The Program

Are you an early-stage business with an innovative idea? An established company with a fresh take on financial services? Or an IT entrepreneur with industry-changing IP? The FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific has been developed to help you refine and test your proposition with the support of the world’s leading financial firms.

Fast track your concept and convert it into a strong, commercially viable proposition that has been tried and tested in one of the most demanding industries.

As one of the successful applicants you’ll benefit from:

  • Mentoring from the industry’s leading firms and senior financial services executives.
  • Insider knowledge and direct feedback from your target user groups.
  • Strategy development and pitch coaching from senior Accenture executives.
  • Workshops and panel discussions on topics such as procurement, regulation and industry trends.
  • PR opportunities to raise your profile.
  • A workspace in Hong Kong Cyberport for three employees throughout the program.
  • Special accommodation rates offered by J Plus Hotel

What's new for 2017

Finalist startups will also be given these following additional benefits in 2017:

INCREASED VISIBILITY TO EXPERTS THAT COUNT

  • Increased exposure and visibility to Senior executives at Accenture: Present your business at the APAC Financial Services Leadership quarterly meeting, to showcase your technology to the team who lead our priority accounts in APAC
  • A secured spot at the FinTech Finals 2018: 5 minutes on stage to demo in front of 1000 delegates and a panel of world-class fintech experts, and the chance to win the trophy and huge cash prizes

ACCELERATE YOUR BUSINESS GROWTH

  • The opportunity to become one of Accenture’s FinTech Go-To-Market partners
  • The opportunity to partner with Accenture Interactive to help speed up your innovation and software development cycles through an open environment

BOOST YOUR COMPANY PROFILE

  • A dedicated, professionally produced 5 minute video featuring your company: to be posted on the FinTech Innovation Lab APAC website and the FinTech Innovation Lab official social channels (including LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook)
  • Be interviewed and featured exclusively on one of FF18’s podcast, to be shared across FF18’s official social media channels

INCREASED ACCESS TO FUNDING

  • The opportunity to receive support through a 24 month Cyberport incubation program valued at US$94,000; including a range of business, professional and mentorship services to continue the acceleration of your business
  • Access to Cyberport’s Venture Fund of US$25million: the opportunity to pitch for venture funding from Cyberport’s Macro Fund

INCREASE YOUR FOOTPRINT IN ASIA

  • 2 Training visas for Hong Kong sponsored by Accenture (only applicable for non-HK based startups)
  • 3-6 months complimentary co-working space in Cyberport Hong Kong beyond the Lab
  • Be featured in major regional and global financial services and technology events that are organized or co-organized by Cyberport (including but not exclusive to Asia Financial Forum, Hong Kong Internet Economy Summit, FinTech Week Hong Kong, HKTDC ICT EXPO, TechCrunch Beijing, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, etc.) as keynote or panel speaker
  • Mentorship and Go-To-Market Access to Cyberport’s networks across Asia: introductions to Cyberport’s representative offices and extensive partner networks in mainland China and across Asia

Of course, the more you put in, the more you’ll get out of the program. So it’s essential your management can commit to the following dates:

Selection

6 July, 2017 - start-ups are notified if they have been shortlisted for selection, and are invited to present at Interview Day

13-14 July, 2017 - shortlisted start-ups will participate in an in-person or video conference interview with the senior executives of the Lab’s participating financial institutions

24 July, 2017 - the selected start-ups to join the FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific 2017 program are notified and announced

During the program

To get the most out of the experience, your core management team will need to be fully involved in the 12-week program.

We understand that in special circumstances this may not be possible and there’s some flexibility however, this must be disclosed at interview day. As an absolute minimum, your core management team will need to attend the following:

  • 21 August, 2017: FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific Welcome drinks and networking event
  • 28 August to 15 September, 2017: to attend initial introductions to participating financial institutions, Speed dating sessions services firms and program planning
  • 23-24 October, 2017: FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific Assessment: Review Day
  • 9 November, 2017: The FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific Investor Day