THIS YEARS THEME
The theme for the 8th annual 2023 Fintech & Financing Conference and Expo (#FFCON23) is REGEN, representing the need for fresh thinking, regenerative finance, rebooting, and reigniting the opportunities (and challenges) of how successful fintechs in 2023 must go beyond technology to find purpose, create value, and build sustainable ventures.
FFCON23: REGEN covers the hottest fintech and funding trends providing participants with expert insights and unique opportunities for growth across sectors: fintech, blockchain, altfi and alternative funding, web3, crypto, embedded finance, metaverse, refi, defi, NFTs, DAOs, GameFi, AI, public & private capital markets, open banking, lending, cyber security, decentralization and privacy, digital identity, payments, wealthtech, regtech, and more! Tech and channel agnostic, highly collaborative, and focused on strengthening Canada’s fintech ecosystem while plugging into global expansion opportunities. FFCON23: REGEN will explore the following themes designed to revitalize your thinking, and strengthen your knowledge, network and company.
REGEN THINKING (Policy / Competition / Innovation / Technologies): Entrepreneurs, investors, and innovation stakeholders must look beyond pure profit if they want to achieve mass adoption and scale. How can innovative technologies by designed, funded, regulated (if required), consumed, and built in such a way that the IP and business outcomes create real value and focus on real purpose for all stakeholders so they can thrive and prosper? What national innovation strategy and policies are required to lay the foundation for a brighter and more competitive future for all Canadians? How best to regulate innovative markets at break-neck speed? How can Canada attract more foreign investment? What can we do to help more Canadian fintechs succeed globally? What will the impact be on the future of finance, its generational business models, and capacity to overcome any existential threat?
REGEN FINANCE (Funding / Investing / Beyond banking and Fintech): The most innovative models, companies, and well funded groups continue to innovate while prioritizing profit over growth. Alternative funding sources are trending (as traditional venture is more difficult). M&A activity is increasing as innovators are strengthening partnerships and raising capital in alternative markets globally. Smart data algorithms, purposeful finance, efficiencies and cost reduction, value creation, consumer-centric ownership, experiential/virtual commerce, empowerment of real time and complex decisioning, decentralized and embedded technologies, fast / low cost global transactions, and other innovative fintech products/services are benefiting from in-market traction and committed investors. Canada’s open banking committees are in the trenches preparing for an imminent launch next year stimulating lots of interest around API standards and functional capabilities with a vision of super apps in the near future. Will fintech and funding achieve full maturity and adoption?
REGEN ECONOMY (Society / Impact / Work / Productivity / Inclusion): After 2+ years of covid restrictions, soaring inflation & interest rates, markets crashing, cyber security hacks through the roof, the great resignation, quiet quitting, geopolitical risks of war, supply chain disruption, and jockeying global tensions, companies and consumers alike are struggling to retain productivity, hire staff, and get work done as usual. What will this unprecedented period result in, how should companies be preparing for the future? Should companies be expanding globally? Is it really the optimal time to build and strategize and what does this look like for Canada’s innovative fintech and funding sectors including SMEs seeking investment partners, financial institutions, and innovation hubs and learning centres.
REGEN MODERN DIGITAL ORGANIZATIONS (DAO / Governance / Capabilities): Modern digital organizations are adopting new approaches to establish the capabilities needed to solve their most significant problems. They are using the power of maturing yet emerging technologies to design solutions with people at the centre. Credential-based digital identity, and decentralized and open systems are empowering a new type of organization that allows stakeholder participants to vote on key decisions in a more equitable way. Digital organizations are transparent, sustainable, and can scale globally in an agile manner while leveraging autonomous systems and processes. Are DAOs right for my organization? What types of DAOs exist and how are they performing? Can we transition from our current structure? How do we implement the right tech stack and systems?
Every year brings new challenges, milestones and barriers to be overcome. Join a global fintech ecosystem at FFCON23 for a 2 day hybrid and experiential conference experience that facilitates thought-provoking and relevant discussions, lively debates and prime networking opportunities with innovators, investors, financial institutions, vendors, regulators, government and key industry stakeholders and help rewrite the future of digital finance.
At its core, FFCON23 is a must attend event and is designed to:
- Remove roadblocks, increase adoption and bring markets to life
- Showcase innovation and feature up-and-coming rockstars
- Foster partnerships between fintechs and financial institutions
- Provide investment channels and networking opportunities
- Connect experts and emerging HR talent to markets
- Open and inclusive forum for industry and all key stakeholders
We invite you to join us at the intersection of fintech innovation, capital and financial services.