Hong Kong raises the Fintech Week bar

Fintech festivals – too many, too frequent! At some point in the near future, we will have to say – enough!

2017 might well be seen as the year when industry, governments, venture capital money and event organizers flood the markets with too many Fintech-focused festivities. Afterall, it’s nearly the same set of topics, the same set of speakers, and the same set of attendees (in each market).

So why keep hashing the same banana? MONEY! Just Q1 2017, KPMG pegs investments flowing into Fintech at US$3.2 billion across 260 deals. It might actually be slowing judging from the trend but its still big money.

Figure 1: Global investment activity (VC, PE and M&A) in Fintech companies

Global investment activity (VC, PE and M&A) in Fintech companies

Source: Pulse of Fintech Q1’17, KPMG

Hong Kong might be setting a new high bar in terms of how much governments are willing to push the financial services industry on the Fintech brink. This year’s Hong Kong Fintech Week is not one week but three weeks rolled under one week (not sure if my Calculus is handling the Math right).

Week 1 called Hong Kong Fintech Week is from October 23-27 covers start-up funding to IPO, China Fintech, Blockchain and artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, RegTech, InsurTech and WealthTech, plus Belt & Road.

Week 2 called Fintech and U (October 30 to November 3) focuses on Fintech in education and Hong Kong’s burgeoning Fintech talent pool.

Week 3 is actually just a 2-day (November 7-8) jam by FinovateAsia with the usual pitches and speeches from industry luminaries and wannabees.

Fintech Innovation will, of course, bring you some of the highlights from the event.

In case your appetite for these pomp and circumstance runs deep and you got time to travel around, the list of similar events in the region include:

Jun 26-28, 2017

Money 20/20 Europe 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark

Jun 26-28, 2017

Future of Fintech

New York, USA

Jul 7-14, 2017

London Fintech Week 2017

London, UK

Jul 18-20, 2017

M2Banking & Fintech Latam 2017

San Franciso, USA

Aug 1-6, 2017

Silicon Valley Fintech Week

San Matero, USA

Aug 21-25, 2017

New York Fintech Week

New York City, USA

Sep 20-22, 2017

FinTech APAC Connect2017

Singapore

Nov 13-17, 2017

Singapore FinTech Festival

Singapore

Jan 24, 2018

FinTech Conference & Exhibition 2018 Dubai

Dubai, UAE

Mar 13-18, 2018

Money20/20 Asia

Singapore

 

Wait for 2018, when Indonesia runs its own Fintech festival and conference. Nigeria will likely have a follow-up to its Fintech & AI Nigeria Forum held earlier on April 24, 2017. Over to Europe is the Webit Festival Europe slated for April 24-25, 2018.

Enough?

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