What you'll learn

  • Go beyond FinTech hype with the skills to drive innovation initiatives
  • Understand the technologies shaping the future of finance
  • Explore the potential for partnerships between incumbents, new age tech companies, and investors
  • Analyze how competing interests may influence the way FinTech reshapes traditional banking
  • Determine how FinTech corporations are changing the traditional currency regime
  • Identify who is currently adopting and driving financial innovations using real-world examples to assess the changes, disruptions, and adaptations resulting from the rise of FinTech solutions

Course description

The FinTech landscape has been largely defined by disruptive technology transforming banking and financial services. However, the industry is no longer being measured by its potential impact, but rather who is currently driving this innovation and how to strategically engage with it. Now is the time to familiarize yourself with the necessary regulatory frameworks and infrastructure.

The FinTech online short course from Harvard’s Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in association with HarvardX, provides an up-to-date look into the maturing FinTech industry. You’ll explore how organizations have filled gaps left by existing financial institutions to successfully meet customers’ shifting needs. Guided by experts, you’ll gain insight into the changing nature of the financial sector and a comprehensive understanding of the technologies and innovations transforming finance and business. Through innovative pedagogical approaches pioneered by the Harvard Business School (HBS), this course adapts the Case Method Approach used in on-campus programs at HBS for online study, presenting real-life challenges that reflect the complex, dynamic nature of the FinTech environment. 

Course outline

  • Reshaping the banking and payments industry
  • Raising money with FinTech
  • Harnessing data with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Transforming personal finance with FinTech
  • Demystifying blockchain and cryptocurrency
  • Forging the future of FinTech
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