January 21, 2020

CFTE partners with EDHEC Business School to train master students in Entrepreneurial Finance

The Financial Economics Masters students will take the compulsory module to learn about Financial Technologies and Entrepreneurship.

London, 21 January 2020 – The Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE) is delighted to announce that it has been chosen by EDHEC Business School to co-develop the Fintech and Entrepreneurial Finance module, within the Master in Financial Economics degree, which will be launched in January 2020. The launch follows a successful collaboration on Hybrid Fintech Specialisation programme in the 1st quarter of 2019. EDHEC Business School, based in France, is ranked as a Top 3 business schools for finance worldwide.

The Fintech and Entrepreneurial Finance module will constitute a core module for 320 Master in Financial Economics students, where they will acquire foundational knowledge about Fintech and digital finance. Students will be exposed to the main industry trends and technological changes happening in finance as well as the main players driving the growth of the ecosystem with use case examples both from Europe and Asia. Learners will also participate in the group business case challenge, where they will develop their problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills.

Fintech is a rapidly growing industry with a market share of more than US$187 billion across 48 Fintech unicorns that challenge the current financial legacy systems with blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) being among the most disruptive and fastest-growing technologies that affect the industry. The course aims to prepare students for this changing landscape and teach them how to exploit the opportunities of emerging technologies.

The course launch follows a successful collaboration of EDHEC and CFTE on the Hybrid Fintech Specialisation programme in Q1 2019. The course enrolled 80 master students and was oversubscribed in just 72 hours with a satisfaction rate of 97%. Adam Lasry, a course alumnus says: 

I would genuinely recommend this course if you are looking for a structured understanding of how Fintech is impacting financial services with real-life examples and applications”.

The School is vastly recognised for its drive to be at the forefront of educational innovation and has attracted an array of reputable academic partners, from institutions such as the MIT Sloan School of Management and the London School of Economics. Michelle Sisto, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at EDHEC, says: “We are delighted to continue and strengthen our partnership with the CFTE. It provides our students with an outstanding programme at the forefront of innovation in Fintech.” 

CFTE is very excited to continue the collaboration with EDHEC and is looking forward to launching the programme in 2020. CFTE is the largest corporate school to train in Fintech with over 55,000 alumni worldwide and a number of partner institutions such as Cyberport in Hong Kong, ADGM Academy in Abu Dhabi, or Budapest Institute of Banking.

We are delighted to continue working with EDHEC, and to set up the most innovative programme within the school, allowing 320 students to learn about Fintech and get them to work on entrepreneurial Finance projects. We are very impressed by EDHEC’s willingness to innovate and try new pedagogical methods to keep bringing the best to their students”, says Tram Anh Nguyen, CFTE’s co-founder.

The programme aims to attract students with a strong interest in finance innovation, who want to understand the use of new technologies and develop new applications for the industry in the future.
The course will be taught through a mix of in-class and online lectures, case studies, applied projects, students presentations, and experts discussions. The course curators will include Dr Trenton Milner (Visiting Professor at EDHEC Business School),  Janos Barberis (Head of Entrepreneurship at CFTE), Alessandro Di Lullo (Director of Academia and Entrepreneurship at CFTE), and Wissam Farah (previous Managing Director of Nomura).

Laurent Deville from Edhec Business School signs the MOU with the CFTE’s Co-Founders.

Hybrid Fintech Specialisation graduation ceremony (April 2019) with the business case winners.

Hybrid Fintech Specialisation graduation ceremony (April 2019) with Sylvain Theveniaud, Tram Anh Nguyen, Laurent Deville, Michelle Sisto, Huy Nguyen Trieu, Janos Barberis and Alessandro Di Lullo.

Hybrid Fintech Specialisation graduation ceremony (April 2019), final lecture with  Sylvain Theveniaud, Tram Anh Nguyen, Janos Barberis, and Christophe Chazot.

Michelle Sisto and Laurent Deville from EDHEC joining the final pitches of the students.

Alessandro Di Lullo and Janos Barberis from CFTE at the Hybrid Fintech Specialisation graduation ceremony at EDHEC Business School (April 2019).


About EDHEC Business School

Founded in 1906, EDHEC is one of Europe’s top 15 business schools. Based in Lille, Nice, Paris, London and Singapore and counting more than 90 nationalities on its campuses, EDHEC is a fully international school directly connected to the business world. With more than 40,000 graduates in 120 countries, it trains committed managers capable of dealing with the challenges of a fast-evolving world.   

Harnessing its core values of excellence, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, EDHEC has developed a strategic model founded on research that is of true practical use to society, businesses and students and which is particularly evident in the work of the EDHEC-Risk Institute and Scientific Beta.

The School functions as a true laboratory of ideas and plays a pioneering role in the field of digital education via EDHEC Online, the first fully online degree-level training platform. 

These components combine to make EDHEC a centre of knowledge, experience and diversity, geared to prepare new generations of managers to excel in a world facing transformational change. 

EDHEC in figures: 8,600 students in academic education, 19 degree programmes from Bachelor’s to PhD level, 184 professors and researchers, 11 specialist research centres. 

For more information, please see www.edhec.edu

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