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Lehigh FinTech Group

Established in 2017, LFT is a student-run organization that serves to drive passion and promote understanding for disruptive financial technology (“FinTech”) by connecting top-performing and interested students with businesses and institutions that host a forward-thinking approach to the implementation of technology in the financial services sector.

LFT achieves its mission through team projects, education seminars, hackathons, and a variety of networking conferences tuned to cater those with keen interest in the FinTech industry. 



What is FinTech? 

Financial technology is the industry known for championing software and technology in the financial sector. A very broad term, it includes anything from robotic financial advisers and blockchain to peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding. Almost two-thirds of customers across the globe are already using FinTech products or services. Investment in FinTech around the world has increased dramatically from $930 million in 2008 to more than $12 billion in 2015. 

This trend will likely increase, as FinTech touches not just the financial services sector, but every business the financial services industry deals with. Agile FinTech startups are able to innovate quickly and disrupt the lumbering behemoths that are traditional financial institutions. 



Wharton FinTech

Within the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton FinTech is a new club whose mission falls closely parallel with the mission of Lehigh FinTech. Wharton FinTech members are forward-thinkers that intertwine academics with real-world experience.


Def Hacks() is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit hackathon by students, for students. It was first run in March of 2015 (in partnership with a coding academy called CSTUY) as an initiative for the SHE++ fellowship program. The Def Hacks() movement is spreading across America, with organized teams in NY, NJ, Seattle, Ohio, and CA, each of which are establishing their own Def Hacks() hackathons.


An interdisciplinary resource in Lehigh University's College of Business and Economics, the Martindale Center advances educational and scholarly programs to increase understanding of the U.S. economy and its relationship with the world economy. The Center is a model of experience-based learning that exemplifies the university's educational goal of training leaders for the global society and provides insight into an interconnected global economy within an intellectually rich atmosphere.

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