Fintech Innovation Programme

“Money is not everything, but is probably just second to oxygen”

The world of finance is intricately linked to our lives, and is responsible for driving the global engine of value creation. Our ability to understand the world of global finance is the single most critical skill that can leverage our ability to effectively use resources for optimising our personal, professional and organizational success. The world of global finance is changing rapidly with new innovations providing us with new financial opportunities. The Fintech Innovation programme is designed for giving an overview of the world of Financial Innovations that are taking place.

The programme will provide you with the following insights:

  • An overview of the entire financial service value chain and their intricate relationship
  • Innovations in payment infrastructure and services that can be utilised by today’s digital enterprise.
  • The emergence of blockchain based decentralised cryptocurrencies
  • The development of Central Bank Digital Currencies
  • Innovations in Insurance sector
  • Wealthtech and innovative ways to balance your portfolio for long term growth
  • Big Data and Machine Learning in the financial sector for enterprises to gain competitive advantages
  • Open Banking and Alternative banking systems that are challenging incumbent banks
  • Alternative lending systems
  • Social Responsibility and ESG

This programme will take place in the evenings including conceptual lectures as well as presenting you with insightful case studies from the industry. You will be supported to develop your own unique project to apply knowledge of fintech applications to your own business or entrepreneurial idea.

Who is this course meant for?

In today’s era of great economic and financial disruption, it is vital for all working professionals to have a deep understanding of the innovations taking place in the financial sector. Hence this course is designed to be a broad based overview for any professional whether he is an engineer, manager, technician, entrepreneur or whether connected to financial services.  This course is designed to bring you up to speed with the latest in financial innovations and give you a taste of the emerging enterprises and startups in the financial space, while providing you a deeper insight to our global financial ecosystem. Prior knowledge of finance based education or work experience in the financial industry is not a requirement.

Format of the course?

One of the unique features of this course is to have a mix of an in-depth theoretical lecture followed by a real life industrial case study for each topic. This will provide a deep understanding for the participants for all of the key aspects of the fintech revolution.

The course will take place at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal as a hybrid classroom and simultaneous video conference format. This means you can participate in the programme whether you are in Lisbon or anywhere in the world. You will also have access to the class recordings in case you miss a particular session. Thus this programme is aimed for a global audience and designed to provide you with maximum flexibility for your participation.

The course will be provided in English and Portuguese based on the composition and preference of the students.

Capstone Project

The students will be encouraged to identify one of the topics covered in the programme to develop their business case. This could be based on a real life existing business or a conceptual business idea. Students can work in teams or individually (in case they want to develop the application for their own business). Our team of professionals will provide you mentorship for the development of your business idea. You will present this final project in the last class.

Certification of “Expert in Financial Technology”

All students participating in the programme will be given a participation certificate for the programme. However those students who will participate in all the lectures and will apply the skills acquired in the Capstone Project will be given a certificate of “Expert in Financial Technology” by NOVA Executive Education.

Ricardo Ribeiro
Chief Transformation Officer at Montepio Crédito
Co-coordinator Fintech Innovation Program.


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