Innovative and Alternative Financing

EQF Level 7


Innovative and Alternative Financing

TBC 2022
Module Type
AED 970
6 Sessions
ECTS Credits

Module Description

The module has five parts. The first part of the module will equip you with a basic understanding of traditional financing sources to launch a new venture or entrepreneurial project, including banks, stock and bond markets or non-banking financial organisations, venture capitalists and angel investors. It will also dive into issues with traditional financing and a brief history of financial innovations.

The second part of the module will focus on digital finance and how digital transformation is radically transforming financial services.

The third part will introduce crowdfunding, and analyse its benefits and risks. You will learn its classic models such as social lending, equity-based crowdfunding, reward-based crowdfunding, donation-based crowdfunding and royalty-based crowdfunding. You will also be introduced to new models such as civic crowdfunding, corporate crowdfunding, do-it-yourself, energy crowdfunding, recurring crowdfunding, real estate crowdfunding and invoice trading and running a successful crowdfunding campaign.

The fourth part of the module will delve into peer-to-peer lending (‘P2P’) and marketplace lending, including balance sheet lenders, non-bank based Internet (marketplace) lending, P2P lending focused on retail investors and borrowers. You will also better understand the challenges and success factors of P2P lending.

The fifth part of the module will take you through the concepts of initial coin offering (ICO) and token crowdsale or initial token offering (ITO). You will also get acquainted with the different types of digital tokens, and with releasing or issuing tokens, developing Smart Contracts, setting Know Your Customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering standards, promoting ICO campaigns, placing tokens on crypto-exchange, collecting funds and raising capital.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course must possess one of the following:

  • a Level 6 degree in a related field;


  • a Level 5 diploma or higher diploma and 2 years’ work experience, preferably in the fintech

Preference is given to applicants having a Level 6 degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Data Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Finance, Banking, Business Management, or any other area related to Financial Management. People with degrees related to IT will also be accepted if accompanied by solid experience in the financial sector.

Target Audience

This course is targeted at fintech professionals, including but not limited to:

  • financial managers
  • bank staff
  • fintech employees
  • accountants
  • IT professionals with experience in finance

Career Paths

The programme aims to prepare you for middle management and senior managerial posts at any financial technology entity.  

How you’ll be assessed

The method of assessment is assignment-based.

The course comprises:

  • 6 lectures per module;
  • 3-hour lectures (evening);
  • 12 hours of online content per module, comprising asynchronous online discussions, tutorials and/or videos.

Module Intake Dates

TBC 2022
AED 970

Additional Info

Reading for the entire Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Fintech as presented in this brochure costs $10,450.*

Due to the modular structure of the course, you may also opt to take individual modules as stand-alone. The entry requirements still apply.**

*Prices are applicable to students who reside in the UAE at the time of applying.

** For the price of individual modules, please contact the IDEA Academy team.

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