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爱尔兰政府推出500万欧元金融科技创新计划

为努力成为欧洲金融科技中心,近日爱尔兰政府推出了一个为期五年的金融科技研发项目,耗资500万欧元。

这个名为FinTech Fusion项目将由ADAPT数字内容技术中心运营,该项目将设在都柏林的三一学院,将于2018年至2022年开放。

首要任务是关注区块链、数字支付、零售和批发银行业务以及保险业中新兴技术的使用。

根据爱尔兰财政部长Pascal Donohoe的说法,FinTech Fusion还计划促进爱尔兰学术机构与行业之间的更多合作,增加创造更高价值就业机会的机会。

然而,近日市场中出现了有关爱尔兰科技公司风险资本(VC)下降的消息,这让FinTech Fusion推出引发的看涨热情有所缓和。

根据爱尔兰风险投资协会(IVCA)的数据显示,2018年上半年爱尔兰科技公司所获资金为4.53亿美元,下降了9%,这也是自2011年以来的首次下降。同时,早期初创企业的种子资金则大幅下滑40%。

IVCA主席警告说,这些数据应该成为爱尔兰政府的警钟,在英国退欧迫在眉睫、外国直接投资面临挑战的时候,爱尔兰政府将采用新的方式支持爱尔兰的本土科技行业。

The Irish government has continued its bid to develop the country as a European fintech hub with the launch of a five year, €5m fintech research and development project.

The FinTech Fusion project, which will be run by the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology, will be based in Trinity College in Dublin and will run from 2018-2022.

The initative wil focus on blockchain, digital payments and the use of emerging technology in retail and wholesale banking as well as insurance.

According to Ireland's Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe, the FinTech Fusion programme will also aim to foster more collaboration between Ireland's academic institutions and industry. “The collaboration between industry and third level institutions in research programmes, such as FinTech Fusion, gives Ireland an early advantage in emerging technologies," he said.

“Coupled with our open economy and strong background in both technology and financial services, this will add to the opportunities already available for the creation of higher value jobs."

However the bullish enthusiasm that accompanied the launch of FinTech Fusion has been tempered somewhat by news of a decline in venture capital (VC) in Irish tech firms.

According to figures compiled by the Irish Venture Capital Association (IVCA), funding for tech firms has dropped  by 9% to $453m for H1 in 2018, the first drop since 2011. Meanwhile seed funding for early-stage start-ups crashed by almost 40%.

The IVCA's chair Alex Hobbs warned that the figures should serve as a wake-up call for the Irish Government to devise new ways to back Ireland's indigenous tech sector at a time when Brexit is looming and foreign direct investment faces challenges.


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