One Broadway, 5th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
August 31, 2017
3:00 – 8:30 PM
ABOUT THIS EVENT
FinTech Connect 2017
Save the date for Venture Cafe’s FinTech mini-conference, “Disrupting Wall Street”, taking place on August 31, 2017. This special ‘conference night’ event seeks to bring together the brightest minds who are building, funding, and innovating in the Greater Boston area’s FinTech Community. Join us for the evening to examine the shifts happening in payments, blockchain, lending, robo-advisors, insurance tech, and real estate. Come prepared to not only hear the best ideas and see the latest technologies but also to participate in building Boston’s FinTech innovation.
FinTech Connect is hosted by Venture Cafe and brought to the Greater Boston community by:
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
3:00 – 8:30 PM NETWORKING
3:00 – 5:00 PM OFFICE HOURS
4:15 – 5:15 PM REVERSE PITCH (Presented by Brandeis International Business School)
5:30 – 6:30 PM ENTREPRENEURS’ PANEL
5:30 – 8:00 PM STARTUP DEMOS
6:00 – 8:00 PM COMMUNITY FLASH TALKS
6:45 – 7:45 PM INVESTORS’ NIGHT OUT (Ask Them Anything)
Early stage ventures and prospective entrepreneurs have an opportunity to sign up for Office Hours during this event. Entrepreneurs may sign up for 30-minute consultations with a variety of experts.
Appointments can be made on a first come, first served basis. Any cancellations will require 48-hour notification in order to accommodate entrepreneurs who have been placed on a wait-list. No-shows are frowned upon in the VenCaf community and we reserve the right to disallow future appointments for repeat offenders.
Sign up for Office Hours here: https://venturecafecambridge.org/book-office-hours/
Special Office Hour Appointments (FinTech Connect only)
During FinTech Connect, two Boston-area FinTech experts will be on hand to advise entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs on building and launching a venture in the space. Reservations will open on August 11, 2017, and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.
FINTECH REVERSE PITCH (Presented by Brandeis University)
Using the Reverse Pitch to Fill Gaps, Expand Ideation & Find Partners
Presented by Brandeis University, Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship at Brandeis International Business School
A reverse pitch is a request for input or expert opinion to solve an innovation challenge. A bank or fintech startup may ask an academic team to analyze or audit a model or dataset or to develop or test an algorithm. Or an industry leader may seek specific technologies from a startup. It’s a method for targeted expert-sourcing. Understanding this process can fill critical gaps, generate ideas, and help build connections with potential industry partners.
Brandeis International Business School offers such interactive programming between graduate students, start-up firms, and corporate partners. Their core strengths are in finance and predictive analytics and are ideal for partnerships with FinTech innovators. Student consulting teams, led by faculty, also conduct market research and help develop business plans.
Led by Debarshi Nandy, this interactive panel and pitch will feature case studies on how the reverse pitch process works. We will then give start-ups and others a chance to pitch their needs to the community.
Brandeis Student Teams
How I Built It: Navigating the Hurdles of Building a FinTech Startup
A few of the area’s FinTech startups will share their latest success milestones as well as how they got started, failures along the way and strategies that helped navigate the hurdles of building a FinTech venture.
Venture Cafe demos are a great way to gain exposure through our online and offline channels. During our FinTech Connect event, Venture Café will give a selection of the area’s start-ups, inventors and researchers an opportunity to showcase their work to the Boston community.
COMMUNITY FLASH TALKS
Are you a subject matter expert in the FinTechspace (entrepreneur, investor, service provider, etc)? Submit your idea for a session during our FinTech Community Flash Talk. These sessions will be community-generated, lightening sessions comprised of 30 minutes of content and 15 minutes of networking for each session.
“Identity & Personal Data as an Asset Class”
6:00 PM l Kathmandu (4th floor)
Presenter: Daniel ‘Dazza’ Greenwood, MIT Media Lab
“The New Face of Asset Management”
6:45 PM l Kathmandu (4th floor)
Presenter: Christina Qi, Domeyard LP
“FinTech: Bringing Transparency to Financial Services”
7:30 l Kathmandu (4th floor)
Presenter: Patrick Boyaggi, RateGravity
“Are Robo-Advisors Disrupting Wall Street? The Data, The Facts, and The Future”
7:30 PM l Darjeeling (4th floor)
Presenter: Sophia Lin, Keel.io
“Semantic Mapping for AI-based Integration Initiatives”
6:00 PM l Darjeeling (4th floor)
Presenter: Andreas Randow & Jeff Maclaren, Mond Cloud
“It’s Not Just About the Tech”
6:45 PM l Darjeeling (4th floor)
Presenter: Susan Parente – Tier One Partners
INVESTORS NIGHT OUT
Ask Them Anything
We are breaking away from the panel and giving entrepreneurs one full hour to ask investors anything. Patterned after the popular Ask Me Anything (AMA) model, we have secured a selection of Fintech VCs and angels to offer insights into building a successful venture, partnering with legacy finance companies and more.
This will be a high-demand session. In order to attend, please complete this form: http://bit.ly/fintech_ata
Investors include the following:
Brandeis International Business School
Liberty Mutual Ventures
Mass Mutual Ventures
Hyperplane Venture Capital
DCU Fintech Innovation Center
Debarshi K. Nandy
Brandeis International Business School