Industry updates: Flagship event opportunities, new MOU with Israel and Geneva and more!

With bushfires still devastating the country, I would like to recognise some of the measures that our members have taken to support those in need.

Intuit has pledged $1,000,000 USD to help with relief efforts and implemented donation matching through the We Care and Give Back program. NAB Bank has also given all employees an additional day of annual leave to be spent in a bushfire affected town.

Once again, I encourage everyone in FinTech to do as much as they can to support those in need. Whether that is helping at a food/supplies drive, volunteering at a relief shelter, donating or visiting an affected town.

International Activities

I am currently in Paris at the Paris FinTech Forum with the delegation supported by Austrade, Victorian Government and New South Wales Government. It has been a wonderful experience so far learning about the developments in Europe and UK and meeting numerous founders. Congratulations to everyone involved in putting together the mission.

April marks the two year anniversary of the Aus-UK Fintech Bridge as such FinTech Australia will be leading a mission supported by UK DIT to IFGS on April 20-21. Please stay tuned for the EDM announcing the mission in the coming week.

Flagship Events Opportunities

We have locked down venues for both Finnies 2020 and Intersekt 2020 and planning is underway. We already have a good amount of sponsorship interest – if you are looking for opportunities to work with us on these events, please see the prospectuses below.

Intersekt Prospectus 

Finnies Prospectus 

Payments and Opening Data Updates

There have been a number of key developments in both the Payments and Open Data working groups, please see below for more information. 

MOU signed with Israel and Geneva

We are happy to announce that memorandums of understanding have been signed with City TLV and Geneva Fintech. These partnerships will support integration and various initiatives between our ecosystems as well as aid in market access. In line with this, we encourage you to attend Tel Aviv FinTech Week in Israel, if you are interested in engaging with the region. More info in the events section of the newsletter. 

Rebecca Schot-Guppy,

General Manager
FinTech Australia

RBA’s Review into Retail Payments

The RBA is seeking submissions ahead of their review of the retail payments regulations in Australia. The RBA is looking to achieve the following:
– control risk in the financial system,
– promote the efficiency of the payments system
– promoting competition in the market for payment services

We are currently collecting member feedback on the issues paper in order for us to prepare a draft submission.

Senate Inquiry Update

We are still waiting on a hearing date with regards to the Select Senate Committee Inquiry. Once this is confirmed, we will ask a few members and Board members to represent the views of our submission along with Rebecca. Until then, we will continue to work with Senator Andrew Bragg on relevant issues.

For ongoing updates on policy and discounts to our events, sign up as a Friend of FinTech Australia member for as low as $150 per year. All benefits here.

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BMW Innovation Lab

Currently, BMW Group Financial Services UK is looking for innovative solutions that will positively disrupt the wider automotive finance industry and enhance its customer offering.
Application deadline closes on 9th February 2020.

Successful startups will benefit from:

  • Dedicated mentoring from BMW UK senior management
  • Scale-up advice from external subject matter experts
  • Opportunity to trial your product in a live environment
  • Office space in BMW UK headquarters in Farnborough

Application deadline closes on 9th February 2020.

Pause Fest

Pause Fest is the world’s leading festival of business and creativity. Pause Fest is an independent, industry-driven movement with a mission to bring diverse intelligence together to fuel the next generation forward. Pause Fest is designed for progress.
Check out the 2019 Pause Fest Aftermovie here.

February 5th-7th 2020
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
Melbourne, Australia

Explorer Ticket

Leader Ticket

Tel Aviv FinTech Week


Fintech Week gives you direct access to the Israeli ecosystem, and to Israeli innovation as well as the key global players and exposure to the very latest ideas, innovations and developments in fintech, helping you to position your business.

It’s an opportunity to meet the success stories of tomorrow and learn about the trends and disruptions that will shape the future of the industry.

February 9th-12th 2020
Tel Aviv

Setting up your business in North America: Consider Canada

The Digital Finance Institute (DFI) is a global technology think tank based in Canada. Ellis heads the Institute’s key initiatives — from building partnerships, supporting innovation development, growing the Canadian FinTech & AI communities, and managing international affairs. Events will be held in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Hear from Canada’s first Chief AI Officer, Ellis Odynn, about Canada’s advantage to launch your operations in North America.

Melbourne: Thursday, 13 February

Sydney: Friday, 14 February

India FinTech Festival

FF will be the yearly marquee event for FinTech in India. In 2020 it will target to host 5000+ FinTech delegates from 25+ countries comprising of 500+ FinTech start-ups, regulators, key financial institutes, tech companies, governments, industry bodies, corporates and students. 

March 4th-5th 2020
MMRDA Grounds
Mumbai, India

#ACCELERATERegTech 2020 

#ACCELERATERegTech 2020 is the premier RegTech event being run by The RegTech Association on 17 March in Sydney. The event will enable professionals to network with 400+ attendees from across the RegTech ecosystem and hear from thought leaders examining current regulatory and compliance challenges.
March 17th 2020
Doltone House, Pyrmont
Sydney, Australia

Venture Summit | West 

If you’re a Fintech startup seeking capital and exposure, or an investor seeking new deals, Venture Summit West is the event of the year you won’t want to miss.

Meet, interact and network with more than 1,300 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, industry execs and founders of venture-backed, emerging and early-stage companies.

March 23th-24th 2020
Santa Clara Convention Center
Silicon Valley, USA

Money 20/20 Asia

Money20/20 has always given audiences the clearest, sharpest view of the disruption agenda – it’s what’s made us the world’s most potent blend of people, tech, money and ideas. We stimulate new connections, new insight and new growth – at speed.

Money is changing; technology-fuelled disruption is everywhere.The pace is accelerating as a bold new future unfolds.

March 24th-26th 2020
Marina Bay Sands

QODE Brisbane 2020

QODE presents a highly curated two-day program with global experts and thought leaders that discuss major trends and issues, driven or affected heavily by technology.
March 24th – 25th 2020
Brisbane, Australia
Upcoming Events
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    August 17 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
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    September 7 - September 8

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