ADGM's Fintech Abu Dhabi global tour lights up iconic New York Stock Exchange

The trading floor of a Wall St. institution, and the world's biggest stock exchange, was lit up to celebrate the arrival of Fintech Abu Dhabi's latest stop

Emmanuel Givanakis CEO of the ADGM FSRA

Emmanuel Givanakis CEO of the ADGM FSRA

  • ‘The Search’, a 50+ country world tour, has been invited to locations such as The Louvre, The Lord Mayor of London’s Mansion House and G20 Summit week, in a global hunt for the top startups disrupting the future of world finance.
  • With unprecedented demand, the Founders of over 100 world-leading Fintech startups are set to join the world’s top investors and bankers at the Fintech Abu Dhabi Festival, 22 – 24 November 2021
  • The Fintech100 also includes the founders of 8 Unicorn Fintech’s, and the average funding per startup of the Fintech100 rises from $41m (2020) to over $70m (2021)
  • Success confirms Fintech Abu Dhabi’s emergence as one of the world’s top Fintech Festivals.

Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the international financial centre in Abu Dhabi, is pleased to update that 90 of the world’s most innovative Fintech startups have been confirmed to join the prestigious Fintech Abu Dhabi Festival, 2021   .

Held from June to October 2021, the Search covers more than 50 countries to scout for the world’s best Fintech startups, through a series of competitive pitching competitions.

The winners of each stop join the illustrious ranks of the Fintech 100, and will showcase their solutions and meet potential investors at ADGM’s flagship Fintech Abu Dhabi Festival, taking place over 22 - 24 November 2021 through a hybrid event format in Abu Dhabi.

“It has been exciting to witness first-hand the high calibre of Fintech talent at each of the Search stops thus far. We look forward to connecting Abu Dhabi with various Fintech hubs across the world, and uncovering even more cutting-edge Fintech startups, who will all convene in Abu Dhabi in November as part of the Fintech Abu Dhabi Festival.” said Emmanuel Givanakis, Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of ADGM.

Thus far, the Search has visited 30 countries and regions: the UAE, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Australia, China & Hong Kong, Southern and Eastern Africa, the United Kingdom, Central Europe and North America, with upcoming stops in South America, followed by India, the Nordic Region, ASEAN region, MENA region, Israel, Turkey, before finishing in Italy, during G20 Summit week.

29 of the winning Fintech startups selected through these stops are: YAP, FinFlx, Lucidpay, Owlin, We.Vestr, Silverflow, InvestSuite,, Greenomy, Insha GmbH, Nect, Saffe, Avertro, Unhedged, Vcex, Privé technologies, Covergo, Emata, Lami, HUBX, Intellibonds, Regtick, Rise,Taurus, eWarren, Franc, Motito, JustWallet and upSWOT.

Some of the biggest names in world finance have spoken at each tour stop, including the Lord Mayor of the City of London, the founders of Unicorn tech startups Mambu, WeLab and Zip Co, Chairmen and CEO’s of some of the world’s biggest fintech corporations, including New York Stock Exchange and ICE Chairman Jeff Sprecher, Finastra CEO Simon Paris and Network International Chairman Ron Kalifa, and SkyBridge Capital Founder Anthony Scaramucci.

To find out about upcoming tours, please visit The Search, the Fintech Abu Dhabi 2021 Global Tour ( )


About Fintech Abu Dhabi  

ADGM, in collaboration with Unbound, successfully held Fintech Abu Dhabi 2020 from 24-26 November 2020 with positive reviews received from the Fintech community. Co-hosted by ADGM and the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) and powered by Unbound, Fintech Abu Dhabi 2020 offered new ways to participate through an entirely virtual event. Content and events included 'The Search' connecting Fintech hubs with the MENA region, more than 170 speakers from the global Fintech community, the Fintech100 programme, the Innovation Challenge and a virtual content series all culminating at the digital festival. Excerpts of the event can be found here.

While Fintech Abu Dhabi 2021 is scheduled to take place on 22-24 November 2021, ADGM will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, maintaining the safety of attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors as first priority. Any resulting updates on the event will be communicated on our website, newsletters and social channels.

About Abu Dhabi Global Market

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), an international financial centre (IFC) located in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, opened for business on 21 October 2015. Established by a UAE Federal Decree as a broad-based financial centre, ADGM augments Abu Dhabi’s position as a global trade and business hub serving as a strategic link between the growing economies of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia and the rest of the world.

ADGM’s strategy is anchored by Abu Dhabi’s key strengths panning over private banking, wealth management, asset management, derivatives and commodities trading, financial innovation, sustainability and more. Comprising three independent authorities: ADGM Courts, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority and the Registration Authority, ADGM as an IFC governs the entire 114 hectares (1.14sqkm) of Al Maryah Island which is a designated financial free zone.

It enables registered financial and non-financial institutions, companies and entities to operate, innovate and succeed within an international regulatory framework based on common law. Since its inception, ADGM has been awarded the “Financial Centre of the Year (MENA)” for four consecutive years for its initiatives and contributions to the financial and capital markets industry in the region.*

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