Fintech and Emerging Financing Models in a Dynamic World

Many of the jobs we will be doing in five years do not exist today. The world is changing rapidly and the world of finance has to change with it. New innovations will take place both within and beyond existing structures: fintechs providimg services such as crowdfunding, P2P lending, family lending, inclusive financing and impact investing will be refined and made more sustainable, while new opportunities using blockchain technology will be developed. Fintechs will disrupt legacy banks and democratize financial services.

Session 2
18 July to 1 August 2020
Course levelAdvanced Bachelor, open to Master, PhD staff and professionals
Co-ordinating lecturers         
Frans Boumans
Other lecturersBernhard van der Biessen
Forms of tuitionLectures, excursions, discussions, group work, videos
Forms of assessmentFinal assignment
Credits3 ECTS
Contact hours45 hours
Tuition fee€1150, read more about what's included
Accommodation and social programme
How to apply
Find our application form here
Students of business economics, business administration and comparable courses; business professionals from a wide range of sectors including consultancy, banking, NGO’s and all levels of government. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students and professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds. If you have any doubts about your eligibility, please don't hesitate to contact us.

On this course, you will deal with real-life cases and projects, honing your creativity, flexibility, professional insights and social skills in lean (start-up) projects and scrums that equip you to face the future of today’s gig economy. You will learn to innovate within a sustainable financial model or product, cooperating with financial experts in a business environment based on principles such as good finance, inclusive finance and international impact investment. New startups as well as banks, insurance companies, pension funds and other traditional financial institutions will reap the rewards of your expertise on finance’s new frontier.

Programme 1 - New Financing Models

July 20   
Global credit crisis -> BoomBustBoom -> Financial crisis in Europe
Innovations: Canvas model in Banking; inclusive financing
Guestlecture Mercon Coffee Group, Jeroen Laarmans, Arjan de Bruin

July 21   
Commercial banking vs Investment banking; Fintech: Adyen case
Equity and debt along the lifecycle; Crowdfunding, SME bonds
Groupsassignments preparations 

Programme 2 - New Financing Models

July 22    
Guestlecture, Arjan de Bruin
Alternative funding sources; green bonds, impact investing
Groupsassignments preparations

July 23    
Groupsassignments preparations

July 24    
Sitevisit ING HQ: guestlecture Green financing

Programme 3 - Blockchain

July 27
Introduction blockchain
How can blockchain replace trusted third party (i.e. Banks) based on games
How can you benefit form low cost transaction recording.
Ecosystems. Are you able to use the checks and balances of your origination in a network? How are organizations going to change if trust can be distributed?
How do you govern a network instead of an organization

July 28
Impact of cryptocurrencies for economic traffic
Data visualization of capital distribution
The futures for cryptos / libra

Programme 4 - Blockchain

July 29
Technical aspects: Hash, block, timestamp   
Distributed ledger technology
Case study Data manager / Self-sovereign identity

July 30
Case study logistics: Tradelens

July 31
Presentations exercises

At the end of this course, you:

•  grasp the principles and concepts of doing business in an international market context in various economic cycles.
•  can develop a lean start-up and arrange SME financing during the lifecycle of a firm.
•  can utilize forecasting and scenario techniques to define financing needs and structures.
•  can adopt various approaches to financial models and fintech innovations such as blockchains.
•  are able to work in cross-cultural teams, write a lean plan and present a financing request in a Dragons’ Den setting.

Visits will be organized to financial institutions in Amsterdam to discover how bankers and other finance professionals view new-world financing models.

 Frans Boumans

Frans Boumans worked more than 25 years as corporate banker at Mees & Hope, MeesPierson and ING and lectures for over 25 years (E)MBA and Msc bachelor courses at various universities in 15 countries around the globe, amongst these VU Amsterdam. His field of expertise is (corporate) finance and he published about New Financing models (in Dutch).  

"What is Good Finance in today’s world? Finance reinvented: back to the future!"


Bernhard van der Biessen is blockchain lead at the Institute for Finance and Accounting at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences. He has a background as a research fellow of Port Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and as a Data Engineer at the Statistics Netherlands (CBS). His fields of expertise are data visualization and blockchain.

Do you want to make the most out of your summer? You can combine this course with the following courses in session 1: