North America is home to one of the world’s largest and most developed fintech ecosystems. The US, with its dynamics hubs of New York City and Silicon Valley, is a driving force in the sector. Canada, meanwhile, is witnessing its city of Toronto emerging as a prominent tech powerhouse.
The growth of fintech in North America is being enabled by the region’s ability to attract vast amounts of investment, a feature that has allowed it to consistently account for the largest share of fintech investment globally.
The region also boasts a rich environment for tech-driven innovation that’s enabled for the fostering of cutting-edge technologies including blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) in finance, and payment solutions.
As fintech continues to grow and evolve in North America, organizers are putting together large-scale events across the region to allow industry stakeholders to connect, learn about the latest developments, and discover the sector’s next superstars.
Today, we look at the top fintech events taking place across the USA and Canada in the coming months. These events, scheduled in Q4 2023, promise to gather large crowds of top industry leaders, innovators and investors to discuss the sector’s top opportunities and challenges.
Boston Fintech Week 2023
October 10 – 13, 2023
Boston, MA, USA
Boston Fintech Week, presented by Fintech Sandbox, is returning from October 10 to 13. This year’s edition, run under the theme “On the Brink: Building the Infrastructure We Need for a Bold Financial Future”, will bring together the global fintech community to discuss how new pathways for products, services and new distribution channels are or aren’t ushering in the golden age of financial services.
Headlining the event will be a two-day, ticketed conference on October 11 and 12, hosted by Fintech Sandbox. This conference, held at the Boston Federal Reserve, will feature the builders and investors who are fundamentally changing the way we interact within the financial services industry.
The speaker series will include:
- Michael Schlein, chief executive officer and president of Accion
- Connor Murray, chief executive officer and co-founder of OpenInvest
- Reetika Grewal, head of digital for commercial banking and the corporate and investment bank at Wells Fargo
- Daniel Anthony, senior vice president and FedNowSM chief information officer at Federal Reserve Financial Services
- Paul Brody, global blockchain leader at Ernst & Young LLP
- Mona Vernon, head of Fidelity Labs at Fidelity Investments
- Matt Hatch, Americas fintech and financial services private markets leader at Ernst & Young LLP
Other events throughout the week, such as fireside chats, masterclasses and receptions, will be hosted by the broader fintech, financial services, startup and investor communities, with each requiring individual registration.
NXTSTAGE Financial Technology Innovation Showcase
October 11, 2023
WSU Tech Auditorium, Wichita, KS, USA
The NXTSTAGE Fintech Competition is an innovation program that allows fintech startups from around the world to present their innovative technology solutions to prospective customers in Kansas that they otherwise may not have been able to access.
At the Innovation Showcase on October 11, 2023, the eight finalists that have been selected for this year’s program will get to showcase their solutions and get a chance to be selected for paid contracts with pilot partners.
The finalists were chosen from among 111 competitors hailing from 22 states and 11 countries, offering next generation solutions to help regional banks, credit unions and financial services businesses improve identity verification, offer new digital tools to customers, link in with their small-business clients’ financial information, and expand lending and services to rural and urban underserved community segments.
Money 20/20 USA 2023
October 22 – 25, 2023
The Venetian | The Palazzo and Sands Expo, Las Vegas, NV, USA
The Money20/20 USA edition will be returning this year from October 22 to 25 in Las Vegas. Over 300 industry leading speakers are expected to join the event.
The agenda will include over 60 hours of incredible content and will present speakers from the entire financial ecosystem including the largest banks in the world, venture capital (VC) firms, payment providers, lending and credit companies, startups and disruptors and the largest tech companies on the planet.
Some key themes of the sessions and content will include current trust challenges in finance; the need for regulatory clarity; disruptive tech, such as blockchain and AI; and the return to fundamentals emphasizing business profitability over unchecked growth. The event will also highlight infrastructure and the need to focus on building utility reflecting a new phase for the industry.
Confirmed keynote speakers include Stephanie Ferris, CEO and President of FIS, who will be talking about leadership in a constantly shifting financial world; as well as Anand Selvaesari, Chief Operating Officer of Citi, and Zach Perret, CEO of Plaid, who will be joining forces to show how different companies can work together to accelerate growth innovation in digital finance.
