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Fintech Hub

The Fintech Hub is a strategic initiative between Liberty Group Limited and Wits University.

Located in "The Brewhouse" of the Liberty Group (Braamfontein) building, the hub will become a space where researchers, thinkers, tinkerers, and problem-solvers will meet and collaborate to develop optimal solutions to real-world problems.

In partnership with the Liberty Group, the hub will seek to provide cutting-edge scholarship, the fostering of innovative problem-solving approaches and the enablement of space for intellectual innovations, interactions, and partnerships between and amongst researchers and entrepreneurs. 

The hub is set up as a start-up incubator scheme where individuals assemble to solve real-world problems with a focus on fostering an entrepreneurial spirit. The hub will act as a proving ground, developing research on start-ups and creating an entrepreneur-enabling environment founded on creative and intellectual diversity.

Benefits to the broader society

The hub will develop into an internationally recognised centre of excellence and an authoritative source on fintech-related solution generation for academics, students, individuals, organisations, businesses, and governments. 

  1. Establish a South African-based hub for critical thinking and analysis about fintech (and other) related issues and problems,
  2. Create a vibrant and multi-inter and trans-disciplinary home for collegial and collaborative explorations across schools and faculties at Wits to generate cutting-edge knowledge that will contribute to real-world problem solving
  3. Build strategic partnerships with think tanks, organisations, and universities on the African continent to undertake collaborative projects, and provide a base for visiting scholars researching and teaching in relevant areas,
  4. Interface with organisations and networks that operate in fintech in South Africa and globally, interactions and intersections in the development of approaches, frameworks, and materials,
  5. Develop capacity through postgraduate programmes and fellowships that will equip students with requisite and relevant theoretical and practical understandings and
  6. Offer courses, seminars, and other consulting services to the academic, public, and private sectors in Africa.