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About the Project

HKU FinTech Index Series

The project is funded by HKU-SCF FinTech Academy and led by Prof. SM Yiu (Professor and Associate Head (Development) of the Department of Computer Science at HKU) and Prof. Philip Yu (Honorary Professor of the Department of Computer Science at HKU, and Professor of the Department of Mathematics and Information Technology at EdUHK). 

Hong Kong is a global financial centre, the HKU FinTech Index Series is the first in the region to provide index indicators on the development of the sector, with an aim to provide information in a timely manner to track the growth and development of the financial technology industry in Hong Kong.

The long-term goal of the HKU FinTech Index Series is to establish a framework to be extended to the Greater Bay Area including Shenzhen and neighboring cities.

FinTech Growth Index (FGI)

Hong Kong's FinTech Growth Index is a yearly index with four sub-indices on Business Environment, Business Performance, Investment on R&D and Demand on Talent. It reflects Hong Kong FinTech sector's forecast of the market situation in the coming uear and an assessment of the situation in the current year.

FGI for the financial year 2020-21 represents responses to an annual survey by 45 companies (89% are Start-ups and 7% are Unicorns) nominated by an Advisory Board which comprises professionals from the local FinTech industry, including representatives from FinTech Association of Hong Kong, InvestHK, Cyberport, Science Park, The Bank of East Asia, Limited, and Suoxinda Data Technology Co. Ltd.

This index is compared to the companies' responses in the base period of 2018-2019 set as 100 points.

FinTech Buzz Index (FBI)
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Hong Kong's FinTech Buzz Index is a quarterly index representing a quantified sentiment of the local FinTech-related news articles in Chinese in the past three months. FBI has a base value of 100 points which represents the sentiment of nearly 10K FinTech related news articles in major local news media outlets in 2016 and 2017.

FBI is further broken down into six sectors: Insurance Technology(InsurTech), Wealth Management & Credit Technology (WealthTech & CreditTech), Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, E-payment & Digital Banking, Regulatory Technology (RegTech) & Cybersecurity, and Other related business.

About the project sponsor:
HKU-SCF FinTech Academy

The University of Hong Kong – Standard Chartered Hong Kong 150th Anniversary Community Foundation FinTech Academy (“the HKU-SCF FinTech Academy”) was established in April 2020 with a mission to make a sustainable impact in FinTech by grooming world-class talents and leading innovative research to further strengthen Hong Kong’s position as an international financial centre. 

Through a commitment of HK$60 million from the Standard Chartered Hong Kong 150th Anniversary Community Foundation, the HKU-SCF FinTech Academy is steered by Faculty of Engineering, with support from Faculty of Law as well as Faculty of Business & Economics of The University of Hong Kong.

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