Keynote speakers Jelena McWilliams, Former FDIC Chairman and Managing Partner, Cravath, Swaine & More LLP; and Randal Quarles, Former Vice Chairman, the Federal Reserve System and Chairman of the Cynosure Group, will share their experiences as ex-regulators and more behind their roles as current operators.
Earned wage access will also be highlighted in a panel with Marie-Elise Droga, Head of Fintech Partnerships at Visa and Gil Akos, Founder and CEO of Astra, along with Hali Mo, Product Manager of CT Cash & Flex at Cloudtrucks, and Alex Johnsson, Founder of Fintech Takes.
Insuretech Connect Vegas 2023
October 31 – November 02, 2023
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Insuretech Connect (ITC) Vegas is one of the world’s largest gathering of insurance innovation, offering unparalleled access to the most comprehensive and global gathering of over 10,000 tech entrepreneurs, investors, and insurance industry executives from across the globe.
This year’s three-day event, presented by McKinsey and Company, will take place from October 31 to November 02, and will feature the latest industry innovations. The event will provide an opportunity for leaders in the entire industry to improve productivity, reduce costs, and enhance their services to policyholders.
Since its inception in 2016, ITC Vegas has been attended by over 30,000 people from 65+ countries looking to connect with the global insurtech industry, discover new solutions and best practices, and learn from peers and thought leaders driving the ecosystem forward.
Canadian Lenders Summit
November 01, 2023
Mars Discovery District, Toronto, ON, Canada
On November 01, 2023, the Canadian Lenders Summit will explore the business of lending in the Canadian market. Sessions will deep dive on explosive sectors such as small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) financing, buy now, pay later (BNPL), auto, unsecured consumer, equipment finance, real-estate secured and many more.
The event is expected to bring together 700 lenders, fintech companies and industry experts. Main themes covered this year will include fraud technology, identity verification (IDV), financial data solutioning and supporting new-to-Canada and new-to-credit consumers.
DC Fintech Week 2023
November 06 – 08, 2023
Fannie Mae’s Midtown Center and the International Spy Museum, Washington, DC, USA
The 7th annual DC Fintech Week, taking place from November 06 to 08, 2023 in Washington, DC, will bring together thought leaders and innovators in the fintech landscape to dive deep into an inclusive and informative dialogue that shapes the future of finance.
The event will offer a unique and immersive experience for attendees seeking to learn more about the intricate world of fintech. A small bootcamp for regulators and practitioners will be held on November 6, 2023, at the Georgetown University Law Center, offering a comprehensive exploration of fintech’s regulatory landscape.
On each day, on every panel, the conference will bring the best and the brightest to Washington, DC for discussions spanning the fintech ecosystem: crowdfunding, online lending, cryptocurrencies, cybersecurity, generative AI, open banking and more.
November 09, 2023
Quorum by Convene, New York City, NY, USA
Reuters NEXT is the definitive annual live journalist event hosted by the world’s largest and most trusted news agency.
Led by Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni, Reuters NEXT brings together global leaders in business, policy, and finance for critical conversations about the topics that matter. From challenges of governance amidst geopolitical and financial instability, resilience in the face of inflationary pressures, to difficulties in implementing climate action, and transforming digital disruption.
This year’s edition will take place on November 09 at Quorum by Convene in New York City, and will comprise three main stages: the World Stage, the Disruption Stage – AI, and the Banking and Finance Stage. Key themes covered will include technology, climate and sustainability, as well as economy and markets.
Benzinga Fintech Deal Day & Awards 2023
November 13, 2023
Convene, New York City, NY, USA
This November, the financial world will converge in New York City for the Benzinga Fintech Deal Day & Awards. With over US$100 million of deals anticipated, the annual event is expected to be the epicenter of the fintech space.
Participants attending the event will get to engage with top-tier companies like Robinhood, eToro and State Street, hear from the industry’s top experts, get to network with over 1,000 capital markets leaders, and witness the future of fintech with live demos and presentations.
The event will recognize the world’s top fintech innovators across more than 25 categories.
Real-Time Payments and Fraud Management Summit in New York
November 14, 2023
New York City, NY, USA
On November 14, 2023, New York City will host the sixth annual Real-Time Payments and Fraud Management Summit. The summit promises to be a crucial gathering for professionals keen to understand the revolutionary impact of real-time payments (RTP) and the intricacies of fraud management.
