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UBS [Submission deadline: Aug 6]: Future of Finance Challenge 2021

UBS | Jacoline Loewe | Jul 13, 2021

UBS future of finance challenge - UBS [Submission deadline: Aug 6]:  Future of Finance Challenge 2021Since 2015, the UBS Future of Finance Challenge has been open to start-ups and established, growing companies that change the way finance works and meets the client needs of the future. Take part in the 2021 competition and access benefits and prizes of over USD 400,000 worth in value, delivered in collaboration with Anthemis, Deloitte and Microsoft for Startups.

Challenges

What are key challenges for the finance industry? We have identified four challenges that are key to how finance meets the client needs of the future

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Who is eligible to enter?

We’re looking for start-ups and growing companies, with an annual turnover lower than USD 150m. You should have received less than USD 150m in total investments:

Participants should have developed:

  • A working prototype of a product, service or application grounded on innovative / disruptive technology applied to banking / finance

Proposed technology solutions should:

  • Be focused directly on banking and financial services, or
  • Have a demonstrable impact in another sector but with a potential connection or application within the banking and financial industry.

Some other restrictions apply – see the Official Rules for full details.

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What is in it for you

One winner per challenge will be selected and each winner will win a cash prize of USD 10,000.

In addition, over 120 hours of dedicated coaching and mentoring from experienced technology and business leaders will be offered to competition finalists. Some finalists may also be considered to participate in a «proof-of-concept» or pilot program with UBS after the competition or enter our UBS Next investment pipeline.

See our rewards page for more details about the prizes

Female Founder Award

This year, UBS is introducing a new Female Founder Award which recognizes a female founder or Business Lead of a start-up business. As a partner for women entrepreneurs, we are keen to support female founders in their ambition to succeed.

Our recent analysis on «The Funding Gap» shows how female entrepreneurs receive less funding than their male counterparts. Our competition program is providing specific mentoring tailored to female founders, and connects them to our female innovator networks.

Timeline and Process

The application deadline is August 6th, 23:59:59 CEST.

We will not consider any submission made after the deadline.

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Once we have evaluated all eligible entries, we will select the finalists for each challenge and announce who the finalists are no later than September 30, 2021.

Each finalist will receive mentoring from the panel of experts assembled by UBS for the competition to develop and refine the proposals further. Finalists will then pitch their proposals on the following dates to their respective Challenge juries.

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - UBS [Submission deadline: Aug 6]:  Future of Finance Challenge 2021 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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FFCON21 DAY 1 Was Amazing! Here’s DAY 2: PREVIEW

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NCFA Canada | May 12, 2021

Day 1 of the FFCON21:  Breaking Barriers program started with a bang -- with the first VIP Masterclasses of the week focused on decentralized finance.  With 500+ interested in the latest thought leadership, presentations and insightful discussions it was an amazing way to kickoff the 7th Fintech & Financing Conference and Expo taking place virtually from May 11-13, 2021.

There were amazing speakers from around the globe covering financial innovation topics for fintech, blockchain, AI and alternative finance, and lots of varied networking opportunities from 3mins speed rotation to topical virtual breakouts and 'Ask an Expert' sessions.

And now we are moving into 2 more full days planned, May 12 and 13th - we hope you can join us tomorrow (Wednesday) where the daily theme is 'CURATION & GROWTH'!

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Including Demos and Pitches

Join 500!  We've added a NEW TICKET TYPE for those wanting to attend a single day! VIP ALL DAY PASS for any day: MAY 12 or 13 for just $35 + HST.

GET TICKETS FOR MAY 12 & 13  TO FFCON21 HERE

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - FFCON21 DAY 1 Was Amazing!  Here's DAY 2: PREVIEW 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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7th Annual Fintech & Financing Conference and Expo (FFCON21): Breaking Barriers May 11-13 (Digital)

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Thanks for Another Amazing Experiential FFCON21 Digital Conference Experience at the Center of Fintech in Canada (May 11 – 13)

The 7th annual Fintech & Financing Conference and Expo (#FFCON21) took place May 11-13, 2021 (digitally) and was co-hosted by the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA), Toronto Finance International (TFI) and partners. 

Building on the success of previous conferences, this year's “Breaking Barriers” theme focused on the Future of Finance and Society, exploring a wide range of topics reflecting the growth and emerging challenges that the Canadian Fintech industry must navigate to achieve mass adoption and scale. Through 25+ hours of keynotes, lively panels, VIP workshops and impactful pitching competition, the conference facilitated discussions and the sharing of new ideas and thought-provoking insights into trends, innovations and regulatory landscape shaping regulatory, fintech, blockchain, digital banking, payments, AI, capital markets, digital assets and alternative finance sectors.  Watch on-demand video content now.

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Every year brings new challenges, milestones and barriers to be overcome.  Join a global fintech ecosystem for an interactive and digital content experience that facilitates thought-provoking and relevant discussions, lively debates, pitching, demos, and prime networking opportunities with innovators, investors, financial institutions, vendors, regulators, government and key industry stakeholders and help rewrite the future of digital finance.

Speakers:  Over 100+ industry leaders and global experts

Program:  Lots of Networking and Over 50 sessions of curated programming of 3 Days (May 11-13)

Partners:  View all partners | Become a partner

Pitching Competition:  Vote for your favourite Fintech Draft shortlisted companies

Digital eBooth:  Showcase your company's products/services

Get involved:  Your voice counts

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - 7th Annual Fintech & Financing Conference and Expo (FFCON21): Breaking Barriers May 11-13 (Digital) 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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[Event Nov 26, 2020]: Innovations in Financial Literacy and Education

Financial Literacy Committee

 

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You're invited - Event Details

Thursday, November 26, 2020 1:00 PM EST

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As we mark the 10th anniversary of Financial Literacy Month, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) is pleased to invite you to a dynamic event organized specifically for financial literacy stakeholders. This 90-minute session will focus on innovative, research-based approaches to financial literacy and feature guest speakers who will share expert insights and perspectives, followed by a panel discussion.

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Moderator:  Supriya Syal, Deputy Commissioner, Research, Policy and Education, FCAC

Panelists:

Rebecca Balcerzak, Senior Project Officer, Families Canada

Ruth Stephen, Director, Strategic Policy, Research & Experimentation, FCAC

Rim Charkani, CEO, WALO                                      

Dilip Soman, Director, Behavioural Economics in Action Research Centre Rotman School of Management

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - [Event Nov 26, 2020]:  Innovations in Financial Literacy and Education 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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Luge Capital Canadian InsurTech Report & Event

Luge Capital | Gisele Karekezi | Nov 18, 2020

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Luge Capital just released our Status of the Canadian InsurTech Landscape report today. It is an in-depth analysis of InsurTech technology trends, startup activities, venture funding as well as Luge’s perspective on future innovation and investment opportunities in the Canadian insurance industry.

You can check out the report HERE.

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We are also hosting a webinar event to dig deeper into InsurTech investment trends and future opportunities with speakers from Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures, Anthemis Group, Manulife Capital Ventures and Eos Venture Partners on December 1st, 4pm ET.

We would love to have you join us. Register

 

 


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Book Launch (Nov 17, 2020): The Technological Revolution in Financial Services: How Banks, Fintechs, and Customers Win Together

Michael King | Nov 16, 2020

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The financial services industry is being transformed by heightened regulation, technological disruption, and changing demographics. These structural forces have lowered barriers to entry, increasing competition from within and outside the industry, in the form of entrepreneurial fintech start-ups to large, non-financial technology-based companies.

The Technological Revolution in Financial Services is an invaluable resource for those eager to understand the evolving financial industry. This edited volume outlines the strategic implications for financial services firms in North America, Europe, and other advanced economies. The most successful banks, insurance companies, and asset managers will partner with financial technology companies to provide a better and more innovative experience services to retail customers and small businesses. Ultimately this technological revolution will benefit customers and lead to a more open and inclusive financial system.

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FFCON20 Week 7 Wrap-up: Artificial Intelligence in Fintech

NCFA Canada | Samuel He | August 2, 2020

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Overview

Innovation in technology has been rising at an unprecedented pace in today’s day and age. There is no doubt that technological advancements with artificial intelligence will play a key role in all sectors, which includes financial services. This session features a keynote describing the roles that technology plays in an individual’s life, a panel on consumer-centric technologies and governance, and a panel discussing how AI is transforming the financial services sector.

Keynote: AI Implementation in China: A Day in the Life in Shanghai (info | video)

In this session, Rich Turrin walks us through a day in his life in Shanghai and the role that technology plays. One notable role is with payment. Rich says that people in Shanghai has pretty much gone cash-free and most use either WeChat Pay or AliPay, which functions by scanning a QR code and utilizing the built-in facial recognition system. Additionally, Rich uses technology for speech to text translation, which helps in rideshare apps like Didi which has a built-in messaging and translation system to aid communication. Technology is also utilized in the creation of a COVID-19 monitor, which uses AI to track and trace COVID-19 and predict who might have the virus. Rich wants to emphasize that one should not see artificial intelligence as a cold war and ask, “Who is winning the AI race?” but rather embrace that innovation in AI is ultimately a good thing that brings a lot more benefits.

“This is not a cold war” – Rich Turrin, on the AI arms race

 

Panel: Consumer-centric AI Technologies, Governance and Experiences (info | video)

In this panel, the speakers discuss the impact of innovation within AI and technology and the importance of consumer-centric governance. With large data available created by users, machine learning can be used to extract a lot of significant insights. Unfortunately, it is mostly big companies who have access to majority of the data, which is a problem because smaller companies don’t have this access to utilize. The panelists believe that in order for AI to be implemented on a large scale in financial services, their trust must be won by the consumers. An important aspect is that consumers should be able to reap the benefits of using the technology without having to give away data. In essence, one’s digital “self” is not controlled by the individual but rather controlled by big companies, which can be problematic. The panelists believe strongly in the future of blockchain and cryptocurrency, which promises sovereignty over digital interactions.

"One’s digital self is not actually controlled by the individual" - Alex Tapscott

 

Panel: How AI is Transforming How We Interact with Financial Institutions (info | video)

This session featured panelists who discussed the different ways in which AI has transformed how we interact with financial institutions. From the consumer perspective, RoboAdvisors has helped with the financial service experience and AI has increased efficiency done on background checks. Additionally, banks have their own apps, with automated bots used both for security measures as well as answering customers’ questions, all done with machine learning. The panelists believe a key challenge that AI/Fintech need to address before mass adoption is to promote open banking, creating policy where consumers own their data instead of third-party institutions. Essentially, a landscape has to be created which puts the customer at the forefront.

Conclusion

Artificial intelligence is a field that will certainly play a key role in our lives going forward. Instead of focusing on potential threats of AI as it relates to an arms race between countries, it is important to embrace the innovation and see all the benefits that AI has brought to our lives. The developments in AI has led to a lot of consumer-generated data, and it is important to put the consumer at the front and in control of the data. This helps bridge the gap between the user and the financial institution to positively usher in the new wave that is artificial intelligence.

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - FFCON20 Week 7 Wrap-up: Artificial Intelligence in Fintech 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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