Be part of Scale-Up New Zealand

Jackie Clark
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In April, Callaghan Innovation launches Scale-Up New Zealand, a free online platform with verified information on Aotearoa New Zealand’s vibrant innovation ecosystem.

Created from a model that is hugely successful overseas, Scale-Up New Zealand will make it faster and easier for ambitious businesses to find and connect with people and capital and other help they need to grow.

Scale-Up New Zealand will showcase our innovative businesses, along with the investors, incubators, accelerators, multinationals and others who support or partner with them.  It will also create opportunities for investors and multinationals to connect with innovative New Zealand businesses.

The platform will increase the profile of your company to a local and global audience, and it will make it faster and easier for you to connect with investors, incubators, accelerators and companies you could potentially partner with.  You will be able to use the platform to ask for facilitated introductions to key people and create meaningful connections.

Scale-Up New Zealand will also allow you to conduct market research and validation.  For example, you can analyse other companies in your industry or those in your target market, look at historic funding round information and improve your understanding of market trends in the New Zealand innovation ecosystem.

Learn more and register to be part of Scale-Up New Zealand.

NZ facing unprecedented fintech changes this year

Jackie Clark
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Industry News, Media Release

Auckland – New Zealanders will experience more unprecedented changes in financial technology in 2019 like never before, FintechNZ general manager James Brown says.

Brown says Kiwis will see some amazing new developing trends this year, such as financial unbundling gaining momentum which will drive more competition and more transparency as New Zealand has witnessed in the life insurance sector.

“It’s all happening this year. We will see new investment platforms will emerge like Sharesies and now Hatch, which now offers customers the opportunity to buy shares in the US Wall St stock market, Brown says.

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Join InsurTechNZ at the Envest TechTank

Jackie Clark
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Industry News, InsurTech

Join the Kiwi delegation to ANZIIF Insurtech Conference, including Jason Roberts, James Brown, Kai Dwyer, Andrew Dentice and other InsurTechNZ members.

Do you have an InsurTech that could bring strategic impact to the insurance industry? It’s not too late to be involved.  You have one week left to submit your pitch for an opportunity to join us as an Envest TechTank participant on 26 February. This is your chance to collaborate with our Australian counterparts, transform thinking, influence digital innovation and drive new customer value.

Submit your pitch by Friday 8 February for your chance to join us.  Up to five entries will be selected to present to the audience, who will help to pick the winner. Winning is based on the InsurTech who stands to have the most strategic impact. Full details and prizes are outlined here.

View the full list of speakers here, with many familiar faces from the InsurTechNZ team presenting.

 

NZ heading to become a cashless society

Jackie Clark
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Media Release

Auckland – Wearable technology will be the next major financial tech change for consumer to pay for goods and services, FintechNZ general manager James Brown says.

New Zealanders need to look beyond the card or phone for just making simple transactions, such as iris eye recognition as a method of identifying people, he says.

“Kiwi small to medium businesses should consider a strategy around non-cash payments. Sweden has been highlighted as the number one contender for going cashless with Australia not far behind and it could go cashless by 2020.

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Hitting the ground running

Jackie Clark
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FinTech Newsletter

Happy New Year everyone I hope you had a great break and are coming into 2019 refreshed and ready to go.

I met with RBS just after the new year and am pleased to tell you that they are very keen to host FinTechNZ when we travel to the UK. Currently we are looking at a number of options, London Tech Week, Innovate Finance and London FinTech Week. If you have plans to visit the UK in 2019 please do get in touch and we can coordinate our agendas.

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The Year That Was

Chantal Thomas
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FinTech Newsletter

We’ve come hurtling into the holiday season at full speed with the first FinTechNZ Executive Council meeting and the first International Relations Working Group meeting taking place in the last week. Thank you to Mitchell Pham for continuing as FinTechNZ Chair for another term, your knowledge and guidance is invaluable. Joining Mitchell as Vice Chair is Neil Roberts, Harmoney, welcome aboard.  2018 has seen our membership grow by 100%, and the focus for 2019 will be on delivering tangible projects.

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NZ Fintech Summit offers a journey of discovery!

Chantal Thomas
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FinTech

Last month’s highly engaging NZ FinTech Summit hosted a diverse range of speakers taking everyone on a journey of discovery and opportunity. Binu Paul, Finnotec shares the common themes that emerged from the summit:

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InsurTechNZ 2019 from Zero to Hero

Jackie Clark
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FinTech, InsurTech

Jason Roberts, Co-chair of FinTechNZ’s largest Working Group, InsurTechNZ shares highlights of the group’s activities for 2018, and a sneak peek of what’s to come for 2019: 

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Important vs urgent: Managing intangible asset risk

Jackie Clark
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FinTech

CEOs and managers often struggle to move beyond day-to-day business demands because the focus is “keeping the car on the road” rather than strategic or long term direction.

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FinTechNZ Newsletter – November 2018

Jackie Clark
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FinTech Newsletter

Welcome to the new FinTechNZ Executive Council; Chris Barton from Xero, Nicola Dorward from NIB, Neil Roberts from Harmoney and Tim Larkin from Dacreed who are joining us in 2019.

Thanks to all who attended the Annual Meeting, there was a great turnout and many insights were shared by the leadership team; a highlight – the association has achieved phenomenal growth in the past 12 months, with membership doubling from 77 members to 153 members in the year to September 2018.

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