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FinTech Connect 2018

Save the Date for FinTech Connect 2018.



Save the date for Venture Cafe’s FinTech mini-conference, “Disrupting Wall Street”, taking place on May 24, 2018. This special ‘conference night’ event seeks to bring together the brightest minds who are building, funding, and innovating in the Greater Boston area’s FinTech Community. Join us for the evening to examine the shifts happening in payments, blockchain, lending, robo-advisors, insurance tech, and real estate. Come prepared to not only hear the best ideas and see the latest technologies but also to participate in building Boston’s FinTech innovation.










OFFICE HOURS


Early stage ventures and prospective entrepreneurs have an opportunity to sign up for Office Hours during this event. Entrepreneurs may sign up for 30-minute consultations with a variety of experts.


Appointments can be made on a first come, first served basis. Any cancellations will require 48-hour notification in order to accommodate entrepreneurs who have been placed on a wait-list. No-shows are frowned upon in the VenCaf community and we reserve the right to disallow future appointments for repeat offenders.





Special Office Hour Appointments (FinTech Connect only)


During FinTech Connect, two Boston-area FinTech experts will be on hand to advise entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs on building and launching a venture in the space.  Reservations will open on May 3, 2018, and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.









Building the Banks and Financial Services of the Future: A Corporate View


Join a selection of corporate innovation executives from the region’s legacy banking and financial services enterprises and hear their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in innovating the industry. These corporate innovators will also highlight their innovation priorities and how entrepreneurs can work with their organizations. Join:




  • Sarah Biller, Co-Founder FinTech Sandbox (Moderator)




  • Sean Belka, Head of Fidelity Labs




  • Ashley Eknaian, Eastern Bank, Chief Digital Strategist and Head of Eastern Labs




  • Durga Nagalla, Head of Digital & Mobile, Mass Mutual Financial Group












How I Built It: Navigating the Hurdles of Building a FinTech Startup


A few of the area’s FinTech startups will share their latest success milestones as well as how they got started, failures along the way and strategies that helped navigate the hurdles of building a FinTech venture.






Venture Cafe Demos


Demos are a great way to gain exposure through our online and offline channels. During our FinTech Connect event, Venture Café will give a selection of the area’s start-ups, inventors and researchers an opportunity to showcase their work to the Boston community.



APPLY to demo herebit.ly/vc-ftdemo18


Deadline for applications is May 17, 2018. Check the website for current demos!










COMMUNITY FLASH TALKS



Are you a subject matter expert in the FinTech space (entrepreneur, investor, service provider, etc)? Submit your idea for a session during our FinTech Community Flash Talk. These sessions will be community-generated, lightning sessions comprised of 30 minutes of content and 15 minutes of networking for each session. Applications will be approved on a rolling basis.



APPLY to host a flash talk here: bit.ly/vc-ftft18 



DEADLINE: May 17, 2018




Track 1 – 6:00 – 6:45 PM


30-minute talk + 15-minute networking session




  • Fraud and the Dark Web 


    Learn the basics of online fraud as it relates to e-commerce, telecom, and financial services organizations. Find out more about the Dark Web and how data is accessed and used for fraud. PresenterDustin Clinard, Risk IDENT






  • Rethinking Ownership: Startup Innovations in Home Finance


    From shared equity to homeshare agreements to true co-living, startups across the ecosystem are creating innovative new products to help solve homeownership for this new generation of homebuyers. Learn about the broader landscape of emerging products as well as detail on the consumer value proposition and economics of these companies’ offers. PresenterHannah Arnold, F Prime Capital




  • Identity and Personal Data as an Asset Class led 


    Personal identity involves more than money can buy, but it’s also part of an emerging digital asset class. The rise of “smart” phones, homes and cities accelerated by blockchain, smart contracts and mass-automation offer new modes for control, methods for valuation and mechanisms for exchange of key rights to this new asset type. What are the key issues, options, and opportunities for innovative FinTech products, services and markets arising from this new digital asset class? PresenterDazza Greenwood, CIVICS




  • Using AI & Fintech to accelerate actionable items for investment teams


    In this discussion, we will cover how AI and other FinTech can be introduced to reduce Every investment team has weekly meetings to discuss their evolving views on markets, geopolitical risks and to assess how their portfolios are aligned to these views. In this type of free-form discussion, how can AI and other FinTech be introduced to reduce groupthink and create more actionable results for the investment team? PresenterSean Kruzel, Founder, Astrocyte Research






Track 2 – 6:45 – 7:30 PM


30-minute talk + 15-minute networking session




  • Good, Bad, Ugly – Sift Decent Coins From Rotten Ones


    In this discussion, we will cover how AI and other FinTech can be introduced to reduce Every investment team has weekly meetings to discuss their evolving views on markets, geopolitical risks and to assess how their portfolios are aligned to these views. In this type of free-form discussion, how can AI and other FinTech be introduced to reduce groupthink and create more actionable results for the investment team? PresenterSteven Hsu, Chair of Trading, Pacific Block










FinTech Pitch Event


A selection of Fintech VCs and angels will hear pitches from entrepreneurs who are innovating banking and financial services.


Meet our Judges:




  • Jean Donnelly, FinTech Sandbox, Moderator




  • Jack Klinck, Managing Partner, Hyperplane Venture Capital




  • Prasant Chunduru, Fintech Partnerships, HSBC




  • Josh Cohen, Principal, Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures















About Our Sponsor: HSBC


HSBC Bank plc is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world. HSBC's international network comprises around 7,500 offices in over 80 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.