Chicago acts as the epicenter for all FinTech activity in the Midwest, emerging as an attractive alternative to over-saturated and expensive New York and Silicon Valley. It is home to top universities like Northwestern and University of Chicago, and financial institutions like Discover, Northern Trust, Allstate, Morningstar, Envestnet and dozens more contributing to its already significant talent pool. With the presence of entities like Avant, Braintree, Chicago Blockchain Project, Hadera Hashgraph, OppLoans, and M1 Finance, Chicago has firmly established itself as a FinTech Hub. With government support, favorable regulatory environment, co-working spaces and VC investments from the likes of Hyde Park Venture Partners, FinTEx and CME, Fintech Entrepreneurs can quickly setup here to start innovating to create groundbreaking technology and disruptive business models.
Vikas Bansal is a seasoned Technology and Business executive with over 25 years’ experience in Financial Services, Technology, and Consulting. He is passionate about enabling client-centricity and value-creation via digitalization and nuanced operating models. As a keen observer and researcher of trends and opportunities that contextualize Fintech and the various thematic areas of Fintech innovation and disruptive technologies, he has helped businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals in varied roles as an adviser, consultant, and a coach.
Vikas is an investor, adviser and a community-partner at FinTech Connector. Based in Chicago, his goal is to help grow the community of Fintech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and enablers in Chicago and around the globe.