A Postcard from Frankfurt: The Global InsurTech Roadshow

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FinTech

Article by: Kai Dwyer, Chief Executive Officer, Vallum Insure

Goethe Business School in Frankfurt, Germany, held a two-day Global InsurTech Roadshow on March 13-14, combining pitch-sessions and discussion rounds with international early-stage InsurTechs, where innovative start-ups compete for the Goethe InsurTech Award.

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Platformication: The platform economy has arrived

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Article by: Kristen Lunman, programme director for the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator

Platforms are ecosystems that deliver seamless and meaningful experiences for the digital generation. The economic and social activities facilitated by platforms offer the ultimate in convenience, and connect participants in two-sided markets. Take Apple for example: app developers on one side and app users on the other, both working together to generate value.

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NZ highly regarded for global tech talent

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FinTech, Media Release

Tech is the fastest growing and third biggest industry sector in New Zealand contributing more than $6.3 billion in annual exports and now other countries are chasing the cream of our tech crop.

NZTech board member and winner of last year’s New Zealand CEO of the Year Award, Leigh Flounders has been hand-picked by Dubai’s big bank Emirates NBD to take over as senior vice president, head of digital strategy.

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Kiwi company selected in women-only Australian tech accelerator

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FinTech, Media Release, TechWomen

A New Zealand start-up company, RIP Global, is among eight companies to be selected for the next women-only Springboard Enterprises Australia (SBE) accelerator programme.

SBE Australia, a not-for-profit with the first female-only startup accelerator in Australia, says the founders, lead successful businesses in industries including healthtech, agritech, real estate, wellness and fashion.

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New Zealand becoming global centre for Blockchain

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FinTech, Media Release

New Zealand is becoming a global blockchain centre, FintechNZ general manager James Brown says.

New Zealand is a living laboratory for global tech developments and inventions and Kiwis are producing blockchain businesses that have a global market place, he says.

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FinTechNZ March Update

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It has been another good couple of weeks, and we are pleased with the announcement that Hon Clare Curran has picked the first eight members of the Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Advisory Group.  It’s great to see Frances Valintine as the Chair; I am sure the group will look to other countries for some quick wins around how the group will work.

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Cybersecurity in a FinTech World

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FinTech

FinTech is a powerful ecosystem and it is a force for generating positive, innovative change across financial services. FinTech evolution is centred on innovative, disruptive technologies; innovations which have the potential to significantly enhance the cyber security profile of financial services once thoroughly tested. However, due to the emerging nature of some the technologies employed, it is possible that there can be unintended consequences, including vulnerabilities to cyber threats.

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Digital Nations 2030

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Last month, hundreds of delegates met at Digital Nations 2030, to shape the future of digital economies, governments and society. FinTechNZ’s Leigh Flounders facilitated the Future Finance Forum; he shares his event highlights below:

One of the most rewarding aspects of travel and interacting with different cultures, is the ability to subconsciously start to make genuine observations, rather than necessarily forming opinions.

Through this travel and breadth of global interaction, you are constantly bombarded with unique insights and conversations, that you may have otherwise not been exposed to.

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Open Banking for New Zealand: Are we there yet?

Georgia Taylor
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FinTech, Industry News

Open Banking is the ‘topic du jour’ in New Zealand FinTech circles, particularly with the United Kingdom (UK) initiative launching in January, and a wide-ranging Australian report recently released.

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GITA expand global opportunities for New Zealand

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FinTech, Media Release

The Global InsurTech Alliance (GITA) further expands its world-wide reach – connecting with new markets and bringing new opportunities for New Zealand InsurTech innovators seeking to collaborate and expand internationally.

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