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.