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Registrations open for second Future Proof Festival

Wealth management’s biggest beach party is making a comeback to close out summer 2023.

On Wednesday, registrations for the second Future Proof Festival on Sept. 10-13 went live. And organizers of the event billed as “the world’s largest wealth festival” are looking to up the ante after gathering more than 1,700 people on a half mile of beachfront in Huntington Beach, California, last summer.

The Advisor Circle and Ritholtz Wealth Management collab is expected to attract more than 3,000 attendees in its second outing, including 2,000 financial advisors.

“The success and scale of the inaugural Future Proof Festival proved the need for a new annual gathering for modern financial professionals looking to future-proof their businesses, build community, and play a key role in building the future of the wealth management industry,” Advisor Circle CEO Matt Middleton said in a statement. “We’ve spent the last several months gathering feedback, building new solutions and expanding the team to support the expected growth of the event.”

Wealthtech was a main attraction of the inaugural gathering. In addition to an agenda filled with some of wealth management’s most prominent tech voices, the inaugural Future Proof last year featured special attractions including a keynote from Google Head of Product Inclusion Annie Jean-Baptiste on how to develop more inclusive technology for advisors, and a FinTechX Demo Drop that saw 10 companies present their latest breakthroughs to a live crowd.

Selected by a committee of industry experts from a pool of more than 100 applicants, Future Proof’s FintechX presenters were graded on creativity, outside-the-box thinking and the ability to create a real impact for attendees of the festival.

“Never in my career have I seen such amazing feedback for a live event, especially a first year one. Future Proof was a smash hit because of the enthusiasm the attendees brought to the table,” Josh Brown, CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management, said in a statement. “Our community is every bit as responsible for its success as we are. Wait til you see what we’re planning for 2023!”

Officials said that like the first Future Proof, event speakers this year will be invited to participate or must apply to speak. A company statement stresses that there are no “pay-to-play” speaking opportunities. 

Speaker applications are being accepted at this link through February 21, 2023.

Scroll down to get caught up on other recent fintech news you might have missed in our Wealthtech Weekly recap. And check out the previous edition here.

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