CFTE was appointed by Hong Kong Cyberport to launch Fintech training programme

London, 5 November 2019 – Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE) is delighted to announce that it has been appointed to be the training partner of Hong Kong Cyberport FinTech Training programme. This initiative, stated in the 2019 HKSAR Government Policy Address, aims to upskill over 1,500 in-service financial practitioners in 2020. During this period, CFTE will design and operate over 30 training courses with alternating teaching format, including ‘FinTech Foundation Seminars’ and ‘Deep Dive Workshop’.  

The topics selected are combining ease of learning and business impact and will cover subject such as: Artificial Intelligence in finance, Virtual Banks as well as more specific topics like Regtech, Insurtech, cybersecurity and more. 

By launching the programme, Hong Kong Cyberport is committed to nurturing FinTech talent, thereby enrich the talent pool and promote the adoption of innovative FinTech solutions in the traditional financial services sector. 

An info-session was held on Monday (4 November) with of over 70 representatives from human resources and training departments of financial institutions attended. CFTE’s Head of Entrepreneurship, Janos Barberis hosted a mock seminar themed “Challenger Banks: Global Phenomenon, Local Logic” in the session. 

The recent government policy address made a bold statement: for FinTech to succeed you must invest in Human Capital at scale. CFTE is proud to expand to Hong Kong, backed by such strong vision and partners. This aligns with our mission: in a tech world we bet on people.” – said Janos Barberis, CFTE Head of Entrepreneurship.

CFTE is honoured to partner with Cyberport and to assist with delivering high-quality content that contributes to the development of the new financial workforce. The Centre sees the launch as a further expansion to the APAC region and wants to act as a bridge between Fintech ecosystems of Europe and Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Cyberport is the largest digital technology hub in Hong Kong, housing more than 1,400 start-ups and technology businesses including over 360 Fintech companies, forming the most vibrant FinTech ecosystem in the region.

Eric Chan, Chief Public Mission Officer of Hong Kong Cyberport, said, “We are pleased to collaborate with CFTE contributing to Fintech talent cultivation and development in Hong Kong. We hope the programme will further expand local talent pool by enhancing Fintech mindset and embracing innovative solutions as well as accelerating digital transformation in the sector.


The partnership with Hong Kong Cyberport is the latest milestone in a series of top-tier government collaborations by CFTE. This follows the launch of a Programme of AI in Finance in the Middle East with ADGM Academy, the partnership with Finance Montreal to create the first online course on Open Banking and cooperation with the Budapest Institute of Banking to distribute the CFTE courses in Eastern Europe.

Picture 1: Cyberport executives and Janos Barberis from CFTE announce the collaboration for Fintech Training programme.

Picture 2: Janos Barberis from CFTE gave a lecture on the impact of FinTech on the global banking industry

About the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE)

CFTE is an education platform supported by senior leaders from the largest institutions, startups and universities. It addresses the needs of professionals in finance and technologists to upskill in a rapidly changing industry being transformed by emerging technologies. To date, over 40,000 finance professionals have been upskilled through CFTE courses worldwide. The signature Fintech Foundation and AI in Finance online courses have been developed by experts from leading Universities, financial institutions, startups and regulators, such as MIT, Imperial College, Citi or Starling Bank.

About Cyberport

Cyberport is an innovative digital community with around 1,400 start-ups and technology companies. It is managed by Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, which is wholly owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government. With a vision to be the hub for digital technology thereby creating a new economic driver for Hong Kong, Cyberport is committed to nurturing a vibrant tech ecosystem by cultivating talent, promoting entrepreneurship among youth, supporting start-ups on their growth journey, fostering industry development by promoting strategic collaboration with local and international partners, and integrating new and traditional economies by accelerating digital transformation in the public and private sectors. 

For more information, please visit www.cyberport.hk.

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