SMU Certificate in FinTech & Innovation

Programme Code: CRS-N-0044203


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.

Next Course Starts On05 Sep 2018 (Wed) 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

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; and 80% of basic hourly salary capped at $7.50/hr for local employees of SMEs


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 (What is SkillsFuture Credit?) Please click User Guide on how to submit your claim. SkillsFuture Credit claims may be submitted by logging in via


Full Fee: S$3,210 per pax (including GST)


Nett fee payable after SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) Funding for Individuals:

  • S$963 (including GST) for Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents
  • S$363 (including GST) for Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above


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 (Open for Registration)


Speaker/Trainer Bio

Daniel Liebau

Founder, Lightbulb Capital 


Daniel is the founder of Lightbulb Capital the Innovation Research & Advisory company with the mission to bring innovation to the Financial Services industry and its 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.

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
  • Derek Ariss, Advisor Lighbulb Capital
  • Michele Ferrario, CEO Stashaway


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