Fintech and Emerging Financial Models in a Dynamic World

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fintech and Emerging Financial Models in a Dynamic World

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Business, Economics, Finance

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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.

    Advanced Bachelor

    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. 


    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. 

    Visits will be organized to financial institutions in Amsterdam to discover how bankers and other finance professionals view new-world financing models.

    Lectures, excursions, discussions, group work, videos

    Final assignment

    Students 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.