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Founder of Vator social media network for startups Bambi Francisco backs new FinTech degree

4 April 2017

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A former tech TV correspondent and financial news producer on US TV network CNN is the latest name to back a new degree in Financial Technology.

Bambi Francisco interviewed the likes of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg and Larry Page, co-founder of Google, before going on to found her own company, Vator.

The social network is one of the largest of its kinds in the world for helping startups and investors – and students on Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Financial Technology Management degree will be able to tap into it via a competition.

The competition will be launched when the first students start studying on the new degree from September 2017.

As part of the agreement, Wrexham Glyndwr University has become VatorX’s first strategic partner in the UK.

Kelvin Leong, principal lecturer and professional lead in finance at Wrexham Glyndwr University, said: “VatorX raised an aggregate of more than £675m dollars in the last few years so it really is a big coup for us to have Bambi as support for the course.

“We’re thrilled that she’s allowing us to use VatorX as a platform for a competition, which will give students a first class insight into financial technology and deepen their knowledge of the field.”

Paolo Sironi, Global Thought Leader at IBM Watson Financial Services for Investment and Risk Analytics, will also be bringing an expertise in Robo-Advisers to the degree. He is also the author of the famous FinTech book called “Fintech Innovation: From Robo-Advisors to Goal Based Investing and Gamification.”

Mr Sironi will identify how to use robo-advisors in wealth management, important for fintech students and of benefit to the local community.

An expert in information security, Professor Ernesto Damiani from Khalifa University, UAE, is joining the steering group for the Wrexham Glyndwr University course as well.

The University announced last month that it was to offer the UK’s first undergraduate degree dedicated to Fintech, a BSc (Hons) in Financial Technology Management.

The course will provide students with the business skills needed to exploit opportunities within the financial technology sector.

US investment bankers and the ACCA Cymru Wales were announced among the first groups to back the new course.

Course leader Anna Sung said: “We’ve designed the course with input from leaders of FinTech companies across the world and the degree delivers exactly the kind of skills which they look for in potential new recruits.”

Anna added: “Other steering group members for the course include, but not limited to, Nako Mebelle, Founder and Partner of FinTech Recruiters, Canada and Marie Bosnjak, Director of FinTech Recruitment Pty Ltd, Australia.”

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