EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Fintech Opportunities: Taking a Strategic Approach

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Course Dates

STARTS ON

23 September 2021

Course Duration

DURATION

8 weeks, online
5–7 hours per week

Course Duration

Why enrol in the Fintech Opportunities programme?

Financial technology, also known as fintech, is rapidly transforming global financial services. Understanding market drivers, challenges, trends, and key players is essential for all aspects of operational strategy. This eight-week, online programme from Imperial College Business School is designed to give you a foundation in fintech and its components. As a participant you will:

  • Learn about fintech components like digital finance channels, blockchain and cryptocurrency, machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Gain the skills necessary to adopt fintech functionality and technologies in a way that builds efficiency and promotes the success of your strategic initiatives

75%

Worldwide, 3 out of 4 people have used a fintech service.

SOURCE: Ernst & Young

71%

Nearly three-quarters of consumers have bypassed banks to pay with payment apps.

SOURCE: MX

60%

In the UK, 6 out of 10 consumers use mobile payments at least once a week.

SOURCE: Bluebird Global

Who is this programme for?

If you are ready to dive into the many lucrative opportunities surging through the fintech industry – whether leading a fintech function, founding a fintech enterprise, or investing in fintech’s best innovations – this programme offers an action plan. It will inspire you to gain confidence in the capabilities of financial technology, as well as gain a deeper understanding of its disruptive impact. It is designed for professionals in banking, financial services, IT, consulting, compliance, and investment fields, including:

Mid- to Senior-Level Managers in Finance who seek insights into technologies disrupting banking and fintech applications that can drive their company’s innovation.

CXOs of Fintech Companies (Startup or Incumbent) and Senior Managers of Fintech Function who want to assess the future of financial services and explore the ways fintech can create solutions for complex problems.

Consultants in banking, or finance, who provide cutting edge technology solutions for their clients in the fintech space.

Risk, Compliance and Regulatory Professionals working in day-to-day compliance for the financial services, investment, and technology industries, looking to explore regulatory developments and the various risks in adopting fintech.

Representative roles include:

  • Associate Fintech Consultant
  • Associate Vice President Electronic Trading Compliance
  • Audit Manager
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Compliance Manager
  • Credit Analyst
  • Economist
  • Finance Director
  • Finance Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Planning Manager
  • Fintech Advisor
  • Fintech Consultant
  • Fintech Consultant & Strategic Advisor
  • Founding Partner
  • Investor
  • Management Accountant
  • Managing Partner
  • Regulatory Affairs & Trading Law Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Vice President of Finance
  • Vice President – Audit & Compliance

Industry examples

Add to your understanding of fintech and its concepts by examining how prominent brands have revolutionized banking and financial services with their fintech applications.

Monzo Bank

Monzo Bank

A smartphone-based banking and crowdfunding service in the UK.

Starling Bank

Starling Bank

A UK-based digital bank with a multipurpose app connecting users to third-party products and services.

JP Morgan

JP Morgan

The firm's association with UK-based LendInvest, an online loan originator to the Buy-to-Let market.

Quicken Loans

Quicken Loans

The largest US retail mortgage lender, solely with digital loan applications.

Prosper

Prosper

A peer-to-peer lending marketplace that offers a home equity line of credit via laptop or smartphone.

Alibaba

Alibaba

China-based ecommerce giant Alibaba offers the Alipay mobile payment app, the largest third-party payment platform in the world.

Bitcoin

Bitcoin

A cryptocurrency payment network that uses peer-to-peer open-source technology to manage transactions.

Modules

As a participant in this programme, you will learn to understand and master the technologies that are driving fintech, and develop your own strategy and put them to work in your business.

Week 1:

Orientation

Get an overview of what is driving fintech development and the implications for financial organisations.

Week 2:

Digital Transformation and Financial Services

Learn about the strengths and inefficiencies of the current banking landscape as well as the evolution of financial technologies within financial services.

Week 3:

Personal Banking

Explore the switch from digital banking to smart banking, and how banks are offering products and services based on individual customer needs.

Week 4:

Lending Markets

Examine the requirements, processes, challenges, and opportunities within lending markets, particularly the growing increase for credit among individuals and institutions. Plus, discover how fintech can be used to make lending more digital.

