FinTech: A Practical Introduction

Programme Code: CRS-N-0044987


The financial services industry has come a long way from books, ledgers, and even calculators.

Fintech has not only disrupted but is defining the industry, making great strides in improving how corporations and consumers are managing their money. By giving them greater access to information and making data processing more efficient, Fintech enables every member of the financial ecosystem to make more informed buying, selling and investing decisions.

As Fintech continues to evolve, it has become more important than ever for financial professionals to understand how it works and its effects on the industry from a micro and macro perspective. Constant updates and continuing education have therefore become indispensable to making the most of every opportunity presented by each new Fintech development.

FinTech represents the technologies which are disrupting traditional financial services, including mobile payments, money transfers, loans, fundraising, peer-to- peer lending, and crowdsourcing. It presents traditional finance with unprecedented challenges through waves of new, innovative ideas which are having an increasingly sizeable impact on global finance and how as businesses and individuals, we conduct our financial matters.

Led by an expert in financial technology, this course offers insights into the financial technology revolution and disruption. It provides participants with the opportunity to understand the origins of FinTech and factors that have led to its creation and influence. Importantly, it offers insights into how FinTech is pushing boundaries and shaping finance. 

Next Course Starts On09 Apr 2019 (Tue) See Full Schedule
Fee SGD856.00* (as low as SGD96.80* after maximum funding) Learn more

1 day



Learning Objectives

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

  • Understand the FinTech landscape, its segments, regulations & ecosystem
  • Know the current FinTech and Investment trends
  • Appreciate financial institutions’ stand on FinTech disruption 

Who Should Attend

Business function and/ or IT managers, and working adults seeking to gain an appreciation of artificial intelligence and its applications in the business world.


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

Fees and Funding

SkillsFuture Series 

Course fee grant at 70% of course fees (excluding GST) for participants who are successfully enrolled by SMU into approved courses under the Programme. Participants must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents.

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy ("MCES")
Up to 90% of course fees for Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs ("ETSS")
Up to 90% of course fees for employees of SMEs who are Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents

Workfare Training Support Scheme ("WTS")
Up to 95% of course fees for Singapore Citizens aged 35 years and above (13 years and above for persons with disabilities) earning a monthly income of not more than S$2,000.

SkillsFuture Credit
Singapore Citizens aged 25 and above, and self-funding may use their SkillsFuture Credit (up to S$500) to defray part of the course fee. Please click User Guide on how to submit your claim. SkillsFuture Credit claims may be submitted by logging in via

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.


Full Fee: S$856 per participant (including GST)


Nett fee payable after SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) Funding:

  • S$256.80 (including GST) for Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents
  • S$96.80 (including GST) for Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above


Start Date(s)
Intake Information
intake 16 April 2018 (Completed)
intake 220 July 2018 (Completed)
INTAKE 331 October 2018 (Completed)
INTAKE 49 April 2019 (Open for Registration)

Speaker/Trainer Bio

Joel Ko Hyun Sik
Founding CEO, Marvelstone Ventures

An Affiliate Faculty member of the SMU Academy, and an investor and serial entrepreneur, Joel's lifelong goal is to invest in and support 10,000 innovative individuals and companies around the world. The purpose is to bring sustainable and smart development to global communities, including via the use of artificial intelligence (AI). As the President of Marvelstone Group, with speciality in PE/VC investments, he develops various businesses and accelerates portfolio companies with a focus on AI, FinTech, and Smart City innovations. Recently, leveraging his experience as the co-founder of the world’s largest FinTech hub LATTICE80, Joel is passionately committed to launching an AI hub globally.

Joel has written widely on the topic of AI, FinTech, Blockchain, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship for publications including The Business Times, Yahoo, Tech In Asia and Singapore Business Review, and has volunteered actively as a mentor for startups. As an Affiliate Faculty atthe Singapore Management University (SMU), he lectures on AI and FinTech. He is also a seasoned speaker at international conferences on those topics, and was selected as a LinkedIn Power Profile (Top 8) for Singapore in Finance in 2018. Joel holds an MBA from the National University of Singapore Business School.


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