Financial Services Knowledge Hub

Financial services is New South Wales’ biggest industry, employing over 167,000 people. Sydney, as Australia’s leading financial services centre, ranked fifth in the world for fintech hubs according to a recent global assessment (Ernst and Young: Fintech Adoption Index 2017). Sydney is home to 59% of Australian fintech startups.

About the Financial Services Knowledge Hub

The Financial Services Knowledge Hub is a platform through which financial and related industries can network with their peers, enhance their knowledge of global best practice and connect with research and world-leading innovation opportunities.

The hub is coordinated by the Committee for Sydney and was the driving force in the creation of Stone & Chalk.

Resources and projects

The hub is further researching ways Sydney can compete for talent in the global marketplace to enhance Sydney’s profile as a global talent hub. Working with university partners the project also examines the productive link between global talent and domestic skills.

The research aims to ensure that Sydney remains open to the best and brightest and opportunities to export global talent within the financial and professional services sector.

Projects completed by the hub include:

Case study: Stone & Chalk

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The Financial Services Knowledge Hub was instrumental in the establishment of Stone & Chalk, the largest fintech hub in Asia and the centre for fintech in Australia.

Stone & Chalk is an independent, not-for-profit fintech hub that fosters and accelerates the development of fintech startups by co-locating venture capital, technology startups and established financial services firms.

Since its launch Stone & Chalk has:

  • supported 98 fintech startups
  • raised $212 million in capital investment
  • developed a large national and international corporate membership.