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Attend the 2024 Fintech Xchange Conference
in Salt Lake City, Feb. 5-6, 2024

The Fintech Xchange event serves as a convening of fintech leaders from across the country in the technology, academic and regulatory areas. The conference features the latest on industry trends, curated networking opportunities, and the chance to enjoy Utah’s scenic winter landscape. Attendees represent senior company leaders and decision-makers, professors and university leaders, regulators, and lawmakers.

Those who participate in the event will learn about the newest developments in fintech, gain insights into trending academic research, and deepen understanding of the regulatory environment and policies related to financial services.

Why Fintech in Utah?

Utah is an established leader in the financial industry. With a long history of influence and innovation dating back to the first chairman of the Federal Reserve hailing from a Utah Bank to now being a recognized hub of technology, industrial loan banks, and financial services. Additional highlights for fintech in Utah include:

• 1 out of every 61 venture backed companies becoming a unicorn
• 4th largest global location for Goldman Sachs
• 8 of 10 largest industrial loan banks headquartered in Utah
• 18% growth in technology and finance employment over the last five years

Register for the 2024 Event

Registration for the 2024 event is now closed.

~ Conference Overview ~

Date & Time

Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, 8 a.m. – Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, 1:30 p.m. (MST)


Hyatt Regency – Salt Lake City, Utah. Reserve your room early to receive the group rate. Group rate expires on Friday, January 19, 2024.

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~ Agenda ~

Monday, Feb. 5

8-9 a.m.Registration and Breakfast

9-9:15 a.m.Welcome to the 2024 Fintech Xchange
Governor Spencer Cox

9:15-9:45 a.m.A New Approach to Higher Education and Empowering Tomorrow’s Talent
University of Utah President Taylor Randall will discuss how he’s rethinking learning models to improve student success and equip them with the skills they to be successful post-graduation. He’s leveraging technology, increasing experiential learning opportunities, and leaning into in interdisciplinary collaboration to accelerate workplace readiness among students and increase engagement with the industry partners.

Speakers: President Taylor Randall and Troy D’Ambrosio

9:45-10:30 a.m.
From the Hill: Navigating the Impact of New and Future Legislation
This timely discussion examines the current political and regulatory environment surrounding financial services. Learn from leaders in the space about what the twists and turns of financial regulation will mean when it comes to consumer data access and privacy, and what to expect in 2024 and beyond.

Speakers: Ryan Christiansen, Stena Fintech Center (Moderator) Tom Carpenter, Mastercard; Dan Murphy, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; John Pitts, Plaid


10:30-10:45 a.m. Networking Break


10:45-11:30 a.m. Expanding Financial Inclusion With Fintech Creativity
As more people move their financial lives online, it’s critical to provide solutions that expand access to financial products to a wider segment of the population. These panelists will discuss how they are expanding financial inclusion through creative fintech solutions and are leveraging fintech products to bridge the gap for underbanked consumers, fostering greater accessibility and inclusion.

Speakers: Eric Mitzenmacher, Mayer Brown (Moderator) Erin Papworth,; Rhett Roberts, LoanPro; Jordan Wright, Atomic


11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Lessons for Founders: Building a Company for a Fortune 50 Purchase
This fireside chat features insights for founders at all stages. Hear from a leading strategist and seasoned corporate development executive that has advised on over $100 billion in mergers and acquisitions.

Speakers: Steve Smith, Stena Foundation; Jason Whiting, Mercury Financial


12:00-1:15 p.m.Lunch


1:15-1:25 p.m.Rapid Fire Fintech Update: Students in Fintech 
Speakers: Mark Fivaz, Manya Nair and Sebastiaan Thiel


1:30-2:15 p.m.Capitalizing on Financial Services: A Fireside Chat about Funding Fintech
This fireside chat features a leading investment banker with fintech expertise who will discuss recent fintech M&A activity, what to focus on in a down market, and predictions for future fintech growth.

Speakers: Steve Smith, Stena Foundation; Steve McLaughlin, FT Partners


2:15-2:30 p.m.Networking Break


2:30-2:45 p.m.Rapid Fire Fintech Update: Current and Future State of Payments
Speakers: Elisabeth MacKnight and Robyn Burkinshaw


2:45-3:15 p.m.Back to School: The Student Entrepreneur Perspective on Building a Fintech Company
This session features the next wave of fintech leaders who are excited about solving big problems. These panelists will discuss the unique opportunities and challenges of being both business owner and student, as well as their respective businesses and how they hope to impact the financial services industry.

Speakers: Paul Brown, University of Utah (Moderator); Students from University of Utah, Brigham Young University and Utah State University


3:15-3:30 p.m.Rapid Fire Fintech Update: David Eccles College of Business 
Speaker: Gene Levinzon


3:30-3:45 p.m.Networking Break


3:45-4:30 p.m.Open for Business: What’s Next in the Connected Banking Evolution?
The technology connecting fintech apps and services continues to disrupt and transform financial services. What’s next for this technology? Industry veterans discuss how banking connectivity has evolved, the current opportunities, and the impact of an open ecosystem on businesses and the consumer experience. 

Speakers: Don Cardinal, Financial Data Exchange (Moderator); Jane Barratt, MX; Ginger Baker, Plaid; Anil Mahalaha, Akoya


4:30-4:40 p.m.  – Rapid Fire Fintech Update: CRA Innovation Lab 
Speakers: MBA Students


Day 1 Wrap Up and Announcements   
Speaker: Emily Flinders


Tuesday, Feb. 6

8-9 a.m.Registration and Breakfast

9-9:15 a.m.Welcome Day 2: Fintech in Salt Lake City
How Salt Lake City is attracting new fintech companies and why fintech is an important pillar to the city’s continued economic growth and development.
Speaker: Mayor Erin Mendenhall


9:15-9:45 a.m.2024 State of Fintech Report 
The first annual State of Fintech research report provides an analysis of the rapidly evolving fintech landscape, evaluating key sectors and highlighting the growth within the industry. This session will highlight key insights from the report and why they are meaningful to attendees.

Speakers: Ryan Christiansen, Stena Fintech Center and Natalie Gouchner, Kem G. Gardner Research Institute


9:45 –10:00 am: Year in Review: Stena Center for Financial Technology
Speaker: Ryan Christiansen, Stena Fintech Center


10:00-10:15 a.m.Rapid Fire Fintech Update: College of Engineering
Speakers: Ryan Stutsman and Varun Shankar


10:15-10:30 a.m.Networking Break


10:30-11:15 a.m.A Worldwide View: A Global Look at the Future of financial services
Financial services and fintech companies continue to evolve with changing regulation, innovation, and social and macroeconomic trends. This global panel of experts will discuss how these trends are impacting different regions, where to concentrate business efforts, and the implications for global fintech growth.

Speakers: Franklin Garrigues, TD Bank; Louise Beaumont, Mastercard; Christian Lassonde, Impression Ventures


11:15 a.m-12:00 p.m.Banks and Fintechs Collaborating for a Consumer-Centered Experience
Today, an estimated 88% of Americans rely on digital financial services to manage their money. As adoption for these digital products increases, banks and fintechs must work together to support consumers. What does this new financial ecosystem look like? Hear from leaders who are at the forefront of integrating tech and financial services for an optimal user experience.

Speakers: Marc Fuller, Peterson Partners (Moderator); Kirk Benson, US Bank; Rasha Katabi, Brim Financial; Lewis Goodwin, Square Financial Services


12:00-1:30 p.m.Conference Wrap Up and Lunch

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