TFC Events Coming Soon…

Welcome to 2021! We have exciting news about our many upcoming events. Coming soon to a screen near you…

Collaborating to Build Better in FinTech: Co-hosted by TFC and Ireland’s South East Financial Services Cluster (ISEFS) – expect to hear from forward-thinking and inspiring leaders, trend-setters and entrepreneurs sharing perspective and expertise on the moving trends of our time. This is the first of a series which will roll out throughout 2021.

TFC: The Fintech Gateway to Europe: This webinar is for anyone considering providing regulated fintech services in Europe. The Fintech Corridor recognises and promotes the many good reasons for fintech businesses to cluster in the area between Dublin and Belfast. Through a series of webinars, we will consider those many appeals in more detail with local experts. In this webinar, we consider the appeal for both local payment service providers and those from outside of Europe to settle in this area in order to serve the European market.

TFC & NI CYBER: Securing Fintech: Presenting the second in a series of  events on cybersecurity and its challenges.

Don’t worry we’ll update you on dates and times so you can add to your calendar – that way you wont miss out on TFC events in the next few months.

Here’s to 2021 – lets make it a year to remember! 

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DkIT Signs New Partnership Agreement with The Fintech Corridor

Dundalk. Ireland. Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has today signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the industry led regional cluster initiative, The Fintech Corridor (formerly known as the M1 Payments Corridor).

Supported by InterTradeIreland, The Fintech Corridor, assists SMEs in the financial and technology sectors between Belfast and Dublin to boost economic growth.

The MOU with DkIT provides a strategic framework for greater collaboration with The Fintech Corridor in the areas of workforce training, graduate talent pathway development, joint sponsorship initiatives and research & innovation projects.

Over the course of three years, both parties have agreed to explore bespoke training opportunities for membership of the cluster such as Vesta, PayPal, State Street, Aphix Software, Yapstone, Coca-Cola International Services and AWS, that will support retention and nurturing of talent.

The MOU also outlines an intention to explore creating more defined career pathway opportunities for DkIT graduates within the Fintech Corridor cluster membership companies including formal mechanisms to engage with future graduates via student projects, on-campus visits and guest lectures and the potential to develop graduate programmes for DkIT graduates.

Speaking today, DkIT President, Michael Mulvey, PhD, said,

“We are delighted to formalise our partnership with The Fintech Corridor initiative today which demonstrates our commitment to uncover new opportunities for innovation and collaboration within the financial technology sector. We firmly believe that this alliance will help generate new development possibilities for both DkIT and the member organisations of The Fintech Corridor. Ireland is fast becoming a global hub for fintech and the Dublin-Belfast corridor has a strong reputation for expertise in this area. It is therefore vital that we continue to work closely with our industry partners to develop skilled graduates, unlock training opportunities and seek research collaboration opportunities that can enhance  innovation and expertise required to sustain growth in this sector”

Hilary Moran, Programme Manager, The Fintech Corridor said

“The Dublin to Belfast Corridor’s attractiveness as a place for fintech companies to do business remains strong, The Fintech Corridor, along with our lead partner InterTradeIreland recognises that access to skilled graduate talent, connectivity with research and opportunities for industry and academic partnerships are vital to continue the expansion of this cluster. We are committed to working with DkIT to explore and support the economic development of our region and seek out new opportunities for growth for our members.

Peter Rowan, Chairperson of The Fintech Corridor and Executive Vice President International & Global Customer Support at YapStone added,

Driving innovation and building capability to support the continued evolution of Fintech through people and technology is a key goal of The Fintech Corridor. Today’s announcement confirms our long-standing engagement with the DkIT and builds on the vision of The Fintech Corridor’s which is to create further opportunities to attract new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the island of Ireland, as well as to support our home-grown established and start-up companies”.

The partnership with The Fintech Corridor initiative is an important component within DkIT’s wider Corporate Partnership Programme with industry and the community, which is led by the Regional Development at DkIT and will roll out over the next three years.

Aidan Browne, Head of Innovation & Business Development at DKIT spearheads the institute’s Corporate Partnership Programme concluded,

“As a founding member of The Fintech Corridor initiative, DkIT has played a pivotal role in its evolution. This new partnership agreement acknowledges the significant opportunity for collaboration, providing both DkIT and the Fintech Corridor membership with a renewed level of focus which will allow us to strengthen our relationship in line with ambitious plans for growing the Fintech cluster along the M1 Corridor.”

DkIT has a growing portfolio of corporate partnerships including agreements with lead sports technology firm, STATSports, Dundalk’s Creative Spark enterprise hub, Cargotech Ireland, Walls Construction, NDRC and one of Europe’s leading food processors, ABP Food Group.

