Several fintech events are scheduled in the coming months that will tackle some of the hottest trends in the financial technology sector including cryptocurrencies, blockchain, investing, peer-to-peer lending, trade finance as well as the regulatory landscape and Switzerland’s position in the global fintech landscape.
Today, we look at the top ten upcoming fintech events that are taking place in Switzerland.
Startup Weekend Fintech Geneva
April 21. -23., 2017
Fintech Fusion, Geneva
Startup Weekend events all follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas, and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
The goal for this Startup Weekend Fintech event is to connect people who are passionate and who want to tackle the tough challenges in the financial and fintech industries.
SwissFINTECH#32 – How to build a world-class global Fintech hub?
April 26, 2017
Fintech Fusion, Geneva
Bernard Lunn, the founder of Daily Fintech, will give a talk during a Swiss Financial Technology meetup event and provide his views and perspectives about the Swiss fintech sector.
Lunn has worked in America, Asia and Europe and now calls Switzerland home. His talk will describe the lessons from tech hubs such as Silicon Valley, New York, London and Singapore and will relate that to the special needs of fintech and the triple disruption of artificial intelligence and blockchain and the shift to Asia. He will describe the opportunities and challenges of Switzerland as a Fintech hub as seen from a global perspective.
Takeaways will include: Will Switzerland benefit from Brexit? How to orchestrate states, incubators, regulators, legacy companies and startups? And his predictions for the coming five years.
Swiss Fintech Lugano: Cyber Risk Insurance and the coming GDPR
April 27, 2017
Villa Sassa, Lugano
The new European legislation, which will come into force in May 2018, will impose to companies operating in the European Union or those working with data of resident citizens in the EU, some very severe rules in this field.
In case of non-compliance, heavy penalties will be applied. In this sense, insurance coverage will become a fundamental part in corporate risk management in the cyber field.
The Swiss Fintech Lugano: Cyber Risk Insurance and the coming GDPR event will cover the implications of GDPR and the role of insurance in this new environment.
The event will be held in Italian.
35th SICTIC Investor Day Fintech
May 02, 2017
TR Labs, Baar
SICTIC Investor Day Fintech is a match-making event where fintech startups pitch to find experienced investors and supporters. Richard Zbinden and Stewart Beaumont will both be speaking during the event.
Zbinden, a Crypto Valley-based entrepreneur, will share about investing in crypto finance startups and will further dive into several key areas to better understand the scalability of crypto finance and solutions based on the blockchain.
Beaumont, the CTO of Thomson Reuters, will present how his firm is approaching the rapid technological changes across the financial and legal markets.
This event is organized by the SICTIC Fintech Angels vertical to connect the Fintech startup ecosystem with investors. The event language is English. Questions from the audience are also taken in French and German (and translated if necessary).
The pitching event is preceded by an Angel Training Event at 4:15pm opened to business angels only.
Responsible Finance & Investment Summit
May 3 – 4, 2017
Hotel Atlantis by Giardino, Zurich
The Responsible Finance & Investment Summit (RFI Summit) seeks to connect representatives from the responsible finance industry to build on the growing cooperation between responsible investment, environmental, social and governance and Islamic finance.
The RFI Summit, an initiative of the RFI Foundation and Swiss Arab Network, two globally active non-profit institutions, aims to raise awareness of shared values that can bring together people from diverse backgrounds working towards similar goals connected to generating benefits to society.
The summit will include the SDG Challenge, which will focus on finding the most promising ethical, responsible or Islamic fintech innovation and connect them to the leading institutions in the responsible finance industry.
May 9, 2019
Glion Institute of Higher Education, Bulle
CrowdTuesday is a small to medium sized event bringing together the crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending industry at local level.
Organized by the ECN, Glion Institue of Higher Education, Swisscom and the Swiss Finance and Technology Association, CrowdTuesday is targeted at those who are interested in crowdfunding as well as crowdfunding platforms, crowdfunding professionals and leaders, academics, policy makers and the financial industry. Participants will be able to network and listen to interesting talks from industry experts.
For this third edition, CrowdTuesday will feature keynote speeches from representatives of Creditgate24, Splendit, Lendico, Swisslending and Differencelab, among others.
Participation is free of charge.
Fintech Careers: Recruitment and Selection
May 9, 2017
University of Zurich, Zurich
Organized by the Swiss Finance + Technology Association, the Fintech Careers: Recruitment & Selection event is targeted at those who are interested to work in the area of fintech or related themes.
The Swiss fintech ecosystem is starting to thrive with new companies forming, new jobs being created, and many transitioning from traditional roles to something new. The interest to work in fintech-related roles is growing and so is demand for passionate and innovative people.
The event will feature presentations from representatives of Swisslinx, Credit Suisse and Advanon.
Alternative Lending Conference
May 10, 2017
SIX Convention Point, Zurich
Organized by Lendity and SIX, the first Alternative Lending Conference is targeted at professional investors, financial advisors, family offices and institutional investors.
The event will allow participants to learn more about peer-to-peer lending, marketplace lending, crowdlending, balance sheet lending, as well as the risks and opportunities related to these emerging business models and digital platforms.
Over 10 key industry leaders from Switzerland and around the globe are confirmed for the conference including representatives of the Swiss Exchange, Cashare, PwC, Creditgate24 and Upstart, among many others.
Swiss FinteCH Quantipian Meetup Events
May 18, 19 and 20, 2017
Quantopian is coming to Switzerland and working with the Swiss Finance + Technology Association to host three meetup events on May 18, 19 and 20.
The first meetup will focus on basic statistical arbitrage and will cover the statistics that ground the trading logic when conducting pairs trades and discuss how to find pairs. The presentation will be delivered by Delaney MacKenzie, the director of academia of Quantopian.
The second meetup will focus on how innovation is changing the investment management industry and the opportunities that fintech brings.
Finally, the third meetup will be a workshop on algorithmic trading. The event will give participants the ability to create and backtest basic trading strategies and will show them algorithmic trading tools to use.
Quantopian is a crowd-sourced quantitative investment firm. It provides capital, data, a research environment, and a development platform to algorithm authors (quants).
Fintech Trade Finance Briefing Day
June 7, 2017
Hotel President Wilson, Geneva
The Fintech Trade Finance Briefing Day conference aims to explore technological innovations in trade finance and understand how these advances can enhance operating models.
The event will focus on helping the trade finance industry understand the impacts and opportunities related to innovations such as blockchain, machine-learning, and the Internet-of-Things on their businesses.
Key themes will include data management and trade finance, blockchain in banking and digital platforms, among many others.