Fintern’s Fever Event Lets You ‘Speed-Date’ A Startup

Choosing which tech startup to join can be tough for would-be interns. How can you tell if you’re a good cultural fit or if the company’s product is even worth your time? Fintern is looking to address this issue with its second Fintern Fever event, which invites Australian university students and startups to “speed date” one another .

For the second year running, Fintern is offering Aussie students the chance to score an internship with one of its high-growth start-ups. The catch is that you need to prove your a good fit via a “speed dating” pitch.

Fintern Fever is an annual event that sees Australian university students competing for internships via the Stone & Chalk Fintech hub. Using Data61’s Ribit platform, over 50 NSW and interstate uni students will “speed date” a selection of Fintech start-ups to secure a role over the mid-winter break.

Each start-up will deliver a 30-second pitch to the students, followed by a six-minute window for the students to promote themselves. The best ‘matches’ are then paired up with the offer of an internship.

“By bringing students together with high-growth start-ups we are building a valuable talent pipeline for this rapidly growing industry,” Google’s engineering and community outreach manager Sally-Ann Williams explained in a statement. “It is an important area for future economic growth.”

Fintech Fever looks to be a pretty safe bet for interested students: the Australian Fintech market is estimated to grow to a whopping $4 billion by 2020. Indeed, some of the students from last year’s event went on to land full-time roles with their nominated startup at the conclusion of their internships.

Fintern Fever #2 kicks off in Sydney on Thursday, 2 June 2016. Click here for more information.

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