FAQ 2017-11-07T15:44:20+00:00


What does the course looks like? 2017-10-17T17:39:49+00:00

Send us and email to aroundfintech@cfte.education and we’ll send you a link for a demo video!

Could my employer pay for the course? 2017-10-17T17:36:51+00:00

We get that question very often. And we tend to believe it’s natural as career development should be an important part of an employer value proposition.

Situations are really different from one industry to another, from one employer to another and even from one team to another. You are probably aware of the continuous education policy in your company but we assembled a few tips and documents that might help you with convincing your employer.

Send us an email to aroundfintech@cfte.education and we’ll send you a summary document.

Who should take Around Fintech in 8 hours? 2017-10-05T09:13:01+00:00

Anyone who wants to have a solid understanding of Fintech.

Around Fintech in 8 hours was designed based on the feedback of hundreds of people – professionals in finance, technologists, lawyers, consultants, students – who wanted to understand what’s happening in finance, the opportunities that Fintech is bringing, and also the threats to existing businesses and jobs.

The course was created for people who were asking us the following questions:

“I want to get a global understanding of where the finance industry is shifting to” (Trader, Credit Agricole CIB UK)

“Enhance employment opportunities and not miss out on this major wave of disruption” (Student, London School of Economics)

“I want to receive a formal and structured training in Fintech so that I can process the information from news better” (Analyst, JP Morgan HK)

“Teach the foundations of Fintech to my employees” (CEO, Kantox Spain)


What is the objective of Around Fintech in 8 hours? 2017-10-05T09:08:39+00:00

Around Fintech in 8 hours is a Foundation Course. It aims to give an overview of the transformation happening in finance.

After successfully completing the 16 modules, you will be able to:

  • Describe the impact that technology is having on different sectors of finance.
  • Understand different models of innovation in finance.
  • Identify the players who are building Finance 2.0.
  • Evaluate the important technological trends that are impacting finance.
  • Recognise the opportunities brought by Fintech to the finance industry.

You will also receive a Certificate of Completion that validates your completion of the “Fintech Foundation Course” from CFTE

What are the prerequisites for the course? 2017-10-05T09:15:37+00:00

“Around Fintech in 8 hours” aims to provide anyone interested in Finance (in its wider definition) with a general overview of the trends in Fintech and digital finance. There are no strict prerequisites for taking the course but the following would be helpful:

  • A general interest in finance, and a basic understanding of what is a bank
  • An interest in digital transformation and innovation

Around Fintech in 8 hours is designed to provide a solid foundation to a very large number of people, and tries to find the right balance between content that is easily accessible but also provides insightful knowledge. This is done through videos, readings, and insights from CEOs to make the learning experience accessible.

After I enroll, what are the next steps? 2018-02-16T12:22:49+00:00

After you enroll, you will receive a confirmation email from my.CFTE, the online learning portal. You will also receive a receipt as well as a welcome message to Around Fintech in 8 hours.

At that point, you will have access to the introductory module that will give you an overview of the portal, and the way to use it.

You could for example spend a whole day to go through the course. Or 30 minutes whenever you have the time, and complete the course in a few months.

Once you have completed the course, and successfully passed all the tests, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

In what language is the course? 2017-10-02T10:05:16+00:00

Around Fintech in 8 hours is in English. The video lectures are subtitled to make it easy for anyone to follow. If you are interested in having subtitles in a specific language, don’t hesitate to contact us here.

How can I pay for the course? 2017-09-29T17:03:04+00:00

We accept all major credit cards and debit cards

I’m not based in the UK – can I pay in my currency? 2017-10-02T10:08:20+00:00

For our payment system, we’ve integrated Stripe ( an excellent example of #Fintech). The payment solution supports more than 135 currencies (see the full list on Stripe website here).

Ps: If you want to use a cryptocurrency to purchase Around Fintech in 8 hours, drop us an email here aroundfintech@cfte.education. Cryptocurrencies are not the most suitable for companies yet, but we can of course support them!

I want to buy the course to my team – do you offer bulk prices? 2017-10-01T21:13:50+00:00

If like Kantox’ CEO and some forward-thinking FI managers, you want to share Fintech knowledge in your team or organization, please contact us at corporate@cfte.education and we will send you more information about bulk discounts.

If you are an association that would like to share Fintech knowledge with your members, we have a partnership programme in place – just contact us at aroundfintech@cfte.education.

Do you offer any discount for the course? 2017-09-29T17:05:11+00:00

Around Fintech in 8 hours was created to make Finance 2.0 accessible to a very large audience and has been reasonably priced in regards to the amount of resources put in the course. However, we also recognise that not everybody can afford the course for personal circumstances, and we’d be happy to help if we can. Email financialaid@cfte.education

Do you offer a Refund policy? 2017-10-04T21:42:43+00:00

Around Fintech in 8 hours is the result of months of work between CFTE’s team, the senior lecturers and the 16 CEOs and senior leaders. We are confident that it’s a very high quality foundation course. But if for any reasons you are not satisfied with the product, we’ll be very happy to refund the price of the course.

The conditions are simple:
– Ask for the refund within 30 days of the start of the course
– You must have completed less than 50% of the course

Because the amount of the course is in pound sterling, if you pay in a local currency there might be a difference in your refund amount due to exchange rate fluctuations.

Why should I take a foundation course? 2017-10-05T08:56:20+00:00

We believe that technology and innovation are radically transforming finance and open up an era of exciting opportunities.

