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LHoFT Partnership

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The Swiss Finance + Technology Association and the LHoFT partner to promote further the Fintech industry across Europe.

The Swiss Finance + Technology Association and the LHoFT Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday 1st of October at the FINTECH+ Conference in Zurich.

Zurich, Monday, 1st October 2018

The Swiss Finance + Technology Association and the LHoFT Foundation are pleased to announce the signature of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the FINTECH+ Conference in Zurich on Monday, 1st October. This MoU was signed by John Hucker, President of the Swiss Finance + Technology Association and Alex Panican, Head of Partnerships and Ecosystem at the LHoFT.

The objective of the two hubs is to work on collaborative initiatives and further promote the FinTech industry across Europe for the benefit of the whole industry. In practice this means that the two organizations will join each other’s events and will exchange knowledge about the market and regulation, creating new opportunities for Fintech companies and investors of both countries.

From left to right:  John Hucker, President of the Swiss Finance + Technology Association and Alex Panican, Head of Partnerships and Ecosystem at the LHoFT

John Hucker, President of the Swiss Finance + Technology Association, said: “There are many commonalities between Switzerland and Luxembourg as two outward-facing, European financial powerhouses.  The Swiss and Luxembourg FinTech scenes are responding to the evolving needs of their domestic and international clients.  Working together will enable further access by the members of our two organizations into each other’s markets.”

Alex Panican, Head of Partnerships and Ecosystem at the LHoFT said: “Our hubs are like two twins in the European Fintech Family, our financial industries are very similars. Therefore it makes perfect sense to have a very close partnership in order to support our respective fintechs but also our financial partners. This MOU will bring two similar that were a world apart.”


About the Swiss Finance + Technology Association

The Swiss Finance + Technology Association (SFTA) is the center of gravity and driving the development of the Swiss FinTech ecosystem. It is an independent, non-profit association organized under Swiss law. Members represent all stakeholders in the Swiss FinTech ecosystem, including industry professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, academia, policy makers, and others. Activities focus on connecting, educating, advocating, promoting, and serving the Swiss FinTech ecosystem, both locally and internationally.

About the LHoFT Foundation (LHoFT)

The LHoFT Foundation is a public – private sector initiative that drives technology innovation for Luxembourg’s Financial Services industry, connecting the domestic and international FinTech community to develop solutions that shape the world of tomorrow. The other partners of the LHoFT initiative are Chamber of Commerce, the City of Luxembourg and the University of Luxembourg, and the initiative is supported by the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy and Ministry of State.

Past event: Quantopian event series about Algorithmic trading

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Event review of the “Quantopian event series” hosted by the Swiss Finance + Technology Association, Quantopian and the University of Zurich.

General

The Swiss Finance + Technology Association welcomed Quantopian, a Boston-based Fintech platform, to a highly successful event series in May 2017 held in Zurich. Over three days our members and guests were able to gain a deeper understanding about how technology is changing the world of investing.

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Past event: FinTech Careers: Recruitment & Selection

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Blog FinTech Careers: Recruitment & Selection

Summary

Our first FinTech Careers Event is over and has lead to a lot of positive feedback. An audience with over 50 people had the chance to hear about the current situation of FinTech hirings in Switzerland. The rare chance to hear from all perspectives (headhunter, corporate HR & startup) about the trends and how to apply as a candidate to each one of them, was interesting and eye-opening. Clearly, the labor market for FinTech is growing in Switzerland and many new positions are being created. Based on open vacations, Zurich seems the place to be, if you want to work in Swiss FinTech. IT/data experts are currently most sought-after. Additionally, higher ratios of men working in the industry than women, can add bonus points to female candidates. Diversity is not for marketing purposes only but necessary for an efficient working environment.
Another thing that was strongly pointed out by all the speakers, was the legal issue. Before you apply anywhere for a job in Switzerland, you should be aware of the legal restrictions for non-Swiss citizens. Inform yourself on this website about the various working permits and don’t forget to send a copy of your permit/passport with the application.
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Past Event: PSD2 Swiss and international perspectives

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General

European financial players have accumulated compelling experience in developing solutions connected with the implementation of PSD2 directive. Considering the clear direction that the Regulators have undertaken in the recent years, an exchange of information and use cases in the PSD2 area among Swiss and EU financial players would be mutually beneficial.

Swiss Finance + Technology Association and C&D Suisse have invited representatives of local financial services institutions and FinTech start-ups joining a round-table discussion with Cristiano Motto, Digital Evangelist at Barclays Bank PLC and Enrico Toso, Compliance Manager at Deutsche Bank (Italy).

The room is full, the presentation given by Cristiano Motto and Enrico Toso are interesting and detailed. They highlight the main point of the PSD2 regulation and they give to the audience the opportunity to fully understand the topic.

The discussion, moderated by Rainer Kessler, was very interesting and allowed the crowd to taste the different sentiment about the new regulation system. Many opinions raised from the participants and the speakers, as well as the moderator were able to conduct a pleasant, but tough discussion with the crowd.

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Highlights from the #ReversePitch event 06/10/16

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5 investors and 5 startups took to the stage to pitch in front of a fully booked room at Technopark Zurich. In the end it was Nicolas Brand from Lakestar who was selected as the best investor pitch, whereas NetGuardians took the spot as the top startup pitch. This though was only the tip of the iceberg at the most unique pitching event in Switzerland this fall.

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Lunch Talk: Swiss FinTechs at Technopark Zurich

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More than 30 FinTech passionates chose to have an alternative lunchtime with Swiss Finance + Technology Association and Technopark Zurich. A vibrant FinTech environment present at the Incubator was represented by two local startups – Innomatika and Fractal Labs – explaining how their product make the life of the companies easier dealing with the data analysis. Read More