Financial Technology (FinTech)

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The emerging Financial Technology (FinTech) industry—one of the leading start-up sectors—offers many opportunities for students to enhance their employability and improve their career mobility. At UB, students can choose multiple ways to gain new skills, expand their networks, and learn about entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship in FinTech.

The FinTech Design Challenge

During this virtual week-long event, student teams from UB and other institutions learn about entrepreneurship through action-learning experiences. This program, led by Startup and Innovation CoLab powered by Blackstone LaunchPad, includes daily discussions and presentations, opportunities to immediately apply this knowledge, mentoring and coaching from industry experts, and a final pitch presentation.

FinTech Switch

This 7-week competition lets students work independently and in teams to solve a challenge the FinTech industry is facing. The winners of the competition unlock a spot at an exclusive invite-only meetup with recruiters. FinTech Switch was created collaboratively by UB’s Career Design Center with industry experts including M&T Bank and NOTA, coaches through The CoLab powered by Blackstone LaunchPad, and faculty from throughout the university.

A Cross-Disciplinary Approach

UB’s FinTech programs are presented in partnership with the Career Design Center, School of Management, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, UB Libraries, and the Office of Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships powered by the UB Innovation Hub.

Key Dates For The FinTech Challenge

Application deadline: 1/7/2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Program dates: 1/10/22-1/14/22

  • 1/10 + 1/11: Learning sessions hosted 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT and 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
  • 1/12: Pitch session + team formation:  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • 1/13: Team initial pitch session with Reactors to offer additive feedback:  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. EDT
  • 1/14: Final pitch competition:  3-5:00 p.m. EDT

Team work sessions encouraged during the non-scheduled time.