County Chamber, Fintech Lab form event network

The New Castle County Chamber of Commerce and the First State Fintech Lab are collaborating once again to co-develop the Greater Delaware Fintech Network.
The announcement came after a successful event sponsored by the two groups.
According to a release, thegoal of the network is to build partnerships that will help drive five key areas:
  • Connectivity between academia, business, government, innovators and students;
  • Building the Fintech talent pipeline
  • Development of public sector initiatives and/or legislation that fosters growth of the financial services industry and talent pipeline
  • Supporting Fintech startups
Bob Chadwick, president of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce said, “Delaware’s financial services sector is the state’s largest traded sector and accounted for nearly 37,000 jobs in 2017. Just over a month ago, Marlette Funding announced plans to add more than 200 jobs in Delaware. With a steady increase in venture equity investment in the financial services arena now is the time for all stakeholders to convene, converse and collaborate to ensure that Delaware remains at the forefront of this growing industry. We also need to ensure that we continue to work with our existing financial institutions to promote their growth as well.”
John Collins, co-founder of the First State Fintech Lab said, “The Fintech Forum was timely, and it proved what we already knew: there is a need and a hunger for these types of discussions. The New Castle County Chamber has a unique understanding of the regional business community, from big institutions to small startups, and we’re looking forward to working together with them to make Delaware a Fintech leader. We are already planning the 2nd Annual Forum for next year and developing a program for the Chamber’s upcoming Talent Conference this Summer.”
The network – which plans to meet a minimum of six times a year – is open to all Chamber of Commerce members that operate in the financial services industry. For more information, contact Joanna Staib at (302) 294-2064 or at
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