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Fintech is a dynamic and rapidly scaling field that presents limitless opportunities that exist at this intersection of the finance and technology industries. Home to several of the world’s leading fintech experts, The Ohio State University and Fisher College of Business are dedicated to expanding boundaries and elevating this exciting and convergent area through research, business and community partnerships, experiential learning and education and beyond. Continued investment into better understanding and harnessing the capabilities of this growing field will help creating lasting impact within fintech, its workforce development and among the next generation of industry leaders.

Home to the fifth-largest financial services industry, Columbus is a natural fit for scalable understanding of fintech. The industry is key to the region’s economy and, as part of its modern land-grant mission, Ohio State is dedicated to serving as a fintech thought leader in all that it does — from research, to creating business and community partnerships, educating tomorrow’s leaders and building a talented and agile workforce.

Thanks to a generous gift from Fintech71, The Ohio State University and Fisher College of Business have hosted and launched the following events and initiatives in the fintech space.

Fintech Initiatives at Fisher

  • Open/Close FinTech @ Ohio State & Beyond Conference

    The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business hosted the inaugural, two-day virtual conference to bring together entrepreneurs, corporate professionals, faculty and staff, students and the community to grow their fintech knowledge, recruit top talent or preview Ohio State’s plans to lead in the fintech ecosystem.

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  • Open/Close Student Programming

    Fisher is excited to offer new undergraduate and graduate student programming in fintech. More information about the programs listed below will be announced closer to launch.

    Student Fintech Innovation Competition (spring 2022)

    Have an idea for a fintech innovation? Want to showcase your innovative talent? Want to combine your knowledge of blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) and passion for finance? Consider the Student Fintech Innovation Competition.

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    Fisher College of Business proposes a graduate micro-certification in Fintech Fundamentals (autumn 2022)

    The Fintech Fundamentals micro-certification will consist of 4.5 credit hours and will provide introductory-level knowledge pertaining to the emerging technologies that organizations use to improve and automate the delivery of financial services. Those technologies include artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain. The financial services include mobile wallets and payment apps, crowdfunding platforms, cryptocurrency exchanges, stock trading, robo-advisors, mortgage services, insurance services and credit monitoring apps. The increasing frequency with which consumers are relying on fintech to access basic financial services (e.g., money transfers and payments, savings and investments, and budgeting and financial planning) has made fundamental knowledge of fintech desirable for a variety of occupations, job titles and industry sectors.

    Fintech Immersion Program for undergraduate students (autumn 2022)

    The Fintech Immersion Program is a two-semester course series open to students across the university. The program’s goal is for students to gain a thorough understanding of the fintech industry. At the end of the autumn semester, students will have acquired an understanding of industry terminology, concepts, and technologies used and their applications. During the spring semester, students will partner with companies in various areas of fintech to work on corporate projects. This program will not be an in depth study of technologies used in fintech and big data. Rather, when the course sequence is completed, students should be more familiar with overall industry (including insurtech) and technologies that drive fintech.