Fall Conference Season for Fintech Kicks Into Gear This Month

Now, that Labor Day is behind us, the kids are back in school and the days are getting shorter. Fall will be here before we know it and for fintech professionals fall is conference season with a number of major events happening around the globe. While LendIt Fintech USA happens in the spring many, if not most, of the other major fintech events of the year are in the fall. Here I bring you a brief rundown of some of this season’s major fintech conferences. Where we have partnership arrangements we have provided a discount code for you. I am providing this list in chronological order.

ABS East

When: Sept 22-24, 2019
Where: Miami, FL
Link: https://www.imn.org/structured-finance/conference/ABS-East-2019/
Discount code: LEND10

The 25th annual ABS East event kicks off the fall conference season in Miami. It is the leading fall conference for the structured finance industry and they have added a fintech component to the event in recent years. Here is what ABS East has to say about their event:

ABS East attracts over 4,000 attendees annually and is the site of thousands of 1:1 private investor and issuer meetings, making it a major catalyst for structured product deal flow in the U.S. Issuers looking to market their latest offerings and investors seeking yield in the ABS market will have many opportunities to connect pre, during and post-event using our unique 1:1 meeting software, in the exhibit hall and attendee lounges, and in dedicated public and sponsor-hosted private meeting spaces. A must-attend event, ABS East is a platform that informs, engages and delivers a competitive edge for the entire U.S. structured finance community.


When: Sept 23-26, 2019
Where: New York, NY
Link: https://finance.knect365.com/finovatefall

Finovate is best known for their startup presentations. Many of today’s household names in fintech, companies such as LendingClub, Prosper, OnDeck and Credit Karma, all presented there while still young startup firms. In recent years they have also added a conference component to their event but the focus is still on the curated startup presentations where 75+ companies get seven minutes to demo their solution to the audience. This year they also have an additional day for two events: AI Summit and WealthTech and Investech Summit.

Meet 1500+ key influencers. See 75+ live demos. Hear 120+ expert speakers. Only at FinovateFall.


When: Sept 25-27, 2019
Where: Dallas, TX
Link: https://www.lend360.org/

Lend360 has traditionally been the second largest event of the year for the online lending industry (after LendIt Fintech of course). I have never actually been because the calendar never works out for me but I know many who do attend every year.

Connect with your peers, share ideas and learn from industry insiders and decision-makers at LEND360. It’s time to get savvy to exclusive online lending insights, expand your business and connect with influencers shaping the fintech industry.

LendIt Fintech Europe

When: Sept 26-27, 2019
Where: London, UK
Link: https://www.lendit.com/europe/2019

The sixth annual LendIt Fintech Europe event will be in London again at the Business Design Centre. Europe has been on fire this year with many of the leading fintech companies there raising huge amounts of capital. Our two core themes this year revolve around innovations in lending and digital banking, the two verticals attracting the most attention in Europe right now. New this year will be a payments tracks that we are calling SpendIt @ LendIt and we will also be covering other hot topics in our Cutting Edge of Fintech track.

Lending and banking are converging. Make sense of this new world at LendIt Fintech Europe where fintech leaders gather to connect and reimagine the future of finance. Hear from European fintech leaders such as Rishi Khosla of OakNorth, Anne Boden of Starling Bank, Tamaz Georgadze of Raisin, Christian Faes of LendInvest and more. Join more than 1,200 senior fintech executives to connect, learn and do business.

Online Lending Policy Summit

When: Oct 23, 2019
Where: Washington, DC
Link: https://www.onlinelendingpolicysummit.com
Discount code: Lendit33

The Online Lending Policy Summit is the annual event of the Online Lending Policy Institute in Washington. This is where the marketplace lending industry gathers to meet with lawmakers and to discuss regulation. The fourth annual event will feature keynote speakers including Congressman Gregory Meeks, Congressman Trey Hollingsworth, Leonard Channin of the FDIC and Congressman Bill Foster, Chair of the House Artificial Intelligence Task Force. I will also be speaking again this year.

Over the past few years, across the globe, there has been unprecedented growth and innovation in online lending. The Online Lending Policy Summit will bring together thought leaders from the private and public sectors to continue the constructive dialogue that has begun between the industry and the various regulatory agencies.