With more than 25 speakers scheduled to present, the summit expects to welcome an audience of over 120 qualified professionals. Participants will have the opportunity to delve deep into a range of pressing topics, including the most recent developments in RTP, the ISO 20022 standard, challenges in implementation, digital overlay services (DOS), the Internet of Things (IoT) in finance, request-to-pay systems, cross-border payments, and various associated payment risks. Attendees will also get the chance to network with peers and discuss best practices.
Fintech Policy Summit 2023
November 14, 2023
The Westin City Center, Washington, DC, USA
The 7th annual Fintech Policy Summit will be hosted at The Westin Washington, DC, City Center on Tuesday, November 14. Powered by Fintech Nexus, this year’s summit is set to be the largest fintech policy event since inception, bringing together the biggest companies, regulators, policymakers and stakeholders in the industry.
This year’s summit will include prominent industry leaders, regulators, policymakers, academics, lawyers and consumer advocates, amongst others, and will provide opportunities to share insights, propose standards, and provide a comprehensive overview of the current and future state of the industry.
Confirmed speakers for the 2023 edition of the summit include:
Renaud Laplanche, CEO, Upgrade;
- Congressman Mike Flood (R- Nebraska);
- Ram Palaniappan, CEO, Earnin;
- Jelena McWilliams, Former FDIC Chairman, Managing Partner at Cravath;
- Mark Gould, Chief Payment Executive, Federal Reserve Financial Services (FedNow);
- Regulatory Agency representatives from OCC, CFPB, NEC;
- Fintech companies like Chime, Prosper, DailyPay, Fairplay, Opportun, Affirm and Upstart; as well as
- Innovative banks Like Cross River, LendingClub, GreenDot and SoFi.
November 14 – 15, 2023
Barings World Headquarters, Charlotte, NC, USA
Venture135 is a premier VC conference focusing on generating quality deal flow and innovation across the fintech and insurtech verticals. The event aims to bring together the best venture capitalists, angel investors, and growth funds while showcasing the top Seed Stage, Series A, and Series B ready companies from across the globe.
One of the distinctive features of Venture135 is its commitment to spotlighting over 50 fintech and insurtech startups that are actively seeking funding for their Seed, Series A, or Series B rounds. Notably, founders from various parts of the world are given the opportunity to present their businesses on stage without incurring any fees.
This year’s event will take place on November 14 and 15, 2023, at Barings World Headquarters. The two-day conference will feature startup pitches, exclusive networking, and keynotes and panels covering some of the most important thought leadership topics of today.
The 15th NextGen Payments and Regtech Forum
November 14 – 15, 2023
Austin, TX, USA
The 15th NextGen Payments and Regtech Forum, taking place on November 14 and 15, 2023, is poised to address the radical transformations and advancements occurring in the realms of payments and regulatory technology.
Slated as a premier event, the forum aims to serve as a platform for global influencers, pioneers, strategists, and leading thinkers in both the payments and regulatory sectors.
Attendees will have the opportunity to dive deep into discussions centered on contemporary market trends, the journey of digitalization, the nuances of regulations, and the transformative potential of new-age technologies.
Moreover, the event promises impactful networking moments, providing a platform for like-minded enthusiasts to connect, collaborate, and conceive new ideas.
Key themes to be explored this year include the evolving payments technology landscape, data privacy, ethics and cybersecurity, as well as regtech and compliance innovation.
Canadian Blockchain Summit
November 30, 2023
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto, ON, Canada
The Canadian Blockchain Summit is a one-day conference and a national showcase of incredible innovation across industry segments like digital asset mining, cyber security, access to banking, insurance, policy and advocacy, and regulation.
Featuring insights from world-leading blockchain speakers and panelists, the summit will celebrate the industry’s achievements and will provide a glimpse into the future of the decentralized and digital economy, covering critical issues and topics including cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and tokenization.
Participants can expect five panels covering the most exciting areas of Canada’s blockchain sector; keynotes and fireside chats from top fintech thought-leaders; and networking opportunities and facilitation.
Open Banking Latam 2023
November 30 – December 01, 2023
Greenberg and Taurig Tower, Miami, FL, USA
Open Banking Latam 2023 is scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 01, 2023, at the Greenberg and Taurig Tower in Miami. The conference, which is expected to convene over 200 attendees, will focus on the transformative impact of open finance and the “APIs first” strategy on the financial and mobile industries, and will offer participants the opportunity to network with financial institutions, telecommunications companies, and mobile operators.
