20 July 2019
Fintech and Emerging Financing Models in a Dynamic World
Many of the jobs we will be doing in five years do not exist today. The world is changing rapidly and the world of finance has to change with it. New innovations will take place both within and beyond existing structures: fintechs providimg services such as crowdfunding, P2P lending, family lending, inclusive financing and impact investing will be refined and made more sustainable, while new opportunities using blockchain technology will be developed. Fintechs will disrupt legacy banks and democratize financial services.
On this course, you will deal with real-life cases and projects, honing your creativity, flexibility, professional insights and social skills in lean (start-up) projects and scrums that equip you to face the future of today’s gig economy. You will learn to innovate within a sustainable financial model or product, cooperating with financial experts in a business environment based on principles such as good finance, inclusive finance and international impact investment. New startups as well as banks, insurance companies, pension funds and other traditional financial institutions will reap the rewards of your expertise on finance’s new frontier.
In the morning sessions, lecturers and guest speakers will share their expertise on the above topics. In the afternoons, you will work on a new financial product or service, complete this with a plan and financing request which you will present and pitch at the end of the first and second week.
During the second week of the course you will net to the abovementioned issues acquire the practical knowledge and skills to get to grips with financial planning in an entrepreneurial context. The focus will be on the financial questions that confront start-ups and SME ventures. What is a reasonable company valuation? How much capital should you raise at each stage? When should you raise it and from which source? How should you approach and manage various types of investors?
You will also build financial models and prepare business presentations aimed at attracting external funding. Add this to the interactive lectures, practical workshops and encounters with the business community, investors and entrepreneurs and you are ready to step into a new world of finance.
Frans Boumans (VU Amsterdam), Yifan Chen (UEA)
tudents of business economics, business administration and comparable courses; business professionals from a wide range of sectors including consultancy, banking, NGO’s and all levels of government. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students and professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds.
At the end of this course, you:
• grasp the principles and concepts of doing business in an international market context in various economic cycles.
• can develop a lean start-up and arrange SME financing during the lifecycle of a firm.
• can utilize forecasting and scenario techniques to define financing needs and structures.
• can adopt various approaches to financial models and fintech innovations such as blockchains.
• are able to work in cross-cultural teams, write a lean plan and present a financing request in a Dragons’ Den setting.
Contact Hours: 45
If you want to earn more credits you can take courses in our other sessions to create a 4 or 6 week programme.
EUR 1150: The tuition fee includes:
• Airport pick-up service
• Welcome goodie bag
• Orientation programme
• Course excursions
• On-site support
• Emergency assistance
• Transcript of records after completion of the course
An early bird discount of €150 is available for students who apply and pay before 15 March, and students from VU Amsterdam as well as from exchange partner universities will receive a €250 discount. You apply for the discount simply by indicating that you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam or at a partner university in the online application.
There are also discounts for students who attend multiple sessions, combine 2 courses and receive a €200 discount and combine 3 to receive a €300 discount. All courses include excursions. We will also organize trips and excursions as part of our social programme, which is a great way to get to know your fellow students and learn more about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The social programme is not included in the tuition fee.
Furnished accommodation is available. Various housing options will be offered.
VU Amsterdam Summer School offers three kinds of scholarships: the Academic Scholarship, the Photographer Scholarship and the Vlogger/Videographer Scholarship. More information about these scholarships can be found on the VU Amsterdam Summer School websi