With technologies come many new possibilities.

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.




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.



    This 3-day intensive and interactive course is for you, if you are:

    • a Front Office/ Back Office Manager who needs to understand the impact of innovation in finance and associated technologies and business models.
    • an IT Manager who supports innovation efforts in a financial services institution.
    • playing an active role in the innovation journey in a bank, e.g., an Asset Manager or any other regulated entities. 
    • involved in the strategic development of your company. 

    Preferably, you should be someone who has 

    • at least 3-5 years of relevant experience working in areas related to IT strategy, architecture or in any other function related product and company development.


    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive the SMU Certificate in FinTech & Innovation issued by the Singapore Management University


    For FTS funding

    • − 50% for company-sponsored (FI) Singapore Citizens/ SPRs.
    • − 90% for Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above.

    10% group discount for 3 or more participants from the same company and for the same course.

    SkillsFuture credit is applicable for this course. 

    For more information on FTS funding, please visit www.ibf.org.sg for details. 


    Course assessment will be based on:

    •  classroom exercises;
    •  case studies; and
    •  project presentation

    Module Fees

    S$3,000 per participant (before GST).

    Course Dates

    27 Sept– 29 Sept 2017 (3 Days), 0900 - 1700


Instructor Profile


Daniel Liebau
Daniel Liebau is the founder of Lightbulb Capital the Innovation Research & Advisory company with the mission to bring innovation to the Financial Services industry and it’s customers.

Before starting Lightbulb Capital, Daniel was the COO and on the board of HSBC Securities (Singapore) Pte Ltd - the entity that provides access to the Singapore Stock Market (SGX) for the Global Equities Business within HSBC.

His work experience in investment banking IT and asset management spans more than 17 years across Europe and Asia.

Daniel is a mentor for Innovation, Finance & Technology in several startup Accelerator programmes across the region and a guest lecturer on Innovation in Finance at Universities in the US, Europe and Asia.
He holds a MSc in Innovation from SMU in Singapore and a Master in Finance from IE Business School in Spain.