FinTech & Innovation

Programme Code: CRS-N-0044203


With technologies come many new possibilities.

This module is part of SMU-CPA Australia Finance Game Changer Series.

Creativity paired with the rise of new technologies creates unparalleled opportunities for financial institutions. Across the globe, we are beginning to see how emerging players in FinTech are well positioned to reshape customer experience with new business models.

The words Innovation and FinTech are all over the media and locally, authorities have made great efforts in championing Singapore as a FinTech hub. So if you are working in the financial services sector, the following questions naturally arise:

  • What exactly is Innovation and FinTech?
  • How can you, in your established financial services company, enhance your products as well as your customers’ user experience through technology and human centered design?
  • Is your company prepared to compete and/or collaborate with new FinTech companies entering the financial services industry and how should you go about doing this?
  • Do you have the capabilities that are required to stay relevant for your clients and innovate to ensure your company moves towards a sustainable business model after the global financial crisis?

Integrating design principles, emerging technologies and new business models into your company’s digital ecosystem can help make your team think more holistically about your current and future customers’ needs and develop innovative value propositions without losing sight of current core offerings and revenue streams.

In this SMU Certificate in FinTech and Innovation course, you will find out the answers to the above questions through experiential learning and a mix of lectures, case studies, creative exercises, discussions, project work and class presentations.

Next Course Starts On06 May 2019 (Mon) See Full Schedule
Fee SGD3210.00* (as low as SGD363.00* after maximum funding) Learn more

3 days



Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the design mindset and how it can help to create new value in the financial services sector.
  • Learn how to critically assess new technologies and FinTech business models.
  • Understand how innovative efforts can be effectively set up and governed in a regulated financial services institution.
  • Grasp the fundamentals of Design Thinking and how it can be used in creative problem solving.

Who Should Attend

Front office / back office / IT manager engaging in innovating work practices and/or process in financial institutions 


An assessment will be conducted at the end of the course.

Fees and Funding

SINGAPORE CITIZENS BELOW 40 years old / PERMANENT RESIDENTSIndividual or Non-SME Sponsored$963*
Sponsored by SME1$363*
SINGAPORE CITIZENSAged 40 and above2$363*
Aged 35 and above, and earn <=$2,000 per month3$213*
OTHERS $3210*

* includes 7% GST

** Singapore Citizens aged 25 and above may use their SkillsFuture Credit to offset respective course fees
Up to 90% course fee funding for employees of SMEs under Enhanced Training Support for SMEs ("ETSS")
Up to 90% course fee funding under SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy ("MCES")
Up to 95% course fee funding under Workfare Training Support Scheme ("WTS")

Funding Incentives

1. SkillsFuture Series

Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents are eligible for 70% course fee funding (excluding GST) for successful enrolment into approved courses under the Programme. This funding is applicable to both individual and company sponsored participants.

Singapore Citizens aged 40 and above will enjoy 90% course fee funding (excluding GST).

2. SkillsFuture Credit**

Singapore Citizens aged 25 and above may use their SkillsFuture Credits (up to S$500) to pay for the course fees. The credits may be used on top of existing course fee funding.

This is only applicable to self-sponsored participants. Applications via must be made within 60 days before course commencement. Please click here for the user guide on how to submit your claim.

3. Absentee Payroll

Companies who sponsor their employees for the course may apply for Absentee Payroll via the SkillsConnect system. For more information, please visit SkillsConnect.


Start Date(s)
Intake Information
intake 524 to 26 January 2018 (Completed)
intake 625 to 27 April 2018 (Completed)
intake 75 to 7 September 2018 (Completed)
INTAKE 87 to 9 November 2018 (Completed)
INTAKE 96 to 8 May 2019 (Open for Registration)
intake 1016 to 18 July 2019 (Open for Registration)

Speaker/Trainer Bio

Daniel Liebau
Founder, Lightbulb Capital 

An Affiliate Faculty member of the SMU Academy, Daniel (Dan) is the Founder of Lightbulb Capital, the leading research and advisory firm with focus on Innovation in Finance. He is also a visiting professor at IE business school teaching "FinTech business models & valuation" in its top ranked Master in Finance program. In addition, he is a frequent speaker at seminars on Blockchain and Innovation in Financial Services.

Before starting the firm in 2014 in Hong Kong, Dan was Chief Operating Officer (COO) and an Executive Director of HSBC Securities (Singapore) Pte Limited. He was previously also the IT Head of HSBC's Investment Bank in Singapore and Japan. Dan has over 19 years of Investment Banking Technology experience at UBS in both Germany and the UK, Barclays Capital in both Singapore and Tokyo, as well as Close Brothers in Frankfurt, his hometown.

Most recently Dan was accepted as a PhD student within the Finance department of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University where he researches Blockchain and it's effects on Finance. Previously he graduated with a Master of Science in Innovation from Singapore Management University and holds a Master in Finance from IE business school.

Derek Ariss
Head of Innovation Education, Lightbulb Capital

Derek is Head of Innovation Education at Lightbulb Capital and is responsible for building the education practice, focusing on creativity, design thinking, technology, culture and mindset conducive to innovation in finance. He previously provided guidance to the company as an Advisory Board Member.

Prior to his current role, Derek was the Head of Innovation at LandLease. He was responsible for designing processes to deliver improved products and systems, nurturing a culture of innovation in Asia, and developing productive relationships with organisations that focus on innovation and growth. Before his position as Head of Innovation, he was Head of Retail Operations overseeing the retail assets managed by the company across Asia. Derek has over 14 years of experience in facilitation, marketing communication, public relations, property, and general management. Having worked in organizations such as Stockland and Burson-Marstellar, Derek also accumulated operations expertise in shopping centers, convention halls, museums, aquatic centers and gymnasiums. 

Derek holds an MBA in International Marketing and Strategy and Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from University of Windsor, Canada, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology (Honours) from McMaster University.

Additional Details

Guest speakers for earlier runs include:

  • Raghav Kapoor, CEO smartkarma
  • Veiverne Yuen, CIO Tryb Capital
  • Han Verstrate, CEO Otonomos
  • Tobias Fischer, Head Corporate Development Capital Match
  • TN Lee, Head of Business Development
  • Drew Graham, Head FinTech Strategy Standard Chartered Bank
  • Michele Ferrario, CEO Stashaway
  • Zennon Kapron, Founder Kapron Asia
  • Yvonne Zhang, Founder Aquifer Institute
  • Aki Ranin, Co-Founder Bambu


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