Money2020 USA

When: Oct 27-30, 2019
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Link: https://us.money2020.com/

Money2020 are calling their USA event this year “Journey to the Future of Money”. The annual fintech shindig in Vegas is always a big event with most of the major players in fintech attending. As always there is a big focus on payments but they also cover cybersecurity, regtech, banking, blockchain & crypto, digital trust and yes, even some alternative lending.

Money20/20 is the doorway to the epicenter of the Payments, Banking, Fintech and Financial Services ecosystem. As the home of the Money Revolution we unite captains of industry, dreamers, trailblazers, innovative thinkers and fearless leaders that hold the keys to fundamental changes in the way the world uses, spends, borrows and moves money.


When: Nov 4-7, 2019
Where: Lisbon, Portugal
Link: https://websummit.com/moneyconf

Moneyconf has had an interesting history. It was initially part of Web Summit, then it moved to a standalone conference for a couple of years, and now it is back again. It is a track within the huge tech event that is Web Summit.

MoneyConf is where the world’s leading banks, tech firms and fintech startups meet. This track sits at the intersection of finance and technology. Join us as we examine how tech is changing the fibre of one of the world’s oldest industries.

ABS Tech Conference

When: Nov 20, 2019
Where: New York, NY
Link: https://www.imn.org/structured-finance/conference/Investors-Online-Lending-2018/
Discount code: LEND15

This event is put on by IMN, the same people who produce ABS East. So, it has a strong bent towards structured finance. It used to be called the IMN Investors Conference on Marketplace Lending but they have changed the name to ABS Tech for their fifth annual event. I will be chairing a panel session again this year.

The structured finance sector is not immune from the rampant spread of technology, and innovations in the FinTech space that are occurring at an ever-accelerating rate. Busy securitization professionals lack the time, and the resources, to fully digest the plethora of developments, and how they will directly affect their day-to-day jobs in the online lending world. As a solution to this growing knowledge gap, we are proud to expand the Online Lending world to include a one-day dedicated ABS Tech track in order to facilitate these worlds merging.

FINNOSUMMIT by LendIt Fintech

When: Dec 3-4, 2019
Where: Miami, FL
Link: https://www.lendit.com/europe/2019

FINNOSUMMIT by LendIt Fintech is our newest event and is focused on the fast growing Latin American region. We are partnering with Finnovista, the leading fintech event company for Latin America, to bring you LendIt’s first ever LatAm event. We will have many of the region’s fintech companies taking part in sessions discussing innovations in lending, digital banking, payments and more.

FINNOSUMMIT Miami by LendIt Fintech is where LatAm fintechs, banks and investors unite to explore the region’s most disruptive financial services.

Money2020 China

When: Dec 4-6, 2019
Where: Hangzhou, China
Link: https://www.money2020-china.com/

Money2020 added a China event to their global series of fintech events last year. They are back in Hangzhou, the home of Alibaba and Ant Financial, for their second edition. China still leads the world in so many areas of fintech and Money2020 provides an opportunity to learn more about this fascinating market.

This is where the Financial Services ecosystem across the globe comes together. Leading and upcoming companies from payments, financial services, FinTech and regulators attend the event to learn and connect over critical developments shaping the future of money in China and abroad and to future-proof their businesses.

Marketplace Lending & Alternative Financing Summit

When: Dec 8-10, 2019
Where: Dana Point, CA
Link: https://opalgroup.net/conference/marketplace-lending-alternative-financing-summit-2019/

This event is put on by the Opal Group and is the only west coast event in this roundup. This is its fourth year and I have never attended in the past but this year I will be speaking on a session there.

The Summit is an educational forum designed for investors, issuers, platforms, underwriters, banks rating agencies, lawyers, service providers, accountant, and other related industry professionals. At this conference learn and network with industry leaders to gain insight on the newest techniques to maximize returns and reduce risk exposure in this growing area of marketplace lending.

I hope to see you at some of these events this fall.

  • Peter Renton

    Peter Renton is the chairman and co-founder of Fintech Nexus, the world’s largest digital media company focused on fintech. Peter has been writing about fintech since 2010 and he is the author and creator of the Fintech One-on-One Podcast, the first and longest-running fintech interview series.