May 2018 Newsletter


May has been an action packed month for FINTECH Circle! Our two new books The INSURTECH Book and The WEALTHTECH Book both went to #2 on the Amazon best seller lists before the hard copies became available. With these pre-orders fulfilled they are now in stock and available to deliver to you.

A special thanks to the hundreds of people who have taken part in the writing, editing and printing of the books. We were delighted to received pictures and videos of the first books being printed and dispatched. The hard copies are of a fantastic quality and a great experience to finally receive them after so much hard work.

You are invited to join the Global Book Launch Events at the Shard in London:

  • Book your Ticket for The InsurTECH Book Launch event on the 11th June here
  • Book your Ticket for The WealthTECH Book Launch event on the 25th June here

You may remember in our last newsletter that we announced a Strategic Partnership with Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM) to bring our FINTECH Circle Institute Curriculum of both in-person and online fintech courses to the United Arab Emirates. Since then I have returned to the UK after a week running our first MasterClass and now currently planning for lecturers to return and deliver the next round of courses.

Thanks to all the startups who applied this month who are looking for early stage seed funding. We are currently going through the applicants and look forward to seeing the best new FinTech companies based in the UK who are preparing to enter the market. Our Selection Days take place next week and Coaching Day mid June for our top finalists.

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FINTECH Conferences

  • Berlin, 28 – 29 May BlockShow Europe Powered by Cointelegraph showcasing innovative Blockchain solutions bringing together the global Blockchain community.
  • London, 30 – 31 May Fintech World Forum Focuses on Mobile Payments, Lending, Insurance, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Investment, InsurTech, RegTech, Money, Mobile Banking and Wealth Management.
  • Peru, 30 – 31 May FinTech Conference Latam This conference, powered by Google and Alta Ventures is a one-of-a-kind event in which financial leaders and innovators converge.
  • Johannesburg, 6 June Finnovation Africa: South Africa  A different kind of event, deconstructed and shorn of all the usual, tired formats of the traditional convention.
  • London, 11 June The INSURTECH Book launch – Don’t miss the best InsurTECH Celebration of 2018 and get your complementary copy of The InsurTECH Book signed by all co-authors and editors!
  • London, 11 – 17 June London TechWeek Attracting over 55,000 attendees to 300 plus events London Tech Week is a unique opportunity to gain exposure to the largest and most engaged tech audience.
  • London, 13 June Tech Nordic Advocates Best of Nordic & Baltic Fintech Summit.
  • London,19 – 20 June Insurtech Insights Conference Insurtech Insights is the event at the center of the revolution of the Insurance industry. Promo code Circle25
  • London, 25 – 26 June MoneyLIVE Capitalising on 25 years of experience and brings together digital, technology and innovation experts from across European banking and beyond.
  • London, 25 June The WEATHTECH Book Launch – Don’t miss the best WealthTECH Celebration of 2018 and get your complementary copy of The WealthTECH Book signed by all co-authors and editors! 

What would you like to learn today?

Check our two new courses out this month:

Insights of Advisory Board Members On building a FinTech ecosystem, tips and tricks on growth and innovation and the different skills needed for success.

Clarity: Make your message hard to ignore Baldwin Berges It is crowded, distracting, and noisy out there! That is why earning the ongoing attention of your target audience with a clear message has never been more important.

Search through our diverse range of online video courses across InsurTech, RegTech, WealthTech, Blockchain, AI, Enterprise Innovation and Startup Methodologies. All our online courses are bite-size and self-paced – so you decide how you like to learn about the future of finance.

Don’t miss our latest Interviews with Advisory Board Members Dr. Chris Coleridge, Cambridge Judge Business School and Associate Prof. Dr Markos Zachariadis, University of Warwick Business School.

Latest courses

ETF 2.0: AI and the Rise of the Mega-Block? – ‘JB’ Beckett  An easy-to-understand introduction of how blockchain and Artificial Intelligence can address issues impacting investors today and the construction of Exchange Traded Funds.

How Connected Insurance and Insurtech are revolutionizing the insurance industry – Andrea Silvello  The class aims to explain the concept of Connected Insurance by briefly touching subjects like IoT, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

How to jump start your start-up – Bill Gourlay  Launching your new start-up venture is an exciting time, but with so many things to consider, how can you make sure that you start out on the right foot?

InsurTech Landscape:Business Models and Disruptive Potential – Dr. Florian Schreiber  Which aspects constitute a business model innovation? What is the meaning of disruption? How can we distinguish between technology-oriented competitors, enablers that promote the digitization of the insurance industry, and genuine disrupters that may fundamentally change the traditional insurance ecosystem?


