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The NYU Stern Fintech Conference Goes Virtual in 20213 min read

On Friday March 5, NYU Stern’s Fubon Center for Technology, Business, and Innovation hosted Stern’s fourth annual Fintech Conference via a Virtual Zoom Webinar. The conference theme was “No Borders, No Barriers,” highlighting that technology has no passport. In line with that theme, the event featured an international slate of speakers from several countries, including the United States, Israel, India, Argentina, United Kingdom, California, and the Netherlands.

The conference was once again a smashing success with 1,200 registrants signing up for the virtual format, bringing together “top fintech scholars, forward-looking financial institutions, innovative fintech startups, and leading fintech investors” in the words of Kathleen DeRose, Director of the Fubon Fintech Initiative and Clinical Associate Professor of Finance at Stern.  This success is evidence of what is already widely known across the street: NYU Stern has become the leader in fintech amongst top business schools.

Professor DeRose, who served as emcee for the event, teaches courses in Foundations of Fintech and Entrepreneurial Finance, and spearheads Fintech initiatives at Stern, including fintech curriculum design, fintech joint research projects with industry and fintech events. She has also taught courses in Fintech and Global Investing at NYU Shanghai.

“Our 2021 Fintech Conference ‘No Borders, No Barriers’ brought together the diverse and growing NYU Fintech community of top Fintech scholars, forward-looking financial institutions, innovative Fintech startups, and leading Fintech investors. It’s an exceptional annual event because we make it possible for participants to travel across geographical, academic, and professional boundaries as they navigate their fintech future.”

Kathleen DeRose; Director of the Fubon Center for Technology, Business and Innovation, Director of the Fubon Fintech Initiative, and Clinical Associate Professor of Finance

The conference format included an opening keynote from Kunal Kapoor (CEO of Morningstar), two research focused sessions, two practitioner panels, an introduction into the NYU Stern Fintech Association, startup demos, and a fireside chat with Joel Cutler, Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, and NYU Stern Dean Raghu Sundaram.  These discussions covered a wide array of topics including ESG Investing, Bitcoin, the future of public blockchains, financial inclusion, investing accessibility, integration, AI systems, and enterprise innovation amongst others—with representation covering the largest global fintech firms. The Stern conference served as an opportunity to bring together industry practitioners with academics, which is not a guarantee at fintech industry conferences.

During lunch, conference attendees were also given the opportunity to mingle with startup founders, investors, and experts in various fintech verticals at 18 “Table Topic Executive Sessions” set up in breakout rooms. These rooms provided an opportunity for participants to have more direct conversations with experts on specific topics of interest and ask their questions live.  

MBA Students interested in fintech should keep an eye out for further workshops, panels, and fireside chats hosted throughout the year by both The Fubon Center and the Stern Fintech Association. The best way for students to stay connected, however, is to sign up for The Fintech Association directly. The Fintech Association works closely with the Fubon Center and offers leadership positions for students interested, access to relevant class offerings, events, job postings, alumni, and other opportunities to network.

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