The New Castle County Chamber of Commerce on December 11 hosted the 1st Annual Fintech Forum. Thirteen leaders in the financial services sector joined over 130 guests to discuss FinTech in the First State.
Areas of discussion included the evolving regulatory and compliance landscape, the future of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, FinTech talent needs and emerging technologies in banking.
Arkadi Kuhlmann, founder and former head of ING Direct and founder of Zenbanx, opened the event with a keynote address and the afternoon closed with a reception with Gov. John Carney.
Among the industry leaders that led the discussions were: John Collins (First State FinTech Lab), Doneene Damon (Richards, Layton, & Finger), J.C. Boggs, (King & Spalding), Jennifer McDermott (JP Morgan Chase), Kristopher Knight (Delaware Deputy Secretary of State), Dan Quan (Banks Street Advisory) and many more.
“With the financial services sector rapidly growing and showing no signs of slowing down, we felt it was time to convene key stakeholders to determine what we, as a Chamber, need to do to help ensure that Delaware is well positioned to capitalize on its strengths in this area,” said Bob Chadwick, president of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce.
The FinTech Forum is part of the New Castle County Chamber’s Cutting Edge Initiative, which looks at emerging industries where Delaware holds a competitive edge.
“Our plan is to help support these industry verticals. As a Chamber, we can act as a bridge to the greater community to help facilitate any programming that is required to ensure that these key areas continue to flourish and support greater economic growth within Delaware.” said Chadwick.