

Conference Highlights include:

  • Over 50+ leading fintech, blockchain, AI and alternative finance experts, 9 pitching finalists and 40+ innovation ecosystem partners gathered to discuss the latest industry developments, trends, insider views and best practices.
  • The 2019 FFCON Pitch Competition Winner was Vacation Fund - an employer-matched travel savings program for employees. The winning pitch was by Erica Pearson, co-founder & CEO, who accepted the award on behalf of Vacation Fund from Richard Carlton, CEO of the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE).
  • Jon Medved, CEO of OurCrowd, who has raised over $1 billion for their companies gave a special keynote speech on the first day. OurCrowd was recently named the most active investor in Israel by PitchBook, with investments in 170 startups, and 18 funds, along with 29 exits so far.
  • FFCON19 FEARLESS was proud to have screened the Toronto premiere of TRUST MACHINE: The Story about Blockchain. The documentary and Q&A with John Lyotier, RightMesh CEO, was well received by the sold-out room at Gowlings and shone a light on the history and advancements of blockchain technology.
  • FFCON19 held an extremely popular consultation with The Honorable Bill Walker, Minister of Consumer and Government Services in Ontario, and steward of the province's new data policy.
  • NCFA expanded this year's program with the formal launch of its inaugural online Global Fintech Education program for entrepreneurs in conjunction with Next Decentrum Technologies. Attendees had an exclusive first look at the program with VIP attendees having received complimentary enrolment with conference registration. Early access to the program is now open and program directors are encouraging partners and fintech experts globally to connect to explore opportunities here.

Announcements at FFCON19

NCFA announced a partnership with Export Canada that will provide opportunities for qualifying Canadian fintech ventures to connect with global markets and investors with its first mission to enter Asia in early 2020.

Coinsquare, the Toronto based cryptocurrency exchange, announced the launch of eCAD™, the first stablecoin pegged to the Canadian Dollar. eCAD™ marks the beginning of a new era for cryptocurrency mass adoption as it will create the first transparent, affordable, and secure way of transferring value in Canada and beyond, without the risk of instability of the traditional cryptocurrency market. Coinsquare continues to cement their place as one of Canada's most reliable cryptocurrency exchanges.

3iQ Corp, the investment fund manager with a focus on cryptocurrency holdings, announced that it signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire First Block Capital's FBC Bitcoin Trust and Distributed Ledger Technology Adopters ETF.

Watch the FFCON19 highlight video.

Check out the photo album or presentation decks

The organizers offer special thanks to the conference partners, all the speakers, companies, and volunteers that helped make FFCON19 an informative and memorable event.

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 FFCON

FFCON (Fintech and Financing Conference) is an annual conference hosted by Canada's National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association (NCFA). Now in its fifth year, FFCON19 brought together professionals and innovators in fintech, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and alternative finance. The theme of FFCON19 was FEARLESS which exudes the boldness of the fintech space where small players are challenging orthodoxy, going against convention and transforming the financial industry with innovative models and thinking. Further information about the conference series can be found at www.fintechandfunding.com.

FFCON 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

SOURCE: National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada


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Announcing New FFCON19 Keynote Apr 3: JON MEDVED, CEO OurCrowd Equity Crowdfunding portal with $1billion in Commitments

Jon Medved, CEO OurCrowd will make a special appearance and deliver a keynote at FFCON19 on April 3 at Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP.  Jon originally spoke at this same conference back in 2015 when it was called CCS (Canadian Crowdfinance Summit). 
 
Jon medved ourcrowd - Announcing New FFCON19 Keynote Apr 3:  JON MEDVED, CEO OurCrowd Equity Crowdfunding portal with $1billion in Commitments Since then OurCrowd has reached a new milestone: The global equity crowdfunding platform announced it reached $1 billion in commitments in six years. During the OurCrowd Global Investor Summit in Jerusalem on Thursday, founder and CEO Jon Medved said the company now counts 170 startups, 18 funds, and 29 exits.
 

While many of its startups are based in Israel, OurCrowd’s network of 30,000 registered investors hail from over 150 countries (although primary investors are based in the United States). Members average seven investments, with a portfolio size of over $350,000.

“Our portfolio is, by design, quite diverse,” Medved said during a press conference. “We have companies that run the gamut from drones to agtech, from cybersecurity to food technology, to consumer software and medical products, digital health, and big cloud data.”

Notable OurCrowd exits in 2018 include dual camera technology producer Corephotonics (by Samsung), electric scooter startup Jump Bikes (by Uber), and computer vision firm Invertex acquisition (by Nike).

 

'He's truly a money magnet, if you're interested in raising capital for early stage tech start-ups across all sectors, this is a talk you don't want to miss.'  Craig Asano, NCFA

 

Source:  NCFA

 


NCFA Jan 2018 resize - Announcing New FFCON19 Keynote Apr 3:  JON MEDVED, CEO OurCrowd Equity Crowdfunding portal with $1billion in Commitments 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. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

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FFCON19 FEARLESS to address the challenges and successes of entrepreneurs and innovators in the vanguard of transforming the financial industry

TORONTO, BC / ACCESSWIRE / March 19, 2019 / The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA), the non-profit cross-body organisation that promotes and supports fintech and funding throughout Canada, is proud to announce additions to the speaker line-up and programme for its flagship Fintech and Financing Conference - FFCON19: FEARLESS - taking place in Toronto April 3-4.

