UpSlide attended and took part in The 2016 Financial Modelling World Championship, organised by ModelOff, which occured on December 5th – 6th in London. This was our second year at ModelOff, having attended in 2015 too. You can read all about our experience at ModelOff 2015 here.
UpSlide CEO, Antoine Vettes, was invited to speak at a conference, at ModelOff 2015, about how FinTech and Innovation will impact future Due Diligence, M&A and Investments operations:
“At UpSlide, innovation comes from a partnership with users and a lean adaptation to their feedback. Microsoft made it a priority: their UserVoice service has been displayed for almost every tools. By doing so, they can now efficiently collect customer comments and improve their tools.”
Antoine Vettes was also asked his thoughts on the future of Excel…
“Excel will remain a popular tool, however the way we use it will evolve. It will probably include much more data visualization features thanks to Microsoft investments in Power BI solution. Regarding the way we present business and financial analyses, new tools will appear, in addition to PowerPoint. UpSlide will adapt and follow users in those changes.”
Our financial modelling team, Finance 3.1, took part in workshops with modelers from all over (37 countries) to share best practices and build modeling standards. In parallel of the championship, ModelOff also hosted a global training camp with conferences and workshops. Many young business and finance professionals attended, looking to improve their technical skills in fields such as: Advanced Excel, Financial Analysis, Financial Modelling, Investment Management, Private Equity and Risk Intelligence.
Some of the key highlights of the event included Joseph Lau winning the Financial Modelling World Championship for the second year running! Joseph Lau from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, was followed closely by Diarmud Early from Deutsche Bank in second place and Peter Suen from StepStone in third. Victory once again ensures Lau retains the iconic Golden Keyboard and picks up another £10,000 in prize money in 2016.
The event welcomed speakers from the Excel development team, but also former champions of the competition and financial modelling professionals, from KPMG, IBHero, S&P Capital IQ, IntraLinks and UpSlide! Major partners of the event were PWC, Microsoft, S&P Global and Intralinks.
We had a wonderful time at the 2016 edition of the ModelOff Global Training Camp in London!
See you all next year…
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