UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

FINTECH: DISRUPTION IN FINANCE

Respond to disruption and capitalise on innovations in the financial sector

Duration

8 weeks, excluding
orientation

Effort

7–10 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

ON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, YOU’LL WALK AWAY WITH:

1

An understanding of the technologies disrupting finance, including blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), and big data, and the skills to apply them to your context.

2

The ability to create solutions to long-standing financial challenges that your company has been facing.

3

The skills to identify and solve financial problems within emerging markets through the use of fintech.

4

A business strategy to develop your fintech idea and launch your start-up within the growing fintech landscape.

COURSE CURRICULUM

Over the duration of this online short course, you’ll work through the following modules:

MODULE 1 Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence: The Megatrends in Fintech
Discover the two megatrends that are shaping fintech today and in the next decade.

MODULE 2 Banks, Monetary Policy, and Cryptocurrencies
Understand financial intermediation, monetary policy, and how cryptocurrencies affect both.

MODULE 3 How Blockchain Technology Challenges Financial Intermediation
Understand when a business could benefit from blockchain technology.

MODULE 4 The Regulation–Innovation Nexus
Identify gaps in existing financial regulation as areas of potential fintech innovation.

MODULE 5 Opportunities Created by Big Data Within the Financial Industry
Explore the application of big data in the business world.

MODULE 6 The Robot Revolution: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Fintech
Discover the possibilities that AI provides to a business in pursuit of opportunities in the financial industry.

MODULE 7 Creating a Business Strategy for Industry Disruption
How to develop a convincing business strategy for your fintech business idea.

MODULE 8 Utilising a Token Offering to Fund Your Business Idea
Identify scenarios in which a token offering is the appropriate source for funding a business idea.

 

Please note that module titles and their contents are subject to change during course development.

COURSE CONVENOR

Dr Co-Pierre Georg

Associate Professor and Director of the Financial Innovation Lab, UCT

Georg holds the South African Reserve Bank Chair in Financial Stability Studies. His research interests range from applications of blockchain in banking to systemic risk and financial interconnectedness. He obtained his PhD from the University of Jena in 2011, and has been published in both finance and interdisciplinary journals. Georg’s research has received awards from the European Central Bank, the SAFE Center of Excellence at Goethe University, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the Institut Louis Bachelier. He has been a consultant at various central banks and held visiting positions at the University of Oxford, Princeton University, Columbia University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a research associate at the Oxford Martin School and a research affiliate at Columbia University’s Center on Global Legal Transformation.

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