Now in its 5th year, FFCON19 will bring together prominent industry experts, entrepreneurs, professionals, regulatory bodies and ecosystem stakeholders in fintech, blockchain, crypto, AI, capital markets innovation and alternative finance to discuss Canadian fintech and its ability to innovate and globally compete, the latest industry developments, emerging regulation, trends and thought leadership in a fearless framework and forum.

The two-day event will feature inspiring keynote addresses and panel discussions with industry leaders, pitching competitions, awards, and prime networking opportunities.

Prominent speakers include The Honorable Bill Walker, Minister of Consumer and Government Services, Ontario, and steward of the Province's new Data policy; and Teri Kirk, Founder & CEO of Fundingportal who will discuss Open Data vs. Proprietary Data, examining public and private sector values, views, and issues.

Notable investors speaking at FFCON19 include Robert Antoniades General Partner and Co-Founder Information Venture Partners, Karim Gillani General Partner Luge Capital, Christian Lassonde Founder & Managing Partner Impression Ventures, Russell Samuels Partner Whitecap Venture Partners, and Sunil Sharma Managing Director Techstars Toronto.

''FFCON19 is very honoured to have such influential speakers at this year's conference,'' said Craig Asano, Founder and CEO of NCFA. ''FFCON is proving to be an increasingly important event for promoting innovation in the fintech and funding industry in Canada. The support and contributions of these authoritative leaders will serve to further advance innovation in the sector.''

Among the featured entrepreneurs and innovators sharing their FEARLESS strategies for innovation and growth are Anthony Di Iorio Co-Founder, Founder & CEO of Ethereum, and Jaxx & Decentral; Dr. Dan Rosen Chief Executive Officer d1g1t Inc., the enterprise financial technology company serving the wealth management industry; Eli Fathi President and CEO Mindbridge AI, recognised as a CIX Top 20 in 2017; and Toufi Saliba Founder and CEO TODA Network.

Keynotes and Program Speakers:

  • Hon. Bill Walker, Minister of Government and Consumer Services Ontario
  • Alan Wunsche, CEO & Chief Token Officer, TokenFunder
  • Ali Pourdad, CEO, Progressa
  • Andrew Dix, Co-Founder & CEO, Crowdfund Insider
  • Anthony Di Iorio, Founder & CEO, Decentral & Jaxx | Co-Founder, Ethereum
  • Bernd Petak, Investment Partner, Northmark Ventures
  • Brice Penaud, Founder & CEO, Commercial Passport
  • Bruce Silcoff, CEO, Shyft Network International
  • Bryan Uyanwune, Co-Founder & CIO, Korapay
  • Charlene Cieslik, Chief Anti Money Laundering Officer, Coinsquare
  • Denise Hearn, Co-Author, The Myth of Capitalism
  • Denise Weeres, Director, New Economy, Alberta Securities Commission
  • Dr Dan Rosen, CEO, d1g1t Inc.
  • Eli Fathi, CEO, Mindbridge AI
  • Eytan Bensoussan, Co-Founder & CEO, NorthOne
  • Hussein Hallak, CEO & Co-Founder, Next Decentrum
  • Iliana Oris Valiente, Managing Director, Canada, Innovation Hub & Blockchain Lead, Accenture
  • Jason Saltzman, Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
  • Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO, Toronto Finance International
  • Muhammad Rashid, Co-Founder & CEO, Moregidge
  • Peter-Paul Van Hoeken, Founder & CEO, FrontFundr
  • Robert Antoniades, General Partner & Co-Founder, Information Venture Partners
  • Russell Samuels, Partner, Whitecap Venture Partners
  • Safwan Zaheer, Head of Fintech (US), KPMG
  • Sharon Zohar, Founding Partner, The Big Push
  • Shidan Gouran, President, Global Blockchain Mining Corp.
  • Teri Kirk, Founder & CEO, Funding Portal
  • Toufi Saliba, Founder & CEO, TODA.network

The growing list of speakers can be found at the conference speaker page.

 

The Programme

Day 1 will feature an afternoon program of interactive sessions to discuss topics key to industry growth, regulatory challenges in fintech sectors, and advanced workshops such as applying design thinking to develop consumer-centric, data-driven products followed by a VIP networking reception at Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP.

Day 2 will feature the full day FFCON19 conference that showcases new technologies and fresh thinking around challenging topics from open banking, digital securities, crypto commodities and investment crowdfunding to the latest developments in AI finance models and enterprise blockchain adoption, use cases and projects. Twelve people's choice emerging fintech start-ups will pitch and the main stage will host a consultation with the Ontario Government, CSA Regulators and fearless dialogues on Canada's ability to innovate, compete, grow and sustain industry.

