Program in Fintech, Blockchain and Decentralized Finance

Immerse yourself in the era of financial innovation and discover how blockchain technology is redefining the rules of the game.

Official name
Program in Fintech, Blockchain and Decentralized Finance
Modality On-site
Duration 2 Months
Language Catalan - Spanish
Places available 20
Credits 15-ECTS
Start Date 23 February 2024
Schedule Fridays from 17h to 21h and saturdays from 9h to 14h
Location Barcelona

For more than a decade, the financial industry has been undergoing a major disruption with the arrival of new entrants who, with the use of technology and innovative business models, are challenging the status quo.

This innovation is divided in this course into two large blocks. In the first one, we will describe and go deeper into the new entrants known as fintechs. The different verticals (neobanks, wealthtech, paytechs or financing fintechs, among others) and we will discuss the technology they use.

The course also serves to learn about the new business models introduced by fintechs and the new open banking paradigm that both fintechs and traditional banking are facing. In this course you will also learn how to design a fintech and its business model, as well as understand key concepts of entrepreneurship, validation processes and fintech investment such as the fundraising process and valuation methods.

The second block of the course is organized around blokchain technology and the new paradigms it introduces in the financial sector. Starting from the basics of this technology, we will learn about the main use cases both in the financial sector and in the new business models introduced by decentralized finance, from the design of a DeFi application and the token economy that can make it sustainable to the financing of projects in blockchain via ICOs and the different operations that can be carried out in decentralized finance.

-Eloi Noya (program director): Eloi Noya has developed his professional career in the financial field, in management positions at Banco Pastor, Caixa Catalunya and CatalunyaBanc. After 20 years in the sector, in 2013 he co-founded a fintech startup, LoanBook Capital, which became a leader in the marketplace lending sector in Spain. Eloi currently combines his role as Director of Institutional Relations at the financial consultancy Altria Corpo with the Directorate of Innovation at the Institute of Financial Studies (IEF). He has been a professor at the IEF since 2017 in Fintech and Technological Innovation in Finance.

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