Week 5:

Applications of Machine Learning in Fintech, Risk Management and Credit Scoring

Focus on how machine learning and artificial intelligence can be integrated within the current financial landscape and used to improve various functions, such as the prediction of default and risk. Also, identify the limitations and opportunities for ML and AI integration in the realms of health insurance, credit cards, and auto insurance.

Week 6:

Digital Distributed Ledger: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Delving into the function and application of blockchain technology in the financial landscape, assess which situations would benefit from private vs. public blockchain, cryptocurrency vs. digital fiat currency, and blockchain vs. distributed ledger technology.

Week 7:

Regulations

Focus on what laws already exist within fintech and how they differ across countries. Plus, examine the risks of adopting fintech and explore data governance and privacy concerns.

Week 8:

Fintech Capstone Project

Develop a plan for integrating fintech within your organisation.

Week 1:

Orientation

Get an overview of what is driving fintech development and the implications for financial organisations.

Week 5:

Applications of Machine Learning in Fintech, Risk Management and Credit Scoring

Focus on how machine learning and artificial intelligence can be integrated within the current financial landscape and used to improve various functions, such as the prediction of default and risk. Also, identify the limitations and opportunities for ML and AI integration in the realms of health insurance, credit cards, and auto insurance.

Week 2:

Digital Transformation and Financial Services

Learn about the strengths and inefficiencies of the current banking landscape as well as the evolution of financial technologies within financial services.

Week 6:

Digital Distributed Ledger: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Delving into the function and application of blockchain technology in the financial landscape, assess which situations would benefit from private vs. public blockchain, cryptocurrency vs. digital fiat currency, and blockchain vs. distributed ledger technology.

Week 3:

Personal Banking

Explore the switch from digital banking to smart banking, and how banks are offering products and services based on individual customer needs.

Week 7:

Regulations

Focus on what laws already exist within fintech and how they differ across countries. Plus, examine the risks of adopting fintech and explore data governance and privacy concerns.

Week 4:

Lending Markets

Examine the requirements, processes, challenges, and opportunities within lending markets, particularly the growing increase for credit among individuals and institutions. Plus, discover how fintech can be used to make lending more digital.

Week 8:

Fintech Capstone Project

Develop a plan for integrating fintech within your organisation.

For more information on the modules download the brochure.

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Testimonials

"The best part of the programme was the capstone project and learning about bitcoin and blockchain."

— Francisco Gonzalez-Cos, Director of Operations, GlezCos & Partners

"The faculty sessions, videos and capstone project have given me a better understanding of fintech."

— Gerald Richli, Consultant, RichliConsulting

"Learning all about fintech and what it involves has been very useful. I was particularly interested in AI, Machine learning and Blockchain."

— Chinyelugo Ukwu, Director, LeadPro Limited

"I liked the artificial intelligence and machine learning sections."

— Areej N. Obiedat , Digital Transformation-Sales Manager, Bayanat

Faculty

Faculty Member Rajkamal Iyer

Rajkamal Iyer

Associate Professor of Finance at Imperial College London

Rajkamal is an associate professor of finance at Imperial College London and a former professor of finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research centers on the area of banking and financial intermediation, particularly on understanding the role of banks in society. Currently, he is focused on fintech and how it can reshape the intermediation landscape and improve access to credit. Raj also holds a research advisory role at the Bundesbank. His work has been published in leading academic journals, and several central banks have drawn on his expertise for policymaking. He holds a BA and an MA in economics from Bombay University, an MSc in economics and finance from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in finance from INSEAD.

Programme contributor

Faculty Member Vic Arulchandran

Vic Arulchandran

R&D and product development

Vic focuses on R&D and product development at Nivaura, a fintech startup that provides solutions for automating primary capital markets transactions. His other interests include product development, leadership coaching, and first-order logic. He holds a BSc and a PhD (both in mathematics) from Brunel University and has consulted extensively on quantitative analytics.

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Certificate

Upon completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a verified Digital Certificate by Imperial College Business School Executive Education.

Please note that this programme contributes to earning Associate Alumni status. Visit the Associate Alumni page to find out more.

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