The full agenda can be accessed on the FFCON programme page and interested parties are invited to cast their vote for the most innovative emerging fintech start-ups they would like to see pitch on the main stage.

New for 2019

Building on the success of last year's sold-out conference, NCFA has expanded this year's program with the formal launch its inaugural Global Fintech Education program for entrepreneurs in conjunction with Next Decentrum Technologies. Attendees will get an exclusive first look at the program and VIP attendees will receive complimentary enrolment with conference registration.

Supporting Start-Ups

To promote innovation and funding for early stage companies FFCON19 is offering start-ups discounted tickets which can be applied for via this link:

Registration

Registration for FFCON19 is open. Learn more at https://fintechandfunding.com/tickets/

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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 FFCON19: FEARLESS

FFCON19 (2019 Fintech and Financing Conference) is an annual conference hosted by Canada's National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association (NCFA). Now in its fifth year, FFCON19 will bring together professionals and innovators in fintech, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and alternative finance. The theme of FFCON19 is FEARLESS which exudes the boldness of the fintech space where small players are challenging orthodoxy, going against convention and transforming the financial industry with innovative models and thinking. The event is being held April 3-4 in downtown Toronto. #FFCON19

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

 

FFCON19 Contacts:

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

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Lauren Linton Advisor, NCFA
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(416) 569-4349

 

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NCFA Global | Craig Asano | Feb 27, 2019

The NCFA Announces the 5th Annual Fintech and Financing Conference Toronto in April with Top Fintech thought leaders and a Global Fintech Program

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TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / (February 27, 2019)  / The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) and partners announced today the launch of the 5th Annual 2019 Fintech & Financing Conference (#FFCON19) to be held in downtown Toronto on April 3-4, 2019.

With more than $39B invested in 2018 across the world the Fintech space continues to attract healthy investment and attention from seasoned investors. With a multi-trillion dollar market to go after, Fintech has lots of room to grow and prosper in the years ahead.

At FFCON19, fintech specialists will gather with fintech entrepreneurs, investors and hungry growing ventures to network, connect, raise, listen to inspiring speakers and envision the future. Amongst the 750 attendees from a broad group of disciplines including technical specialists, regulatory experts, founders and financial institutions, there will be 12 pitching finalists competing for the inaugural people’s choice awards and the attention of investors.

“The theme of FFCON19 is FEARLESS, it represents the boldness of the fintech space where entrepreneurs and innovators are challenging financial orthodoxy and the mindset to overcome challenges,” said Craig Asano, CEO of NCFA Canada “the conference features fintech market leaders and experts who provide expert guidance on what is happening now and what the future could be.”

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At FFCON19 the NCFA will also be announcing the launch of its inaugural Global Fintech Education program for entrepreneurs in conjunction with Next Decentrum Technologies. Attendees will get an exclusive first look at the program and VIP attendees will receive complimentary enrolment with conference registration.

“Transforming the financial industry requires going against convention with fresh insights, innovative thinking, and robust frameworks,” said Hussein Hallak, CEO of Next Decentrum, “We are thrilled to be working with Craig and the NCFA team to provide access to a select group of industry’s leaders, successful entrepreneurs and global thinkers in the space through a global educational program”

With the Global Fintech Program professionals and executives will:

  • Learn the history and evolution of Fintech from the early years to the modern time and the current state of the Fintech industry and ecosystem.
  • Examine the factors behind the rise of Fintech and why it matters.
  • Explore the key building blocks and technology infrastructure of Fintech.
  • Learn how do Fintechs practice value creation using innovative customer-centric business and revenue models.
  • Discover the key drivers of fintechs success in better understanding their customers and improve their experience.
  • Examine the key trends shaping the industry and the path forward.

In addition to more than 50 speakers from Gowling WLG, Ethereum, BC Securities Commission, FrontFundr, Decentral, Alberta Securities Commission, Coinsquare, and KPMG, discussing the latest trends, innovation and thought leadership on Blockchain, Fintech, AI and Alternative Investing, FFCON19 also includes dragon's den style pitching, interactive sessions, lively panels, education workshops and prime networking time. There are still plenty of opportunities to get involved with the conference.

So what are you waiting for? To register for your spot (and find out if you are eligible for a discount) go to: https://fintechandfunding.com/

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For more information please contact:

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

Hussein Hallak
Founder and CEO, Next Decentrurm Technologies Inc.
hussein@nextdecentum.com
(604) 719-5125

 

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.  Learn more about NCFA visit www.ncfacanada.org

 

About Next Decentrum

An education technology startup building education solutions that help professionals learn at the speed of the new economy and harness the power of emerging technologies and decentralized innovation.  Next Decentrum has launched Intro to Blockchain a blockchain training program for executives and non-technical professionals, FIN a blockchain training chatbot, and currently working on CXO.ai a technology platform empowering professionals to discover, learn and develop the next innovation using a cutting-edge education and training approaches.  Effortless, automated, and adaptive education re-imagined for breakthrough performance. To learn more about Next Decentrum visit www.NextDecentrum.com


NCFA Jan 2018 resize - Holt Accelerator Joins NCFA as an Industry Partner 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. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

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