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future events

St. Andrews day event in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise

29th November 2018

Round table event for Dublin-based businesses and Scottish fintech. This will be an opportunity for Scottish fintech firms to meet with a series of significant potential clients, to understand these companies’ needs and to demonstrate their skills.

First round table 11am – 1pm

Followed by:
A round table event for Scottish fintech firms to meet Irish fintech firms. This will be a continuation of the process started in Edinburgh whereby the fintech businesses of both countries will share their experiences in product development, sales and client engagement.

Second round table 3pm – 5pm

Financial Services in rural locations

Killarney – 18th January 2019
INEC Complex

In association with the Killarney Economic Conference, a session on running financial businesses from rural locations.

Time TBC
Tickets available from the KEC website

EVENT IN DETAIL

Fintech Roundtable: Data & Techfin

Dublin – 29th November 2018
The British Embassy – 29 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

First round table 11am – 1pm
Second round table 3pm – 5pm

We are pleased to announce the formation of the next roundtables to be led by the Scottish Irish Finance Initiative (‘SIFI’) on 29th November 2018 at the British Embassy in Dublin, Ireland in partnership with Scottish Development International and Fintech Scotland.

The invitation-only roundtable sessions follow on from the sessions held in Edinburgh in September. In the morning session, Pete Townsend from SIFI partnered with EnterpriseIreland to lead a morning roundtable on fintech with the wealth and asset management sector.  In the afternoon session, SIFI and Fintech Scotland brought together Irish and Scottish fintech firms for a summit on lessons learned from selling to institutional buyers.

One of the recurring themes of the day in Edinburgh was the shared responsibility for data standards between the wealth and asset management sector and fintech firms.  Before fintech firms can convert data into useful insights, the first priority is to cleanse and then aggregate the data they receive from disparate sources such as the legacy systems of institutional clients and 3rd party data vendors.  The degree to which the products of our fintech participants rely on data cleansing and aggregation tools depends on their value proposition and their client base.  Having found this common ground, we’d like to explore this theme further.

For the upcoming roundtables, we’re going to flip fintech around to ‘techfin’, which is the next-generation tech that powers finance. Techfin can be things like artificial intelligence and machine learning tools, data analytics, cyber and blockchain/DLT (amongst others), but when applied to financial disciplines. The thing about techfin is that the tech works across multiple verticals, from finance to medical to retail and manufacturing and beyond.

The participants in the first roundtable will be some of the more innovative thinkers across the broader international financial services sector in Ireland and 6-8 of the leading data-driven tech ventures working with the financial sector in Scotland.  Our aim is to discover how we find value in the massive data sets stored in the legacy systems of institutional firms for the benefit of the end customer.  

EVENT IN DETAIL

Fintech Roundtable: Data & Techfin

Dublin – 29th November 2018
The British Embassy – 29 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

First round table 11am – 1pm
Second round table 3pm – 5pm

Our objective is to answer the following questions:

1 How do techfin providers step into the hundreds of silo’dlegacy systems and convert unstructured data into useful insights?

2 How do techfin providers combine their customers’ data with that of 3rd party financial data providers to enrich these insights?

3 How can we overcome any obstacles to financial services firms working more closely with techfin providers?

4 How do we ensure that all of this activity adds value for the end customer?

Ultimately, the overall goal is to increase commercial activity and collaboration between the financial sectors in Ireland and Scotland by matching up those in need of solutions with those that can provide them.

For the second roundtable, we are bringing together representatives from 12-14 Irish and Scottish tech ventures/SMEs to dive into how we find value in the massive data sets stored in the legacy systems of institutional firms.  The aim is to share lessons learned, with a focus on data acquisition, corporate compliance and the hurdles startups face when dealing with institutions.  Ultimately, we will keep in mind the overall objective of delivering value to the end customers of financial institutions.

As we’re running these roundtables in succession (with a break for lunch for the participants in our morning session), we will share the key themes from the morning session with the participants of the afternoon session.

We expect the overall day will be another positive step forward in the relationships we’re all building together. Following the roundtables, we will produce a report on the key themes and distribute it to all participants to help promote greater commercial activity and collaboration between the financial services, fintech and techfin sectors.

Finally, we are organising a tour of Dogpatch Labs for the Scottish representatives for the morning of the following day, Friday, 30th November.  Dogpatch Labs is one of the leading startup incubation hubs in Ireland and are incredibly supportive of the Dublin startup community overall.

past events

Edinburgh round table event

Edinburgh – 16th November 2018
PwC Edinburgh offices

A successful meeting with Irish Minister Michael D’Arcy and Scotland’s finance industry

PWC EMEA Asset Managment Conference

Dublin – 19th October 2018

Thought leadership articles will be available after the event.

Kate Forbes MSP engagement with Fintech academics

Dublin – 19th October 2018

Thought leadership articles will be available after the event.

Irish and Scottish fintech company summit

Edinburgh – 27th September 2018

Thought leadership articles will be available after the event.

Irish Minister Michael D’Arcy’s visit to Edinburgh

Edinburgh – 16th November 2018
Aberdeen Standard Investments Edinburgh offices

A successful meeting with Irish Minister Michael D’Arcy and Scotland’s fund management executives.

Introduction to the Irish Funds industry

Dublin – 19th October 2018

Thought leadership articles will be available after the event.

Irish fintech/Scottish asset management round table

Edinburgh – 27th September 2018

Thought leadership articles will be available after the event.

Fintech Mini Conference

Edinburgh – 6th June 2018

A discussion of the benefits and opportunities of a common focus between Scottish and Irish financial services industries.

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