SINGAPORE (Nov 12): Participants of this year’s Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF) are showing up in large numbers in more ways than one — investors in attendance will be bringing along some serious money. Specifically, the 380 investors registered with the festival’s deal-making platform, MATCH, are looking to spend US$12.2 billion ($16.8 billion) on fintech- related ventures. In the preceding year, the amount of funds looking for investments via MATCH was just US$2 billion.

The SFF has the happy problem of beating its own records each year. To be held between Nov 12 and 16, this coming SFF, the third, is likely to see participants from more than 100 countries. There will be a mix of fintech players, technopreneurs, policymakers, financial industry leaders, academics and, of course, investors.

Some 160 luminaries — including India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi; Singapore’s Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung; International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde; and Prudential group CEO Mike Wells — will be speaking on topics such as artificial intelligence in finance, cybersecurity, technology risk, regulatory technology, and the future of banking and market infrastructure.

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