 

TFC & NI Cyber: SECURING FINTECH – 25 NOVEMBER @ 1PM

The Fintech Corridor are delighted to partner with NI Cyber to present the first in a series of webinars on cybersecurity. During this session we will address questions and issues such as:

  • Insider threat
  • Threats to your people
  • Adversaries
  • Critical Business Infrastructure
  • Future threats

I’ll be joined by the following panel of experts:

  • Simon Whittaker@NI Cyber & Vertical Structure
  • Donal Kerr@4Securtias
  • Keith Lippert@Allstate Northern Ireland
  • Paddy Beagan@Vesta

Register here: https://lnkd.in/dGDGa-F

TFC @ Digital DNA Live 2020 – November 10th@ 15.30

TFC @ Digital DNA Live 2020 – November 10th@ 15.30

After the success of our launch, we have lots of exciting news to share…we have a series of events lined up in the coming months, and into the 2021!

Join TFC and our brand ambassadors for a panel discussion on Payments: The View of the Future at Digital DNA Live, Getting Back To The Future (10&11 Nov) https://www.digitaldna.org.uk/digitaldna-2020/

The Fintech Corridor Launch

Press release

NEW CROSS-BORDER FINTECH CORRIDOR LAUNCHED,

CONNECTING EU & UK FINTECH

Organisations, businesses and academic institutions across the island of Ireland have joined together to launch ‘The Fintech Corridor’, providing economic growth opportunities for the financial and technology sector between Belfast and Dublin.

Supported by InterTradeIreland, The Fintech Corridor initiative will provide start-ups and other businesses with a range of support resources including access to expert mentoring and knowledge exchange through its Brand Ambassador steering group, academic collaboration partnerships, skills development opportunities as well as business support vouchers.

A cross-border partnership, The Fintech Corridor covers the geographical region between Dublin to Belfast. With many well established fintech organisations and enterprise hubs already operating in the region, the area provides start-ups and SMEs with an attractive and accessible location from which to grow across the UK, Ireland and into Europe.

To launch the programme and share information about the opportunities for businesses, The Fintech Corridor will host a free online webinar on 30th September. Guests will hear from high calibre speakers including representatives from PayPal, Yapstone, InterTradeIreland, IDA Ireland and Invest NI. Alison Donnelly, Director at FScom and Ambassador for Ireland at European Women Payments Network (EWPN), will also speak about various regulatory issues arising from Brexit.

Peter Rowan, Executive Vice President of International and Global Customer Operations at Yapstone has been appointed Chairperson for The Fintech Corridor. Speaking about its vision he said,

“The Fintech Corridor initiative builds on the already established e-commerce and technology prowess along the M1 between Dublin and Belfast. By forming The Fintech Corridor, we can create an innovative and collaborative network of existing and new start-up enterprises, nurturing their ambitions with advice, support and growth opportunities.”

 “From my experience with Yapstone, I know first-hand the economic and business benefits of being located in the Fintech Corridor. We selected the region as home to our international headquarters because of the tremendous support we’ve received from IDA Ireland, local businesses and other government sponsored organisations.  The main benefit of being based in the region is access to a diverse and rich talent pool which enjoys a superior quality of life, something which in turn drives enhanced productivity within the company. About 50 per cent of the current staff are from the region or they live only 15 to 20 minutes from the office.”  

Welcoming the initiative InterTradeIreland’s Designated Officer, Aidan Gough added;

With both Dublin and Belfast named as ‘Tech Cities of the Future’, the island of Ireland is uniquely positioned to capitalise on and continue to grow it’s fintech credentials. This cross-border cluster will bring together key stakeholders with different expertise and market knowledge to create new businesses, jobs and develop skills. Businesses that join the Fintech Corridor will have the opportunity to get support and advice from industry forerunners while also working with academics to problem solve and innovate. It’s an exciting initiative and we’re delighted to lend our support along with other expert partner agencies.”

James Boyle, North East Regional Development Manager, IDA Ireland said The North East region is home to leading multinational companies looking for room to grow. As sourcing talent for FinTech becomes increasingly competitive in the Dublin region, the North East offers employers and employees an attractive alternative.  IDA Ireland is pleased to be involved in this opportunity to collaborate with local stakeholders to explore opportunities for investment, job creation and ultimately the long-term development of the region.”

