Ohio State will offer the first in a university-wide effort to boost the regions’ Fintech ecosystem. Through a generous gift from Fintech71, the FinTech @ Ohio State and Beyond conference will be held virtually on October 27-28.
The conference is designed to bring together entrepreneurs, corporate professionals, faculty and staff, students and anyone eager to grow Fintech knowledge, recruit top talent or get a preview of Ohio State’s plans for the rapidly scaling Fintech ecosystem.
Fintech71 is a sunsetting non-profit startup accelerator based in Columbus that has counted startups Bold Penguin and Steady among its portfolio. As the organization found its own mission transition, they chose to invest their funds at Ohio State to further support the ecosystem in the region.
"The best startup ecosystems in the world always have amazing University collaboration" said Matt Armstead, executive director of Fintech71. "Columbus, the state of Ohio, and Ohio State have a unique opportunity to be a leader in advancing skillsets in and out of the classroom to propel our ability to compete on a global level in Fintech and Insurtech. It was a natural evolution to hand the baton to Ohio State to carry on Fintech71's mission."
“This conference is intended to be a catalyst for a meaningful partnership between the university and industry in the Fintech space,” said Scott Osborne, vice president for innovation and economic development at Ohio State and a member of the conference planning committee.
Conference participants will explore research and analysis from Ohio State’s globally-renowned faculty, hear industry insights from accomplished Fintech corporate leaders and meet the students preparing to become tomorrow’s Fintech entrepreneurs and professionals. Featured speakers for the conference include Drive Capital’s Mark Kvamme, Lower.com’s Dan Snyder and Ohio State’s René Stulz.
"Big companies, startups, and entrepreneurs are disrupting the status quo based on massive changes in consumer behavior and demand for digital solutions," said Armstead. "The bar is being set higher everyday and Fintech is creating new opportunities for anyone up for the challenge.”