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Hong Kong FinTech Week 2018

The Hong Kong FinTech Week is the world’s first cross-border FinTech event, taking place in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. It is one of the biggest conferences on the calendar, attracting more than 8,000 senior executives and featuring over 200 of the world’s top FinTech founders, investors, regulators, and academics who are influencing the future of financial services by driving a technological revolution in the industry across the globe. MEDICI is glad to be the knowledge partner for this spectacular event.

The Hong Kong FinTech Week is an initiative of InvestHK, the Hong Kong Government’s department responsible for Foreign Direct Investment and for supporting overseas businesses’ setup and expansion in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong FinTech Week is organized by Finnovasia, Asia’s largest and most active FinTech community.

The Hong Kong FinTech Week will run from October 29 to November 1 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, before moving to Shenzhen on November 2.

Main topics

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Blockchain & DLT

  • FinTech in China

  • Greater Bay Area Collaboration

  • Virtual Banks

Other topics

  • RegTech & SupTech

  • InsurTech

  • Open APIs

  • Payments

  • Talent & Culture – Transformation

  • WealthTech & Investments

  • Financial Inclusion

  • IPOs & Funding

Highlights

Day 1 & 2 – Finovate Asia (Mon-Tue, October 29 – 30, 2018), Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

Finovate, a prominent international FinTech event running in Europe, US, and the Middle East, is now part of the Hong Kong FinTech Week. It brings together the entire global FinTech community to showcase cutting-edge banking, financial, and payments technology in a unique, short-form demo format. Get advice and insights from FinTech experts in an expanded program.

Days 3 & 4 – Main Conference (Wed-Thu, October 31 – November 1, 2018), Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

Two days of major conference and expo, with four stages, 100+ exhibition booths, and 200+ speakers from across the world – the Hong Kong FinTech Week truly brings the East and West FinTech community seeking its business expansion to Hong Kong, China, and the APAC region.

The Fast Track Program, organized in partnership with InvestHK, is planned to aid established FinTech companies who are presenting at the Hong Kong FinTech Week 2018, start and scale their business in Asia using Hong Kong as a launch pad. Key features will include on-site consultations, startup academy, and an opportunity to pitch at the Fast Track Demo Show.

Selected companies will go through the program by meeting and following up with the relevant stakeholders including the government, regulators, investors, venture capitalists (VCs), accelerators, associations, and institutions in one simple track.

The FinTech Deal Floor will provide a platform for FinTech startups to meet with the right people for investment opportunities, collaboration, funding, and more. To help bring everyone together, there will be business matching via a mobile and desktop app, allowing founders to plan and organize their business meetings two weeks in advance.

Innovation Lab tours

A brilliant opportunity to visit key innovation labs, hubs, accelerators, and incubators across Hong Kong – facility tours will be arranged to meet important staff to understand their roles and focus on building the Hong Kong FinTech Ecosystem.

Day 5 – Shenzhen (November 2)

The Hong Kong FinTech Week 2018 will move to Shenzhen on November 2 for a networking lunch with government officials, senior company executives, venture investors, and FinTech founders. This will be followed by in-depth visits to the headquarters of WeBank, Tencent, and ZhongAn with networking activities. During Shenzhen Day, participants will be able to meet key Mainland players to explore potential business opportunities in Shenzhen and the broader Greater Bay Area.

Speakers

Keynote speakers and panelists will include leaders from Lufax, WeBank, Ant Financial, Tencent, JD FinTech Institute, Ping An (Mainland China), R3 (US), Grab Financial (Singapore), Fidor Bank (Germany), WeTrade (Ireland), Tinkoff Bank (Russia), Revolut (UK), and NuBank (Brazil).

Dr. Kai Fu Lee, world-renowned expert of artificial intelligence and Founder of the two-billion-dollar Sinovation Ventures Fund, will give a closing talk in Hong Kong at the FinTech week’s Main Conference on Thursday, November 1.

The Head of FinTech at InvestHK, Mr. Charles d’Haussy, said, We’ve adopted ‘Launch • Leap • Lead’ as a tagline. Hong Kong is the ideal place for FinTech companies to launch their business in Asia, after which they can take the leap to grow and expand outward, and then lead in the world of FinTech as so many other Hong Kong-based companies have done.

Founder & CEO of Finnovasia, Mr. Anthony Sar, said, It’s going to be the world’s first cross-border FinTech Week full of exciting events across Hong Kong and Shenzhen. We are bringing over 200 world-class speakers with 100 hours of high-quality content, including founders and CEOs of over 12 unicorns and some of the fastest-growing companies around the world.

Hong Kong has been working hard to establish itself as a leading FinTech hub. The government has led many initiatives to boost FinTech innovation, nurture FinTech talent, and facilitate collaboration between industry stakeholders. According to InvestHK, this event will highlight the hottest industry developments along with the potential of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

To follow the latest programs and speakers of FinTech Week, please visit fintechweek.hk.

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