Berkeley Fintech

Frameworks, Applications, and Strategies

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Course Dates

September 30, 2020

Course Duration


8 weeks, online
4-6 hours per week

Course Duration



Course Information Flexible payment available

Who Will Thrive at the Intersection of Finance and Technology?

The disruption at the crossroads of financial services and digital innovation offers business visionaries the green light to revolutionize the way consumers, investors, and the global banking industry create, manage, and exchange assets. But to drive this fintech revolution, you must be comfortable in the fintech landscape and ready to execute the maneuvers that take your company from traditional to digital, from startup to scale. Blockchain, artificial intelligence, mobile payment, and other fintech innovations offer financial services companies the opportunity to improve operations and customer experience, reduce inefficiencies, and increase revenue.

This program goes deep on both the financial considerations and the technological. You will learn to identify emerging trends and opportunities, the skills required to launch a fintech startup, and the key components of a successful fintech investment so that you and your company can thrive in the Fintech Revolution.

$54 million

Average funding deal for a fintech startup in 2020

SOURCE: Venture Scanner

$135.7 billion

Global fintech investments in 2019



Technologists employed by JPMorgan

SOURCE: Reuters

Who Is This Program For?

This program is designed for professionals who need to gain a deeper understanding of fintech trends and methods of executing financial technology innovations for their own or their clients’ organizations. The program’s content will be particularly useful for those in the following roles:

  • Mid- to Senior-level Managers working in the financial industry or banks
  • CxOs of fintech startups seeking to scale and grow their company by gaining knowledge of the fintech tools that can add value to their enterprise
  • Consultants seeking to create cutting-edge solutions for their clients in the fintech space

Key Takeaways

In this program, you will:

  • Understand the trends, insights, tools, and technologies driving the fintech revolution
  • Gain insight into the current fintech ecosystem, including notable fintech companies and the fintech investing community
  • Analyze how fintech innovations (especially artificial intelligence and machine learning applications) are disrupting traditional banking and financial services, as well as new business models created by fintech disruption
  • Apply frameworks to identify and evaluate fintech innovation opportunities for your own organization or domain
  • Create innovative fintech strategies to differentiate your organization in the market or to build successful fintech companies

Program Topics

Moving from an overview of fintech and its current landscape, you will focus on theory and practical tools that will prepare you to understand the factors and strategies that enable successful fintech innovation.

Module 1:

Introduction and the Fintech Revolution

Module 2:

The Fintech Ecosystem

Module 3:

The Economic Foundations of Fintech with Practical Examples

Module 4:

Key Data Science, with Applications to Real-World Fintech Problems

Module 5:

Analytics Methods and Tools, with Applications to Real-World Fintech Problems

Module 6:

Financial Literacy with Fintech Examples

Module 7:

From a Fintech Idea to Execution

Module 8:

Fintech Success Factors and Strategies

The eight modules are designed to instruct you in methods to conduct research and analysis that synthesizes various financial and technology aspects of the program, preparing you to propose a new fintech project for your business.

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Case Studies

To gain a deeper understanding of fintech players and the playing field, you will examine several case studies from prominent fintech innovators.

Ant Financial

Explore the key features of the world’s largest fintech company, an affiliate of the Chinese conglomerate, Alibaba Group Holding.


Explore the rise and challenges ahead for this blockchain ecosystem, the world’s leading exchange for cryptocurrencies.

Fidelity Investments

Explore key concepts and frameworks related to how one of the largest financial services firms in the world manages innovation.

Note: All product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. The study of these products and/or companies does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.

Program Faculty

Yaniv Konchitchki

Tenured Associated Professor, Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Faculty Director, UC Haas Center for Financial Reporting and Management, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

Before earning his PhD, Prof. Konchitchki worked as a CPA and senior financial analyst for PwC and as an economist for Israel’s Securities Authority. He is a veteran of the Special Forces, as a soldier and commander. He is a founding father of macro-accounting, a new research field he helped develop. His research expertise is in corporate financial reporting and analysis, capital markets, valuation, financial technology and innovation, and macroeconomics. His work focuses on the modeling and the resolution of real-world problems with the goal of enhancing decision making, while employing tools such as econometrics, statistical/big data analyses, and programmed algorithms. He holds a BA and MA in Economics and Accounting from Tel Aviv University, an MSc in Statistics from Stanford University and a PhD in Business Administration from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Christine Parlour

Professor of Finance, Sylvan C. Coleman Chair of Finance and Accounting, Distinguished Teaching Fellow, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

An expert in institutionally complex areas, such as market microstructure and banking, Prof. Parlour researches fintech, digital payments, credit markets, and finance and has served on the Nasdaq Economic Advisory Board and on the steering committee for the New Special Studies of Securities Markets. She holds a BSocSci from University of Ottawa, and an MA and PhD in Economics from Queen’s University.

Steve Tadelis

Professor of Economics, Sarin Chair in Leadership and Strategy, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

An expert in e-commerce and the economics of the internet, Prof. Tadelis has conducted on-site research at Amazon and eBay and focuses his academic research on the economics of incentives and organizations, industrial organization, and microeconomics. He holds a BA in Economics from University of Haifa, an MSc in economics from Techion, and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.

Shachar Kariv

Benjamin N. Ward Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley Economics

An expert in economic theory, experimental economics, and behavioral economics, Prof. Kariv focuses his research on social networks, social learning, and personal and social preferences. He has served as the faculty director of UC Berkeley’s Experimental Social Science Laboratory, known as Xlab, and is cofounder of Xmobile, a platform for social science research related to smartphones. He holds a BA in economics from Tel Aviv University, and an MA and PhD in economics from New York University.



Get recognized! Upon successful completion of the program, UC Berkeley Executive Education grants a verified digital certificate of completion to participants. This program is graded as pass or fail; participants must receive 80% to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. This program also counts toward a Certificate in Business Excellence.

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Note: After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of UC Berkeley Executive Education

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