Jon Allaway, Accenture
Hong Kong - Applications will soon open for Asia-Pacific's fourth annual FinTech Innovation Lab, Accenture's 12-week program that helps early- and growth-stage fintech companies accelerate product and business development by gaining exposure to top financial institution executives.
"Fintech isn't new or hot, it's a basic requirement; it has to be a part of standard operating procedures for financial institutions today because if you're not innovating you're not keeping pace with what your customers want and you need to do for your business," said Jon Allaway, senior managing director at Accenture and the executive sponsor of the FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific. "But startups still struggle to meet senior executives of financial institutions unless they get an introduction through programs like our Lab."
The FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific is for entrepreneurs that are developing technologies for the financial services sector - particularly in the areas of big data; analytics and cognitive computing; security and identity management; risk management and compliance; digital marketing and social media; cloud; payments; blockchain technology; talent management; and, Internet of Things applications.
Chief technology officers and senior technology executives from the financial institutions will select up to eight of the applying fintech companies to participate in the Lab through a competitive process and will then provide them with intensive in-person mentoring in Hong Kong.
The principal financial institutions are: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Macquarie Group, Morgan Stanley, Nomura, Societe Generale, Sun Life Financial. In addition, supporting financial institutions and investment firms include: China CITIC Bank International, China Construction Bank, Manulife, Maybank, Point72 Asset Management, Siam Commercial Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG).
Applicants must have a working beta version of their technology. The Lab, which begins on August 21, 2017, will partner the chosen fintech entrepreneurs with senior-level financial institution executives and leading technology entrepreneurs, to help them fine-tune and develop their technologies and business strategies through a series of workshops, panel discussions, user-group sessions, networking opportunities, one-on-one meetings and presentations.
The Lab culminates in November 2017 with a Demo Day presentation by selected participants in front of an audience of venture capitalists and financial industry executives.
Applications can be made at www.fintechinnovationlab.com between April 24, 2017 and May 31, 2017.