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 On24 May 2019 (Fri) 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

SINGAPORE CITIZENS BELOW 40 years old / PERMANENT RESIDENTSIndividual or Non-SME Sponsored$256.80*
Sponsored by SME1$96.80*
SINGAPORE CITIZENSAged 40 and above2$96.80*
Aged 35 and above, and earn <=$2,000 per month3$56.80*
OTHERS $856*

* 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 16 April 2018 (Completed)
intake 220 July 2018 (Completed)
INTAKE 331 October 2018 (Completed)
INTAKE 424 May 2019 (Open for Registration)

Speaker/Trainer Bio

Joel Ko 
Founder, DeepBase AI

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). 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 called ‘DeepBase’ 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 at the 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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