Future FinTech Champions (FFC) Programme 2024

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Are you a student interested in learning more about FinTech?

  • Are you studying banking, finance, accounting, IT or another related field and want to understand how FinTech is disrupting the sector?
  • Are you a computer science or other technical student who wants to understand the opportunities that exist at the intersection of technology and finance?
  • Are you a budding entrepreneur with FinTech unicorn ambitions?
  • Do you aspire to be a youth leader in the FinTech space?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then the Future Fintech Champions (FFC) programme could be for you!

The Future FinTech Champions initiative is a half-year  programme, aimed at growing future leaders for the FinTech sector by immersing a cohort of specially selected students into the Mauritian FinTech ecosystem to gain knowledge and industry insight as well as a range of work-ready skills.

Why learn about FinTech?

FinTech is disruption…

The FinTech industry is growing rapidly and disrupting the traditional banking & financial Services sector by offering new and improved products and services to consumers and businesses. For FinTech companies to grow and scale, and for incumbents to adapt to these disruptions, the sector needs a growing supply of talent with the right skills and attitudes – we need you!

Disruptions to the traditional banking and financial service sector is already changing the job outlook for today’s current students, new jobs will be created, some jobs may change or require new skill sets, and some others may disappear completely as technology automates some roles.

FinTech is opportunity…

These disruptions may seem scary, but they offer a range of exciting new opportunities for students looking to embrace and drive this change.

In order to build a growing and dynamic Fintech talent pool in Mauritius we need students like you to understand and embrace the opportunities that Fintech offers.

Why become a Future Fintech Champion?

Our Future Fintech Champions grow their skills and knowledge of the FinTech sector through immersion in the Mauritian FinTech ecosystem. Through participation in all of MAFH’s workshops, events, regulatory roundtables, internships and other activities you will gain knowledge and insights, develop your professional network, and build a portfolio of activities and experiences that you can showcase to future employers.

Develop your skills & knowledge!

As an FFC you will build your knowledge of the technologies, opportunities, and challenges facing the industry by attending our industry talks and workshops which span topics as diverse as fintech trends, underlying technologies like blockchain and AI, and entrepreneurship skills like pitching and sales technique.

As our FinTech ambassadors, you will develop your soft skills through the organisation of your own events. These events help you develop organisational skills, communication skills and critical thinking, among others.

Build your network!

As an FFC you are invited to all of MAFH’s networking events where you get to meet with our sponsor, members and other stakeholders in the ecosystem, including startup founders, corporate executives, and even representatives of the regulatory bodies. Through these events, you gain a platform to build your own network of industry contacts that you will be able to leverage throughout your career.

By becoming an FFC you are also part of a peer group of like-minded future leaders who you will work and grow alongside throughout the year. Share experiences, and build a network of future friends in the industry.

Gain real industry exposure!

As an FFC you will gain access to internship opportunities with our sponsor and member companies to build real industry experience.

You will also be part of our regulatory roundtable events where you will get the unique opportunity to sit down at the table with industry leaders and representatives from the regulatory bodies as they discuss the real challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

Be a change-maker and influencer whilst developing your portfolio!

As an FFC you will also act as our ambassadors for the FinTech sector by writing opinion articles and organising FinTech awareness-raising events and initiatives on your home university campus.

Spread the word about FinTech and it’s opportunities whilst developing your event management and communication skills. Raise awareness with your peers through sharing with the community through the FFC LinkedIn page and MAFH website. Through these interventions, you will build a portfolio of demonstrated industry-ready skills such as communication, problem-solving, leadership skills, and professionalism.

The FFC Cohort of 2023

The programme launched in May 2023 with the third cohort of 24 Future Fintech Champions selected from 7 different Mauritian universities.

In 2023, the FFCs have participated in 6 MAFH events including workshops, regulatory roundtables, webinars and networking events. They have researched and written 36 opinion articles on FinTech topics,  organised 7 fintech-focused university campus events,  and a national event , the Fintech Youth summit 2023, which was set as the flagship event of the programme by the 24 Future Fintech Champion delegates working as an inter-mural cohort to deliver a two days event bringing together a total of 90 participants (secondary and tertiary education level) for them to engage in knowledge sharing with thought leaders and experts within the Fintech industry. 

FFC 2023 Cohort Highlights

Great sign me up! How do I apply?

If you are a student currently studying in Mauritius and interested in exploring FinTech and the opportunities it offers, then becoming one of our Future Fintech Champions could be for you!


  • Currently studying at a higher education institution in Mauritius
  • Ideally in the first years of your course (Participation in the FFC programme can get quite demanding and requires a high-level of motivation and time commitment, for this reason, participation in this programme may not be suitable for those in their final year who may have restricted capacity to take part)
  • Demonstrated interest in FinTech (ideal candidates are those who can show their interest in the fintech space. Have you taken online courses? Attended events? Read articles or listened to podcasts? Tell us about it!).

You can apply for the programme by clicking on the button below and submitting your online application. Only the best candidates are selected and competition for spots is fierce so put your best foot forward and tell us why we should pick you!

The closing date for applications is April 14th, 2024

We look forward to receiving your application!