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Nasdaq sponsoring FIA’s Innovators Pavilion

Nasdaq sponsoring FIA’s Innovators Pavilion

FIA announced that the second annual Innovators Pavilion will be sponsored by Nasdaq, with additional support from FinTEx Chicago, FinTech Sandbox and Hyde Park Angels.

Innovators Pavilion is a feature of FIA’s Futures and Options Expo, which will take place in Chicago Oct. 18-20. Innovators Pavilion is an exhibit area within FIA’s NextGen hall that showcases startup companies providing forward-thinking solutions for the futures, options and cleared swaps industry.

“We’re thrilled to have Nasdaq join our effort to connect financial firms, fintech providers and forward-thinking investors at Innovators Pavilion,” said Rob Creamer, FIA board member and chairman of FIA Principal Traders Group, who chairs the Innovators Pavilion selection committee. “Nasdaq’s sponsorship will help us foster a fintech community that drives investment and progress in our industry. We’re looking forward to working with Nasdaq and our partners at FinTEx Chicago, FinTech Sandbox and Hyde Park Angels to spread the word about this exciting opportunity and encourage our industry’s rising stars to apply to take part.”

“Innovation has been at the heart of Nasdaq for over 40 years,” said Brad Peterson, Chief Information Officer, Nasdaq. “It is an honor for us to support young companies and entrepreneurs as they showcase their products and solutions. Their passion to advance the developments in financial technology will have a real world impact on the capital markets of tomorrow.”

Expo is FIA’s flagship event, drawing more than 5,000 people each year to the largest gathering of derivatives industry professionals in the world. Attendees include senior executives from brokerage firms, exchanges, trading firms and service providers, and the exhibit hall typically attracts more than a hundred firms as exhibitors.

Companies interested in taking part in Innovators Pavilion can find more information online here.

Information for Innovators

  • Who should apply: Startups (companies that have been in business for five years or less) that offer innovative products and services to the futures, options, and cleared swaps industry.
  • When to apply: The FIA Innovators Pavilion Committee is accepting applications now through 19 August. Space is limited and chosen companies will be announced in mid-September. Apply online here.
  • What is included:
    • Access to more than 5,000 Expo delegates from exchanges, trading firms, brokerage firms, and service providers from around the world.
    • An Expo “TechPod” that includes a flat screen monitor and internet access.
    • Media exposure through press releases, social media, website features, and access to media partners.
    • The opportunity to compete for a prize worth more than $20,000 in cash and other resources.

Nasdaq is a leading provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services across six continents. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 70 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to more than 3,700 listed companies with a market value of $9.3 trillion and 18,000 corporate clients.

FinTEx is non-profit, member-driven community of the leading organizations within fintech and financial services working together to promote collaboration, grow investment and drive innovation within Chicago and the broader Midwest.  With a rapidly growing ecosystem, FinTEx acts as the connector for the community and a single point of access for those looking to do business in the Midwest.

FinTech Sandbox is a Boston-based nonprofit founded to promote financial technology innovation globally by providing free access to critical data and resources to fintech entrepreneurs and startups. Sponsors include Fidelity Investments, F-Prime Capital, Thomson Reuters, Silicon Valley Bank, Amazon Web Services, Intel, SIX Financial Information, Goodwin Procter, State Street Bank, and .406 Ventures.   

Hyde Park Angels is the largest and most active angel group in the Midwest, with a membership of more than 100 successful entrepreneurs, executives and venture capitalists. The organization prides itself on providing unique value to entrepreneurs and investors with a people-first approach, and its members have invested in more than 40 companies over the last 10 years.

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