- FinTech Australia Member's Meetup - Melbourne
FinTech Australia has recently undergone some change and it is now time to build on the success of the last two FinTech Australia has recently undergone some change and it is now time to build on the success of the last two years and make Australia one of the world’s leading markets for fintech. Now is a great time to come together for an informal catchup to hear the fintech communities insights, updates and meet a new community member. Rebecca Schot-Guppy, General Manager, Alan Tsen, Board Chair, Melissa Mack, Director of FinTech Australia and your local board members will be in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Queensland to connect with the FinTech Community and wider fin services community. The events in Sydney and Brisbane were a success! We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne on March 13th, 2019.
- Community Networking
We are missing some old school networking and a chance to hang out with the Fintech community! Join us on the 13th of November at Australia's most epic innovation hub Stone & Chalk for a community networking night. Get up to date with what is happening in industry, what entrepreneurs are building and what corporates are working on. It could also be a great opportunity to connect with talented people you can collaborate with. For this session, our supporting partners will be: - Fintech Australia - Stone & Chalk - CTRL Group - Decred We look forward to hosting you all and please share the event on your socials!
- The latest from ASIC’s Innovation Hub & APRA too!
Learn about ASIC’s approach to innovation and the services and resources ASIC has available for fintech businesses. ASIC’s Innovation Hub exists to foster innovation that could benefit consumers by helping Australian fintech start-ups navigate the regulatory framework. A range of speakers will discuss ASIC’s experience working with fintech start-ups to date, and ways you can engage to promote good outcomes and create efficiencies. The session will explore topics including: * ASIC’s approach to innovation * Informal assistance available for fintechs, including resources, tips and pointers for start-ups * ASIC’s experience with fintechs applying for AFS and credit licences * International engagement and networks * ASIC’s new regtech funding * ICOs and crypto-assets * Also hear an update from APRA on its experiences and tips for engaging with its Licensing Unit There will plenty of time for Q&A and feedback as well. If you're interested in learning about For more on the Innovation Hub visit: asic.gov.au/for-business/your-business/innovation-hub/
- ASIC, AUSTRAC and ATO discuss regulatory view on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)
Stone & Chalk Melbourne (Goods Shed North)
There has been a lot of hype around Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and Cryptocurrencies there remains uncertainty on how ICOs and cryptocurrencies are viewed by local regulators. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) and the Australian Tax Office (ATO) are convened in a Regulators public session to share and discuss the regulatory view on ICOs and crypto. This is your opportunity to hear directly from the regulators as well as asking the important questions relating to ICOs and crypto such as: · What are ICOs and what are the warnings the regulators are giving? · Can I do my own ICO in Australia? Do I need a license? · What's the tax treatment of crypto currencies and what tax issues arise for ICO’s? RSVP below, spots for this event are limited.
- Fintech Pitch Night @ the Goods Shed North
We're hitting the ground running in 2018 with a pitch night at the new Goods Shed North fintech hub with Stone & Chalk. It's a stunning venue which will eventually seat over 300 entrepreneurs as the Victorian centre of fintech. Join us as you hear the pitches from up to 6 exciting early stage fintech startup companies. Here's the line up so far: * Roll-it Super: Roll-it Super helps great employers to financially empower their employees. We make it easy to manage everyday money and switch to the best performing funds to maximise your super money as well. * Gig Super: Super for the self-employed. Manage your cash flow, minimise tax and grow your nest egg, all whilst getting on with doing what you do best. * OnTrack: An innovative, first-to-market solution to help solve problems and create differentiated value to the under-serviced retirement needs of the mass market If you're a early stage fintech startup company and would like to pitch, email us at [masked] with details of your business. Arrival time is 6pm, see you all on the night!
