FD & Luiss Business School together for a new fintech generation

The two institutions share their know-how in a new project of higher education to understand
and govern the logic of the sector

The Italian fintech ecosystem has good growth prospects but among the obstacles towards development, identified by the Bank of Italy, there is the lack of qualified personnel. Scholarships are provided by Fabrick

With global growth prospects of $124.3 billion by the end of 2025 and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.84%, fintech represents the present and the future of financial services. In spite of the gap with the main European countries, the Italian ecosystem has good evolutionary prospects, but among the obstacles to for development identified by the Bank of Italy in its latest survey on the sector is the lack of qualified personnel. In this context, characterized by an increasing collaboration between traditional operators and innovative companies, Luiss Business School – recognized for its experiential and innovative teaching methodology and for the training of profiles with skills immediately usable in the world of work – and Fintech District – the international community of reference for the fintech ecosystem in Italy – have decided to act synergistically, designing and implementing the Flex executive program in fintech.

Starting in May 2022, the advanced training program is aimed at banking professionals, investors and entrepreneurs interested in understanding the developments and logic of the sector, as well as viable business strategies. Delivered in English with the flex formula, which combines educational excellence and flexibility, it provides 90% of the lessons in through distance learning and the rest in presence in Amsterdam at the international HUB of the Luiss Business School. The program is divided into 6 modules and is enriched by seminars and testimonials, insights on the main market sectors, practical applications and company presentations through the involvement of international innovation ecosystems.

Participants will have an in-depth understanding of the sector at 360°: technology and its impact on the financial sector; the frictions that fintech aims to eliminate; regulation and regulatory changes; new business models based on collaboration and co-creation. Scholarships are made available by Fabrick, a reality that operating internationally to promote open finance, to which the Fintech District belongs.

Enzo Peruffo, Associate Dean for Education, Luiss Business School states: “The advent of Fintech has brought such a disruptive innovation it has made it necessary to rethink the strategies for the future of companies, banks and financial intermediaries. If, on the one hand, companies that are active in the sector are enhancing their offer of digital services, which are increasingly flexible and customizable, redesigning the customer journey, on the other hand, the size and unavoidability of the phenomenon has generated the need to activate appropriate policies and regulations. In addition, and also in light of these profound transformations, operators in the sector will be called upon to re-skill themselves in order to acquire the financial-digital know-how that this training course is, in fact, aimed at building.”

Alessandro Longoni, Head of Fintech District states: “Fintech has demonstrated its strategic role in the evolution of financial services. The strong digital acceleration the pandemic has brought, now requires a change in approach and skills of professionals in the financial world and this comes to be, first of all, through training. We need professionals who know how to govern the new market logics in order to recognize and anticipate future developments. The spread of a culture of innovative financial services is one of the objectives of Fintech District. Thanks to our experience and contacts with the most important Italian and international fintech companies, we can contribute concretely to the training of figures able to support the growth of the industry so that it does not remain a topic for a few experts but is increasingly perceived as a sector able to improve the life of the community and the entrepreneurial fabric. For this reason we are proud to launch this Master together with an accredited and cutting-edge partner such as Luiss Business School”.

Want to know more? Write to tudor.sava@fintechdistrict.com

The first international Master course on Fintech & Innovation starts in Italy

Fintech District is the ecosystem partner of the first international Master on Fintech & Innovation in Italy, structured by Fintech EduLab and LUMSA Master School and which will start at the end of October in Rome at the LUMSA University. Starting off from the trends and demand for skills in the sector, the Master, led by internationally renowned teachers and mentors, will aim to form a class of selected students who will closely explore the themes of Fintech and Innovation.

“For us, being an active part of this initiative means giving more opportunities to young people and creating the conditions in which the Italian Fintech ecosystem can grow, becoming more competitive at an international level, thus making the whole country grow” commented Alessandro Longoni, head of Fintech District, explaining the reasons for which we have joined this initiative.

The Master will last 12 months, during which lectures, workshops, business cases, project work and internships will alternate. The lessons can also be followed online. Students will have the opportunity to meet some of the most interesting European fintech companies during a trip to London and Oxford.

The idea of creating this project was born observing how the continuous and growing development of the Fintech sector is giving birth to new professions not yet present in the current job offer.

“This is why it is important to update in the educational field, so that the new generations can have access to training courses which give them more employment opportunities, making available in the field of work in the coming years the profiles that Fintech companies already require today – affirmed Longoni – As well as there being a point of access to the Italian Fintech for international stakeholders, we are also a reference hub for those working in Italy at Fintech. Dialoguing with the members of our community and with the major players in the sector operating in our country, we have noticed that they have difficulty in finding people with a suitable preparation for this new sector. We believe that this Master can give an answer to this need “.

Organized by Fintech EduLab and LUMSA University, this master was also realized thanks to numerous partners who have accepted this challenge in the educational field. Among the corporate partners that have recently joined we can find Fabrick, financeAds, Housers and Medici.

The Master, structured in collaboration with the Center for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship (London), Instilla (Milan) and SuperCharger Fintech Accelerator (Hong Kong), as educational partners, is supported by BorsadelCredito.it, Circle, Curvegrid, Endeavor Italy, Fabrick, Finecoq Limited, financeAds, Housers, KPMG, Doctors, Moneyfarm, N26, Opportunity Network, Oval Money, Regtech Canada, Supernovae Labs, Traction Management and Virtual B. Media partner of the Starting Finance project.

For information and registration: HERE

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