Fintech for start-ups

course description

FinTech is just one of several instances in which traditional service industries have been affected (some might even say disrupted) by digital technologies. However, FinTech is especially interesting because finance is such a highly regulated area of commerce.
An examination of FinTech holds lessons for fields other than finance. Healthcare, law, accounting, and many other fields are also in the midst of digitalisation–and can learn from the successes and failures of FinTech actors, businesses and technologies. The course makes use of both popular and academic content, as well as live case studies. The use of these practical and theoretical examples will not only provide an engaging experience for the students, but also serve to appeal to different learning styles.
Students must have a minimum of 120 university points.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, students should be able to:

  • Explain what “FinTech” is, and what it is not.
  • Discuss the antecedents that have led to the emergence of FinTech, including technological and social shifts
  • Display an understanding of the new business models enabled by digital technologies in the field of finance
  • Display critical thinking about the broader social and professional implications of FinTech technologies, including issues around privacy, decentralization, and taxation


This course is designed to tackle an emergent and fast-moving phenomenon. As such, it draws on multiple sources of information and is designed to appeal to students with diverse backgrounds. It covers three broad themes:

  • The social and professional underpinnings of the phenomenon
  • The patterns in technology use that we can see in this, and in other related phenomena
  • Relevant laws and regulations

Teaching and learning activities

The course will mix and match lectures with debates, discussions and workshops by the students as well as leaders in the field.

Grades and form of assessment

Students will be required to satisfactory complete all of the course assignments in order to receive a passing grade.
Grading will be based upon:

  • Class participation
  • Submissions relating to live case studies
  • The final submission, which will take the form of an independently-researched case study.


Attendance is mandatory.

Additional information

The course language is English.
The course is offered within the framework of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.
Responsible institution: Stockholm School of Economics (SSE).

Literature and teaching aids

Literature will be announced in connection to the start and communicated to enrolled students.


2018-09-03 - 2018-10-17

Course type



The course runs after 5 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays in 2-3 hour sessions

Course Number

KTH: ME2833 , SSE: 8077 , KI: 2XX074


7.5 ECTS-credits

Taught At

Stockholm School of Economics


This course is called Entrepreneurship and the Emergence of FinTech at Stockholm School of Economics.