Kent Fergusson, Business Systems Manager at Aon, shares some insights into the company’s connection with FinTechNZ:
Q: What is Aon doing in the FinTech space? A:We are continuing to find ways to serve our clients. Our amazing, talented technology team are always looking for new ways to collaborate and partner with start-ups and challengers.
Q: How do you see financial services changing in the next five years? A:A lot will change in the next five years. We will see greater access to data, alongside the development of new services, enabling a continued focus on client-centricity and product creation. Combined with real-time access to the right information, the digital realm will open up possibilities for both existing firms, and new entrants, to reimagine the financial services space.
New Zealand is the leading provider of insurance broking, risk management and associated services both in New Zealand and globally. Through access to New Zealand’s largest and most trusted insurers, Aon designs and places insurance for individuals, small to medium businesses, corporate and agri business.
We pride ourselves on protecting all different kinds of New Zealanders, from young families through to the diverse businesses and farms that the success of our economy is built on. Our experienced brokers understand their clients’ needs to provide an extensive range of broking and financial services at a local, regional, national and global level.
We continually invest in our professional talent, technology and the development of specialised products to serve our clients in all major industry groups. We are proud of our people, past and present, and value having a strong presence in New Zealand business and in our local communities. Aon is a long-time supporter of a number of sports and cultural organisations, helping them strive for excellence and achieve their goals.
• Aon has over 900 employees across 77 offices worldwide.
• The company was established in New Zealand, 1995 but has been known globally as Aon since 1987.
• Aon’s global vision is to be universally recognised as the premier risk and human capital management advisory firm.
Neil Roberts, Founder and Joint CEO of Harmoney, shares his top tips for securing seed capital in the FinTech sector:
After innumerable capital-raising rounds for several businesses over more than three decades, my approach to the process has evolved: wisdom and maturity will do that. What hasn’t changed much is the mindset of the investor to whom the business founder goes, cap in hand, to ask for money to realise a dream. The investor wants things – and what they are depends on the nature of the business and the type of investor. In business, new ground is being broken all the time, but if you’re a start-up founder in need of capital, following these rules will mean avoiding some rookie mistakes:
James Brown, General Manager of FinTechNZ discusses how Blockchain could become a key enabler of Open Banking.
There’s recently been a lot of talk in the news about Blockchain and how this new technology is going to transform the world. I often get asked the question “do you have any live examples of it being used in everyday life?”
At a recent lunch jointly hosted by FinTechNZ and one of our founding members IBM we explored this, and discussed how Blockchain could become a key enabler of Open Banking.
An overview of the recent FinTechNZ delegation’s trip to London FinTech Week, by Andrew Dentice, Senior Associate at Hudson Gavin Martin.
Following on from the Lord Mayor of London Charles Bowman’s visit to New Zealand, FinTechNZ sent a delegation to London FinTech Week, to strengthen the bond between NZ and the UK (and in particular London). London is arguably the leading hub for FinTech globally, and the UK market is a natural fit for New Zealand FinTech companies looking to expand, given its size and similarity in terms of culture, legal system, and an affinity for technology and innovation.
In June, I attended the Future of FinTech conference in New York City, where global FinTechs and traditional financial services firms alike took the stage to discuss the changing face of financial services. I’ve always been passionate about the future of finance, and being there confirmed my theory – FinTechs still believe they can disrupt incumbents by improving everything from investing and lending, to insurance and financial advice.
Rick Brown, FinTech and Growth Advisor, shares his experiences from the recent New Zealand payments industry conference:
I recently attended The Point 2018, the bi-annual New Zealand payments industry conference hosted by PaymentsNZ. The event was a who’s who gathering of the NZ payments industry – from software vendors, terminal providers, payment schemes, regulators and banks – with FinTech rock stars Dave Birch and Chris Skinner thrown in for good measure. It’s a unique opportunity in our industry for connections to be made and new collaborations to be explored, and certainly it didn’t disappoint. Both conference days were full out take outs across different elements of the payments landscape. My highlights were: