New York FinTech Week 2018 Recap


New York FinTech Week (16 – 20 April) hosted by Empire Startups was a week long series of events that brought the FinTech community together to shine a light on the intersection of finance, technology and innovation in New York. With over 15 events held across the week by our community partners and sponsors, it created a real buzz in the city around FinTech! In case you missed it, we’ve pulled out some highlights from the week below.


The week launched with a bang! On the Monday evening, leaders from the FinTech ecosystem came together for drinks and canapés at the FinTech Week Opening Reception held at Rise NY.


Forty bankers and FinTech startups took a seat at our Banking and FinTech Innovation Roundtable to discuss best practice partnering. The conversation looked at the challenges and opportunities around regulation, the future of banking, consumer experience and technology integration, and was an opportunity to forge relationships and consider new ways of partnering.


Empire Startups hosted the premier event of New York FinTech Week – the 6th Empire FinTech Conference. Over 400 people attended the event at New World Stages – the home of Avenue Q! You can check out all the videos here.  There were keynotes from two superwomen – Carey Kolaja, Global Chief Product Officer from Citi FinTech and Megan Caywood, Co-Founder and CPO from Starling Bank.

We had panel discussions with leaders from the FinTech ecosystem that covered  a range of topics ranging from blockchain in The New ICOnomy, to the challenges of the FinTech MVP in The Myth of the FinTech MVP – Keys to Disruption, to innovation in the enterprise in B2B Innovators, to strategic investment in How to Raise Money in FinTech, and getting in front on lending in A Blessing of Unicorns – Lending Gallops Ahead. We also had demos from 6 of the hottest startups around – N26, Bink, Shieldpay, Sigma Ratings, NextGenVest and Petal. Thrown on top of that, there was plenty of time for networking and Dinosaur BBQ!


Thursday was a big day! S&P Global Market Intelligence kicked off the morning with a Blockchain Breakfast event. With 60 people in the room, the Market Intelligence team presented key research takeaways and provided insight into the financial institutions investing in blockchain, and latest trends surrounding blockchain technology.

Over the course of the day, Empire Startups ran a FinTech Partnerships Forum holding curated meetings at Rise NY between corporate innovation teams and startups. The aim of the day was to support innovation by promoting collaboration and strategic partnerships and we had over 20 startups participate, meeting with banks like UBS, AMEX, Blackrock, Fidelity and Barclays.

On Thursday afternoon, FinTech SandBox brought their Demo Day 5.0 (for the first time ever!) to New York. The downtown Moody’s Analytics offices were packed with over 200 people watching demo presentations of 9 FinTech startups that have taken part in their program:, DiligenceVault,, Orenda, Rialto, Synswap, WalletFi, Skopos Labs and 7Chord. The event highlighted how these startups are bringing solutions to back office innovation, meeting the needs of the underserved and bringing transparency to asset management.

Davis Wright Tremaine also hosted their latest Project W event, a FemTech panel discussion that provided unique insights on how women can get and use funding, as well as fund projects themselves. The audience got the scoop on the experiences of female founders looking for funding, as well as female VCs giving funding. It was a phenomenal event with tangible takeaways and inspiration!


To end the week, we had over 100 people converge at Rise NY for the official Closing Party. Over beer and pizza, the FinTech community shared what they’d learnt at the events attended over the week, with the discussion turning to what is come for FinTech in New York!

We couldn’t have done it without the support of our sponsors: S&P Global Market Intelligence, Davis Wright Tremaine, Nutanix, Latham & Watkins, FinTech Sandbox, Ontario International and Rise NY. A huge thank you goes out to them for their support of the FinTech community!


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