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Beginner Level
Approx. 10 hours to complete
English
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Cryptographic foundations of the blockchain

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 46 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
What Excites You About Blockchain?3m
Introduction to week 12m
Financial Markets Today: Financial Intermediation4m
Financial Market Infrastructures5m
How blockchain can change the financial system6m
A blockchain-based startup: Proof of Steak4m
Public Key Cryptography8m
Hash Functions - Five Properties4m
Merkle Trees5m
2 readings
How the course works5m
Week 1 Resources10m
3 practice exercises
Changing the financial system
Foundations of blockchain30m
Week 1 Graded Quiz
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Mastering the blockchain technology

1 hour to complete
9 videos (Total 44 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Single- and double-entry bookkeeping3m
In conversation: How will blockchain disrupt banks?6m
What is a blockchain?3m
From blocks to blockchain7m
Distributed consensus4m
Consensus Mechanisms overview5m
Consensus Mechanism: Proof Of Work6m
Consensus Mechanism: Proof of Stake3m
1 reading
Week 2 Resources10m
2 practice exercises
Distributed consensus30m
Week 2 Graded Quiz
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

How Artificial Intelligence Changes Data Analytics

1 hour to complete
10 videos (Total 60 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
10 videos
What is artificial intelligence? - A bird's eye view5m
Artificial Intelligence in Banks3m
Unsupervised learning - Agglomerative clustering7m
Unsupervised learning - Partitional clustering6m
Supervised learning4m
Supervised learning - Classification and Regression6m
Reinforcement learning6m
Aunnie Patton Power: Artificial Intelligence and Impact Investing6m
Benji Meltzer: Aerobotics - Using Artificial Intelligence for tree crop protection10m
1 reading
Week 3 Resources10m
2 practice exercises
Machine learning14m
Week 3 Graded Quiz
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Preparing your company for the fintech revolution

4 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 51 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Web 3.0 - from client-server architecture to distributed applications8m
Blockchain benefits6m
Blockchain considerations7m
Blockchain outside finance: supply chain solutions5m
Custos Media Technologies - Fighting piracy using blockchain13m
Do you need blockchain?4m
Custos Media Technologies - Do you need blockchain?3m
3 readings
Case studies: Non-financial application of blockchain10m
When or when not to use blockchain10m
Week 4 Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Blockchain and technology choices30m

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About the Fintech Startups in Emerging Markets Specialization

The University of Cape Town’s specialization will give aspiring entrepreneurs the tools to understand the technological innovations and challenges the financial services industry faces in the emerging market context. The specialization covers foundations of the changing financial regulations, new technological applications like blockchain or artificial intelligence and design thinking for startups in emerging markets. Through real-world case studies, you will see how this technology can unlock growth and spur innovation and will understand the specific emerging economies environment within which innovation can take place. This specialization is particularly suited for entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs who want to learn how they can harness the power of fintech or technology in an emerging market. You will work on a business plan for your own fintech or tech-based startup idea in the capstone project comprising a business model canvas and pitch. This allows aspiring entrepreneurs to take a tangible step towards launching their own startup. Watch the course trailer...
Fintech Startups in Emerging Markets

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