Business school student awarded $10,000 scholarship

23 February 2018
Aims to remedy fintech talent pool shortage
A University of Sydney Business School student has been awarded $10,000 by fintech company Spotcap, which is hoping to overcome the talent shortage in the fintech industry by fostering more home-grown expertise.
Sydney Business School student Vishal Uppal

The undergraduate student, Vishal Uppal, will receive $10,000 towards the cost of his Finance and Computer Science degree.

Spotcap specialises in tailored finance solutions for small to medium sized enterprises through a unique proprietary lending platform and credit algorithm able to assess the real-time performance of SMEs.According to KPMG, the number of fintechs operating in Australia increased by almost 500 per cent in the last three years.

“We need to ensure that fintech has a healthy talent pipeline here in Australia,” said Lachlan Heussler, Managing Director of Spotcap Australia and New Zealand.

“Vishal’s dedication to his studies and passion for the intersection of technology and finance, make him the perfect recipient of this scholarship,” said Mr Heussler. “He embodies the confidence, skills and talent that the industry needs to grow, we are proud to support him.”

“I believe the most important challenge fintech will face is a social one,” said Vishal Uppal, winner of the 2017 Spotcap Fintech Fellowship. “My aim is to build solutions that address these issues by embracing design philosophy with the next wave of advancements in cognitive technology.”

Applications for the next Spotcap Scholarship opportunity will open in late 2018.