Rice Business Finance Center


Upcoming Date(s): October 2, 2020

Tuition: $2,975

Overview: From digital payments to peer-to-peer lending, innovations in financial technology continue to capture the attention of businesses and consumers alike. The financial services industry increasingly faces disruption to the value chain, putting incumbent organizations on notice. But why are traditional U.S. incumbents missing out on innovation opportunities? What is driving the development of new, disruptive platforms for processing payments, loans or investments? And further, what are the broader social implications of fintech’s rise?

In our live online course, we’ll address these questions as we examine the current fintech landscape and how disrupters such as Square, Stripe, Lending Club and Robinhood are transforming the financial services market. We’ll also explore the next wave of technologies — blockchain, cryptocurrencies and robotics — which are likely to accelerate the disruption.

Who should attend: 

  • Executives with experience in banking, financial services, asset management or similar industries 
  • Professionals with a strong interest in financial innovation, including venture capitalists, consultants and entrepreneurs
  • IT, security and regulatory professionals

Program takeaways: 

  • Gain insight into the opportunities and challenges associated with the digital transformation of finance 
  • Understand how financial technology disruptors are capturing revenue pools of incumbent financial services firms
  • Explore the landscapes transformed by fintech, including payment systems, consumer and small business lending, wealth management and advisory services
  • Examine strategic frameworks to make informed decisions about fintech opportunities, including valuation approaches and potential partnerships

Course curriculum:

Module 1: Financial Services Value Chain Baseline and Players
Module 2: Mapping Financial Services Value Chain to Financial Outcomes
Module 3: Disruption in Payments and Other Transactional Services
Module 4: Disruption in Lending
Module 5: Disruption in Wealth Management
Module 6: Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain
Module 7: Neo Banks and Open Banking
Module 8: InsurTech and PropTech
Module 9: Financial Valuation of Bitcoins, Initial Coin Offerings and Fintechs
Module 10: Financial Inclusion

Course schedule:

Modules Date Time (CST)
1 Friday, October 2 9am - 12 pm
2 Wednesday, October 7 9am - 12 pm
3 Friday, October 9 9am - 10:30am
4 Friday, October 23 9am - 12 pm
5 Friday, October 30 9am - 10:30am
Guest Speakers*

Wednesday, November 4
Noah Breslow, CEO, OnDeck Capital
Kim Raath, Pres. & Co-Founder, Topl

9am - 12 pm
6 Friday, November 6 9am - 12 pm
7 Friday, November 13 9am - 10:30am
8 Wednesday, November 18 9am - 10:30am
9 Friday, November 20 9am - 12 pm
10 Wednesday, November 25 9am - 10:30am
*Speakers subject to change


Your Professors:

Manolo Sanchez Adjunct Professor in Management – Operations Management

Karthik Balakrishnan Associate Professor of Accounting


Zoran Perunovic

Director, Executive Education
Manolo Sanchez

Manolo Sanchez

Adjunct Professor in Management – Operations Management
Karthik Balakrishnan

Karthik Balakrishnan

Associate Professor of Accounting