The Fintech Corridor is supported by a Brand Ambassador group made up of experienced fintech companies including Vesta, PayPal, State Street, Aphix, YapStone, and Coca-Cola International Services, Fscom, TechNation, Digital DNA, AWS and the Fintech & Payments Association of Ireland (FPAI). The group also includes representatives from Invest NI, IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland, the Louth Economic Forum and Louth County Council.  Several universities have also joined the grouping including the Dublin City University, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University who will provide R&D partnership opportunities to members of the Fintech Corridor.

To register for The Fintech Corridor launch webinar on 30th September 2020, visit: www.thefintechcorridor.com

ENDS

For further information on The Fintech Corridor, contact Programme Manager Hilary Moran, hilary@thefintechcorridor.com  Phone: +353 (0) 83 010 5512

 

The Fintech Corridor is launching – Register below and join us on September 30

 

“Connecting EU and UK Fintech” – The Fintech Corridor Launch Event

Join us for a webinar on Sep 30, 2020 at 12:00 PM BST.

Register now!

The Fintech Corridor is launching on September 30th. Join us for a discussion on how it can transform the region. The webinar includes speakers from PayPal, Yapstone, InterTradeIreland, IDA and Invest NI.

The impressive line-up will also include a guest appearance from Alison Donnelly, Director at fscom and European Women in Payments Network (EWPN) Ambassador for Ireland. Alison will be talking regulatory issues and challenges/opportunities arising from Brexit.

Join us and our panel of experts as we discuss why connecting EU and UK Fintech is so important and why locating on both sides of the border is the perfect solution for companies. You’ll gain insight into collaboration across the island, the benefits of access to talent in both jurisdictions and the added advantages of being based on the island of Ireland.

Moderator: Pete Rowan, Executive Vice President International and Global Customer Support, Yapstone and TFC Chairperson

Aidan Gough, Designated Officer & Director of Strategy Policy, InterTradeIreland
Our guest speaker is Margaret Ward, Head of GCCI Strategy & Global Operations Controls at PayPal
James Boyle, Business & Relationship Development Manager, North East region, IDA
Karen Bradbury, FS Sector Lead, Invest NI
Alison Donnelly, European Women in Payments Network (EWPN) Ambassador for Ireland and Director at fscom

Date: Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Time: 12.00pm BST
Duration: 45 minutes

This webinar is the first in a series of insightful discussions on the Fintech Corridor – connecting EU and UK Fintech.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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M1PC and Coderdojo initiative hoping to attract teenagers and particularly young women into financial technology

RTE news, 9 November 2019:

https://www.rte.ie/news/player/2019/1109/21653221-initiative-hoping-to-attract-teenagers-and-particularly-young-women-into-financial-technology/

On Saturday, 9th November, teenagers had an opportunity to see and hear how Drogheda students are taking a leading role in developing Fintech solutions as the local Fintech CoderDojo launched their new website www.Bepaysmart.org , alongside local innovators from the Makes Cents team and Phase Innovate Galtech. The launch took place at The Mill Enterprise Hub in Drogheda which is the lead organisation fostering the M1 Payments Corridor initiative to create a Fintech Cluster of companies from Dublin to Belfast, working alongside industry partners such as Paypal, Vesta Payments, and Yapstone.

CoderDojo aims to enable young people worldwide to create and explore technology together. The theme of this CoderDojo is Fintech and Digital as the crew of 12 to 17 years olds will work on projects relating to payments and fintech. According to Breanndán Casey, Innovation and Enterprise Manager at The Mill, “the projects will need participants with different skills including coding, project management, and digital communication. For example, it takes one set of skills to set up a website or app, and then it takes a very different set of skills to generate content (text, graphics, animation & video), and publicise the website or app. Our next session is here on Nevember 23rd and we’re looking for new members to join the free programme and are particularly interested in attracting new female members as it’s vital that more females enter the technology sector ”.

The three Drogheda teenagers behind the ‘Makes Cents’ prepaid card for eight to 18-year-olds which has seen over 3,000 accounts created since its inception last March also spoke on the morning. The card was created by three 16 years old students – Eva Barnett, Leah Keogh and Louisa Woods at Sacred Heart school Drogheda in partnership with Prepaid Financial Services (PFS) in Meath and won the National Student Enterprise Awards competition in 2018. The Makes Cents Prepaid cards allow Parents to monitor their Children’s expenses whilst also encouraging and teaching them to manage their money and has seen over €200,000 spend on them since its launch.

In addition to the Make Cents team, Evelyn Nomayo of Galtech Phase Innovate, accompanied by her team of Teenage Technologists and App Developers, gave an overview of the apps they have developed in 2019. “We inspire girls to develop interest and confidence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through hands-on activities, participation in local, national and international challenges, and positive female role models. Our goal is to reduce the gender gap in STEM fields by empowering girls to create innovative solutions to advance equality in their communities and to prepare them for tech careers. The GalTech programmes are delivered nation-wide as after school programmes through the help of mentors and Garda vetted volunteers”.

