The University of Cape Town’s specialization will give aspiring entrepreneurs the tools to understand the technological innovations and challenges the financial services industry faces in the emerging market context. The specialization covers foundations of the changing financial regulations, new technological applications like blockchain or artificial intelligence and design thinking for startups in emerging markets. Through real-world case studies, you will see how this technology can unlock growth and spur innovation and will understand the specific emerging economies environment within which innovation can take place. This specialization is particularly suited for entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs who want to learn how they can harness the power of fintech or technology in an emerging market. You will work on a business plan for your own fintech or tech-based startup idea in the capstone project comprising a business model canvas and pitch. This allows aspiring entrepreneurs to take a tangible step towards launching their own startup.
The University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South Africa and is one of the leading research universities on the African continent. UCT has over 25 000 students, of whom 30% are postgraduate students. We offer degrees in six faculties: Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, and Science. We pride ourself on our diverse student body, which reflects the many cultures and backgrounds of the region. We welcome international students and are currently home to thousands of international students from over 100 countries. UCT has a tradition of academic excellence that is respected world-wide and is privileged to have more than 30 A-rated researchers on our staff, all of whom are recognised as world leaders in their field. Our aim is to ensure that our research contributes to the public good through sharing knowledge for the benefit of society. Past students include five Nobel Laureates – Max Theiler, Alan Cormack, Sir Aaron Klug, Ralph Bunche and, most recently, J M Coetzee.
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The four courses makes up 16 weeks of learning. It is ideal to set aside 3-5 hours per week to sufficiently engage with the content and course activities.
What background knowledge is necessary?
No background knowledge is necessary as we cover the basics of financial regulation, blockchain technology and entrepreneurship.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
While you can take the courses in any order, It would be ideal to first take Fintech Regulation, How Entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets can master the Blockchain Technology, Building Fintech Startups and then the Capstone Course, Start Up Your Fintech Future. The Capstone courses assumes you have completed the first three courses listed.
You will not earn university credit for completing this specialization.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You will be able to develop a business model canvas and pitch, which you can use to start up your own fintech or tech business. You gain the knowledge and be equipped with a toolkit to start your entrepreneurial journey.