Our mission is to build the best education platform for Finance 2.0 so that as many people as possible can benefit from these opportunities – whether they work in a financial institution, startup, tech company, are a student or just interested in finance.

Why a foundation course?

Finance is going through what advertising experienced 10 years ago: can someone thrive in advertising today without understanding digital? The same is happening in finance.

We’ve had feedback from hundreds of people (literally hundreds) who share this view, and want to understand, but find the world of Fintech very confusing – too much information, too many concepts, too much hype also.

A foundation course gives the base of knowledge from where to start from, and it’s more important than ever to have this solid foundation to understand what’s happening in finance.

What will I learn in the course? 2017-10-08T09:22:00+00:00

You will learn a lot in a structured way, and at your own pace. You can find the full curriculum here.

Will the course teach me to code? 2017-10-01T21:14:41+00:00

Around Fintech in 8 hours is a core foundation course, and will not teach you to code in Python or how to use R. We will however cover the main technological trends – such as APIs, Blockchain or Cloud Computing – for you to understand what lies behind them, and their impact on finance.

How do I access Around Fintech in 8 hours? 2017-09-29T17:08:33+00:00

The access is through my.cfte.education with the login/password created at registration. You can access the course on a desktop or mobile – you just need an Internet connection.

How much time do I need to take the course? 2017-10-01T20:57:47+00:00

Completing the Foundation course takes around 8 hours. The course is structured in 16 modules of 30 minutes, and you can take the course at your own pace – either in one go, or over a period of several weeks or months. The course is available for 6 months from the start date.

How does CFTE’s course compare with others in the market? 2017-10-01T20:56:38+00:00

Around Fintech in 8 hours is a solid Foundation Course. It has been designed to help a majority of people start with the right foundations in Fintech and digital finance.

With this objective in mind, Around Fintech in 8 hours will provide you with a clear understanding of how technology is impacting Finance through an accessible format.

But there are also other Fintech courses of very good quality. We selected a few initiatives and wrote a blog on the subject.

At CFTE, we believe there is an urgent need for all to learn the right skills for a world of digital finance, and we support all initiatives that are supporting the same goal.

How good are the 4 senior lecturers? 2017-10-01T21:25:59+00:00

Fintech is a very new topic, with a mass of new information every day. To create a Foundation Course in such a fast moving sector, we have looked for proven lecturers who know how to teach, but are also practitioners who are part of Finance 2.0

Around Fintech in 8 hours has been designed by CFTE with the help of 4 senior lecturers: Andrei Kirilenko, Dan Liebau, Huy Nguyen Trieu and Janos Barberis.

Each one of them have been involved with Fintech lectures in major universities:

  • Andrei Kirilenko leads the Fintech courses at Imperial College Business School
  • Daniel Liebau designed and teaches the Singapore Management University Certificate in FinTech & Innovation
  • Huy Nguyen Trieu designed the first fintech lectures at Oxford Saïd Business School
  • Janos Barberis lectures in Fintech at Hong Kong University and is a senior research fellow there

The 4 senior lecturers draw from their experience as practitioners to share relevant and up-to-date insights. Andrei was Chief Economist at the US CFTC, Dan is CEO of Lightbulb Capital, Huy is CEO of The Disruptive Group, and Janos is Founder of the SuperCharger.

Here is the feedback of some of their students:

“Amazing course! I’ve never learned Finance in such an innovative way. It was with a tech angle, the entrepreneur angle and amazing teacher! I am glad I attended the course this time. Thanks again. Looking forward to seeing more!”

MBA Student – Oxford Said Business School, Fintech lectures led by Huy Nguyen Trieu

“The course has exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend this course to busy executives looking to get to grips with Fintech.”

Fintech Entrepreneur – Imperial College, Fintech course led by Prof. Kirilenko

“I’ve been to a few Fintech events and never heard such an insightful presentation. Thanks a lot Janos!”

Financial Analyst – Global roadshow presentation by Janos Barberis

‘This course is a really fun and interactive approach to innovation and design thinking, the speakers that Dan invited also provided further insights into the Fintech industry.”

Associate in Consulting firm – SMU Fintech executive programme led by Dan Liebau

Who are the industry experts involved? 2017-10-05T09:32:14+00:00

In addition to the 4 senior lecturers, 16 industry experts from the US, Europe and Asia share their experience and insights through exclusive interviews. They have been selected to cover a very wide number of sectors, they come from startups to large banks and global investors.

You will learn from:

  • Ronit Ghose, Global Head of Bank Research at Citi – who is also lead analyst on the most downloaded Fintech report issued by a bank.
  • Christophe Chazot, Global Head of Innovation at HSBC (in sabbatical), in charge both of their innovation strategy and Fintech investments.
  • Aurelien Menant, CEO of Gatecoin, a cryptocurrency exchange in Hong Kong.
  • And Ericson Chan, Head of Ping An Technology, the Chinese insurer which just announced a $1bn Fintech fund.
  • And many more…

We’re sure you’ll be as fascinated by their insights as we were!

What is CFTE? 2017-10-08T09:20:13+00:00

The Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship is an education  platform supported by senior leaders from the largest institutions,  universities and startups. It addresses the needs of professionals in  finance to up-skill in a rapidly changing industry being transformed by  emerging technologies.

The platform is designed to deliver content of the highest quality thanks to the contribution of a group of global experts coming from finance, technology and academia. Its objective is to equip students with the right knowledge, skills and mindset to thrive in a world of Digital Finance.

More information about CFTE

CFTE website: www.cfte.education
CFTE leadership: www.cfte.education/board

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