FinTech Consortium and Detroit FinTech Bay are partnering with the Center for Smart Infrastructure Finance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to offer a global online certificate program in InfraTech that will be promoted through the consortium’s hub locations in Detroit, Silicon Valley, Singapore, and Bahrain.
The partnership’s goal is to advance research and innovation in the smart financing of infrastructure, also known as “InfraTech.” Numerous technologies contribute to InfraTech, including asset tokenization through blockchain and fintech platforms, as well as the use of other technologies, internet of things, artificial intelligence, and data analytics to support the efficient capital raising, underwriting, and financing of infrastructure assets.
“Infrastructure is by far the largest financial asset class,” says Peter Adriaens, the director of the center and the master of InfraTech engineering program at U-M. “However, innovation in infrastructure financing has historically been limited due to illiquidity and ownership issues. With the rise of new technologies and digitization, there is an opportunity for financial markets to innovate and adapt as the world around us changes rapidly.”
Maissan Almaskati, CEO of FinTech Consortium, says, “Through this partnership we will be contributing to a unique and much-needed approach to the reinvention of infrastructure asset financing. We believe that our global footprint will further support the distinguished work of Dr. Adriaens and his colleagues by creating a platform for technological and regulatory innovation in this highly specialized area of Fintech.”
FinTech Consortium has additional partnerships and programs with Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business in Washington D.C., and the University of California, Berkeley.
Click here to learn more about the InfraTech program at U-M.