Managing Platforms in Financial Services – Prof. Dr. Bjorn Cumps
Learn how to design, grow and manage a platform business. Fintech Partnerships Ecosystems, APIs & OpenBanking

Grandmaster The Fintech Chessboard – Lex Sokolin
Strategic Fintech Course on roboadvisors, AI, Chatbots, blockchain Initial Coin Offerings ICOs.

Digital Transformation and Convergence Ecosystem – Jean-Stephane Gourevitch
Learn about key drivers in digital transformation in Banking & Insurance. Course covers WealthTECH, InsurTECH, AI, Blockchain and IOT.

Fintech in Turkey – Melike Belli
Enroll in our FinTech Course on Banking in #Turkey. Learn about key Players and the Turkish Tech Ecosystem.

FINTECH China 101 – Allen Chen
Learn about the FINTECH Boom in China & understand Baidu Alibaba & Tencent’s strategies. How to partner with China


WealthTech and the Killer AIs – Richard Turrin
Learn how AI works with fantastic examples transforming how asset & wealth managers interact with clients.

AI Robotisation of Mutual Fund Selection 101 – ‘JB’ Beckett
Learn how Machine Learning & AI can revolutionize Mutual Funds selection & Portfolio Management.

Lead Generation for Wealth Managers – Frank Bertele
Build high-performing lead generation & client engagement engine to drive revenues. Includes wealth management private banking.

Beyond Robo-Advice – Vaughan Jenkins
Learn how fintech supports emotional client engagement. Covers Robo-Advice, Machine Learning and WealthTECH.

Robo-advisor is not a bot – Katarina Prozorova
Learn about the Role of AI in Robo Advisors, mind-machine interfaces and Wealthtech future trends.

 Uber Moment for Asset Management – Bolko Hohaus
How fintech & WealthTECH will transform active Asset Management. Covers Robo-Advisors, Blockchain and AI


Guide to Strategy and Branding – Yuri Poletto 
Learn how to apply strategic planning tools to your FinTech Business. Covers Brand Identity, Value Proposition, ROI, Insurtech.

The Insurance Evolution – Henrique Volpi
Learn how Insurtech initiatives are changing #insurance landscape with Data Analytics, AI and Blockchain globally.


FinTech Implementation Risk – Dimitri Anagnostopoulos
FinTech Course on Enterprise Innovation: Lessons on implementing new Tech while managing Risks & Behaviour.

Innovation Methods and Disruptive Tech – Sylvia Michalski
Learn about disruptive Fintech technologies via case studies in banking, insurance & capital markets, Insurtech.

Design Thinking Your Strategy – Claude Diderich
Learn how to apply Design Thinking to prototype & validate Fintech solutions and Business Models.

Disrupt Banking Business Model – Kamales Lardi
Learn how to evaluate impact of fintech disruption & jumpstart innovation. Create transformation Roadmap.

Fintech Customer Focus Secrets – Tibor Bedo
Become a Customer Research Expert: Scan your customer needs & improve products with data.

Mentoring in a FinTech Environment – George Vukotich
It’s not easy to build up your fintech startup. Learn about tools and how to find best mentors to make a difference


The EU General Data Protection Regulation – Peter Lancos
RegTECH Course to learn about GDPR, Data Protection, European Privacy Regulation & Compliance


Blockchain: Moving from POC to Reality – James Burnie
Start your Blockchain Journey today! Learn key concepts behind “Distributed Ledger” DLT in 1 hour

Cryptocurrency Deployment Fundamentals – Steven Dryall
Jumpstart your cryptocurrency project: Build platform community & achieve liquidity. #bitcoin BTC ETH Alts

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“With $1.9 Billion Investment, Former Baidu Unit Challenges Fintech Rivals – The financing will be used to develop new financial-technology platforms and to expand the unit’s presence in China’s financial ecosystem, Baidu said” Read more

“Fintech firm Izettle aims to raise £170m in Stockholm float – Izettle chief executive and co-founder Jacob de Geer told City A.M. the funds would be used to fund “pretty ambitious” expansion targets, while a listing would allow future fundraising for “potential M&A”, mergers and acquisitions” Read more


“DFSA expands fintech innovation testing programme – The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) announced the expansion of its Innovation Testing Licence (ITL) programme in response to continued interest in FinTech and the digital economy” Read more

“CFTC’s Fintech Innovation Initiative LabCFTC is Crowdsourcing Science Prize Competition Act – LabCFTC, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Fintech initiative, is requesting public input to gather ideas and topics for innovation competitions to advance the agency’s Fintech goals” Read more

That’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed our May newsletter!

Best wishes,

Susanne Chishti
CEO, FINTECH Circle & FINTECH Circle Institute
Co-Editor of The FINTECH BookThe WealthTECH Book and The InsurTECH Book