By @SimonCocking

When is it on?

The inaugural Money20/20 Asia will take place 13th – 15th March 2018 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore – it is set to become the definitive industry event in the Asia Pacific region, inspiring and enabling innovators to create the future of money. Money20/20 Asia will provide the platform for pan-Asian and global companies to connect and explore the unique opportunities fuelling the fast expansion of the Asia Pacific payments and financial services landscape.

What was the inspiration to start it?

Money20/20 was founded in the US in 2011 by two serial entrepreneurs and is now recognised as the largest FinTech event series in the world (now in its 6th year the most recent Money20/20 US had over 11,000 attendees of which 1 in 3 were C-Level). In the first of our international expansions, we successfully launched into the European market in early 2016, with 3,700 attendees and 400+ speakers including 500 CEOs, from 1,500 companies and 70 countries. Following our successful launch into Europe, our clients and partners began coming to us asking when we would expand to the APAC market and were so excited at the prospect of us going to market in the region – the APAC launch has really been an organic process very much led by industry need.

Research shows that in 2015, FinTech investment in Asia quadrupled, reaching $4.5B – more than the previous four years’ investment combined. Rising regional access to smartphone connectivity is growing at a startling rate which in turn is opening up greater access to financial services for many. Combine this with the region being identified as the world’s largest B2C e-commerce market and the sheer size of the increasingly tech savvy ‘middle class’ population, it is clear that the time is right for Money20/20 to launch in Asia.

Why did you chose Singapore for the venue?

We selected Singapore as host city for the first ever Money20/20 event in the APAC region because of its status as a global travel hub and excellent infrastructure which is crucial for us as it allows us to deliver a world class event at a standard now synonymous with the Money20/20 brand. The City State’s thriving FinTech ecosystem as well as the Singaporean government’s innovative approach to FinTech regulation and global partnerships were also key factors.

What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2018 version?

A dedicated announcements track for industry to launch products and make cutting edge announcements to media, a startup pitch plus a super cool area for early stage startups to exhibit and build their network, a ton of fun networking opportunities including the legendary Money20/20 Industry Party and most of all the biggest, boldest and best speakers from the industry sharing cutting edge insight, knowledge and inspiration. Our exhibition hall is the heart of the event and will showcase have over 150 of the region’s industry.

We offer totally bespoke sponsorship opportunities from exhibition booths to meeting space, branding and merchandising – helping companies leverage the event to build new partnerships, generate leads and promote brand awareness.

Who is coming, which great speakers? What topics are being covered?

Money20/20 Asia will be cover the leading trends and opportunities within payments and financial services across the APAC region. The event will shine a spotlight on the most impactful and innovative initiatives in Asia from those of the tech and e-Commerce giants right through to the bleeding edge collaborations arising from community plays within the Identity and authentication space. A key area of coverage will be on the leading banks and how they are gearing up for a digital future and the cutting edge startups breaking new ground.

Over the next few weeks we will release an overview of our agenda topics so watch out for that – they will include; financial inclusion, blockchain, Legal & regulatory, Regtech, e-Commerce, in-store, in-app and lots more!

Confirmed speakers include;

Soul Htite, Founder & CEO,
Ron Kalifa, Vice Chairman, World Pay
Thomas Ko, Global Co-GM, Samsung Pay
Spencer Spinnell, Director, Emerging Platforms, Google, Inc.
Janet Young Yoke Mun, Managing Director & Head of Group Channels & Digitalisation, United Overseas Bank Limited.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

Get outside your comfort zone, be brave and bold with your brand, pre-plan as many meetings as possible, we run some concurrent content sessions so be sure to check out the full agenda beforehand to plan in which speakers are ‘must see’, think about timing any cool business announcements to go out at the time of the event – after all, the biggest press in the region will be onsite.

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

Early Bird delegate registration is now live! You can currently buy passes at 50% off our full rate – our lowest price of the year. We also offer some special rates for early stage startups, government agencies and retailers. Visit our online portal to book:  or email [email protected]

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?
To get a taster of Money20/20 event, why not check out the upcoming Money20/20 Europe which will be held in Copenhagen 26th – 28th June. Speakers include; Will Gaybrick, Chief Financial Officer, Stripe; Ashok Vaswani, CEO, Barclays UK; June Felix, President, Verifone Europe; Rita Liu, Head of Alipay Europe, Alipay Inc and Brian Crist, Chief Payments Counsel, Uber. You can book your ticket here and use the code Hannah_Guest to get €200 off.

If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at [email protected] or on Twitter: @SimonCocking

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