Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Summit

1. What is FinTech Abu Dhabi?

The inaugural FinTech Abu Dhabi presented itself as a strategic launching platform for regional and international breakthrough innovations. Under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, the first edition of the FinTech Abu Dhabi connected global and local financial institutions, FinTech start-ups, investors, regulators and the business community, creating a network of top professionals that thrives on knowledge exchange and who together are important participants in ensuring a thriving FinTech hub.

The event included an Innovation ChallengeDemo DayFinTech Awards presentation, Regulatory FinTech  Roundtable, Workshops, Welcome Reception, as well as a Summit featuring distinguished regional and international leaders in FinTech.

Organised by Abu Dhabi Global Market, the UAE Capital’s International Financial Centre that is ranked #1 FinTech Hub in MENA.

2. Who is attending FinTech Abu Dhabi?

  1. Start-ups
  2. Innovators
  3. Investors
  4. Financial Institutions
  5. FinTech Ecosystem and Industry Partners
  6. Government Agencies

3. Why did ADGM launch this initiative?

The initiative is ADGM’s commitment to bring together the local and global FinTech community to network, collaborate and exchange expertise and knowledge in FinTech developments.


ADGM, comprising of three independent Authorities – the Financial Services Regulatory Authority, the Registration Authority and the ADGM Courts, was established to support the financial stability and complement the vibrant economic growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Since going live in October 2015, ADGM has established a robust business and international financial centre that is anchored by a world-class legislative regime underpinned by an open, efficient and business friendly culture.


The FinTech Abu Dhabi is part of ADGM’s ongoing efforts in fostering a vibrant ecosystem including innovators, FinTech firms, small & medium enterprises (SMEs), investors, banking institutions and industry partners to establish Abu Dhabi as an inclusive FinTech hub for the MENA region.

4. What is the FinTech Abu Dhabi agenda?

The Innovation Challenge and Awards, which took place on Sunday, 22nd October 2017



  • Panel – Abu Dhabi’s Role in the Global FinTech Narrative
  • Fireside chat – Entrepreneurship in our Backyard
  • Roundtable – Role of regulators in financial innovation
  • Fireside chat – Connectivity of the future – Open APIs and Distributed Ledger Technology
  • Workshop – Business Use Cases in Distributed Ledger Technology – The Path to Production
  • Innovation Challenge Demos & Awards


The FinTech Abu Dhabi Summit, which took place on Monday, 23rd October 2017 and included the below panels and keynotes.



  • Keynote #1 – Entrepreneurship in a Global FinTech Ecosystem
  • Keynote #2 – Breaking Down the Barriers to a Cashless Society
  • Panel 1 – Transforming the MENA Region into an International Innovation Hub
  • Keynote #3 – Rules for Disruptors
  • Panel 2 – Thriving Ecosystems: Global FinTech Update
  • Panel 3 – Next Generation Financial Services Apps in a Mobile World
  • Panel 4 – Investing in Innovation: The Next Frontier of FinTech
  • Panel 5 – The Next Frontier of Remittance and Payment Solutions
  • Panel 6 – Innovation for the Un(der)banked
  • Panel 7 – Evolution of the Advisor-Client Relationship
  • Keynote #4 – Abu Dhabi, FinTech Nexus

5. What is the Innovation Challenge?

The inaugural FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge, an ADGM initiative in partnership with KPMG Digital Village, was a 5-week program for mature start-ups to contextualize and present market-ready solutions that address actual problem statements in the financial industry identified in the Middle East, Africa & South Asia (MEASA) region.

Please click here to learn more: https://fintechabudhabi.com/innovation-challenge/info/

6. How do I get involved?

You can register your interest in the event here: https://fintechabudhabi.com/register-your-interest/

7. What are the Social Media handles?

Follow us on @FinTechAD, #FinTechAD and #InnovationChallengeAD


Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/FinTechAD

Twitter – https://twitter.com/FinTechAD

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/fintechad/

8. I have other questions. How do I contact you?

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