- AgUnity: Enabling 1bn small farmers with blockchain devices
There is no better example of disruptive fintech in the developing world than David Davies and team at AgUnity. AgUnity provide blockchain enabled smartphone devices to smallholder farmers in developing nations to make trusted transactions and keep secure records. Backed by billionaire investors and organisations such as the World Bank, AgUnity have active sites in Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Myanmar. So far they have helped farmers to increase their incomes up to 3x while also improving productivity - all through solving the issue of trust in conducting commerce. As a champion of the intersection between fintech and agriculture, come and hear the story of AgUnity and how their good work is helping to change the developing world. Schedule: 5:45pm Drinks & networking 6:00pm Q&A with David Davies from AgUnity 7:00pm Close of night
- LUNCHTIME: H2 Accelerator Info Session - Data, AI & Fintech
Applications are now open for the H2 Accelerator (https://h2.vc/accelerator/), and H2 Ventures are looking for 16 teams that are building products and services focused on the Data, Artificial Intelligence and Fintech spaces. Come and listen to a brief overview of the H2 Accelerator and what you can expect from being a part of it. The H2 team will also talk about what they are looking for and finally will give some tips on how to give yourself the best chance of getting into the program. About H2 Ventures & The H2 Accelerator Since 2013 we have been operating the H2 Accelerator, Australia's only dedicated Data, Artificial Intelligence and Fintech accelerator, with the vision of cultivating a critical mass of talented people to work on world changing ideas. The H2 Ventures Accelerator Program runs for 20 weeks with 16 teams (typically 2-3 entrepreneurs per team) invited to join the Program in each intake. Successful teams are based in H2 Ventures Sydney offices for the duration of the Program. Companies H2 has helped grow include Stockspot, Equitise, Simply Wall St, Macrovue, HashChing, Spriggy, Deposits.org, Valiant Finance, Edstart, Birch Finance, Tapview, LoanDolphin, DishMe, DiviPay, Goodments, InsideSherpa, Nod and Reji. Applications are currently open for the sixth round of the Accelerator which will commence on the 1st of February 2018, apply at https://h2.vc/accelerator
- The UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) David Geale on fintech regulation
In partnership with the UK's Department for International Trade (DIT) we’ll be joined by David Geale of The UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for an exciting in depth discussion on how the UK continues to be a world leader in fintech regulation. As the Director of Policy for the UK's FCA, David set up 'Project Innovate’ (https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/fca-innovate) and is one of the world's top experts in balancing innovation and financial regulation. David Geale's visit is part of a growing relationship between the UK and Australia to share best practice to innovative fintech companies in both countries. The aim is to provide greater support to companies from financial regulators, as they seek to enter the other's market. Join us for an night of great learning at Melbourne's Stone & Chalk and SproutX - Melbourne's home of fintech. Sponsored by:
- Stone & Chalk Melbourne Community Launch
Stone & Chalk Melbourne Community Launch Stone & Chalk has landed in Melbourne and we’d love to have you along to help us welcome them to the Fintech Melbourne community. Come and join us for a few drinks and nibbles to launch Stone & Chalk Melbourne and hear about what they’re working on here in Melbourne to help grow the thriving Victorian ecosystem. A Little About Stone & Chalk Stone & Chalk is Australia’s leading fintech innovation hub - connecting fintech startups with corporate mentorship, capital, programs, and customers. In the past two years alone, Stone & Chalk has seen a phenomenal $180m in equity raised, across 94 startups and 325 residents, and have seen 24 startups graduate, with 13 now exporting. Australia is truly paving the way for fintech in the world, and Stone & Chalk, is helping to lead the tribe. We’re excited to be welcoming Stone & Chalk to Melbourne! Schedule for the night 5.30pm - 6.00pm: Doors open and networking 6.00pm - 6.30pm: Stone & Chalk Melbourne 6.30pm - 8.30pm: Networking We look forward to seeing you at the event!
- Meet the fintech regulators - ASIC, Austrac, APRA and RBA
As a first time for the Melbourne fintech community, representatives from the major regulators ASIC, Austrac, APRA and RBA will provide an update to their innovation initiatives and explain how fintechs can navigate the regulatory landscape. For fintech startups and corporates, this is an event not to be missed! Regulation is absolutely key to not only the success of a fintech concept, but even just getting it off the ground. Topics discussed include: - ASIC's informal assistance, sandbox, international network and regtech - Proposals for a phased approach to licensing banks - New Payments Platform update - Public/Private partnerships to combat financial crime ...and more! RSVP now for one of biggest events in the Fintech Melbourne calendar. Sponsored by: