• Mature start-ups from across the globe invited to demonstrate solutions to real business challenges
• Applicants stand the chance to compete for the chance to receive global recognition and prize money
06 August 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) and KPMG have come together to launch the first ever FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge on 22 October 2017 in Abu Dhabi to enable start-ups to access industry-leading solutions that may help entities address emerging business challenges in the financial services industry.
The Innovation Challenge, as part of the inaugural FinTech Abu Dhabi event on 22 and 23 October 2017, includes an intensive five week program, which will allow innovative and mature start-ups to conceptualise and present market-ready solutions that can address real business challenges identified in the financial services industry in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.
During the programme, 10 finalist teams will work on developing solutions to specific problem statements, divided into six focus areas: Financial and Investment Management, Financial Inclusion, RegTech, Trade Finance, InsurTech and Private Capital Markets.
The finalists will showcase their solutions at the FinTech Demo Day in Abu Dhabi to a panel of industry experts. Each finalist will benefit from a number of different sessions, including start-up initiation and mentoring sessions, opportunities to enter or expand into the MEASA financial services sector and join adoption programs and collaborative ecosystems in the MEASA region, access to guidance and support from industry leaders, subject-matter experts and regulatory authorities, and fast-tracked consideration for admission to ADGM’s Regulatory Laboratory (RegLab) programme. They will also win a US$15,000 cash stipend to cover any costs associated with travel matters and/or accommodation.
Mr Wai Lum Kwok, Executive Director (Capital Markets), Financial Services Regulatory Authority of ADGM, commented: “We are excited to team up with KPMG in developing and organising the FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge. This is a great opportunity for FinTech start-ups to interact with the brightest minds in the industry to leverage the guidance and mentorship of industry experts to come up with solutions to address and solve some of the sector’s challenges and pain-points. As part of ADGM’s FinTech collaboration with the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the winners will be able to participate in the Singapore Hackcelerator event to demonstrate their innovative solutions.
As an International Financial Centre and leading FinTech Hub, ADGM will continue to keep its finger-on-the-pulse, listening to and anticipating the needs of our market, working closely with our FinTech bridges and partners, and maintaining an open and conducive ecosystem that is relevant today, and builds the economy of tomorrow.”
Mr Umair Hameed, Partner, Financial Services, KPMG in the Lower Gulf said: “The FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge is truly a progressive initiative for the industry, and KPMG along with ADGM is very pleased to be able to lend its support and assist emerging start-ups in the region to achieve their objectives. The industry has a responsibility to support and encourage innovation, especially across start-ups in the UAE in line with the UAE Vision 2021 which aims to transform the country into a diversified, knowledge-based economy.
“Together with ADGM, KPMG will use the combined strength of our renowned Financial Services sector insight and our global network of expertise to help prepare and equip mature start-ups for the competitive business environment ahead of them.”
Individuals and mature start-ups with a working prototype and go-to-market strategy are encouraged to apply to the FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge via https://matchi.biz/Abudhabifintech. The call for submissions for the program is already open and submissions will be accepted until 25 August 2017.
Two Innovation Challenge winners will be announced on 22 October 2017. These winners will have the opportunity to demonstrate their solutions at the upcoming Global FinTech Hackcelerator in Singapore.
The FinTech Abu Dhabi event is a platform for financial institutions, FinTech start-ups and participants, investors, regulatory agencies and the business community to network, collaborate and exchange knowledge in FinTech developments in Abu Dhabi, the wider MEASA region and on an international level. The event will include a Summit, Innovation Challenge, Demo Day, and FinTech Awards presentation.
About FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge
Apply now to the FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge if you are a start-up with a mature solution and want to expand into the Middle East, Africa & South Asia (MEASA) region. To register for the Innovation Challenge, please go to https://matchi.biz/Abudhabifintech or www.fintechabudhabi.com. For the Problem Statements, please click on www.fintechabudhabi.com
Application Window: 6 to 25 August 2017
About Abu Dhabi Global Market
Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), an international financial centre located in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, opened for business on 21 October 2015.
In line with the Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision, ADGM is a natural extension of Abu Dhabi’s role as a reliable and responsible member of the global financial community. Strategically situated in Abu Dhabi, home to one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, ADGM plays a pivotal role in positioning Abu Dhabi as a global centre for business and finance that connects the growing economies of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
ADGM’s three independent authorities, the Registration Authority, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority and ADGM Courts, enable registered companies to conduct business in a zero-percent tax environment and operate with confidence within an international regulatory framework with its own independent judicial system and legislative infrastructure based on the Common Law.
Established by a UAE Federal Decree as a broad based financial centre, ADGM’s foundation is anchored on three of Abu Dhabi’s strategic strengths - private banking, wealth management and asset management and will continually expand its financial services in response to the needs of its businesses and marketplace. For more details of ADGM, please visit www.adgm.com or follow us on Twitter: @adglobalmarket, @FinTechAD, #FinTechAD, and LinkedIn: ADGM
About KPMG International
KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 152 countries and have more than 189,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.
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