FIN42140 FinTech Incubator Project

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module guides students on the commercial application of Financial Technology (FinTech) theory. Students can choose one of two project options:

1. Start-up Project: Students prepare a new FinTech related app or other service/product. They will work individually or in teams to develop the product idea, to conduct market research and to construct a fundable business plan using guidelines from NovaUCD for start-up support.

2. Client Project: Students develop a new FinTech service/product for an established organisation, either a financial institution or other business enterprise, on a no fee basis. They will work individually or in teams to engage with the client organisation, to develop the proposal and to deliver a concluding presentation.

Feedback and support will be provided on each stage of the project, with the plan to be documented in a final project report. This can support the launch of successful Irish FinTech start-up companies, while the MSc Financial Data Science program can deepen relationships with existing industry partners.

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Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand key historical developments in banking and finance and they relate to the modern developments in digital finance
2. Identify threats and opportunities for incumbent and new entrant financial sector players alike
3. Formulate advice to incumbent and new entrant financial sector players based on an understanding of trends and structure of the financial sector in the digital finance era

Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Project Report Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive guidance and feedback on their project throughout the module and detailed feedback on their final submitted report.

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