National series of fireside chats, keynotes on FinTech

New financial technology can break cycle of poverty

TORTONTO: Bank accounts. Credit cards. Loans. For more than two billion people around the world, these basic financial tools are out of reach.

But innovations in financial technology – or FinTech – have the potential to break the cycle of poverty. New technologies at the forefront of the FinTech revolution, such as mobile banking, can unlock new opportunities for the world’s poor, by providing access to new markets and promoting financial inclusion.

The Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Invest Ottawa, and MaRS are bringing together the FinTech and international development community in Canada like never before, in order to foster new collaborations, increase community engagement, and share knowledge. If you work in finance or technology in Canada or overseas, you need to be here.

The MaRS #FinTechCA series is crossing three cities in three weeks—Ottawa, Vancouver and Montreal—for a national series of fireside chats and keynotes to address the latest technology trends, global opportunities, and regulatory changes rocking the financial world.

You can hear from and network with top Canadian venture capitalists, FinTech entrepreneurs, the international development community, and the MaRS FinTech team.

To be discussed are:

• What does the future of FinTech look like from an innovation and regulatory perspective?
• The flow of venture capital into Canadian FinTech
• What do VCs look for in FinTech companies?
• FinTech in the global context: what opportunities exist?
• Which Canadian cities are making an impact on the FinTech ecosystem?
• How FinTech can help alleviate poverty globally.
• How can we nurture more innovation and investment in FinTech?
• How is MaRS bringing together the major players in FinTech?
Arti Modi, CEO, LendingArch | @artimodi_

Among the main speakers are:

  1. Adam Nanjee, Head of Financial Technology, MaRS Discovery District | @adamnanjee
  2. Tim Attia, CEO, Slice Labs | @TAttia
  3. Laurence Cooke, Founder & CEO, nanoPay | @laurencecooke
  4. Glenn Campbell, Director, Financial Institutions Division, Financial Sector Policy, Finance Canada
  5. Benoit Destouches, Finance Director, Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance
  6. Karen Letain, Director of Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa | @kletain

The MaRS FinTech cluster connects the financial services sector with startups developing next generation technology in emerging payments, financial services, peer-to-peer transactions, alternative lending and crypto-currencies. MaRS offers high-growth fintech startups the most comprehensive set of resources in Canada. Through a strategic network of partners, the FinTech cluster supports entrepreneurs with rapid validation, access to investment, product feedback, sales opportunities and business advisory services. – CINEWS

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