FinTechNZ Newsletter – August 2018

Jackie Clark
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This month we shine the spotlight on SMEs, as many FinTechNZ members are startups, or work with small businesses. Our Auckland Connect event, sponsored by MYOB, was a great success, and demonstrates there is a lot of support for SMEs in the financial sector. It was great to hear from Sharesies and Harmoney on their unique journeys. We hope to see you at the Wellington event August 29.

Make sure you read our news section this month with top tips on securing seed capital from Harmoney, tech inspiration from Xero, and a great offer from IBM to help startups scale, and see the full event line-up for August here.

Flux have been helping us develop the FinTech landscape map; if you want your organisation included please get in touch. Early applications are open for Flux Cohort III – a great opportunity for those in the startup phase looking to receive a capital injection.

FintechNZ continues our own growth path; developing partnerships both here and overseas. Only last week we signed an M.O.U. with Stone and Chalk in Sydney – adding value to New Zealand companies looking to do business in Australia, and vice versa. Our objectives are to make partnering easier and support joint activities such as delegations to Singapore or the UK.

As part of our growth plans we’re looking forward to co-hosting the NZ Fintech Summit, the premier FinTech conference in New Zealand. As we build the programme many exciting opportunities for members are becoming available; please get in touch to discuss options.

Discussions have begun with Minister for Investment for the UK Graham Stuart, including the opportunities available for New Zealand and the UK with a post-Brexit Free Trade Agreement, focussing on services leaning towards FinTech. This is a fantastic opportunity for New Zealand companies in this space, so please get in touch  if the UK is part of your overall strategy.

In other international news, we’re now part of a supercluster of global FinTech associations, more details will be announced at FinX in October.

As our growth continues along with the FinTech sector’s development, please ensure you complete the FinTechNZ member survey sent earlier this week; your valuable insights will help us to best support our growing member base.

Regards

James Brown
General Manager

Connect with FinTechNZ
in Wellington this month

NZ Fintech Summit 2018
Register for the 29 November

EVENTS

Join us in Wellington 29 August for the final FinTechNZ Winter Connect event, and discover what’s happening in the SME space within the sector.

Taking place this evening in Auckland EdTechNZ’s The Future of Education is Now, register now if you want to attend.

Attend the NZ Fintech Summit, 29 November at the Pullman in Auckland. The premier FinTech conference in New Zealand is brought to you by FinTechNZ and FINNOTEC. FinTechNZ members please contact us to arrange a discount.

With the High Commissioner for Hong Kong to connect with New Zealand companies, we are looking to take a small number of companies up to Hong Kong for Hong Kong FinTech Week at the end of October. If you are keen to explore Hong Kong  as an option please get in touch asap.

Bridge that Gap with InsurTechNZ September 5 and learn about innovation in the changing insurance landscape.

Attend the 2018 NZ Cyber Security Summit, 18 October in Wellington. Super saver price ends 29 August.

Attend the Peer Academy Learning Symposium September 4. Use code FRIENDSOFFTNZ for 20% off before 24 August.

Attend Blockworks 2018, 12 October in Auckland, showcasing the practical applications of Blockchain Technology.

The FSF CONFERENCE 2018: “DRIVING EXCELLENCE” October 10 focuses on proactively setting standards of responsible lending to drive excellence in the sector.

Registrations are now open for the Canterbury Tech Summit, being held 12 September.

Attend the FSC Shaping Futures conference 6-7 September, the Financial Services Council (FSC) and Workplace Savings NZ (WSNZ) national conference featuring a FinTech Alley.

Attend the Sibos Conference in Sydney 22 – 25 October Enabling the Digital Economy, which reflects the far-reaching transformation of banks and other financial service providers as they adjust to the realities of a digital world.

Register for the Australian Payment Summit: Payments in the Platform Economy 26 – 27 November 2018.

Attend the Global Payment Summit 2018  “Payments as a Global Village”, held in Kuala Lumpur 19-20 September.

Request an invitation to the Blockchain South 2018 Leadership Summit October 2 and 3.

Small Businesses can connect with experts at the 2018 Government Roadshow – Taking Care of Business this month visiting Manukau, Queenstown, Dunedin, Christchurch and Westport.

NEWS

Read the Special Report from the Central Bank Payments Conference (CBPC) , including an update on Cross-Border Payments in the 21st Century.

Read the MYOB Enterprise Insights Report Transforming the Mid-market, focussing on the business sector below enterprise, with more than 20 staff, and a yearly revenue of more than $5 million. Also, find out how cloud solutions support SMEs.

There’s an exciting opportunity for an experienced Partnerships Manager to support the delivery and growth of Techweek, a national festival of innovation that’s #goodfortheworld.

MEMBER NEWS

Kent Fergusson, Business Systems Manager at Aon, shares some insights into the company’s connection with FinTechNZ.

FinTechNZ new member Xero shares developments in the FinTech space, while Sam Daish, shares his thoughts on the development of AI in the accounting sector. While Xero’s Small Business Insights provides a real time snapshot of the SME sector’s health.

Neil Roberts, Founder and Joint CEO of Harmoney, shares his top tips for securing seed capital in the FinTech sector.

IBM is committed to supporting and accelerating local emerging tech companies through the Global Entrepreneur Programme. Get up to $120K in IBM Cloud credits to access services like AI, blockchain and data science to build leading-edge solutions.

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