Attendees will gain insights into the latest developments, challenges, and legal and regulatory considerations that major stakeholders face while integrating their fintech services with smart APIs.
The conference will highlight the consolidation of the API economy in the Latin American region, featuring case studies that cover best practices in areas like data protection, security, mobile expansion, user experience, and other forefront topics.
Noteworthy features for this year’s event include:
- The Regulators Summit, a segment which will be focusing on the regulatory aspect of open banking;
- Workshops, interactive sessions and in-person panels to deep dive into specific topics;
- Power Business Cases, which will focus on real-world examples and solutions; and
- Matchmaking and One-on-One Meetings.
Silicon Valley AI Summit
December 05, 2023
San Francisco, CA, USA
The Silicon Valley AI Summit, scheduled for December 05, 2023, in San Francisco, CA, will dive into AI tech and investing trends. Following the success of the Silicon Valley Funding Summit in September, which attracted a multitude of attendees, this upcoming summit is especially concentrated on AI and promises an enriching experience for those in attendance.
The event will feature pitch sessions showcasing startups operating in the fields of fintech, crypto, blockchain, Web 3.0, generative AI, deep tech, social impact, and more.
Besides the central pitch sessions, the summit will provide networking opportunities and provide participants with the chance to build meaningful connections, understand emerging tech trends, and imbibe knowledge from leading industry figures.
Silicon Valley Summit December 2023
December 05 – 07, 2023
Plug and Play Tech Center, Sunnyvale, CA, USA
The Silicon Valley Summit December 2023, scheduled to take place from December 05 to 07 at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, promises to be a significant gathering of the tech and innovation community. Scheduled over three days, the event is set to feature more than 300 startups from 19 distinct industry-focused innovation programs. The represented sectors span a wide range, including fintech, insurance, crypto and digital assets, and many more.
Participants will get to the opportunity to engage directly with innovators, industry leaders, and fellow participants. During the conference, attendees can expect to witness live technology demonstrations by startups hailing from the 19 different industry programs.
In addition to the startup pitches, the Silicon Valley December Summit 2023 will also offer breakout sessions. These sessions are designed to delve deeper into specific topics related to innovation and investing, providing attendees with a more comprehensive understanding of the present industry landscape.
Future of FinCrime Summit
December 06, 2023
Convene – One Liberty Plaza, New York City, NY, USA
On December 06, 2023, the Future of FinCrime Summit will take place at Convene – One Liberty Plaza in New York City. Organized by the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists, the summit is intended for individuals who are dedicated to making a difference in the field of financial crime prevention. It appeals especially to those who seek more than the minimum regulatory requirements and aim to effectively counteract bad actors and illicit finance.
The summit will offer attendees the chance to connect with like-minded professionals from various domains within financial crime prevention, including anti-money laundering (AML), fraud, sanctions, and cybersecurity. It promises to be a day filled with engaging panel discussions, presentations, and interactive sessions, focusing on contemporary criminal threats in finance, challenging conventional compliance methods, and hearing from top regulators and law enforcement agencies.
One of the highlights of the event will be its coverage of pressing topics in the industry. Attendees will delve into discussions on deepfakes and deep threats, the malicious use of AI, digital onboarding processes, and the ongoing evolution of sanctions and anti-money laundering rules.
FTT Embedded Finance and Super-Apps
December 06 – 07, 2023
Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco, CA, USA
The FTT Embedded Finance and Super-Apps event is returning this year on December 06 and 07, 2023 at Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. This year’s event is expected to be attended by more than 400 participants made up of a disruptive community of banks, retailers, manufacturers, ecommerce companies, vertical software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers, insurers, telcos, financial institutions, fintech companies and tech innovators
The 2023 agenda will bring together a full community of collaborators in the space, including financial services providers, technology innovators and non-financial brands turning opportunity into reality.
The event will feature speaking sessions from over 120 industry leaders. Participants can also expect to network with key industry stakeholders. Key themes this year include Taking Financial Services Everywhere; The Distributors; Technology: The Enablers; Payments and Beyond; Insurance; and The Future of Wealth Management.
The 2023 FTT Embedded Finance and Super-Apps will be co-located with Customer Alpha and Future Identity Customer.