During the course of the event, attendees heard of the CoderDojo work completed to date and saw examples of successful technology projects completed by teenagers. Alan Donegan, a mentor at the Dojo commented  “Technology is a vital part in today’s society and this is an opportunity for teenagers to whet their appetite, explore new skills,  and develop the skills they already have in a fun and team environment. We look forward to seeing new members on November 23rd”.

Fintech CoderDojo – Open day & Launch of www.bepaysmart.org

TEENAGE TECHNOLOGY EVENT

The theme of the dojo is Fintech and Digital as we develop projects relating to payments and fintech. The project will need participants with different skills including coding, project management, and digital communication (graphics, video & social media). For example, it takes one set of skills to set up a website or app, and then it takes a very different set of skills to generate content (text, graphics, animation & video) and publicise (via social media) the website or app. This dojo is targeted at coders 12 years and older.

11:15am: Welcome / Work to date / Plans / M1 Payments Corridor

Breanndán Casey, Innovation & Enterprise Manager, The Mill Enterprise Hub

11:25: Fintech Coderdojo, Next Stage in Project, Seeking new members

Alan Donegan, Fintech CoderDojo mentor

11:30: Launch of www.Bepaysmart.org

CoderDojo Team – Why & how they build website. Benefits & fun of participating in Fintech CoderDojo

11:50: https://www.makescentscard.com– How & Why, Story to date, Learning curve, Next steps.

Irish teenagers signed up to a new prepaid card service have spent over €100,000 in the last six months in 14,000 online and in-store purchases. Three teenagers are behind the ‘Makes Cents’ card for eight to 18-year-olds, which has seen over 3,000 accounts created since its inception last March. The card was created by three 16 year old students at Sacred Heart school Drogheda in partnership with Prepaid Financial Services (PFS) in Meath

‘Makes Cents Prepaid Teen cards allow Parents to monitor their Children’s expenses whilst also encouraging and teaching them to manage their money. The Makes Cents Card can be used like any debit card’

Makes Cents Team – Eva Barnett, Leah Keogh and Louisa Woods

12:10: Phase Innovate, https://phaseinnovate.com/galtech.html – Teenage Technologists & App developers. Overview of Apps developed

‘We inspire girls to develop interest and confidence in STEM through hands-on activities, participation in local, national and international challenges, and positive female role models. Our goal is to reduce the gender gap in STEM fields by empowering girls to create innovative solutions to advance equality in their communities and to prepare them for tech careers. The GalTech programmes are delivered nation-wide as afterschool programmes through the help of mentors and Garda vetted volunteers. Our goal is to prepare them for local, national and international STEM competitions’

Evelyn Namayo and team

12:25: Q&A / Refreshments

1pm: Close

Book here to attend: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/teenage-technology-tickets-79188975357

PSD2 – “Challenges and opportunities in Payment Services for SMEs”

Payment Service directive II is here…. meeting the challenge, seizing the opportunity

Tuesday, May 15th, 9:30 to 12:30pm The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda

Agenda:

9:30am:  Coffee / Welcome/ Intros by attendees

M1 Payments Corridor –   The story to date, and future opportunities

9:50:  PSD2 implementation: What are the key changes under PSD2? How does PSD2 open up the industry to fintechs? Reflections from inside the UK regulator, Do regulators like innovation? (James Borley, fscom)

 

 

 

10:10:  PSD2 from FDI perspective (Richard Hanlon, SVP International Vesta Corporation)

 

 

 

 

Potential for greater interaction & collaboration with SMEs, Needs of FDI sector, particularly along M1 / NorthEast region.

10:30: PSD2 from Indigenous sector “Optimising User experience for Digital Banking” – (Niall Hogan, Product Manager TouchTech)

 

 

 

10:50: Panel Discussion based on 3 previous presentations: PSD2 Opportunities

11:15: Coffee

11:30: Breakout – Facilitated Session

Break into groups facilitated by the speakers to discuss potential collaboration, and how M1PC group could assist.

Open discussion on M1PC – How can it benefit indigenous companies / region? Widening of concept from pure ‘Payments’. How do we make it more relevant for indigenous companies? Do they support concept? What is our niche/USP and ensure we avoid duplication of current supports?

12:30: Summary of Workshop Results / Next Steps.

12:45 – Close / Light Lunch

Please contact Breanndán Casey, bcasey@themilldrogheda.ie, if you wish to attend the workshop.